The 18 Best Oil-Free Moisturizers

Stay hydrated and matte all summer long.

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Those of us with oily or combo skin know that the key to not looking like you dunked your head into a tub of oil is an oil-free moisturizer (plus powder, primer, and blotting paper). To help with staying shine-free all summer long, we've rounded up the best skin-plumping and mattifying moisturizers at every price point.

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Clinique iD Dramatically Different Base
Clinique ulta.com
$25.00

Clinique introduced customizable skincare this year. Start with a classic product and then add one of five concern-based cartridges (irritation, pores & uneven texture, uneven skin tone, fatigue and lines and wrinkles) for an added boost. For oily skin, we like The Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly; it's a water-light serum that delivers 24-hour hydration. 

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Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
Differin ulta.com
$13.99

If your skin is acne-prone, start here. This oil-free moisturizer protects skin from the sun without causing breakouts, absorbs excess oil, and helps heal any blemishes you currently have.

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The Water Cream
Tatcha sephora.com
$68.00

We could go on and on about the Japanese botanicals, such as wild rose and leopard lily, and 23-karat gold, but really all you need to know is this: The Water Cream is beloved by makeup artists and beauty vloggers everywhere. 

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Avalon Organics Intense Defense Oil-Free Moisturizer
Avalon amazon.com
$20.95
$12.39 (41% off)

Over 1,200 glowing reviews on Amazon can't be wrong: this vitamin C-packed moisturizer makes skin look more even, plump, and glowy for under $12 a jar.

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Daily Oil-Free Moisturizer
Shani Darden shanidarden.com
$42.00

Celebrity facialist Shani Darden's formula contains glycerin and vitamin E to provide lightweight hydration and improve skin's elasticity and texture with each use.

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Perricone MD
PRE:EMPT SERIES Oil-Free Hydrating Cream
Perricone MD sephora.com
$59.00

This oil-free cream protects skin with antioxidants and layers under makeup like a dream. 

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Effaclar Mat Daily Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin
La Roche-Posay ulta.com
$31.99

For days when the oil just won't quit, reach for this pore-tightening and shine-fighting formula.

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Ultra-Calming Moisturizer SPF 15
Aveeno ulta.com
$15.19

If you're prone to redness, irritation, or just sensitive all around, this drugstore find is for you. It contains feverfew and oat to calm angry skin.

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Green Tea Oil-free Moisturizer
boscia sephora.com
$38.00

You can thank antioxidant-rich green tea in this moisturizer for treating blemishes and reducing sebum production. It's another must-have in the fight against acne. 

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Amorepacific
Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel Oil-Free
Amorepacific sephora.com
$100.00

The bouncy gel formula is made with bamboo sap, ginger-root extract, and 5-Hydra complex to not only firm and plump skin, but to provide the ultimate lightweight hydration. 

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Hydro Boost Gel-Cream
Neutrogena ulta.com
$18.39

This drugstore staple is made with skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, a humectant that holds 1,000 times its weight in water. Combination skin can get away with wearing this all year-round, but if you're super-oily, make this your winter go-to.

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High-Potency Night-a-Mins Oil-Free Resurfacing Cream with Fruit-Derived AHAs
Origins sephora.com
$45.00

Both and moisturizer and a peel, this night cream is formulated with AHAs to gently exfoliate skin while you sleep. You'll wake up with glowier skin, less blemishes, and smaller-looking pores.

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Shiseido
Pureness Matifying Moisturizer Oil-Free
Shiseido sephora.com
$33.50

Combat shine and excess oil with less powder, especially during the hot summer months, by starting your skincare and makeup routine with this mattifying oil-free formula.

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Philosophy
Take a Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream
philosophy sephora.com

This water-light formula leaves skin feeling soothed and fresh, never greasy or clogged. 

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Fresh
Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion
Fresh sephora.com
$36.00

Its main ingredient Umbrian clay (which is mined from Umbria, Italy) treats and prevents acne by regulating sebum production and absorbing pore-clogging impurities. You'll have clearer skin in no time. 

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Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer
Ole Henriksen sephora.com
$68.00

Say goodbye to dark spots and uneven texture from breakouts of the past. This light moisturizer has acids and antioxidants to reveal smoother, clearer, and brighter skin.

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Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream
Peter Thomas Roth sephora.com
$22.00

With a name like Water Drench, you might expect this product to be heavy or greasy. It's actually the opposite: the formula contains 30% hyaluronic acid to instantly—and weightlessly—plump skin.

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Unblemish Shine-Free Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
Rodan + Fields rodanandfields.com
$31.00

Moisturizers with added sunscreen can be tricky for oily or acne-prone skin. But not this one: It's oil-free and super lightweight. It's also made with physical SPF (zinc and titanium oxide) plus skin-brightening vitamin C.

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