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Guest review: Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow + Porefessional PRO Balm

This foundation came complete with a primer and a brush for application*, with stern warnings that the use of the brush in conjunction with the make-up was critical! All advice I happily ignored. I jettisoned make-up brushes and sponges years …

Tue, Mar 13, 2012, 14:30

   

This foundation came complete with a primer and a brush for application*, with stern warnings that the use of the brush in conjunction with the make-up was critical! All advice I happily ignored. I jettisoned make-up brushes and sponges years ago on the basis they simply absorb half of your overpriced product anyway.

Applied with fingers, this foundation worked quite well. It’s super light and gives off a natural pinky hue. In truth, it’s probably suited to eh . . . more nubile skin. It works the au naturel look very well, though my old-lady skin is probably in the market for something au industriel. Verdict: good, a bit thin for coverage.

Then, purely for review purposes, I applied the same make-up with the brush, and lo – dramatic transformation. Coverage this time was excellent, probably reducing the amount required by a third. Verdict: Made for a much more sculpted, and very natural look.

The primer doesn’t float my boat. Probably evens out skin tone and closes pores, but give me Beauty Flash Balm or Laura Mercier any day for that just-f**ked look.  However, the brush effect has certainly made me think twice about using this technique in future.

* I was given a sample kit to try; my tester would prefer to remain anonymous.