Happy hump day bellas,
I picked up the Dr Brandt Complexion Perfection Kit from Sephora late last year but between having the vampire facial done and going on vacation, I forgot I hadn’t yet tried the magnetic mask. Last night I decided to test it out so I can give you my first impressions. The other products I’ve used quite a bit so I can give you a full review on those.
Dr Brandt Complexion Perfection Kit – $34
Even though this set retails for $34, it has a whopping $67 value. There are 5 items contained in the set and while they do look a bit small, they last quite a while. I did already own full sizes of 2 of the products but since I love them so much, I thought it would be great for the next time I travel.
Dr Brandt Pores No More Pore Refining Primer – R695 ($45)
I’ve been using this primer for more than a year already but mostly keep it for functions and special occasions. I have to say hands down that this is my holy grail primer for pore minimising. I love the Benefit Porefessional for everyday use because it’s more affordable but it’s no match for this one. This primer feels super silky and luxurious on the skin while minimising the appearance of pores and texture. I mean it, no more pores. It’s lightweight so the skin can breathe and contains tea tree oil and flaxseed extract to control oil and shine. While it does mattify the skin, I find the oils do start to peek through after a few hours. However, when used in conjunction with this foundation, greasy days are a thing of the past. Because of the higher price point, I don’t like wearing it every day so when I can get my hands on these mini ones in sets, I’m on it like white on rice.
Dr Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer – R595 ($38)
I was so ready to sign up for the January Boxycharm because it contained a full-size Luminizer primer. What caught my eye is that it contains lentil seed extract to tighten pores and improve texture. Once I tried it though, I was very disappointed. It’s marketed as a ‘pores no more’ primer but it did nothing to fill or hide my pores. Because of the subtle glow, it accentuated it quite a bit. I was expecting something more along the lines of MAC strobe cream but this is so sheer it hardly shows through the foundation. Also, the texture is quite slippery and oily so it does not work for my skin type. I think women with drier skin might appreciate this more than I did.
Dr Brandt PoreDermabrasion – R995 ($58)
This is another one of my favourite products from the Dr Brandt range. I’ve tried both this and the MicroDermabrasion and they both work exceptionally well. I just recently restocked on the full-size one and you notice a difference within a week of using it. I’d describe it as the perfect mix between chemical and physical exfoliation. It contains micro-size aluminium oxide crystals which aren’t as harsh or granular as other scrubs. It’s very gentle on the skin while caviar lime extract promotes exfoliation for a smoother and brighter complexion. It also contains salicylic acid to deep clean and unclogs pores and it feels so refreshing on the skin. Lentil seed extract then tightens and refines pores for a more even complexion. I noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my skin. I have less dry and patchy flakes and it helps slightly with the acne scars.
Dr Brandt Pores No More Multi-Performance Stick SPF 45 – R623 ($35)
I was a bit sceptical when I opened this product. It looks like those Speed stick antiperspirant I carried in my gym bag in high school. When I applied it though, I was pleasantly surprised. It feels like a stick version of the pore refining primer and works almost as well. The stick minimised the appearance of pores and created a smooth base for my makeup to sit on. It claims it has 5 uses as follows:
- Helps blur visible pores and fine lines
- Evens skin tone
- Provide SPF 45 protection
- Remains water resistant for up to 80 minutes without clogging pores
I can’t really test the other claims but I would definitely repurchase this product to throw in my bag and use on the go. The blurring effect it has on the skin is very similar to the L’oreal Revitalift Magic Blur I reviewed here in 2015. I purchased a backup and it’s more affordable than the Dr Brandt one at just R205 from Clicks.
Dr Brandt Magnetight Age-Defier – R1475 ($75)
So like I said, this is my first impressions of this product as I only got around to trying it last night. You can check out my saved Insta stories for a quick demo. I have tried a magnetic mask at a Dischem salon before and I loved the results. That was in essence what made me go in search of it. It wasn’t easy to find because magnetic masks from most brands are super expensive. There is one from ELF that’s inexpensive but the reviews on it weren’t that great. I’m glad I found the Dr Brandt Complexion Perfection Kit because I didn’t have to buy the full size and I got to try other products.
Using a magnetic mask myself was very different from having someone else do it for me at the salon. Firstly, the product was smoother and oilier than anticipated. I expected it to be granular and flaky making a total mess everywhere. I even had an old towel around my shoulders just in case. The formula feels like a thicker, yet smooth, clay mask and it held together perfectly. I did struggle to apply the mask evenly with a spatula so I went in with my fingers instead. It came off my fingers quite easily so there was less wastage than I expected as well. There is a strong lavender scent but nothing that’s overbearing. It also contains peptides to smooth the look of wrinkles and firm the skin and black tourmaline to boost the skin’s energy, leaving it looking radiant. There is also something called skin scavenger which is a molecule antioxidant. It purifies and protects the skin against age-causing pollutants and environmental stress to minimize their damaging effect.
I kept the mask on for around 10 minutes before removing it. You need to cover the magnet with a tissue so that the iron spheres don’t stick to it. If you don’t use a tissue, it’s really hard to get the mask off the magnet. I used around 3 tissues and just held it above my skin, barely touching it. It was so fun and satisfying removing the mask, I wish all masks were like this. I didn’t struggle with any leftover traces and my skin felt amazing. I massaged the leftover product into my skin and waited a few minutes before going in with my regular moisturiser. When I woke up this morning, my skin looked clearer, my pores were smaller and I actually looked more youthful and radiant. I hope the effects last a while because it does say to use twice a week.
This set was great value for money and I got try try some amazing stuff. Products I would repurchase are the pore minimising primer, Poredermabrasion and multi-stick. As much as I love the mask, the price is very steep for the amount of product you get. In the mini tub I can get only two uses and the larger tub shows 5-6 uses. Dr Brandt is generally a higher end brand so the price tag is expected. I’d rather keep my eye out and hope another brand comes up with another magnetic mask that is just as good.
Where to Buy
I always get these amazing sets from Sephora but it doesn’t seem as if they bring them in locally. However, to purchase individual Dr Brandt products you can check out the Foschini for Beauty online store or Just Skin Clinic online. If you want any of the products mentioned in this post, click on the image below and it will take you straight to the respective site.
I hope you enjoyed this post and have added some items to your beauty wishlist.
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