On my last trip to Sephora, I decided to purchase two new trial samples of Urban Decay Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray De-slick and Benefit POREfessional. When testing out new products to review on the blog, I always try to buy a sample size and use it over the course of several weeks. I feel that it’s the only way to truly test the quality of a product without forking over the big bucks for a full size bottle. Both of these products are from brands I love and I was excited to see whether they lived up to all claims on the packaging.
Urban Decay Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray
Summers in Alabama are hot, humid and wreak havoc on one’s makeup. Tired of having my makeup melt off, I purchased a sample size version of the Urban Decay Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray De-slick. As someone with oily combination skin, I have a terrible time with my t-zone appearing all oily and shiny. This is especially true during a hot summer. I have been looking for a makeup setting spray that works for a while. Urban Decay states on the packaging that it “mists on weightlessly to control oil, deflect surface shine and keep skin looking beautifully matte.”
Claims to mist on weightlessly to control oil, deflect surface shine and keep skin looking beautifully matte.
After wearing this product to three separate outdoor events held in 80 to 90 degree heat, I have to say that the product did an excellent job at keeping my shine under control and my makeup looking fresh. I never had to reapply any of my makeup or the setting spray. Most importantly the setting spray kept my t-zone from getting oily and helped to maintain that matte finish that I am looking for.
Makeup stays put even on humid, 90 degree days and keeps skin looking matte.
They are not kidding when they say to spray the product 8 to 10 inches from your face. Even at 10 inches away my face still felt fairly wet and I did have to lightly pat my face dry with a towel. Once the setting spray soaked in to my skin, I couldn’t tell I was wearing anything. Unlike some setting sprays, De-slick did not leave my skin feeling sticky.
Upon application the product leaves face feeling slightly wet, but it is quickly absorbed by skin with no sticky feeling residue.
As far as price goes, De-slick is reasonably priced at $30 for a 4oz bottle and $14 for a 1oz bottle. Based on the sheer lasting power of the setting spray and its overall effectiveness at keeping me shine free, I give this product an A+ rating. I totally plan on buying the full size bottle after my sample size runs out. If you live in a hot, humid climate and have oily skin, then this product should definitely be added to your makeup collection.
Benefit The POREfessional
I’ve always known that I have huge pores. This problem became even more evident after starting a blog and having to stare at pictures of myself. Wanting to correct this problem I purchased Benefit’s the POREfessional which promised to “quickly minimize the appearance of pores.” Based on the enthusiastic claims from the Sephora sales girl, I expected a lot from this product. Maybe I set my hopes to high, but upon application I was totally underwhelmed. I noticed no real difference in the visibility or size of my pores. None, zip, nada. My pores looked just the same except with a thin layer of product over them. The product did create a matte finish, but quickly wore off leaving my skin looking super shiny.
Did nothing to reduce the visibility of pores and the matte finish wore off quickly.
Disappointed in the results from this product, I went online to see if others had experienced similar problems. I found that reviewers who have oily skin found that the product did not work well for them. For many of these reviewers the product just intensified the look of their oily skin or slid right off. Since I too have oily skin, it makes sense that I too had similar results. Reviewers with normal to dry skin did seem to see good results and raved about the products ability to minimize the visibility of their pores. It’s also important to note that the Sephora sales girl stated that she had dry skin which may explain why the product worked so well for her.
Works well on normal to dry skin types, but not on oily skin types.
At $31.00 for a .75oz and $10.00 for .25oz it is reasonably priced when compared to other pore minimizing products. Based on my own experience I definitely recommend buying the sample size since individual results do seem to vary.
Honestly, I want to give this product an F rating. BUT . . . Since it seems to work well on normal to dry skin types, I cautiously give this product a C rating. I would not recommend this product to anyone with oily skin, because it just doesn’t really work well. Overall, I’m really disappointed in this product from Benefit and will probably be throwing it out.
Have you guys tried these products? If so did you have similar results to mine?