Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Benefit vs Nivea :The Case of the Doozy and the Cheap Floozy

Once I saw the word "Professional" I was a gonner from the start. I'd scenes from Towie and my best Essex accent going 'trust me, I'm like a profeshunawl' running through my mind. That should have said it all.

Benefit's the 'Porefessional PRO balm to minimise the appearance of pores' Hasn't been the answer all my pore related prayers. It was neither a sweet dream nor a beautiful nightmare. I'd rather wake up alone. 

It just didn't work for me. I found it greasy to the touch and yet despite this I used it anyways. 

I have what I wouldn't say is an exceptionally oily t zone and generally normal skin. I applied it all over. I then applied my ever loved Estée Lauder Double Wear over it. This foundation and I are in a very committed relationship. Me n Estée r in diz 4 lyfe xoxo. As a result, when I saw the greasy, grimy, shockingly shiny look off my nose a few hours later I knew it couldn't have been my beloved Estée.
Still, like Pavlov's dog, I went back for more. This time I tried it with a BB cream. In straight, it just slid off my face. Niiiice. Although, you could argue that it minimised the appearance of my pores by instead making it look like I had a foundation mudslide on my face.

 Whenever I find such a fail it evokes my pint/ wine maths logic. This product cost me approximately €23 / $31 /£18 . This could've been at least 4 pints of beer or glasses of wine. Nuff said.

This is where the doozy is though.  People have given it rave reviews on sites such as 
Check em out, even people who claim to have very oily skin swear by it.
I dunno, maybe it's a case of the The  Emperors New Primer seeing as Benefit has such a cult following. 
Either way, I'm a victim of my own impulse buying. I should've actually tested it out first to see if it would suit me or not. That'll teach me!

And now, on to something a bit cheerier in an effort not to be the Moany Michael of the blog world. When I say 'cheap floozy' I mean it as an endearing term. Something cheap n cheerful, a tart with a heart kinda vibe. Enter 'Nivea's Express Hydration Primer' which I was introduced to by my lovely friend Leah.  It's on sale in Boots at the moment for a whole €3.24. You really can't argue with that.
This stuff does exactly what it says it will.  I like that. It leaves your skin really soft, smells of that Nivea scented loveliness and preps it for your foundation. 

I'd love to hear what other people think about Porefessional, did it you end up wishing you'd a greasy face from 4 pints and a packet of crisps or did it work for you?

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