Saturday, 30 June 2012

Review: Benefit Cosmetics Freebies!

 I know that pretty much everyone has read at least one blog post about this months amazing Benefit freebies with Glamour Magazine! However, I'd like to call this more of a review than anything else, as they've kinda sold out everywhere now.

I'm actually subscribed to Glamour Magazine anyway, and when the issue came through my door just before the beginning of the month and I found the box of 'POREfessional' I had to go out and check out the other freebies, I ended up getting all 3 copies :) But, at only £2, they were definitely worth it, even if I do look a bit odd at the checkout with multiple copies of the same magazine haha.

Benefit - the POREfessional - Pore minimiser balm.
Benefit porefessional is honestly one of the best products I've ever used, I wish I'd known about it sooner! It's a light, silky substance which acts as a primer to minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles and leave your skin looking smooth and flawless. I think it would be suitable for any skin tone/type because it
has a translucent finish once blended in. 

It can either be worn as a basic primer underneath make up, or you can apply it on top to set your make up with a matte look for the day. I did find that my make up held slightly longer than usual when using this primer too. You literally only need to use a tiny amount to achieve an amazing effect on your skin, so it is well worth the money and will last a long, long time.

You can purchase Porefessional from Boots & Debenhams stores.
It retails at £23.50 for 22ml. 
But is currently on offer in Debenhams for £19.58, HERE.

"that gal" - Brightening face primer.
Benefit "that gal" is a wonderful product and it basically does exactly what it says!
The primer itself has a creamy lightweight formula and comes out a pinky colour, once applied it instantly gives the skin a fresh, glowing appearance. It also evens out skin tone, probably due to the pink colour. This works well to apply as a base underneath your make up, and the brightening effect still shows through. Unfortunately this primer does not reduce appearance of pores/lines in the skin, so if this is what you're looking for I would recommend the Porefessional primer instead. I didn't find that my makeup lasts any longer than usual when using this primer, but that's not too important with this product.

You can purchase "that gal" from Boots & Debenhams stores.
It retails at £21.50 for 11ml.

BAD gal lash - Mascara.
Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara claims to give the effect of "an instant set of false lashes". Unfortunately for me, this wasn't the case. I didn't find that it gave my lashes much length or volume, and I found it smudged quite badly under the eyes after just a few hours or so. The only thing I liked about it was the large synthetic brush, it separated the lashes really well, and stopped the lashes from clumping together like some mascara's do. If you are looking for a more natural looking mascara, rather than a false lash big effect, this would be ideal for you. 

You can purchase Bad Gal Lash at Boots & Debenhams stores.
It retails at £16.50 for 8.5g.

If you do happen to see any of the Glamour Magazines just sitting on the shelves, make sure you pick one up, you wont be disappointed!

Do you use Benefit products? What's your favourite?


  1. I only went and got the Porefessional as I'd tried the other 2 before and wasn't that impressed with them. I Loved the Porefessional though and went a got another copy with it in!
    Don't know if it's amazing enough to make me part with 20ish quid but I'm enjoying the freebies! :)

    1. I've just gone and bought another porefessional today, its definitely the best of the 3 freebies! :)
      I'm not sure if I will ever buy the full size one either, haha yay for freebies!

  2. i saw both the porefessional and the mascara but just picked up the porefessional as ive heard quite a few negative reviews on the mascara and wasnt too bothered about trying it! ive only used the porefessional once and can tell im going to like it, just a shame the real thing costs a lot more than £2! :P great review :) xxx

    1. Thanks! Yeah everybody's loving the Porefessional I think. It would be a struggle to splash out on the full size one :( xx

  3. Hey :)
    POREfessional all the way :) I'm loving it as well <3
    I have put your blog button on my blog darling!

    Love India

    1. Definitely a keeper the Porefessional!

      Thank you so much India! :)


  4. Shame that badgal didn't work for you as its one of my faves. But I suppose that just goes to show that certain products work well for some but not for others.

    I'm loving the porefessional too, especially in this icky heat! X :-)

    1. Yes, I guess every product review is down to personal preference, which is why I try to include good points and bad points of each product.

      Glad that you like it though! xx

    2. Yes that's right. I think mascara is different for people with different lashes aswell. There's lots of variables lol x :-)

  5. Great reviews !
    I will probably buy one of those primers since my NARS primer is almost empty. Want to try something new (:

    1. Thanks!

      Yes I'd definitely recommend the porefessional :)
      Just gone out today and bought another copy of the mag! xx

  6. why our local(Greece) magazines don't do such offers?so not fair :(
    nice reviews :)
    btw I found you through BBU Blog Hop

  7. I definitely need to try porefessional after reading your post! I'm going to try and hunt down a left over sample of it somewhere haha! I think the bad gal mascara would've been a lot better if it wasn't for the packaging, they made it so hard to get any product out! Really enjoyed your reviews xx

  8. The Porefessional is a lovely Benefit cosmetics creation! XD
    ~Pauline @ Benefit makeup Philippines