I’m not sure for how long these monthly BDJ Box challenges run, but there was so much stuff to sample from the Benefit exclusive box by BDJ last month that I felt I should try and do it, so I could try everything out, at least! Here’s a diary I began some time in June.
The products were used, collectively, for seven days. I tried to get a rotation going, but I missed using all my other makeup, too. 🙂 The eye cream was a mainstay, though, but I’ll put it out there right now—it wasn’t my favorite of the bunch!
And on the first day, I used the It’s Potent! Eye Cream, and I saw that it was good. Intended for “brighter, younger-looking eyes,” It’s Potent! fades dark circles and helps smooth fine lines. I noticed that it has a more emollient texture than my current eye cream (Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream), but it also sinks in much faster and isn’t sticky. I’ll try to use this under makeup/concealer during this challenge, but so far, so good.
I used three base/face products today: Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer, Fake Up Concealer (02 Medium), and Big Easy. Among them all, I think I like the Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer the most. It’s an “instant PRO-long primer [that] acts like a magnet to lock on your foundation for 15 fresh and flawless hours.” It felt OK on my face for maybe 8 hours, but I needed to powder down by the ninth hour.
The Fake Up Concealer is a “hydrating crease-control concealer” that “hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultra-natural look.” I got mine in the 02 Medium shade and it’s a pretty good match, but it’s not that pigmented. I didn’t set it with a powder, but it feels like something you ought to do to keep it from slipping around. After a few hours, I noticed it settling into pores. It’s not a horrible product—it blends really well and looks really natural when you first apply it—but I don’t think it’s suitable for my skin type or my personal needs for a concealer. I’ve tried highlighting with it, though, and it works well enough!
Lastly, I’ve got the Big Easy Bigger Than BB Liquid to Powder Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector in 01 Fair. It “contains ingredients known to help balance moisture and control oil. The cushiony liquid-to-powder formula self adjusts to your exact shade to even out skintone and conceal imperfections.” This shade is way too light on me, but you can’t really tell, so it’s fine. I like that this has SPF, but I’m not a fan of the texture, too-light coverage, and the longevity of this product. I won’t be switching out any of my bases for this any time soon.
I used the It’s Potent! Eye Cream again today as a night treatment because I forgot to try and wear it under makeup.
For Day Three, I thought I’d wear one of the tints and Lollitint was calling out to me more. It’s a “candy-orchid tinted lip and cheek stain,” perfect for this year’s Pantone Color, which if you didn’t already know is Radiant Orchid. I don’t have much experience with tints, but this does stain the face rill good and gives a really fucking cute flush. I didn’t expect it would… Goes to show you how much I know.
I also used the Porefessional for the first time today. The Porefessional is a “PRO balm to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin.” This is kind of a cult product, the first face primer that I had ever heard of. It’s kind of weird that I never even tried it before today.
Also used today: Fake Up Concealer
DAY FOUR AND FIVE
I just managed to use the Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream.
The last item on my to-try list is the Benetint, which I first heard about from a YouTube video. I ventured to try it, but was really apprehensive about it. (I didn’t end up getting it.) Benetint is a “rose-tinted lip and cheek stain,” aimed at getting a natural-looking “sexy” flush.
Also used today: Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer, Fake Up Concealer, Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream
Sadly, I do not have a picture of my Day Five FOTD, but I love the look of Benetint!
So far, I’ve tried everything, but I felt like wearing Lollitint again. It’s kind of really great, but I don’t see myself purchasing it soon. Mostly because I have way too much stuff. And also because I have opted out of Benefit a long time ago. These products (most of them newish releases) have been okay, so far and getting to try them out has banished my major case of FOMO. That’s “Fear Of Missing Out” for all you oldies. Just kidding, I totally had to Google that.
Also used today: POREfessional, Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream
I have been using the It’s Potent! Eye Cream on and off for about a month, and it’s a pretty good eye cream. It’s definitely something I’d rather use under concealer—it sure helped elevate my opinion of the Fake Up Concealer, which still doesn’t beat the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in my book.
YAY. I did it! Here is my final verdict on the products:
PASS: Benefit POREfessional, Benefit Big Easy
MEH/OK: Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream, Benefit Fake Up Concealer
YAAAAAAS: Benefit Lollitint, Benefit Benetint, Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer
The POREfessional tube is there for touch-ups. 🙂 What do you think about these products?
* PR Samples. Benefit is not cruelty-free.