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I'm fairly picky about my skincare and have used the same routine for around 4 years now, but I do stray every few months when I discover some new products to try - always going back to my original routine. I obviously never learn, why fix something that ain't broke? Right? But I still insist on spending my money on something that I'll most likely end up hating. This time, it's Refined Finish by Benefit. I purchased this in a travel size kit along with 5 other products in the line so that I could try it all out without spending too much money.
Refined Finish is a facial polish, which, to you and me is an exfoliator. Described as a product to beautifully brighten, gently exfoliate and purify the skin whilst reducing the appearance of pores, Refined Finish promises a lot, but can it deliver?
The travel size tube I have contains 8.9g of product versus the full size which contains 127.5g - huge difference! The tube is almost identical on a smaller scale, with the only difference being that the travel size has a cream plastic lid and the full size has a cork lid. The tube is very simple to look at and doesn't really catch the eye in my opinion. It's a pale sea green colour with dark green detail on the front. The brand and product name is printed on the front with the brand information and use by timeline on the back. This is to be used within 12 months and as I always say, FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES! They are there for a reason, you don't want to be using old products on your face because the bacteria that breeds in them is disgusting!
When I twisted the cap off and looked inside, I was actually quite horrified. The tiny 2 inch long tube was only half full. Now I understand this is a cheap travel kit to test the products, but they could at least have filled the bottle! I then gave it a sniff and wasn't really impressed with that either. It was a delicious scent, don't get me wrong, but it was heavily perfumed. If any of you remember Rockin' Rio by Escada from many years ago, this is exactly what Refined Finish smells like. I'm not one that enjoys using heavily perfumed products on my face as they tend to be quite irritating, but I trucked on and decided to give it a go anyway.
I squeezed a teeny bit of the white cream onto my palm before lathering it between my hands and exfoliating my face. I first noticed that there weren't many exfoliating beads in it at all. I'm one that likes a strong exfoliator - if I'm going to bother exfoliating, I might as well do it properly. Then I noticed a horrible burning sensation around my nostrils. There were very little exfoliating beads in it, so I know I didn't over exfoliate. I'm putting that down to the heavy fragrance. I instantly rinsed it off and after a couple of minutes, the burning went away but my skin didn't feel particularly great afterwards. It felt tight and sensitive, something that never happens with my usual skincare routine. I had a quick look in the mirror to check my pores and unfortunately, there was no difference at all. Maybe over time this product would've helped, but as I don't like to cause myself discomfort I decided to discontinue using it after the first time so I suppose I'll never know. I also didn't notice my skin looking any brighter either, which is weird because my skin always looks a bit brighter and feels incredibly smooth after exfoliating, but not today!
Unfortunately, this is my second review out of 6 for this skincare line, and I've disliked both products that I've talked about so far. Not a good impression!
As I mentioned before, the full size product contains 127.5g of product and it retails for £17.50. This is a fairly high price for something that doesn't really make a difference to the skin whatsoever. If you like products that are highly fragranced and prefer a softer exfoliator, then go right ahead and try it, but I personally wouldn't recommend this at all.
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