Thursday, 11 June 2015

Benefit License to blot

If you have combination or oily skin you know what a battle it can be to maintain the balance between radiant skin and an oily sheen.
 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.

 
  


 
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25 comments

  1. Ohh, I want try this stick now!! Thanks for this post!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  2. It is so good and now has permenant residency on my desk! So much easier than using a powder to cover up my oil! yes I do that...! Really great for these warm months :)
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  3. What a fab review thankyou,i do wear makeup so thanks for your honesty and opinions,i won't be trying this and i actually didn't think about it spreading bacteria but yes i can see what you mean,i have read a few blogs about this now as wasn't sure as it's pretty expensive just to try and then find out it's not worth it,but after this you have saved me money thanks xx♥xx

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  4. Hmm... I'm torn. I use 100% extra virgin coconut oil as a 'night cream' & it has literally saved my skin but I do find I get shiny throughout the day - I'm wondering if this could be good for a confident, no makeup day to keep my skin fresh & oil free... thank you for reviewing!

    Danika x
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  5. Hmmmmm I might have to give this a try!

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  6. Lusting over this product!

    Lauren x | http://kissand-make-up.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Hmm I agree, doesn't seem very sanitary I think blotting sheets and having powder handy is the way to go
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  8. Hello! I'm new follow on your blog (quedateenminube)
    I agree with the post, :))

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  9. Thanks for reviewing this! Based on the product itself - I would have probably given it a go - but after your review - I know that I tend to wear a fairly heavy base - and would not want it transferring onto the stick (and I have some problematic areas where I don't want bacteria to spread). Thanks so much for another helpful post! xx

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  10. I really feel for anyone suffering low confidence from acne. I had beautiful skin growing up but in my late 20s started to get acne, i have literally spent thousands on treatments, antibiotics, vitamins, creams and lasers but the only thing thay works for me after trying everythung possible is curting out dairy, wine and drinking Skin Elixir by Tea with Me
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  11. I really feel for anyone suffering low confidence from acne. I had beautiful skin growing up but in my late 20s started to get acne, i have literally spent thousands on treatments, antibiotics, vitamins, creams and lasers but the only thing thay works for me after trying everythung possible is curting out dairy, wine and drinking Skin Elixir by Tea with Me
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  12. Thanks for your honest review, I did want to try it but you have mirrored my concerns about it disturbing your base and potentially being unhygienic. I'll pass on this one from Benefit xo

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  13. I tried this at a beauty counter and I do believe it works underneath foundation like you said, but along with Dr Feel Good by Benefit, I don't like it over the top of makeup. They make my oily skin more oily when applied on top of makeup. Loved this review.

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