The first thing that I noticed about this primer was that it is a really weird off-brown colour - I hope that's not just mine! On first application, I noticed that the texture is quite oily, especially compared to the primer I usually use, Nivea Express Hydration. I haven't really noticed much of a difference between this and other primers I have used in the past, which I was quite disappointed about. I also didn't really notice my pores looking any smaller or a change in how long my skin stays matte for. As the 22ml version of this is £24.50, I don't think I will be purchasing the full size version of this product. This seems strange as I have seen such good reviews on this product in the past, but I just don't feel that impressed with it - especially for the price.
I wasn't too sure what to expect from this really as I hadn't heard a lot about it, but basically it acts as both a cheep and lip stain. In the bottle it looks really scary, however it's not as vibrant after application. The formula is actually quite watery, which allows easy blending on the cheeks and the lips. I don't tend to notice it too much on my cheeks, it just leaves a subtle pinky glow, which I actually really like. On the lips, I don't think it is too impressive - however I haven't found it to be drying. The colour isn't very intense at all and actually isn't too far away from my natural lip colour. I definitely wouldn't class this product as a 'stain' as I don't find that the colour lasts very well at all on the lips, however it has quite good staying power on the cheeks. Although I am quite enjoying experimenting with this product, I just can't justify spending £24.50 on the 12.5ml version.
Bad Gal Lash Mascara
I have wanted to try a Benefit mascara for so long, namely the They're Real. However, I have heard such mixed reviews on the They're Real that I wasn't too bothered that the Bad Gal Lash was part of this set instead of that one. I really like the applicator, as it has bristles as opposed to a horrible plastic applicator. The formula is quite thick which I also like as I love my lashes to have lots of volume. I find that this mascara both lengthens and volumises my lashes; which makes the perfect mascara for me. The only thing I would say is that it gives a very similar effect to my all time favourite mascara, Rimmel Scandaleyes - and of course Rimmel is just a fraction of the price. I'm not sure I could justify spending £17.50 on the full size version of this mascara when I can get a cheaper drugstore alternative that gives me a similar, if not identical effect.
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