The first time I laid eyes on the new Benefit B. Right skin care line, I did little grabby claws with my fingers in the air like a hungry baby and said “WANT!”
I gotta hand it to the Benefit babes working in the company’s Art/Marketing Department, because I think they have the pretty packaging part of this whole beauty thing down pat.
With B. Right, Benefit was careful not to mess with a good thing. They’re known and loved for making easy, accessible makeup, and that’s the philosophy they followed here. This isn’t their first foray into skin care, but it’s their first new skin care line in a while.
B. Right, which launches in April at Benefit stores and counters, doesn’t appear to be about billions of skin types and complicated multi-step routines. Here I see basic skin care at its best — cleansing, toning and moisturizing — with a focus on hydration and brightening. In fact, the fanciest thing about B. Right is probably something Benefit calls “Tri-Radiance Complex.”
(That’s secret beauty code for “a batch of ingredients that supposedly help the skin retain moisture.”)
This week, my breakout-prone combination skin and I have been trying five of the line’s eight products on for size. So far the two of us can definitely say we both like the creamy, luxurious textures and refreshing cucumber scent.
Here are details on some of the individual products in the line…
- Foamingly Clean Facial Wash ($21) — This foaming face wash for all skin types cleans the skin and dissolves makeup fast. After using it my face feels squeaky clean, but I’m not crazy about how it makes the dry parts of my cheeks feel taught. Oh, and the packaging warns against using it near the eyes, which means having to use a separate eye makeup remover with it. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
- Refined Finish Facial Polish ($22) — I’m already hooked on this purifying polish and its combination of clay, seaweed extract and glycolic acid. The exfoliating grains are gentle, so they don’t rub my skin raw, but they do leave my face feeling soft, smooth and moisturized. I like this item a lot and hope it doesn’t give me breakouts (knock on wood!). I’ll keep you posted… MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
- It’s Potent! Eye Cream ($32 for 0.5 oz.) — In addition to moisturizing, this eye cream is designed to fade dark circles and lines. Hmm. I haven’t really noticed a difference (to be fair, it’s only been two days), but if something miraculous happens, I’ll let you know. I do like how rich and hydrating it feels, and how it quickly the cream absorbs into the eye area. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
- Total Moisture Facial Cream ($38 for 1.7 oz.)– I’m always a little nervous about trying new face creams, so I’ve been testing this one on my neck, and on a tiny patch of skin on my cheek. Despite it moisturizing like gangbusters, it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky at all, and, so far, no pimples. the texture and scent, but I think my good ol’ standby, Clarins Hydraquench, offers more hydration to my thirsty, dry skin. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
- Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF 15 PA++ ($28 for 1.7 oz.) — This oil-free, lightweight day cream offers broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It’s light and absorbs quickly, and doesn’t leave a sticky film on my neck (always a huge plus). The bottle seems kinda small for the price. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
So far B. Right is doing right by me. I love the packaging, like the product philosophy, and see some nice products here — especially the exfoliator. Some of us sounded skeptical in the comments left on my first B. Right post. If you’re unsure, it might be worth asking for a sample to see how your skin reacts first (before making a purchase), and consider starting with a patch test on a small area of skin.
I can’t stop!
No joke, but I haven’t stopped playing Mike Posner’s Please Don’t Go for two straight days.
Baby, please don’t gooooo…
Now watch, you’re gonna be hooked too (sorry!).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,