The third "series" that I'm looking to do on a regular basis is Skincare Sunday. I realize that I cover skincare items outside of Sunday, but I want to gear Skincare Sunday towards skincare lines (like I am today) and DIY projects. Something to keep it a little more unique from the other posts. Also if I'm good enough to do multiple posts on Sunday, it may not all be related to skin care (and most likely won't). With that intro, today I have the Benefit Cosmetics Radiant Skin Care Line to review for you. Luckily I got most of the items in the skincare line offered as part of a kit from Ulta for $24. Not a bad price if you ask me since there was enough product in the kit to last me for 2-3 weeks.
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Before I get into each of the different items in this kit, I figure I would cover the topics that are the same for all the items. All have a clean, floral scent that's not overpowering, but actually nice and almost calming. It smells fabulous. Next, all are nice products and does its job. I just have personal preferences of what I find to be useful, and what I can do without (or I have alternatives that work just as well). Third, the packaging of all of these are top notch, and super cute. The full-sized packaging have cork details and not plastic as in these sample sizes. The glass containers are sturdy and classy as well. Now on to the individual reviews.
Foamingly Clean Facial Wash
One step cleanser that removes makeup and impurities. It lathers up very nicely, and yet gentle enough that it doesn't dry out the skin. It leaves a nice clean, refreshed feeling behind. It's a nice face wash, but not nice enough for me to abandon all other face washes. Individually it retails for $22.
For days you need a little extra in your face wash, you need an exfoliant (1-2 times a week). This polish is meant to help minimize appearance of pores (with clay) and brighten the skin by gently exfoliating. Purification occurs due to the seaweed extract that has minerals and nutrients in it. I personally really like this polish since it combines the texture and lathering of the Foamingly Clean Wash with fine textured exfoliants that resurface the skin without ripping it apart. It does a good job of removing the dead/dry skin on top as well. Retails fro $23 on it's own.
Moisture Prep Toning Lotion
It smooths, revitalizes, and tones to maximize the effects of any moisturizer. It helps create a hydrated, soft, supple surface to help better absorb whatever moisturizer you put on top. It does this with the ingredients of vitamin E acetate, meadowsweet, and oat extracts to hydrate and reduce fine lines, as well as aloe leaf and yeast extract to clarify and soothe the skin. This is a nice prep to moisturizing, but not something I find to be necessary. It is more hydrating than your average toner because it has more substance (thickness) to it (texture shown in pic below); however, it's not a necessary step for me. In my opinion, if you have a good moisturizer, there's no need to get a moisturizing toning lotion. Also, I didn't see any difference in fine lines either. Retails for $30 on its own.
Triple Performing Facial Emulsion
It contains SPF 15 that protects, hydrates, and comforts skin. This lotion is oil-free, lightweight, ultra moisturizing formula with tri-radiance complex to immediately capture and maintain water on the skin's surface that continues throughout the day. It also contains vitamin E to protect the skin from free radicals. This is a nice moisturizer with SPF, that doesn't smell like SPF. Bonus in my book. The only downside is that its only SPF 15. For true anti-cancer benefits, you need at least SPF 30. Ditto for anti-aging, but any SPF is better than none for that purpose. Also this is the one instance I have problems with packaging. I like the thick texture of the emulsion (thicker than other "emulsions" that I've come across), but there in lies the problem. It is a pain in the you know what to get it out of the bottle because of its thickness. Otherwise the product itself is nice, just not for me. Retails for $30 on its own.
Total Moisture Facial Cream
A concentrated cream the provides immediate and long-term hydration that also contains the tri-radiance complex. With this product, the skin's moisture barrier is maintained as well as increase in moisture and water retention of the skin. Mango butter is the main ingredient to provide this moisture. This face cream is great. It's very thick in texture (see the pic below, the peaks in the cream show the texture), but at the same time it absorbs into the skin very nicely without any greasy residue. I prefer this as a night cream, but works well during the day as well. No dry patches left. Retails for $40 on its own.
It's Potent Eye Cream
Meant to fade dark circles and helps smooth fines lines for younger, brighter looking eyes. A peptide complex helps to restore elasticity and firmness. Furthermore, it contains botanical extracts, apple extract to boost collagen, loquat extract to help reverse some of the free radical damage that accumulates, and sodium hyaluronate to moisturize. This is another product from this line that's great. A little goes a long way, and it absorbs nicely into the skin. It didn't help with my dark circles (as far as I can tell), but it moisturized beautifully, and it did seem to help with some of my fine lines. Retails for $34 on its own.
Bottom Line: As a moisturizing line, this is rather nice. It smells great and does its job in terms of moisturizing. It even has some extra benefits besides super moisturization (even though it's not going to have any anti-aging miracles). For me, I would buy the It's Potent Eye Cream, Refined Finish Facial Polish, and Total Moisture Facial Cream since I found those to be the most helpful.