Tried and Tested (Face): Benefit Fakeup and Bioderma Sebium H2O reviews

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I’ve been road testing a bunch of products during the last few weeks – here’s how two of them fared:

Benefit Fakeup ($35 for 3.5 g)

This concealer is launching in Australia tomorrow, and I was lucky enough to test-drive it early. Fakeup has a clever hydrating ring (containing appleseed extract and lots of castor oil) around a pigmented concealing core. It’s designed for use on the under-eye area in particular, but you can use it anywhere on your face. The user-friendly lipstick design makes it easy to apply on the go, but since my skin is oily, I find I need to powder lightly over it, which makes it more fiddly. This would be great as-is for dry skinned girls though, and I’ve found that in general, Benefit skin products cater better to skin on the dry side.

The shade selection is a bit scanty (3 shades: light, medium, dark), and luckily light works well for me – as an indication, I’m NC25. Face swatches, with Fakeup in Light blended in under my eye with no powder (the shine perks up my eyes but it goes greasy pretty quick without powder):

Bioderma Sebium H2O ($19.95 for 100 mL, $29.95 for 250 mL)

I reviewed Crealine H2O earlier – this is the version for oily skin, and works on the same principles of surfactant molecules to remove oily makeup. The Sebium range also contains Fluidactiv which is supposed to reduce clogged pores, and zinc gluconate and copper sulfate to kill acne-causing bacteria (the copper is what makes it blue). Because of the zinc and copper, you can’t use this on your eyes (Crealine H2O is recommended for that).

I’m still not completely sold on using this product to remove a full face of makeup without rinsing (I’m still a foaming cleanser fan!), but I’ve been using this as a toner-cleanser 2-in-1 in the morning. It’s amazing how much dirt I wipe off my face onto the cotton pad! My skin does seem to stay non-oily for a bit longer during the day now, but unfortunately I’m still blotting with paper by lunchtime. I’m still waiting to see how my clogged pores fare.

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