Recently I have had quite problematic skin, my T-zone has been very oily and I became very blemished. I knew it was time for a skin detox, however my usual Clinique 3-step didn't seem to be doing it's job. Sometimes your skin can get used to a certain product and it stops having an effect so I decided it was time to have a break and try something new. I have started using the Benefit b.right skincare range which is supposed to give you radiance. I have used it twice a day for 4 days and I know it doesn't sound a long time but I have already noticed quite a difference so here are my my first impressions:
1. The packaging looks fantastic, the cork effect lids and the textured glass bottles look great on display in the bathroom, however I have found it quite difficult to get the product out and I'm sure it will be even trickier once I get to the bottom of the bottles.
2. All the products are quite stongly fragranced, I can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is but it is a very sweet floral smell which is I actaully really like. I am not sure if it will be suitable for people who have sensitive skin who prefer to use unfragranced lotions.
3. The prices are quite high, as with all Benefit products and this might put a lot of people off. I'm also not sure how much different it is to lower priced skincare. I have seen it on sale in a few places but it is always exactly the same price.
Foamingly Clean Facial Wash 150ml £16.50
I have used this every day, morning and night. It lathers up really well and feels quite light. My skin feels very clean after using it, it even has a sort of pearlised effect as it comes out of the tube which is nice.
Refined Finish Facial Polish 150ml £17.50
I use this after the facial wash, it is a very very gentle exfoliator and is designed to brighten your skin. It does feel nice to use and my skin feels fresh afterwards.
Moisture Prep Toning Lotion 175ml £23.50
This seems quite expensive for what it is, its just like another toning lotion but it seems quite greasy to me which is unlike any other toner I have used. I havn't used this every time either as I'm not sure what its purpose is, it claims to prepare your skin for moisturiser. I'm glad I only got a sample of it.
Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15 £19.50
This was recommended to me by the assistant at the counter as I have oily t-zone and this is an oil-free moisturiser. I have been testing it and found it is quite light and non-greasy but it is quite sticky which is probably why it is called an emulsion. I imagine it is quite good for applying make-up over the top as it will stick to it well. I will continue to use this though as I have been looking for an alternative to Clinique's Moisture Surge.
Total Moisture Facial Cream 60ml £26.50
I only got a sample of this full moisturising cream but the sample is actaully quite big so will last me about a month or so I imagine. I have been especially careful not to apply this to the oily parts of my skin as it is very thick and creamy. Personally I think it will be more suited to dry skin but I havn't noticed any adverse effects from using it a couple of times.
Its Potent Eye Cream 15ml £23.50
Another reccommendation from the counter as I have dark under eye circles. Apparently if you don't notice any visible results in 28 days you can return it for a refund which is quite reassuring. I have used this religiously twice a day as I really want to find something that brightens my eyes. I get tonnes of sleep and eat healthily but apparently dark circles are genetic. I have noticed it stays quite shiny for ages, not sure if thats supposed to happen but I have still been applying concealor over the top.
To summarise, I am relatively impressed so far as my skin has cleared up. I went to the Benefit counter at the weekend covered in blemishes and looking in a bit of a state, even the lady that served me said I was being brave leaving the house without make-up on but needs must. I'm not sure every product in the range is suitable for my skin, similarly not everything will be suitable for those with dry skin either but it is worth trying to blag some free samples and trialing it for a few weeks.
Have you tried it out yet? let me know what you think...