Best day creams for oily skin – Estée Lauder Daywear Matte vs Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser. In Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

If you have oily skin like me, using a moisturiser might seem counter productive but it actually is a game changer. Using day and night moisturisers will balance the amount of oil your skin produces and nourish the skin. However, even if you are not convinced, you should at the very least consider wearing a day moisturiser for SPF protection and oily control.

There are some day moisturisers out there that control oil production very well and will truly keep your makeup flawless all day long. I’ve tried quite a few but these are my top two: the Estée Lauder Daywear Matte and the Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser.

Which one is best? Which one will keep you matte the longest and which one should you get?

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Here’s my chemist’s verdict:



The Estée Lauder Daywear cream comes in a beautiful jar. It looks and feels expensive and is of high quality. The design and branding is minimal but yet it still looks elegant. The jar has a light green colour to it and the golden jar lid makes the perfect contrast.

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The Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser on the other hand, comes in a bottle with a pump. The bottle is made of thick glass and although it looks white, due to the cream, it is actually cloudy transparent. The pump is also white of standard quality and the lid is possibly the cheapest part, although it is fairly durable.

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Both creams’ outer packaging looks and feels expensive however, the Omorovicza one is the best here. Creams that come in bottles or tubes are superior to jars as many ingredients can be prone to oxidation, meaning that as you open the jar and expose it to air over time, it will become less effective. Not to mention that jars are obviously less hygienic since you will be dipping your fingers in the cream every time.

Winner: The Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser bottle with pump is superior.

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Sadly, neither of these two options is exactly cheap.

The Estée Lauder Daywear Matte retails for £45 for 50mL and for the same amount of cream the Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser retails for a whopping £85.

Winner: It’s a no brainer, the Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser is twice the price for the same amount of cream, so this category easily goes to a brand that is not exactly known for being cheap, Estée Lauder Daywear Matte.

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SPF protection

Neither of the two creams offers SPF protection which means that you will either need to get it from the foundation or wear an SPF cream. A day cream shouldn’t really come without SPF, this is a big downside for both these creams.

Although, both creams contain compounds that absorb some UV light, don’t rely on them.

Winner: Equal.

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Oil control

Amazingly, both these creams keep me matte, all day long. More than 24 hours even. I always wear the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation on top too which helps with oil control as well.

Without these creams I am a disco ball and amazingly when I wear these I don’t even need to retouch my makeup. They truly make a humongous difference even if I sweat!

Winner: Equal. They both offer amazing oil control.

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Pore/texture/wrinkle hiding

Even though both creams are marketed as blurring pores and the Omorovicza one even claims to blur out lines too, neither of the two creams offered me any extra skin effects.

Sometimes you can visually see the skin calming down or becoming less red or more blurred after using a cream but these two didn’t do any of that for me. It’s obviously annoying that marketing wise they claim to do so but on the other hand, that’s what a makeup primer and foundation are for.

Winner: Equal.

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Cream texture

The Estée Lauder DayWear has the perfect texture for oily skin. It’s a half way cream half way gel and so it has that perfect balance of feeling moisturising but yet not heavy on oily skin.

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The Omorovicza on the other hand has a typical cream texture. However, with that being said, it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky on oily skin at all and spreads really easily. It works and feels equally as well, the only difference is just that initial feeling of satisfaction of putting the right textured cream on an oily skin type.

Winner: The Estée Lauder DayWear half cream half gel texture is perfect for oily skin.

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Other perks

Since they don’t contain SPF, you could potentially use both of these creams in the night too. However, you should probably go for a more nourishing cream for the night. The biggest advantage of these moisturisers is their oily control and you wouldn’t really care about that while you’re in bed. However, if you don’t have another option and you are travelling for example, they will work just fine as night creams too.

Winner: Equal.

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Practicality of use – user experience

Both creams are very easy to use, get absorbed quickly and don’t leave any sticky residues behind. I found the texture of the Estée Lauder one a little bit easier to handle and spread around but nothing so major that it would give it the lead over the Omorovicza.

On the other hand, I really like that the Omorovicza comes in a bottle with a pump, it makes it more hygienic and more importantly, the ingredients oxidise less and therefore, are active longer.

Winner: The Omorovicza bottle with a pump is more user friendly.

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The Estée Lauder Daywear Matte has a subtle fresh cream smell whereas the Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser has a stronger flower-fragrance type of smell.

I personally prefer the more subtle Estée Lauder Daywear smell as the Omorovicza one is fairly strong and can be annoying.

Winner: The Estée Lauder Daywear Matte smells better.

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The Estée Lauder DayWear Matte contains 50 ingredients whereas the Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser contains only 34. Note that the term fragrance is counted as a single ingredient for simplicity.

However, more or less ingredients doesn’t mean better or worse, it is the actual quantities of the ingredients that matter and unfortunately we don’t know that information.

Overall, both creams contain some nice ingredients and both creams will be beneficial for your skin. Neither of them contain any red flag or better to avoid ingredients.

I would say that the Estée Lauder DayWear Matte ingredients are slightly better in the long term, especially since it contains a lot of anti-oxidants. I only wish it came in a different packaging to avoid any possibility of air oxidation.

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There are many ingredients in these creams but most of them are there for formulation purposes. As a result, and in order to keep this post shorter, I will only be listing the interesting ones, the ingredient positives and negatives, below.


Ingredient positives for the Estée Lauder DayWear Matte moisturiser:

  1. Water based formulation.
  2. Isododecane – A humectant that makes products more easily spreadable.
  3. Butylene Glycol – A humectant that can preserve water and a skin conditioner.
  4. Polypropylene – A humectant and viscosity increasing agent.
  5. Dimethicone – A skin conditioner, humectant and can even temporarily fill in wrinkles and lines. Can also soothe the skin and reduce redness.
  6. Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane – A skin conditioner and humectant amongst other functions.
  7. Glycerin – Found naturally on the skin therefore it is a skin replenishing ingredient. It’s almost always present in moisturiser products as it improves the smoothness and moisture content of the skin. It leaves a cooling effect on the skin and it is often found in 10% or below as it gives a sticky effect at higher concentrations.
  8. Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract – A skin restoring conditioner.
  9. Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner and anti-oxidant. Some claim that one of the ingredients in the lentil extract can minimise the appearance of pores.
  10. Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner that also contains anti-oxidants.
  11. Laminaria Saccharina Extract – Skin protecting, soothing and fragrance.
  12. Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract – Skin conditioner and astringent.
  13. Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract – Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant.
  14. Trehalose – Moisturiser.
  15. Ergothioneine – Anti-oxidant and skin soother.
  16. Algae Extract – Anti-oxidant and skin replenishing as it contains multiple vitamins and minerals. However, this ingredient oxidises when exposed to air and is best not found in jar creams.
  17. Lactobacillus Ferment – Skin conditioner.
  18. Caffeine – A potent anti-oxidant that can also act as a skin conditioner and soother.
  19. Acetyl Glucosamine – A skin replenishing compound with anti-ageing properties. Some studies claim it can reduce wrinkle appearance and even brighten the skin.
  20. Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge – Anti-oxidant.
  21. Thermus Thermophillus Ferment – Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant. Said to prevent signs of photo-ageing.
  22. Propylene Glycol Dicaprate – Skin conditioner.
  23. Tocopheryl Acetate – A hero compound, more stable form of vitamin E. A good anti-oxidant and conditioning agent that can also moisturise and help with inflammation.
  24. Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake – Skin conditioner and absorbent.
  25. Sodium Lactate – Skin conditioner and humectant.
  26. Sodium Hyaluronate – A hero compound, known as the “fountain of youth” molecule. Plays a major role in anti-ageing processes and is found in embryos in high concentrations. Can hold onto water 1000 times of its weight meaning that it is an amazing moisturiser by locking moisture in. Helps wounds and burns heal and it’s linked to increased collagen generation Also used as a temporary cosmetic filler.
  27. Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride – Anti-oxidant.
  28. Lecithin – A lipid that improves skin equilibrium.
  29. Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – A stable form of vitamin C. Can increase collagen production keeping the skin healthy and younger looking, reduce melanin production giving a brighter skin appearance and can even repair the effects of UV-exposure. This specific form of Vitamin C even has the ability to stimulate production of moisturising compounds in the skin. A hero compound.
  30. Citric acid – natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.
  31. Cyclodextrin – An absorbent and stabiliser.
  32. Caprylyl Glycol – A skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent. Also a good moisturiser.
  33. Sodium Pca – Skin conditioner and humectant.
  34. Silica – A good absorbent.
  35. Hexylene Glycol – Skin conditioner.
  36. BHT – anti-oxidant, does not penetrate the skin far enough to be absorbed into the blood stream.
  37. Benzyl Salicylate – Fragrance and UV-light absorber.


Ingredient positives for the Omorovicza Balancing moisturiser:

  1. Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water) – Mineral rich water based formulation.
  2. Glycerin – Found naturally on the skin therefore it is a skin replenishing ingredient. It’s almost always present in moisturiser products as it improves the smoothness and moisture content of the skin.
  3. Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate – Skin conditioner. Good for dry skin but also for oily skin as it is a relatively “dry oil”.
  4. Squalane – Moisturiser, skin conditioner, humectant, source of replenishing fatty acids and anti-oxidants.
  5. Corundum – Absorbent.
  6. Stearyl Heptanoate – Skin conditioner.
  7. Cetearyl Olivate – Softens the skin.
  8. Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil – Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant.
  9. Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract – Skin conditioner.
  10. Mangifera Indica (Mango) Pulp Extract – Skin conditioner.
  11. Prunus Domestica (Plum) Seed Extract – Skin conditioner and replenisher, containing fatty acids and vitamins C, E, A.
  12. Spondias Mombin Pulp Extract – Skin conditioner.
  13. Xanthan Gum – Skin conditioner.
  14. Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract – Skin conditioner and replenisher.
  15. Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract – Skin conditioner that contains vitamin C.
  16. Musa Sapientum (Banana) Pulp Extract – Skin conditioner.
  17. Tocopherol – Refers to compounds similar to vitamin E. Skin conditioners.
  18. Ethylhexylglycerin – Weak preservative (often used instead of parabens in combination with other preservatives) and a skin conditioning agent. Used in ointments to treat eczema.
  19. Mannitol – Skin conditioner and moisturiser.
  20. Phospholipids – Skin conditioner and replenishers.
  21. Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment – Protects and conditions the skin.
  22. Yeast Extract – Softens and conditions skin. Can also act as an anti-oxidant.
  23. Potassium Sorbate – A natural anti-microbial compound, used as a preservative. Often used as a paraben alternative and is effective against fungi, mold and yeast but less effective against bacteria.


Ingredient negatives for the Estée Lauder DayWear Matte moisturiser: 

  1. Polypropylene – Some studies suggest that this material could be toxic and even cause cancer. However, there is no solid proof of that and since it is a polymer, it’s activity would highly depend on it’s molecular weight which we do not know here.
  2. Lecithin – Generally considered safe but some suspect this to be a carcinogen. However, there is no proof.
  3. Parfum / Fragrance – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’s more than 3000 molecules that you fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name.
  4. Blue 1 (Ci 42090) – A colourant. Contradicting studies some claim evidence of toxicity and other’s don’t. This is not a needed ingredient and could have been avoided. It gives the product a nice soothing colour but that’s about it.


Ingredient negatives for the Omorovicza Balancing moisturiser:

  1. Parfum / Fragrance – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’s more than 3000 molecules that you fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name.
  2. Benzyl Alcohol –  Some studies consider alcohols bad for the skin as they disrupt the skin’s barrier.


Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in the Estée Lauder moisturiser have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, Algae Extract, Caffeine, Acetyl Glucosamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Laureth-23, Citric Acid, Laureth-4, Oleth-10, Parfum / Fragrance, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.

The following compounds present in the Omorovicza moisturiser have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Phenoxyethanol, Parfum / Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Limonene, Geraniol.



Both moisturisers are amazing choices if you have oily skin. They will keep you matte all day long and also nourish your skin in the long term.

With a score of Estée Lauder Daywear Matte 4 vs Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser 2 it is clear that the Estée Lauder Daywear Matte is better but it has been a very close battle. These moisturisers are both incredibly good and the decision for you might even come down to personal preference. Both control oil production incredibly well and nourish the skin well.

Due to the huge price difference and slightly better ingredients, I would personally stick to and recommend the Estée Lauder Daywear Matte but I will definitely use up the Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser with pleasure. I really wish the Estée Lauder Daywear Matte came in a bottle or tube. This is the only true drawback that annoys me to date, for hygiene reasons as well as to limit any ingredient oxidation. However, even if some of the ingredients oxidised to an extent and the cream was not as nourishing, it would still moisturise and absorb your oils well.

For another great option check out: A nourishing, mattifying day cream with SPF – Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis


I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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