If your skin is combination or oily the the best place to begin to control this is always your skin care. Ensure you are using the correct skin care regime and this will go along way in helping you to balance out the oily areas.
New products are always being launched to combat the shine and Benefit have just added to the line up by releasing their License to blot, instant oil blotting stick.
What is it?
A twist up, triangular shaped stick which is designed to be gently stroked over the skin to combat shine on the skin. It contains a mixture of coconut/palm fatty acids which leave a balmy, silky film over the skin. Nylon is used as a synthetic polymer to act as an absorbent. Also contains a number of waxes and silica to absorb the excess oil from the surface of the skin.
What do we think?
For us, the jury is out on this one. The triangle shaped, slanted stick is really easy to use. The shape enables you to reach all of the corners and contours of the face.
If you use this on bare skin, or skin which has minimal areas of cover from a concealer then this works. It does matte you down and take away the shine, leaving your skin feeling soft and matte.
If you want to wear it on top of a foundation or powder then we personally don't think it works.
Benefit do state it is to be used lightly over the skin however even with the most delicate touch this does disturb your makeup underneath. After using over the T-Zone my base transferred onto the stick which left my base looking patchy and uneven. It also didn't feel very hygienic as it left the stick looking particularly grubby!
|After light use on the T-Zone|
The left over foundation residue doesn't make this the most hygienic of blotting methods so you will need to clean it with a tissue after each use. We also think if you suffer from problematic skin or acne then avoid this product. It's so easy to spread bacteria around the face and aggravate your skin further.
Overall if you wear hardly any base and just want to take down the shine then it's great and it works. If you want to touch up your makeup with this and remove shine from skin which has makeup already applied to it then it's not what we would recommend. Stick to your blotting sheets.
License to blot is £15.50 and available now https://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk
We would love to hear what you think of this product if you have tried it.