I do not use face primers that often even though I have a combination skin. Nevertheless, I still prefer to prime my face whenever I do my makeup for special occasion to avoid getting too oily on my forehead and chin. Even though it is not my first priority, I still explore the world of face primers and today I have one of the first (to my memory) primers on the market – Benefit Cosmetics Dr. Feelgood Mattifying Balm.
Primers are the hardest to review as you cannot show the instant effect. Most primers barely have any tint to them so you won’t see it on your face and the fact that I do not have enlarged pores does not allow me to show you the ‘wow effect’ of pores vanishing from my face.
Benefit Cosmetics Dr. Feelgood Mattifying Balm ($31.00) – a velvety complexion balm with a feel-good finish. Mattify shine with this invisible balm that leaves skin feeling silky soft. This makeup artist fave can be worn alone, under or on top of makeup. Contains vitamins A, C & E to help smooth away the appearance of fine lines.
Benefit Cosmetics Dr. Feelgood Mattifying Balm comes in a tin jar that contains 24.0 g or 0.85 oz of product. It has quite a strong citrusy scent and a waxy/silicony texture. It also comes with a white round sponge that is a recommended tool for application. I have a mini version of the product and the sponge is also a mini that made it inconvenient to apply with it. The official website promises ‘weightless finish‘ while saying that the product is ‘perfect for mid-day touch-ups‘.
I used both my fingers and a sponge to apply this balm to my problem areas – forehead, chin and around my nose. The sponge was too small for that purpose and it seems as if it absorbs too much product and does not apply it evenly. I prefer to use fingers with the majority of my primers and this balm is no exclusion. It applies nicely and evenly but at the same time does not allow you to layer too much product as it starts to roll. It does not vanish the pores on your face and leaves more of satiny finish that matte. It reminds me quite a lot of the Korean pore eraser balms that tend to have the same waxy texture.
I noticed that it indeed helped me with oil control and prolonged the wear time of my foundation for about an hour and a half. But I wouldn’t necessarily say that it mattyfied my skin visibly. It gives more of a natural effect and allows your skin to be less shiny than usual but it doesn’t keep your oils completely at bay – more like it makes you skin look a bit dewy rather than oily and shiny. It is said that you can use it under or over your makeup but I wouldn’t advise using it over your makeup as you might ruin it. It is a nice primer but it is not my favorite. I like the natural effect it provides but it is no comparison to my all-time favorite Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector – I’ll still use this balm up but will not re-purchase.
Have you tried this Dr. Feelgood balm? What do you think of it? Let me know in the comments dow below!
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