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      21.08.2013 20:50
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      benefit no no

      I am a big fan of the Benefit line of make up and had heard good reviews of this particular product. Having suffered from a shiny and sometimes greasy t-zone (on the wrong side of 30!) I picked this up from Boots as a way of trying to control this and enable me to wear my favourite foundation which, at the time was Revlon's Liquid Custom Creations. I also suffer from a bit of an uneven complexion which is hard to control with foundations alone, so the product title of 'complexion balm' gave me hope.

      I paid £22 for this at the time (that was around 6 months ago). It is widely available in most large boots stores and department stores like Debenhams and John Lewis. The price seems to vary between £21-£26, although I have seen it for half this price on ebay although I would beware of purchasing via ebay due to the fakes that are out there.

      The packaging is cool and retro. The product comes in a silver tin and this silver tin is presented neatly in a small black cardboard box with the dr feelgood image on the front (a vintage picture of a man and woman 'embracing'!) The silver tin is very sturdy and there is a green sticker on the bottom giving you instructions and a little bit of information about the product.

      The first thing I noticed about using this product was that the tin was really hard to open - you literally have to prise it open with your fingertips. This meant that when I had finally opened it I really didn't want to close it again! I think this would have been much better as a screw top!

      On opening the tin you can immediately smell the product which is sweet and citrusy. The smell isnt too strong but strong enough to make an impression - I liked this as most make-up products I buy can either smell chemically or of nothing at all! The product is an off-white colour and is solid in the tin. Also there is lots of it! It takes a bit of moving around to get it a bit 'loose' and the texture of it I found was like putty.

      In the tin there is a sponge. I'm not sure if mine is a fluke - but the sponge is way too big for the tin which may partly explain the difficulties getting in and out of the tin (I did notice on one occasion a bit of the sponge had got caught in the lid). The sponge is a similar colour to the cream and is like a typical foundation sponge you would buy separately from Boots. After a few uses of this product I found that the sponge would get very dirty (mostly with my make up) so didn't feel it was very hygienic. It is also very difficult to get any of the product onto the sponge which makes it difficult then to apply evenly.

      The product claims that it contains Vitamin C and that it aims to -
      smooth fine lines
      produce silky, flawless and matte to touch skin
      So, in my experience did Benefit Dr Feelgood deliver theses results?

      So I am aware that some people may use this after moisturising and before applying foundation. I however used it after applying foundation as I way to seal my make up and reduce the t-zone shine I talked about. I used by dipping the sponge into the tub (you really need to get in there) and digging out a bit of the product to then smooth over my t-zone (nose/chin/forehead).

      I don't (at the moment) struggle from many fine lines so it is difficult to review this claim - I have some fine lines around my eyes but only really when I smile and I don't think any miracle make up would get rid of these. The product didn't add any lines though!!
      My skin did fele - and look very matte to touch and it certainly did a good job at reducing the shine on my t-zone, unfortunately it reduced it a bit too much and I found that my skin was very dry afterwards. With the addition of foundation in the mix this meant I had a caked on look - ew!

      So unfortunately for me this did'nt deliver the results I wanted - perhaps it just didnt suit my particular type of skin but I would strongly advise anyone thinking about purchasing to visit the Benefit counter and try before you buy!

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        13.05.2013 21:51
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        A bit of a waste of money in my opinion

        I received this Benefit Dr. Feelgood from a friend who didn't like it, and gave it to me to try. Benefit's tag line for this product is:
        "Mattify shine with our invisible, weightless balm. Leaves skin silky to the touch."

        This product comes in a round, silver tin which fits snugly in the palm of your hand. The front of the tin has the words "Dr. Feelgood" and a picture of a man kissing a woman. In a style similar to most of the Benefit products, the tin design is quite unique and quirky. To open the tin you simply lift the lid on/off. The balm itself is a pale, creamy coloured wax. Inside the tin there is also a round, white sponge that can be used to apply the balm. The balm itself had a nice smell, a pleasant lemony scent which I quite liked.

        There are some brief instructions as to how to apply the product on the back of the tin. Benefit say the product should be applied by "sweeping over make up, or simply applying to a bare face". Now to be honest, a shiny face is not something I usually suffer from but I thought since this Dr. Feelgood balm was a freebie as such, I would give it a go anyway.

        As per the product instructions, the first time I applied the product I used the sponge to put it on over my make up. I was disappointed to find that this simply wiped my make up away, leaving me with a dirty sponge and a patchy face with make up that needed reapplied. I am not sure if any of the balm actually made it onto my face, and I am unsure as to how anyone could apply this product over the top of their make up without completely ruining it!

        The next time I used the balm I applied it to a bare face, before applying make up. The balm itself was much easier to apply in this way as I was not concerned I was ruining my carefully applied make up. After applying the balm, my face felt smooth and soft and was matte in appearance. I have to admit that this surprised me, as the waxy feel of the balm gave me the impression that it would make my face greasy/shiny, but this was not the case.

        When applying my make up after using this product, I did not notice my make up going on or looking any different. My make up just looked the same way it always does and I don't think this Dr. Feelgood product made my skin look any brighter or better. I was a little disappointed by this, as other than making my skin soft, I can't really see any advantages to this product.

        This product costs £22.50 for a 10g tin. After using this product 3-4 times and noticing no benefits, it has stayed in the bottom of my make up bag since. I can therefore conclude that this product is not worth the rather large price tag. For the reasons outlined above, I wouldn't recommend Benefit Dr. Feelgood and am only giving it a 1 star rating. Thanks for your reads and rates.

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          26.07.2012 21:56
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          Too costly for me, especially with better primers out there.

          I have used this balm on and off for a few years. I think in total I have owned two full sized pots and one sample that I received from the benefit counter when I was purchasing something else.

          The balm comes in a metal tin with a rather amorous looking couple on the front and some information on the back. The lid to the tin can be pulled off relatively easily, unless your hands are wet/greasy in which can it can be a bit of a struggle. I'd rather the lid twisted on and off as this might be a little easier to open when you are in the process of applying make up. The tin comes with a face sponge in it which can be used to apply the balm, this is actually really handy because it can be very tricky to apply without it.

          The balm itself has a really lovely smell to it, I can't quite place what it is though it reminds me of talcs and other concoctions I used to find on my grandmothers dressing table. You basically smooth the sponge over the balm and then apply this to your face. It is designed basically as a sort of complexion smoother which can be worn alone, over or under make up. I have tried all of these and had varying degress of success with each.

          Using it by itself is fine, it basically works like a primer would and smooths your skin to give you a lovely clear and blemish free face. It alleviates any oily patches, and just generally makes any pigmentation in my skin look better too. It feels very lightweight so I would be happy to wear it alone, though I personally tend to save it for special occasions and not for everyday use.

          Using it under make up gives pretty much the same effects as a primer would, and as it does when you wear it alone. Because it feels very lightweight it is really comfortable to wear under make up and my skin is still able to breath. Using it consistently I haven't seen any negative side effects to the condition of my skin and find it to be a good primer, though I have used better which are cheaper.

          Using it over make up is what they recommend you do on the reverse of the tin. I don't know whether I've done this wrong but I could not manage to get this to work effectively at all. If you apply it over foundation or powder the make up you have on wears off on the sponge and you basically go back to square one. I'd love to go back to the benefit counter and get them to show me how this function works, because as far as I am concerned it simply doesn't work.

          The tin probably lasts me 2/3 months worth of use. I don't use it every day and tend to save it for special occasions because it is quite expensive at £21.50. Because of the price I have only bought it to treat myself but have since found a much better primer that is cheaper and more effective (see my l'oreal review).

          Overall, it fulfils two out of the three functions detailed but there are definitely better and cheaper products out there. Not the best choice for me.

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            16.06.2012 13:40
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            Well worth the money, plus it smells fab too

            This is a complexion balm for the skin. It can be worn alone, under make-up or over make-up.

            The balm comes presented in a small round tin and it costs £21.50.

            The balm smells gorgeous and it is really silky and lightweight. The balm weighs 24g. I find the balm easy to apply. I moisturise my skin first and then I apply this over moisturiser. It tends to go further that way and it helps to "set" your moisturiser, leaving a great base for make-up. I then apply my make-up over my moisturiser and balm and the balm then acts as a primer. The balm primes my skin ready for make-up and I find that my make-up lasts a lot longer with this balm applied underneath. I gently pat the balm over my moisturiser as rubbing it in can sometimes make your skin appear a little red for a brief while. Patt the balm onto your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin and then GENTLY rub the excess into your skin using small circular motions.

            The balm also leaves a pleasant fragrance on your skin and it is made with tons of Vitamins and good stuff which are absorbed into your skin throughout the day. You can also use the balm alone. I find that it's great for taming unruly eyebrows and you can apply it to your eyelashes as a clear mascara. There's lots of things you can do with this balm. It's actually quite versatile and it's worth the money as it lasts ages too.

            The tin dents easily so be careful with it!

            Would I recommend this balm? Yes, I would.

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            06.12.2011 21:31
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            worth the money, picture perfect finish!!

            Dr. feelgood by benefit comes in a round metal tin containing 24g of its product. the tin is robust, i've had it in my handbag plenty of times and it has no dents in it. The lid come of easily, but it will not come of unless you mean it to which is a good thing if you keep it in bags. The tin also contains a sponge, I think it used to be the size of the tin but mine has stretched after using it so often, it is now bigger than the tin but still fits. Ive had my product for just over a year now and I have hit pan but there is still plenty of product left.

            Benefit says : ' This invisible refiner, blended with vitamin C helps to smooth away the appearance of fine lines while leaving skin feeling and looking more silky, flawless and matte to the touch. It's a colourless,weightless miracle worker.'

            I am very happy that it contains Vitamin C. At the start I did not like this product as I had dryish skin and i felt like this product made my skin flake. I stopped using this product until my skin got better. Once it was better i thought i'd give it another go and I have loved it ever since.

            It smells very lightly of lemons, but i would not say that it smells citrusy I apply it with the sponge provided and if i want to 'fill' specific lines ill use my finger to pic up some product and dab it into the lines. If i use this as a primer i swipe the sponge across my face and if I use it after my makeup i dab it on. If used as a primer it evens out my face and it feels silky and my makeup stays on all day!! If i us it ontop it gives me a wonderful matt finish, but careful you might get makeup on your sponge. I never have to do touch ups on my makeup when i wear this. It make me look picture perfect!!

            The price is 21 pounds.

            I love this product and I use it about 5 days a week and it last around 1 1/2 years. I would bye this product again even though it was expensive, just because i know it will last me a very long time.

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            29.07.2011 15:44
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            Pointless product.

            I was bought this as part of a Christmas present, as I'd specifically asked for some Benefit products. I'd heard such good reviews about the brand, and the packaging is beautiful, so I thought I'd give it a go.

            So, this balm is meant to erase pores and blot shine, apparently. It's a slightly weird consistency, and not particularly pleasant to put onto your skin. Like most people, my most obvious pores are on my nose, and this is also the shiniest part of my face. Well, ok, it did stop the shine a little bit, but the pores looked pretty much the same. I'm not sure exactly what's meant to happen - do face pores just shrivel up? I don't know, but I haven't found a product yet which lives up to this dubious 'pore disappearing act' claim.

            The other thins I found about this balm is that as is didn't absorb into my skin very well, it made the foundation I applied afterwards go all clumpy and weird. As a primer, this product also fails in the task. I tried, as per suggested, applying it *after* my makeup, but as I feared, this didn't do much good either. It just make my makeup move around or come off completelty.

            In conclusion, I'm not entirely sure what this product is for. It's not something I would ever choose to buy in the first place, and is certainly not something I would ever buy again.

            At around £21, I'd say it's an absolute rip-off. Not recommended.

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              10.05.2011 18:49
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              So Doctor, what was I supposed to feel?

              Benefit's Dr. Feelgood promised to be a 'miracle worker' for the skin, but sadly I've been left asking where's the miracle?

              Benefit was the brainchild of two sisters in San Francisco, and has snowballed due to their cute and kitsch products, and clever marketing.

              I purchased Dr. Feelgood as part of a gift set, which I originally purchased to obtain the other Benefit products, but I also received a full sized tin of Dr. Feelgood. The silver tin itself is a bit bigger than a tin of vaseline, yet it still significantly smaller than the palm of my hand. The picture depicts a man and woman with an intimate look in each other's eyes, they are so close he could be kissing her 'flawless' skin. The lid easily pulls on and off, but isn't so slack that you would ever have to wonder about the lid falling off in your handbag.

              To apply the product, Benefit kindly left some instructions on the back either pat and sweep over your makeup or bare skin. These claims got me all very excited, as I thought this could be one product I could carry anywhere and anytime for a quick skin pep me up. Thankfully for this Benefit included an applicator sponge, which fits very snugly in the top of the tin, it's almost a little too snug as I have to press the edges in to make sure the sponge easily fits in. The sponge itself is white and circular, it is also very soft and flexible so can adjust to the contours of your face. It can get a little dirty not surprising if you are mainly applying it over your make up and can easily be washed in a small amount of baby shampoo with your cosmetic sponges.

              The product itself is a creamy yellow coloured balm with a waxy feel to it, and actually has a very solid feel to it. It does have a very nice smell to it quite lemony and herbal, and for some reason because it had an aromatherapy aroma I was duped into thinking this would show wonderful effects on my skin.

              I personally find application of this product quite tricky, as the balm is such a solid consistency it is hard to pick any up onto the sponge. To pick up product I felt as if I had to push down into the base of the tin, and this then results in flakes of wax, rather than a smooth balm consistency. Rubbing over the skin is not a problem with the well made sponge, apart from I sometimes find these wax flakes appearing across my skin. The balm has also discoloured to a brown colour in some areas, which I find particularly strange as I do not wear any form of tinted moisturiser or foundation on the skin, and apply this not long after my morning skincare routine.

              Benefit claims that my skin shall be 'silky, flawless and matte to the touch'. I would agree with two of these descriptions after applying above or below make up my skin does feel silky and matte, if your skin can feel matte. As far as flawless goes I believe my skin itself looks no different, if anything a little washed out due to the off white/ yellow colour. Although once on the skin, my skin does feel softer for approximately four hours, and does not add any weight to make-up, with a small amount of smudging of my make up when applying. As far as the claims that this will hide fine lines, I'm afraid this Doctor is making false claims that could lead him or her to being struck off, my fine lines remained not highlighted by the product, but they were certainly not diminished.

              As far as wearing on top of make up or on its own, I would recommend putting this on top of make-up as it did move my blusher a little bit, my skin did feel nicer, although appeared no different. Without make-up the balm felt thicker on my skin, and the pale colour did not give my skin the lift that it needs in a morning. Although this product does contain Vitamin C which is meant to give it that extra zip, although I don't feel like it did it for me.

              For the grand sum of £21.50 this 24 grams worth of balm plus an applicator sponge could be yours from all large department stores. Do I recommend this product? In a word, no; but I see this is a bit of a Marmite product and works wonders for some and does absolutely nothing for others. My skin did feel nicer with the application of this product, but it certainly did not improve its appearance. I have done some further research, and many say this suits those with a normal/ oily complexion, whereas my skin is certainly drier, which may explain my disappointment with this product. It may also explain why Benefit are selling the matte finish that this product can leave your skin with, which is something I never have a problem with anyway.

              Two stars for a pricey product that only half worked for me. A try before you buy!

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                21.02.2011 08:55
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                It didn't improve my complexion at all and in my opinon, it is not worth the money.

                Dr Feelgood is described as a velvety complexion balm. It can be bought for around £20 from Boots and other large department stores. I came into contact with this product because a lot of my friends swear by it and I thought I would give it a go after hearing them rave about it and because I am a big Benefit fan myself.

                As always with Benefit, a lot of careful attention has been given to the packaging. It comes in a lovely solid silver tin, a bit bigger but similar in appearance to a pot of vaseline. It has an old fashioned picture on the front with Dr. Feelgood written in curly writing. Inside there is a smooth spongelike applicator which can be used to apply the product. The product itself is a colourless and weight less balm. It has a fresh, citrus aroma with a hint of sweetness which is not over powering.

                So what is the purpose of it? According to Benefit, this is an innovative balm that will give you everything you need for smooth, silky, matt skin. It promises to mattify shine and reduce the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores. The velvety balm will leave your skin as soft as a petal and silky to the touch. It claims to be just what the Doctor ordered and is your pretty prescription for beautiful, healthy skin. It is a favourite with the celebrity make up artist.

                Sounds pretty amazing but how does it work? Doctor Feelgood contains Vitamin C to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and Vitamin E which helps to boost your skins elasticity and helps maintain a proper balance of moisture. It is also enriched with Vitamin A and contains cornstarch and chamomile extract. By patting the product onto any areas of imperfections, this so called miracle worker will fills in your fine lines and enlarged pores with its waxy consistency. It also acts as a primer, creating a perfect surface on which to apply your make up and therefore giving the appearance of a healthier complexion. It claims to reduce the appearance of oily skin by soaking up the excess oil.

                The instructions tell you that you can pat this product onto your skin before applying make up or even instead of wearing make up in order to make your complexion appear healthier. You can also apply it over the top of make up that you are already wearing, in order to freshen up your face and is fabulous for mid day touch ups because of its handy packaging and size. It is important to pat the product on, rather than to rub it in. If you rub it on, it will drag your skin and not fill out your imperfections.

                I tend to disagree with all of the above. The product itself is quite oily and when I applied it to my skin, I felt like I was applying a layer of oil. It made my skin incredibly shiny and gave me spots. I had none of the so called promised benefits. Also when I tried to apply it over the top of my make up, it just wiped all of my make up off. It left me greasy, spotty and with a face full of blotchy make up. Not really what I wanted from a £20 miracle complexion balm! I do have quite sensitive skin so that might be why.

                This is just my opinion and like I said before, my friends swear by it and one friend was particularly pleased when I gave up on my balm as a lost job and gave it to her. So, Dr Feelgood is very much like Marmite. You'll either love it or hate it.

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                  17.09.2010 00:00
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                  A brilliand complexion balm

                  One of my all time favourite skincare brands is Benefit the American company that was started up by identical twins in the 1970's. It is now widely available in department stores across the country and they specialize high end beauty highly original beauty products.

                  One of my absolute favourite products they produce has to be the Dr feelgood complexion balm.
                  This balm promises to leave your skin feeling velvety to the touch, mattify shine, reduce the appearance of fine lines and generally improve the look and condition of your skin. Pretty big claims for such a little tub.

                  Dr feelgood complexion balm comes in a gorgeous little 25g metal tub with the lid having a really nice vintage picture of an old fashioned debonair man kissing a women with Dr feelgood emblazoned across it. I have to admit I am a sucker for nice packaging and this is something that the Benefit brand does so well.

                  The balm itself is a really light creamy yellow colour but goes on the skin completely clear. It comes with a sponge for application which is extremely easy to use.
                  When you apply it to your skin it really makes it soft and silky to the touch whilst also absorbing any oil in your skin.
                  My skin always feels gorgeous when I apply this and it makes the perfect base for makeup. Foundation goes on so smooth after applying the complexion balm and it really makes it last a lot longer and you do not need powder when using this.
                  It does say it can be used on top of makeup but be prepared for some trial and error getting it right as it can look a little cakey on top of foundation if you put too much on. The best way to apply it on top of makeup is to just use your fingers and lightly pat it to the areas you want such as eyes and cheeks.

                  I do also like to wear this alone without make up after moisturiser. It evens out my complexion and makes my skin look like I have had 8 hours of sleep and drank 2 litres of water. Fine lines round my eyes are diminished to the point where they are not noticeable anymore and although it leaves my skin matt it also gives it a slight healthy glow.

                  The bad thing about this product is its price which is £20. It is a lot for a small tub but it is definitely a luxury product from the packaging to the scent and feel of it. There may be other products out there that do a similar job but I can guarantee they won't make you feel so good whilst they are doing it.

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                  Not my favourite Benefit product!

                  Benefit Dr Feelgood is a 'complexion balm' designed to be smoothed over the skin to absorb excess oil and cover up pores and fine lines. It is described as being colourless and weightless and is supposed to create "smooth, silky, matte skin". The product comes in a metal pot with a vintage picture on top and includes a sponge. I really like the packaging as I love vintage-style things!

                  I placed an order on the US Benefit site a while back, and as a result received a free sample of Dr Feelgood in a little black plastic pot. I was pleased to receive this as I really liked the sound of the product - my skin tends to be slightly oily, and I have pores and blackheads on my nose (though no fine lines yet thankfully!). I hoped that the product would help even out my skin tone while looking natural and fresh.

                  The product is creamy-yellow in colour, although once on the skin it looks clear. In terms of thickness it is thick enough not to move around in the pot but probably softer than your average solid concealer. It doesn't really have much of a smell, just a very subtle cosmetic smell.

                  The product goes onto the skin very easily whether you are using a sponge or your fingers, and disappears into the skin without being noticeable. You only need to use a tiny amount, too. I've had my small sample pot since spring, and have been using it frequently, yet it's only half empty - I imagine the larger version would last for yonks!

                  So why have I only given it two stars? Well, basically, the product doesn't actually work. I've tried applying it over and under foundation, and over and under powder. Over makeup doesn't work as it clumps, but under makeup it just gets covered by the makeup. I've also tried it instead of makeup, but that didn't work either! I've tried applying a lot of product and a little, with a sponge and with my fingers, but the results are the same each time - there is absolutely no difference to my skin.

                  I'm really disappointed with this product, as I'd read good reviews and thought it sounded like something I could benefit from. Maybe I'm doing it wrong! I've given Dr Feelgood 1 star for being long-lasting, half a star for the lovely packaging and half a star since Benefit were kind enough to give me a sample, preventing me from wasting my money. Looks like I'm off to look for another 'prescription'!

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                  A good product if you fancy treating yourself

                  I am a sucker for Benefit products and so am an advertisers dream being easily seduced by pretty packaging, but these days I have to rein myself in and wait to receive nice things as presents instead!

                  Luckily my lovely husband comes up trumps and usually buys me posh beauty products for Christmas and it was he who presented me with a nice little pot of Dr Feelgood last year.

                  As I can't be trusted not to spend money I don't have, I usually steer clear of the Benefit counter so was totally unfamiliar with this balm. It was new to me and I was desperate to try it out.

                  Dr Feelgood is a clear balm, which is solid and comes in the signature vintage inspired Benefit packaging, in this case a cute metal tin with a twist off lid.

                  It comes with a chunky, good-quality sponge for application, and its main purpose is to smooth skin and blot shine, providing a flawless finish in an instant.

                  The balm is scented and is floral, almost rose like in its smell, which fits in well with the whole 'old-fashioned but glamourous' image.

                  Enriched with vitamin E and C, this wonder balm can be applied on its own for a more natural finish or under, or over make-up. It really is down to personal preference.

                  I tend to use the balm on its own on days when I can't be bothered to apply proper make-up, so in effect I use it as an alternative to powder to perk up my skin and blot any oily patches, especially on my nose and forehead being a typical T-zone girl!

                  The product works really well on its own. It's quick and easy to apply using the sponge which soaks up the product nicely. I have tried using this with make-up too but I find it ineffective used this way as it tends to flake on top of foundation. Likewise it isn't great on top of powder, because although it works nicely, it adds nothing and does the same job as powder so is therefore an extra effort for not much reward.

                  When used alone though it does noticably even out my skin tone and seems to fill in any tiny fine lines, making for a smoother, clearer complexion which feels like velvet. It works a bit like a primer, so personally I would just use it on its own or under make-up.

                  Dr Feelgood is a nice product but it really isn't an essential and I can see why some people would not bother with it, especially since it costs around £20 forn a 24g pot. For me, it's hard to justify the cost for a luxury item, especially one which is not a necessity.

                  Another negative is the fact that the sponge gets really grimy and manky quite quickly as the product clings to it, but that can be rectified by regular washing. The balm lasts for ages, and while I use it sparingly, I still have an almost full tin nine months later. It is still moist, has not dried out, and is still very usable.

                  So all things considered this is a lovely addition to your cosmetic collection, even better if you can wangle it as a gift and save on splurging your own hard-earned cash!

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                    could do better, get rid of the sponge!

                    i bought this a few months ago and ive used it a handful of times. ive really tried to like this product but i just cant get on with it. im a big fan of benefit but this doesnt please me. the balm itself is ok, worn alone its good, it keeps the oil at bay and keeps my skin looking matte for a few hours. but worn on top of make up its not so good. it comes with a quality sponge applicator but after a few uses the sponge has seen better days. most of the balm is left on the sponge which causes a lot of waste and makes the sponge quite yuk-not something you'd like to put on your face! worn on top of make up the balm does keep the oil at bay a keeps your skin matte for a few hours but putting the balm on with the applicator takes a lot of your make up OFF! its an odd product, i bought it on the advice of a friend but i think i'll stick with loose powder from now on. i do have to say i love the packaging, it comes in a cute tin(within a cute box!) and has a paper seal that stays over the balm to stop the sponge absorbing any more balm! its not my favourite product in the benefit range, not sure i can recommend it.

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                    06.07.2010 15:30
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                    a waste of money

                    I have been on the hunt for a make up primer or product that would leave my skin silky soft and smooth and hide my imperfections - those being large pores.

                    So when I was in my local Boots store and I passed the Benefit stand, the assistant asked if there was any make up product that I would love to have, something I felt wasn't working for me. So I told her I would love to hide those darn pores and the odd little wrinkle that's starting to form under my eyes and use this product whilst wearing my make up. She said that as my skin tends to get oily around the T-Zone near the end of the day that Dr Feelgood would suit my skin. She told me that I could put it on after cleansing, toning and moisturising, leave for 10 mins and then apply my foundation and it would go on smooth and give me flawless looking skin. She also said that you can pat it on after applying your make up.

                    So I went home all excited that I'd finally found something which would give me a great looking complexion, smooth and clear. First I tried putting it on under my make up, and it made it really hard to put my make up and it made my foundation go cakey and blotchy...it didn't seem to blend as it normally does. So another day, another try and this time I pat it on as instructed after putting my make up on. It made my foundation look really powdery.

                    I haven't really bothered to use it much since. On the odd occasion I just use it when I'm having a day in without any make up as on it's own as it does make your skin very smooth, but I don't feel that it hides my pores.

                    I'm not sure if the girl who sold it to me knew the full use of the product (if she was new...maybe..?) as I told her I wanted a make up primer....and felt I just got a skin softner.

                    Very disappointed!!

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                    18.05.2010 21:27

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                    fantastic product for dealing with shine and combination skin

                    This was the first benefit product i tried, i have problems getting make up to suit my combination skin i always ended up looking a bit patchworky, and I wanted something to rectify this I was looking for a face primer when my sister recommended benefit products to me so i toddled down to debenhams and spoke to one of the sales staff who recommended Dr Feelgood
                    I must admit i was a bit wary at first it sounded like a lot of money, for a seemingly simple product. But I thought if it was going solve my problem it was worth a go. i can truly say that it is worth every penny it is a clear balm that mattes and smoothes the skin. It comes in a tin and may seem a small amount but as with most benefit products lasts longer than you'd expect. as it comes in a tin its really handy for taking out with you, it also comes with its own sponge applicator you will probably need to replace this at some point but that's only because it really does last that long.
                    The first time I used it I noticed that it very lovely smell and texture to it, it is colourless and therefore not viable on your skin with or without make up, it feels really nice to smooth over skin but it is also very lightweight and you can not feel it or notice it on your skin once applied
                    Its' great for using after foundation to help set and smooth skin before using a powder, it also great for refreshing make-up and getting rid of that awful shine especially on a night out and for quick touch ups. You can also use it on bare skin to smooth and blot. Another benefit is that it also helps to keep your makeup in place during the day / evening. It does help with the patchwork issue as it smoothes under the foundation or over personally I prefer to use it in between foundation and powder as it combats the drying effect that powder can have. Both me and my sister are now daily users!

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                    17.04.2010 21:14
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                    A #1 seller for over 10 years and a celebrity favourite

                    Benefit offers a make-up range that is renowned for being fun and innovative. The extensive range is appealing for all ages, from teenagers who are dipping their toes into the make-up pond for the first time to those with experience of the vast beauty market that exists today. Benefit sells products that provide fixes for beauty problems and their make-up products have had a lasting effect on their customers. dr. Feelgood is their innovative complexion balm that gives you smooth, silky, matte skin. It is colourless and weightless, enriched with vitamins A, C, and E, with a velvety feel. It mattifies your complexion, reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores and gets rid of excess oil.

                    Using the sponge provided, you simply pat and smooth the balm onto your face, paying particular attention to any areas with fine lines or enlarged pores (such as the corner of the eyes or the tip of the nose). Benefit claim that the balm can "be applied to bare skin or on top of makeup". However I found that using it on bare skin gives dramatically better results. Using it alone, I found that the large pores on the end of my nose were visibly reduced and overall my skin looked and felt smoother and more even. Sadly, using it on top of makeup resulted in slightly, streaked foundation (and a slightly stained sponge!) and pores were not minimised as much. The balm has a light, refreshing smell although this is very subtle and the smell does not linger for long on the skin.

                    dr. Feelgood comes in a small, compact tin (24g) with a soft, durable sponge. The tin is decorated in typical Benefit retro style, styled on vintage magazines and posters, and would look good in any make-up bag. Although this product is quite expensive compared to other high street make-up prices (around £20), the brilliant quality and long life span prove that it is a worthy investment.

                    dr. Feelgood is not just a 70s British rock band - it's also a make-up essential for any Benefit gal!


                    Ingredients:
                    Corn Starch Modified, Diethylene Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Isosteryl Meopentanoate, Silica, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax, Tridecyl Trimelitate, Diethylene Glycol Diisononanoate, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobili) Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Ascorbyl Palmitate.

                    *Benefit Cosmetics have a 'no animal testing policy'.*

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                  • Product Details

                    Benefit Dr. Feelgood Velvety Complexion Balm 24g / Mattify shine with our invisible / weightless balm that leaves skin feeling silky-soft / Fabulous for mid-day touch-ups. / this makeup artist fave can be worn alone / under or on top of makeup / Contains Vitamins A / C & E to help smooth away the appearance of fine lines / Pat and smooth under or over makeup with its accompanying sponge / Or / simply wear it alone / All skin types.