Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ben Nye Final Seal

This was the very first “makeup sealant” in my kit.  I found it at a local theatre arts store one day when I was replenishing my fav Ben Nye loose powders.  The storeowner told me a little about the product and how it was great for locking in your makeup all day. He said it was used by a lot of stage performers who needed the extra protection while under the hot lights. So I thought to myself, well if it works for them maybe it will help my makeup last longer and battle my oily skin(it’s a matte finish), and that it would be great for my brides, and their long wedding days.
 I purchased a small 2oz bottle for testing. When I got home I read a little more on the product and how it works. They said 2 to 3 pumps while holding the bottle 6 to 8 inches away from the face, being careful around the eyes and on sensitive skin…. RED FLAG! While I know that my own skin isn’t sensitive what about the many clients I want to use this on… So the next morning before going to work an 8-hour with a full face of makeup, I sprayed myself with the mist. What I got was a very strong minty smell, and a slight tingle on my skin. I waited for it to dry, and as it did I noticed that there was a few areas that didn’t look like it was sprayed evenly and it was kind of blotchy. Also, the product was sticky to the touch, and as it dried it felt like my skin was tightening.
I have EXTREMELY oily skin, and honestly I don’t think that there is anything in this world that can create enough barriers to keep my oil from breaking through. During the workday I checked my makeup and I must say that I wasn’t AS shiny, but a little oil did peak through. When I blotted my T-Zone with a tissue I did get some transfer, but not as much as if I would have just worn the makeup alone. My colors where still vibrant, and there was no fading.

Overall I think this product was just Ok. While it did help my makeup last longer throughout the day, I was kind of turned of by the disclaimer they added at the end about sensitive skin, which made me leery of using it on my clients. The stickiness and the tingle were another turn off. The last thing an artist needs is a client having a reaction or feeling any sort of tingle. Lol. 

You can purchase this product at many stores that carry theatre lines of makeup and online from various retailers. The prices vary but I have listed what most carry them for below.

2 fl. oz. - $7
8 fl. oz. - $17
16 fl. oz. - $27