What a piece of garbage product. Firstly, I absolutely LOVE most Benefit products, particularly their highlighters (Girl Meets Pearl, High Beam, Sun Beam, etc.) and mascaras. I purchased this product randomly during one of my many holiday Sephora cravings. I decided to purchase the smaller one ($9) after seeing mixed reviews. (I do appreciate Benefit's option to purchase travel sized versions of their products so as to have the opportunity to test the product before buying a full sized version!)
The little pot/tin it comes in is quite small and unsanitary. There is a little sponge that comes with it that gets mucked up pretty quickly and then the product gets yucky from using the sponge/fingers after just a few uses. The smell didn't bother me, but is lemon-y (kind of like furniture polish) for those of you who are sensitive to fragrance. The product pills pretty easily and then is difficult to distribute. None of this would have mattered to me had the product actually been of use. It did absolutely nothing as a finish/mattifier. Then I decided to give it a few tries as a primer, and it continued to be useless to me. I had more luck with my Covergirl + Olay Serum Primer and/or POREfessional by Benefit.
Definitely a waste and a total nothing product. Much better options out there from both other brands and Benefit themselves.
this made my face even more oily. i dont like the sponge either. its hard to get out. dont like the smell. it smells like a car freshener to me. didnt not feel good at all.
I really love this product for touch ups to mattify my shine over makeup or with naked skin during the day. I've used this for 3 years and consider it excellent. I've used a lot of mattifying products over the years. I like the citrusy fresh smell. I'll be re-buying till my skin shine sods off.
Things I don't like:
I dislike Benefit's highly inflated prices in Ireland and I have contacted them about the extortionate mark up.
I don't like the tin system or the sponge sitting on top of the product.
It starts getting difficult to use up towards the end- it breaks up and plays hard to get.
You need to clean your sponge regularly or it looks revoltingly manky- hot water and Bobbi Brown brush cleaner work well.... or fairy dish wash liquid. take your pick.
I got this product from my local mall.
I was looking for something that would help me control my t-zone oil... She put some of Dr. feelgood, it did mattified my t-zone with a nice pleasent lemon scent. So I got it. I realized later that this product dries out my skin like crazy.
I returned this quickly after buying
Why make a product that is nearly impossible to open. I was tempted to hammer the side so that it would not suction shut. My BF opens it for me, which is real helpful at work when he is not here! Product didn't do anything!
I always recommend the porefessional over this. hard to apply, pills when dragged, tugs the skin and the tin is a nightmare to open with freshly moisturised hands. it does feel heavy on the skin as well, only seems to work alone or under makeup and contains vitamin c, which my counter manager told me is actually a stimulant when ON the skin, which causes breakout
I use this as a primer under makeup and it works wonderfully for me. I use my finger as opposed to the sponge that it comes with as I find it eaiser to apply that way. I find that it helps somewhat with the look of my pores but, works best against shine and gives a nice matte finish. Sometimes when my t-zone starts getting oily I pat it on and it makes my skin matte again. The fact that it's more of a balm did freak me out at first as I was afraid it as going to make me breakout but, it is somewhat silky in texture and didn't cause me to breakout. Even though it's pricey I would buy it again.
Total nothing product. Did nothing to my skin, other than make me worry that I'd breakout from the seemingly unnecessary added makeup layer. This is a classic example of where benefit strays into the all style and no substance territory. Also grossed out by the unhygienic applicator...not a fan.
Like many of Benefit's older products, gimmicky product & packaging, plus not very good at doing what it claims.
I know they're not the only company, but their products seem to suffer from serious design flaws. They should probably focus more on product design than the aesthetics of their packaging! The applicator sponge sitting directly in the product has to be one of the most unhygienic things I've ever seen (and I work in public health).
I bought it for shine control, and it is the least effective product I've ever used for this purpose. Any other mattifying primer is better - Clear FX (the HG), Laura Mercier, Sephora, etc. Not only does it not keep shine under control, it is this strange balm-like texture that feels sort of icky going on, as if it would certainly clog one's pores. Forget about putting this on over makeup. Yuck!
I purchased this when I was in my early 20's and just starting to explore boutique brands. I still have an almost-full tin because this has never worked for me. Don't waste your money!
Let's clear up the confusion: This is a primer in solid form.
* I patted a bit of this on after my moisturizer in order to try it as a primer. The smell was nice, and I believe it helped the concealer/powder stay on (I didn't use a liquid or cream foundation). However, it worked as well as the other (cheaper) million primers I have.
* Later in the evening, when I had a bit of shine in the t-zone, I PATTED more on. It took the shine away without removing the rest of my makeup. However, it worked as well as a shine control sheet (for less $).
* It didn't fill in my pores, as I had hoped.
* It comes with a sponge, but I didn't use it. It seems as if it would breed bacteria unless I washed it everyday.
* The lid doesn't seem secure. It would be better if it was a screw-top.
* However, Benefit's Stay Flawless 15-hour primer is a more convenient stick primer that probably does the same kind of job as Dr. Feelgood.
I will probably not re-purchase. I can find products that do the same job...for less money. However, if they added color and filled my pores, I would buy it by the crate.
Edit: The more I use this, the more I like it. The odd smell was the sponge. The product itself smells nice and fresh. It really takes away the shine without stripping the makeup...if you PAT it on. I will buy this again....unless I find another balm that works the same and costs less.