If you're anything like me, warmer temperatures mean skin that can quickly verge from dewy to straight-up greasy. So when I hear about mattifying products like GLAMGLOW's Volcasmic Matte Glow Moisturizer, I pretty much instantly add them to my summer beauty product wish list. GLAMGLOW released Volcasmic back in December, and I've been waiting for slightly warmer weather to try out this new release. So what's the verdict? Is Volcasmic worth it? I'd answer that question with a resounding yes.
Volcasmic is GLAMGLOW's first K Beauty product, and it's designed to be the one product you need to prime, hydrate and mattify your skin before applying your morning makeup. The formula is a pressed water balm, which means the product is firm until you melt it with the heat of your hands — then it glides on like a normal moisturizer (kind of like coconut oil).
I started testing out Volcasmic about a week ago, and I have to admit I'm hooked. After temperatures (finally) started rising in New York, I noticed my previously matte foundation was looking a little more dewy than I'd like. To truly test out the Volcasmic moisturizer's powers, I applied it before my usual makeup routine and skipped my final dusting of translucent powder, which usually keeps me matte. At the end of the day, I was shocked that my face was still surprisingly non-greasy.
The first thing I noticed about the product was its scent, which is a warm, vanilla-y perfume that some reviewers have likened to a creamsicle. That's definitely true — if strong smells aren't your fave, this might not be the product for you.
Isn't the texture of the moisturizer interesting? I was a little thrown at first, but once your hands heat it up it spreads like a normal moisturizer. And although this moisturizing doesn't have SPF, its powers still work if you layer it on after your sunscreen (which you should be doing every day, BTW). My routine is to apply my SPF moisturizer, wait a few minutes for it to sink into my skin then apply Volcasmic. Hours later, my face is still matte. Although this splurge product probably isn't for everyone, if you're looking for a moisturizer with some serious mattifying properties it's worth the price.