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Review: Buy this.. not that

Buy this: per-fekt beauty – 1 ounce – Skin Perfection Gel $57.50 @ Sephora

This tinted skin perfecting gel leaves your skin flawless without a greasy feel, and is contained in a very convenient, lightweight pump.. great for makeup artists and those who travel. The description of the product, as described by Sephora:

A multitasking all-in-one vitamin enriched, sweat-resistant and water-resistant skin perfector.

What it is formulated to do:

Glides on effortlessly to instantly improve skin tone, reduce redness, and help minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and fine lines. Enriched with powerful antioxidants including the universal antioxidant alpha lipoic acid, and vitamins A and E to help repair, protect, and fight future environmental skin damage, this lightweight gel helps maintain hydration leaving the skin with a healthy, even glow by locking in moisture and absorbing excess skin oils. And the best part? You can take this handy mini size with you anywhere. Oil Free. Fragrance-free. Paraben-free.

Can’t help but want to try this product, right? Well, you should! The price is a little up there, but it’s almost like having a makeup primer and moisturizer in one.

Personal experience PROS: Easy to use, no break-outs from this product, minimizes the look of pores and scars, perfect makeup base, face feels good after washing the product off.

Personal experience CONS: My skin is oily, and I didn’t see too much of the “absorbing of excess skin oils” going on, but all I had to do was pat my skin with a tissue and I was fine. I tried putting this product on over makeup and it balled up on my face and I could not blend it. It seems to always be out of stock on Sephora, but was available on in 5 different shades!

Overall: This product works great with any of my current liquid foundations and setting powder. I was having a problem with enlarged pores and now you can barely see them after the product is applied. I feel like my face is more refined and soft after I wash the product off, almost like it’s a wrinkle treatment working while I wear it.

Not that: Benefit Some Kind-A Gorgeous – .34 ounces – $26 @ Sephora

Benefit Cosmetics - Some Kinda Gorgeous

Why: Don’t let the cute packaging fool you… especially with Benefit Cosmetics. (Trust me, I worked for the company for 5 years) They have a lot of good products that are worth the money, but with products like this (above) it makes me wonder how they stay in business. The product is very unsanitary and gets pretty gross-looking after you have used it a few times with the sponge that lives underneath the product. The product actually doesn’t last too long since you have to reapply it several times per day, and at only .34 ounces, it’s definitely not worth the price.

Pros: Umm.. the mirror that comes inside the compact is cute, I guess.
Cons: Just another “cute” product by Benefit. It looks okay for about 2 minutes, then it starts to look like you just ate KFC in about 105 degrees..greasy, oily.. and what do you end up doing??? You grab the sponge and you pat more product over your oil, and it all transfers onto the sponge and lives there for the remainder of the product’s days. No so sanitary. This product is available in only two shades. I broke out from using this product and there are NO “Benefit”s to using this product.. no vitamins, minerals, antioxidants.. but did I mention it had a cool mirror?

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I am Krista, the author of I started a career as a pro makeup artist in 2001 for Benefit Cosmetics in the San Francisco bay area, and transitioned in 2006 to pursue jobs in the Silicon Valley. I am currently working as an editor in the media industry, where I contribute to original content that includes beauty articles. I am occasionally doing freelance makeup jobs, but spend most of my time working on improving my health and wellbeing. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS, and plan on contributing articles that touch on these areas, as well as weight loss and Paleo Diet recipes.

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