Hello, everybody! I thought it would be fun to compare the Multi-Trendsetter Sebum Clear Pore Mist from Neogen Code 9 and the White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray to see which one keep oil and sebum at bay. What better time to put these two to the test than in this sweltering summer season? Let’s go!

The Neogen Code 9 product claims to absorb excess sebum and keep skin refreshed and matte. The Neogen Code 9 mist is actually intended to be a sebum absorbing product, while the Boscia (travel-sized) product is mainly marketed as a setting spray that provides a matte finish. Even though these two products are intended for different purposes, I thought it would still be interesting to compare the two.


As you can see in the photo above, the Neogen Code 9 has an accumulation of an opaque white substance at the bottom. This is actually powder which is used to absorb the excess sebum on the face. It’s pretty cool how the powder stays dry even though it is suspended inside the liquid. The Boscia spray also has tiny white specks floating around which the overall liquid stays a translucent white.

The picture below shows what the Neogen Code 9 mist looks like after a quick shake. It becomes a translucent white as well.


I found that the Neogen Code 9 mist spritzes finer than the Boscia spray. It is much softer than the Boscia. The Neogen Code 9 mist has a strong vintage perfume scent, while the Boscia smells herbal and reminded me of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir scent.

I found that the Neogen Code 9 mist is much better at absorbing oil with its cool powder technology. It left my skin more matte, whereas the Boscia spray actually left my skin feeling like I just applied moisturizer. It did absorb some oil to an extent but also left behind a layer of product on the face that took away from the mattifying aspect. This would make sense as the Neogen Code 9 mist is directly targeted as a product that absorbs excess sebum, whereas the Boscia spray is, in fact, a setting spray that also claims to provide a matte finish rather than do what the Neogeon Code 9 claims to do. I did, however, find that in the almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit weather yesterday, the oil did return fairly quickly even after use. Of course, you could always just respray the mist if you wanted to.

I’d say that the Neogen Code 9 mist wins in this battle for an oil-absorbing spray. Although it does have that strong vintage perfume scent, it provides a finer mist which makes for better user experience and actually absorbs sebum (even though it does return if you’re in sweltering weather). I know that it may be slightly unfair to compare the two of these since they are targeted as different products, but I thought it would be fun to do anyways.

Thanks for reading! Until next time,