Product review: You Rebel tinted moisturizer from Benefit

I’ve always steered clear of tinted moisturizers.  In the past, the condition of my skin has been rather poor, and I  feel compelled to cover it up with a full-coverage foundation.  My skin also tends to be on the oily side, so I expected that adding more moisture to it would make my face a greasy, shiny mess.  To top it all off, I have a very pale skin tone, and I find that most tinted moisturizers are far too dark for me.


A couple of months ago, I had my makeup done at the Benefit makeup counter.  I wanted to try out some new products for Summer, and in particular I was looking for a more natural base.  I find that a full-coverage foundation is simply too heavy for Summer, and I wanted something that would let my skin breathe a bit more and that would look more natural.  The makeup artist showed me the You Rebel tinted moisturizer, and I was so impressed that I snapped up a tube right there and then.


As you can see, my tube has had quite a bit of use.

You Rebel is packaged in 50ml metal tube.  I quite like the packaging because it’s easy to control the amount that comes out of the tube, so there’s very little waste.  Also, you can easily roll the tube up from the bottom, so when there’s only a few dregs left in this tube, they’ll be easy to get out.


I find that the You Rebel is very easy to apply.  I wouldn’t recommend applying this with your fingers, because you won’t have as much control over the coverage, and you are more likely to wind up with a streaky face.  Instead, I pop a little onto the back of my hand and then use a foundation brush to paint it onto my face.  Then I blend it using wide, smooth strokes to make sure that my face is evenly covered with no streaks.


You Rebel comes in two different shades: a regular shade and a light shade.  I find that the darker shade is far too dark for my skin, but the light one is perfect.  If you have skin that’s extremely pale, you might find that it’s still too dark for you.  I have also noticed that if I over-apply the product, the colour deepens to a shade that’s too dark for my skin.  You don’t need to use a huge amount of product to get a brilliant effect, I only use a tiny smear.


The tinted moisturizer provides a very light coverage.  It is enough to even up your skin tone, but not heavy enough to cover up pimples or redness.  I need to use a concealer if I want to cover blemishes.  However, at the moment I’m using a couple of different Benefit concealers (Erase Paste and Boing!) and they both blend really well with the tinted moisturizer.  The end result is a look that’s dewy and glowing, without looking too heavy.


This is me wearing You Rebel and a little concealer.


If you have oily skin, like me, you might notice that shine is more of an issue when you’re using a tinted moisturizer than you would if you were using a regular foundation.  I add a very light dusting of translucent powder over the top of the moisturizer each morning, not enough to weigh down the look, but just enough to control shine.  I also need to reapply my powder or blot my face during the day to keep shine and oil at bay.  It isn’t an overwhelming problem, but the oiliness of my skin is more apparent when I use this product.


Except for in extremely hot or humid weather, I have found that You Rebel has pretty good staying power.  If the weather gets too hot, I wind up sweating it off, but in general a single application in the morning will last through to evening time with no touch-ups.


The product also provides an extra dose of moisturizer to your fae, which is great if you have dry skin.  Even though my skin is on the oily side, I think that my skin has become softer and more supple since I started to use this product regularly.  I also had a few fine lines beginning around my eyes that have plumped out.  Those lines were caused by dehydration rather than aging, so this is a good way to inject a bit more moisture into your skin.  The product also contains an SPF15+, but I would still recommend using a sunscreen underneath it.  You won’t be using enough of this product to provide your face with adequate sun protection, so you need to use a good quality facial sunscreen as well.


You Rebel retails for $51, which is more than I had really intended to pay for a tinted moisturizer.  However, the tube is rather large and it’s great value for money.  I’ve been using it at least four times a week for the past three months and I’m not even a quarter of the way through the tube.  As I said before, you really only need to use a smear of the product to get decent coverage, so one tube is going to last you a while.


I am really happy with the You Rebel tinted moisturizer from Benefit, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to achieve a glowing, healthy makeup look with minimal effort.


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