Benefit Benetint vs Posietint

I’m a long term fan of Benetint, even when I’m wearing ‘no makeup’ I’m usually wearing a swipe of Benetint. But I had heard that posietint was a more natural version of the same colour, so when I saw a little pack of posie tint and highbeam on the benefit site I thought it might be neat to try them next to each other. (Highbeam is a throw-out after 6 month item which sucks because the full size bottle lasts forever for me, I mix using it with 2 other illuminators).


Also the fullsize bottle is a cool $45 at Myer so I’m not looking to throw them out with product still in them!


Awwww, Benetint has a little sister. It’s a 1/3 size bottle.


Benetint at top, posietint at bottom. They have distinctly different texture, benetint soaks in quickly and is utterly liquid and posietint is a little more gel like (although still quite liquid)


In the final wash, benetint is a little harder to blend and work with but gives a more natural blush where poisietint looks more distinctly pink.


Garnier 5 second perfect blur vs Benefit “The Porefessional”

I received a sample of the Garnier 5 Second Blur product in my recent Bellabox and thought it might be a good product to compare to Benefit “The Porefessional”. The main difference in the early ingredients (ie the main ones) is that Porefessional has Cyclopentasiloxane.

Garnier 5 second blur; Dimethicone , Dimethicone Crosspolymer , Silica , Isododecane , Aluminum Hydroxide , Iron Oxides , Titanium Dioxide , Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate , F.I.L. B158823/1

Porefessional; Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Limonene, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT.

Cyclopentasiloxane is a interesting ingredient – its very good at it’s temporary effect of creating a barrier to keep water in and is quite soothing as a result * (unfortunately the next ingredient of Dimethicone isn’t as soothing if you are sensitive to silcones)!

On first impression the Garnier is a opaque white crème and the Porefessional is a more ‘pink-beige’ flesh tone. The textures are quite different as well, the Garnier is much thick while the Porefessional blends and slips across the face quite naturally .


The Garnier is quite good at filling in the crevices of deep pores or wrinkle but the Porefessional is better and smoothing and evening out of skin tone (especially redness/dryness). As I tend to light rosacea I like the skin evening effects of the Porefessional but I’m very impressed by the Garnier in the deep pores around my nose. I can definitely see my self buying the Garnier for times by skin is less inflamed, and using the Porefessional at other times. The Garnier is substantially cheaper ($17 for 22ml vs  $34 for 22ml) and is a great option for a similar product at a lower price point but is not a dupe.



* “It is believed that cyclopentasiloxane may have some capacity to remove wrinkles, skin blemishes, or stubborn effects of rosacea. Cyclopentasiloxane is also considered an emollient that soothes and softens the skin by keeping moisture locked in. It may also correct dryness by preventing water loss and prevents scaling by holding more water on the skin’s surface. This chemical is also an excellent lubricant that sufficiently stretches water layers on the surface of the skin.

However, it is important to understand that the chemical does not nourish or exfoliate skin the way vitamin A or vitamin E would do. “

Benefit “They’re Real” Push up eyeliner

I have been reading with great interest the reviews on the latest Benefit eyeliner and finally snagged a little mini sample liner to tryout. For real it’s small though – 0.1g.


It has the standard accuflex tip that allows a nice smooth line and makes the gel portable. I am naturally blessed with oily eyelids so was intrigued by the claims;

24-hour* & waterproof
91% said it was longwearing*
88% said it hugged the lashline*
84% said eyes looked visibly larger*

It is a very long wearing eyeliner – I found I was only missing the ‘flicks’ of my cateye by the end of the day.It is very easy to get a lovely black line on the hand but a little trickier on the eye especially with the itsy pen end.


To be honest, it wasn’t as black as I hoped but is a nice true black shade. I couldn’t get it right into the eyelash line as the tip doesn’t give you quite as much flexibility as a brush. I also have thick eyelashes so it does take a bit more work to get eyeliner right in close. (I like a close thin line as I have hooded eyes.



On the plus side

  • very waterproof and a nice black shade
  • you won’t have to clean it like brushes, and
  • it is much handier for any on the go touch ups (ie wanting to boost your makeup at work for after dinner drinks)


  • relatively expensive for a small amount of product
  • hard to get into the eyelash line and adjust how the product applies
  • only available in one colour

Maybelline Baby Skin vs Benefit Porefessional

I got a free sample of Baby Skin with my most recent Maybelline BB cream purchase from Guardian in Singapore (labelled Babe Skin and appears to be the Chinese version). I thought it might be useful to compare it to Benefit Porefessional which is a similar silcone based primer/pore smoother. If you haven’t used these before it’s quite fun, it’s almost a light airbrushing effect when you apply them. This is some initial back of the handswatches as I have some excema where I usually use this primer (inner cheek/side of nose pore-field) but thought it might be useful.

Porefessional is beige toned primer. It only comes in one tone. It seems to blend fairly well over a range of skin tones but some people report it giving a funny ‘cast’ on darker skins. Baby Skin is clear which makes it more friendly for wider range of skin tones. On my skin tone the porefessional blends well and gives a slight evening effect over redness. Image




The porefessional has a nice slightly powdery finish where baby skin dries to a slightly more dewy finish. In both cases a little goes a long way – think a pea sized amount for the whole face. It can be used by itself (although it doesn’t have an SPF so I wouldn’t use it alone) or as a primer/base. If can melt off relatively quickly as a standalone product in a hot/sweaty climate I find but it is good for 2-3 hours or so and given the ease of blending it is a nice one to have with you to cut down on the shine if you are having some photos or want to make a good impression.

Overall I think the benefit is the better product for my skin, but given the price point seems to be around 2-3x higher the Maybelline is a very nice subsitute and seems like a better option for very light or very dark toned skins.

I suspect teenage girls are going to find their brothers or boyfriends hijacking their Maybelline Baby Skin. It gives a super discrete smoothing effect and won’t look at all like makeup. Even the more metrosexual older guys might like to disguise some big pores on a date with out looking like they are wearing foundation.

My word of warning will be to test a similar primer before buying if you haven’t used silicon based products like this before. Some folks find them very irrititating and reddening so it’s worth trying at least a similar product before you buy.

Everyday glitter EOTD


I really love the Beguile pigment by Illamasqua for patting over a smoky eye to add some rainbow holographic glitter goodness. But today I wore it by itself with Benefit Bad Girl mascara, brown-black Designer brands eyeliner and a touch of Illamasqua Fondle as highlighter at the brow bone.

It’s a good everyday look with glitter and a nice way to add some sparkle to my day 🙂

Iluminator review – Highbeam vs Hi-Lights

Just to change things up I thought a comparison shot of some of my products was in order.


In this shot I have Benefit High Beam (bottom), Designer Brands Hi-Lights Illuminator in Starlight (middle) and the illuminating end of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Double Face perfector In Light/Meduim.

unblended swatch

The price points are $45 for the Highbeam, $9.99 for the Designer Brands Illuminator, and the Maybelline pen has been discontinued but was $19.99 original – I got mine for $10 from the local pharmacy (all aussie dollars).

blended illuminators

The first photo is unblended, the second blended. The designer brands is definitely slightly more pink toned, while the highbeam has a slightly warmer pinky gold feel by comparison. Both feel moisturising while blended, the designer brands is more pigmented whilst the highbeam feels more moisturising. The maybelline is a more powdery option and seems harder to blend.

Both the highbeam and designer brands contain some ingredients that can be pore clogging – ie Dimethicone so yes, a potential issue with both but I don’t tend to break out in the areas that I use illuminator in.

Highbeam uses a brush, as does Maybelline while the designer brands has a doe foot applicator which I prefer for applying. The Designer brands and Maybelline are much more transportable which is nice for on the go application (ie in the toilets between work and dinner!!) and less inclined to be knocked over and spilt which is an unpleasant experience with Highbeam given the price.

Round by round winners
Price: Designer Brands Hi-Lights
Pigmentation: Designer Brands Hi-Lights
Packaging: Maybelline for transportability and combo appeal
Product:  Highbeam for a warmer look and moisturising feel although this probably depends on your skin tone

Overall winner:
Designer Brands Hi-Lights Illuminator on points

Ingredients for comparison:

DB Illuminator Ingredients: Aqua, Soft Paraffin, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, 1.3 Butylene Glycol, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Nipaguard CMB, Vitamin E. Pigment May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Pearl (Titanated Mica), Iron Oxide Red.