If you haven’t heard of Benefit’s new b.right skincare range, I’m reviewing it today. Fun all round. I think it’s a really affordable and effective range of skincare that – shock horror! – actually works.
It’s also a skincare range that is going to be light on your hip pocket – none of this $300 for a night cream rubbish.
When I say affordable, I mean actually affordable. In Australia the products are priced between $38 to $58, in the US you’re going to pay between $21 to $38, and in the United Kingdom, it ranges from £16.50 to £26.50.
Did I mention it works? In particular there’s one hero product but you’ll have to read on to find out which one I think it is.
I’ve given some of their new products a red hot go for about 4 weeks now, and I’m going to talk about them in the order in which use them. I haven’t used all of them because I couldn’t justify buying a toner (erm, don’t believe in them), makeup remover (I have plenty) or exfoliant (I use a chemical exfoliantalready that I love) but I have used a bulk of the b.right range.
First up is Benefit’s Foamingly Clean Facial Wash.
Here’s a little bit about what Benefit have to say about it:
Suitable for an oily complexion and problem skin, Benefit Foamingly Clean Facial Wash effectively cleanses the skin and removes make-up and impurities with a soft gentle lather. Contains amino acid and plant derivatives known to enhance moisture retention. This one step gentle facial wash leaves the skin with a radiant complexion.
I like this product because I only use it in the morning (at night I use Eve Lom – review here) which is when my skin is the cleanest. It lathers up into a thick, creamy foam and I can feel that my skin is clean afterwards – obviously not in the well-moisturised-but-clean feeling I get from Eve Lom – but still squeaky clean. If you have oily skin then I think this is ideal.
I’m not sure about the brightening aspects of this cleanser – I’m don’t know how this cleanser can help brighten your skin when it’s purpose is to get the oil and impurities out?
My skin is random/combination and breaks out when it feels like it, so I found this was one step to helping it get under control, but I’m not sure it’s 100% perfect for my needs. It’s been 4 weeks though and I haven’t stopped using it though.
If you have oily or problem skin and the appeal of a brightening range appeals to you however, I think this is a really good option.
Next: Benefit SPF 15 Triple Performing PA++ Facial Emulsion
Here’s what Benefit have to say about it:
For dull skin that lacks radiance, this oil-free triple performing facial emulsion hydrates, protects and comforts the skin with an oil-free, lightweight formula. Benefit SPF 15 Triple Performing PA++ Facial Emulsion helps to develop the skins reserves of water, while protecting it against sun damage. Contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to nourish.
Apparently this moisturiser uses Benefit’s tri-radiance complex which captures water on the skin’s surface, maintains water on the skin’s surface, and develops the skin’s reserves of water.
Basically, it’s designed to leave your skin looking hydrated, firm, and radiant. It makes sense – when your skin is plump with moisture, it looks healthy and radiant.
I like this moisturiser because it’s quite light but it sinks in quickly which is great when I only have 15 minutes to get out of the shower and have my makeup on. It’s no fuss and easy to apply, and you can do so knowing that it’s working. It really does hydrate, it has brightening complexes in it, it’s a fairly standard, lotion-like formula with a pump.
I also find that it works really well underneath my makeup which is also what it’s designed to do.
The downside with this moisturiser is probably just that it’s very light. If you have dry skin (hello winter!) it’s probably not going to meet your skin’s needs. If you have normal or oily skin it’s probably going to be ok. If you have dry skin and it’s winter – skip it. If you have dry skin but it’s summer – you’re probably ok to use this.
Ok next: Benefit b.right It’s Potent Eye Cream.
This is definitely their hero product. The eye cream is potent, just like its title. This is what Benefit have to say about it:
To treat dark circles and fine lines, Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream brightens the eye area. Contains burnet, an ancient Chinese remedy to help soothe the skin and apple extract for hydration. Loquat extract helps protect from free radical damage and premature aging, while a peptide complex helps restore elasticity and firmness to the skin. Sodium hyaluronate is included as a powerful hydrating agent and moisture magnet.
I love it because it works. It’s not a super light product but it’s not heavy either. It’s gone quite a long way to reduce the dark circles I see daily, and I feel as though my eyes are firm, and less wrinkle-y.
I use quite strong eye creams and gels anyway (was using the Eve Lom eye cream before switching over) so it’s hard to judge its effectiveness because I’m used to eye products that are already hugely effective and potent, but the Benefit eye cream definitely lives up to my expectations.
To apply it, I dip my ring finger into it, and dab it under my eye and all over. Sometimes I just spread it all over but only when I’m in a rush or… uh… lazy. Do as I say, not as I do.
I think if you were only going to get one item from this range, Benefit’s eye cream would have to be it. There’s absolutely nothing I can fault with it.
The last product is Benefit’s Total Moisture Facial Cream.
This is what Benefit have to say about it:
For dry skin, Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream is a hydra-concentrated facial cream that provides immediate and long-term hydration. Contains a tri-radiance complex to help develop the skin’s reserves of water and reinforce a refreshed complexion. Squalene and mango butter emollients provide moisture.
Let me just say one thing: This product is heavy. It’s a night cream for those of us with “normal” skin, but it could be a good day option if you have severely dehydrated skin.
I like it because it’s thick. I can absolutely feel the moisture going into my skin. For the first 2 weeks, I used this product nightly after cleansing my skin.
It was at about the 3 week mark though, that I noticed my skin was starting to break out a little and I attribute this to the night cream I’d been using. As soon as I took this element out of my skincare rage and left my skin un-moisturised in the evening (still using the eye cream though!) my skin improved.
If you have normal to dry skin and are looking for a good night cream with brightening properties, I think this is great. If your skin is a bit temperamental though, I’d probably steer clear.
Overall – I think Benefit have made a really good move in developing the b.right Radiant Skincare range. The products are quite effective and do what they say they’re going to do. For what they’re designed for, every product I’ve tried has been superbly effective. For my skin, some products performed better than others but that’s ok.
One downside I will say though is that their products sometimes seem to clash – I find it odd that the cleanser is for oily skin, but the night cream is for dry skin. Maybe they’re trying to appeal to everyone, but it makes it hard to use all their products as they’re not completely compatible with each other.
Benefit are however, first and foremost, a makeup brand and this is their first real foray into skincare. It’s been made to complement your makeup and I love that about this.
If you are looking for an affordable skincare range that has been made to work well under your foundation, then I think you can’t really go past Benefit b.right.
Depending on your skin type though, some products will be more suitable than others but you guys are smart – you know your skin, what it responds to and what it doesn’t.
Full Disclosure: I purchased Benefit’s cleanser myself from their website. The other products were provided as a gift from Benefit.
Hope you enjoyed the review! Have you tried the range – what do you think of it? If you haven’t, does anything in particular appeal?