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Cover Fx Mattifying Setting Spray

If I had a skin care weakness, it's mattifiers. I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest mattifying products. I grabbed this bottle thinking I'd use it as an afternoon refresher in lieu of patting on an oil-absorbing powder.
I'm sorry to report, that this spray took its sweet time drying, and I didn't observe any mattifying action. I basically felt like I spritzed my face with water. Hydrating and cooling? Yes. Mattifying? Not really.
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