I love Benefit products, the packaging is always so cute and I have never had anything disappointing from them. Sadly, my purse does not share my love and I really can't afford to constantly buy Benefit make-up on a student budget! I also love Seventeen, it was one of the first brands I ever bought make up from and it is such good value, but up until a few months ago I had been neglecting it. Recently, I have noticed Seventeen have bought out a lot of products that appear rivals to some of Benefit's top products so here are my comparisons:
Price: Benefit £19.50 Seventeen £5.99
Packaging: Benefit's high beam is in a much better package in my opinion, the little brush is good for targeting specific areas and the product looks generally cuter. Seventeen's offering is in a more standard tube, however as you can see after a few uses the product is already smeared round the top and using the pump I often get too much out.
Product: Colour wise these are very similar, with seventeen's only a smidgen pinker. Both have a shimmery look that transfers well onto the face as a highlighter, and both are simple to apply and give a lovely natural glow. I don't really agree with the '3 way' claim of the Seventeen highlighter (primer, highlighter or mixed in with foundation to give an all over glow) - it was way too much when I tried it as a primer, plus it didn't really help my make-up application, and I prefer targeted highlighting rather than all over mixed into foundation so I would only use this the one way, but nonetheless it is a very good product for the fraction of the price. Both last a decent amount of time; as long as my foundation lasts so a good 6+ hours.
Overall: As both products are very similar I have to say the Seventeen one wins purely due to price.
Price: Benefit £24.50 Seventeen £5.99
Packaging: Once again the Benefit product has much better packaging, a simple no-fuss tube so you can squeeze out a small amount. The Seventeen product (besides being blimmin' hard to photograph - hello reflection!) is a nice shape and pretty but much harder to get out and takes quite a while to get enough as it kind of melts onto the fingers. Plus I never understand packaging like this where there is no mirror!
Product: I don't know why I have either of these to be honest, I have no particularly visible pores and have never really worried about the appearance of my pores so beats me why I have two products for that! As just a normal primer the Porefessional is fab, it helps with make-up application and makes my skin feel so soft! The Flawless Poreless primer appeared to mix into my foundation or rub off when I applied foundation over it, and make those lovely little sort of rolls where everything rubs off and becomes a mess (please tell me I'm not the only one! Do they have a technical name?). Not impressed!
Overall: Benefit is definitely the winner of this one, it may be expensive but the tiny tube has lasted me ages so a full size one would last months and after all it is a cult product!
Price: Benefit £17.50 Seventeen £5.49
Packaging: Firstly, this may seem a little unfair as my boi-ing is a trial size, and not the prettiest. Going on the full size version which comes in a cute little pot with a screw off lid the packaging for this is nice as is expected with Benefit products. The Seventeen product has a similar circular pot but with a hinge lid which I prefer as I am always losing things and not putting lids on properly, so I won't be likely to put this in my bag open and get it covered in fluff and wrappers (never happened before of course...). Also the dinky little mirror is useful on the go.
Product: Both of these concealers are to banish under-eye dark circles but I also use them on blemishes when I'm feeling lazy. The paler shade of boi-ing almost completely removes my under-eye dark circles, however I use a concealer brush to apply this and always get a thick layer as it is so thick I find it almost impossible to blend. And a thick layer equals creasing - not good! It is however very good on blemishes and will cover pretty much everything. The Phwoarr paint is much creamier in texture and easier to blend, but still only lasts a few hours under the eye without creasing. It is good on blemishes too but doesn't camouflage quite so well.
Overall: I like both of these but Seventeen just wins this one due to it's lighter texture and price.
So as you can see, in my opinion some Seventeen products are better than much their much pricier counterparts, and though Benefit have some seemingly unbeatable holy grail worthy items (They're Real, The Porefessional) I am definitely going to try more Seventeen products in future!
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