Dr. Feelgood
0.85 fl. oz. for $29
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:04.30.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Dr. Feelgood is supposed to be worn either alone or over makeup to smooth skin and fill in fine lines and noticeable pores. We guess you could also call this product spackle, because that is exactly how it works. The waxlike formula melts over the skin and then fills in the flaws (at least somewhat).

You won’t notice much difference in wrinkles or pore size, but long-term use may lead to clogged pores because of the waxlike thickening agents in this product. By the way, the tiny amounts of vitamins A, C, and E won’t nourish skin and the packaging chosen for this product won’t keep them stable.


This is a new idea for smooth, silky, matte skin. It's dr. feelgood - our complexion miracle worker! This colorless, weightless balm goes on bare skin or glides over makeup to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores while soaking up excess oil. Enriched with Vitamins A, C and E, dr. feelgood is just what the doctor ordered for beautiful, healthy skin!


Corn Starch Modified, Diethylene Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Silica, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Diethylene Glycol Diisononanoate, Anthemis Nobilis (Carnauba) Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Ascorbyl Palmitate

Brand Overview

Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare lacks impressive formulas and contains potentially irritating fragrance; concealers options fall short; lackluster lip balms and lip plumper.

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.

Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.

Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

Benefit Makeup

It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

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NOT a Moisturizer!

"Dr. Feelgood" isn't a moisturizer. It's an oil-controlling primer. I've found the best way to apply it is over moisturizer, before foundation - with *clean* fingertips. I rub my fingertips over the product (the warmth of my fingers melts the product) and then apply to the oily areas of my skin. (I have combination skin - I have a very oily spot on my forehead right between my eyebrows). I use a different primer on the rest of my face. This product works well to control oil. It definitely lengthens the time between application and oil breakthrough. I've not had any issues with it clogging pores or causing breakouts. I think those that do have that issue may be applying too much - which would be easy to do if you were to use the sponge included with the product to apply it. Insofar as using it over foundation - I've never done that and frankly, have no idea how I'd do it without disturbing my foundation. It's really not necessary, anyway - a far better solution is to use oil-blotting sheets. In all fairness, I can't rate it "Best" because I haven't tested every oil-controlling primer on the market. It is certainly the best of all those I've tried thus far.

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