As a bit of a High Street makeup aficionado, I rarely tend to buy a lot of higher end makeup. Occasionally I like to splurge, and as I had an email announcing that Benefit were having a 20% discount for all orders, I decided to treat myself.
I have quite a lot of Benefit makeup. I love their Hoola bronzer (Who doesn’t?), I love some of their boxed blushers (Dandelion remains a firm favourite to this day) and I especially love their mascaras (Their Bad Girl Lash mascara was one of my first purchases, and has been repurchased many times since).
I decided to go for their foundation, the Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (£26.50) in the shade Ivory-fair. Upon first impressions, the packaging is ace; so quirky and typically Benefit-esque. I used a damp Beautyblender when applying it, and the foundation applies so silkily, so flawlessly, it looked amazing on the skin. The bottle claims it has a brightening effect which I found to be true, even though I set it with a powder, and I didn’t find that it made me look too shiny as some brightening foundations do. The addition of SPF25 is also handy, especially in the summer as I have fair skin. My skin type is combination, and the fact this foundation is oil free meant that it lasted really well (Sometimes I find my foundations can ‘slide’ around my face after a long wear – not something I noticed with this product). I also had a lot of compliments on how ‘flawless’ my makeup looked, and how healthy my skin was, something I put down to this foundation. It is on the pricey side for foundations, but it didn’t take much product to get a medium coverage so it will last a long time.
Next, was the Benetint rose lip and cheek stain (£24.50). I haven’t used a liquid lip/cheek stain before, so was interested to see what the colour payoff would be for a product that claims to do both, as in the past I’ve found duo stains tend to work better on one, but not the other. HOLY.COW! As a cheek stain it is incredible! I was worried that it might dry too quickly and would be difficult to blend, but this was not the case at all. It blends so nicely into the skin and gives a natural flush of colour, and is buildable if you want something a little more intense. It also lasted the whole day, and a little went a long way. As a lip stain I found that the colour wasn’t as intense as I would like it, but gave a pale pink/red tint to the lips. I can’t see me wearing it as a lip stain, but for a natural pink cheeked glow, I will definitely be reaching for this bottle.
Now, I do love my concealers, especially as I’m getting older. I’ve always had darker circles under my eyes despite drinking a lot of water and getting a decent nights sleeps, but I’ve found as I’ve gotten older they’ve become more pronounced, something I’m rather conscious about. The Fakeup under eye concealer (£18.50) intrigued me. The concealer part is enclosed in a moisturising cream, containing vitamin E and Apple Seed extract, and is supposed to help with the concealing of dark circles and fine lines. The first time I used this product I put it over the top of my foundation, and I have to say I wasn’t too impressed. I found it a little greasy, and I thought it emphasised my fine lines, as opposed to hiding them. The second time, I applied it first and let it settle into my skin, then put my foundation over the top, which worked much better. I wouldn’t say it’s completely ‘crease proof’, but it did have a good coverage of the dark circles, and it did last a long time. I don’t think I’d use this all the time, but I think when my under eye area is feeling particularly dry or delicate, this product would help hydrate it again.
Lastly, I didn’t technically purchase this, but received it in my subscription of Elle Magazine last month, and that is the Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil (£18.50). This was the sample sized version, and I am going out tomorrow to purchase the full-sized product, I love it that much. I’m a massive fan of brow pencils, as I find them so great for defining brows and filling in any sparse areas, and I simply LOVED this product. There really are no more words to say. The product is so creamy; it glides onto the brows, is so easy to apply, and really is goof proof. I’m not the best at filling in my brows, but this pencil makes it so much easier, and so quick. It also gives a really natural effect, as I’m not a fan of overly filled brows. The sample I received is a shade 4 medium, and is a good match, but there are 6 shades to choose from. If you head over to their website, there’s a handy diagram to help choose which shade will suit your hair colour.
The other two products were the free sample products I chose; the It’s potent eye cream ( – Loving eye creams at the moment) and Total moisture facial cream. Never tried either, so I’ll let you know how I get on later, and if I’ll be purchasing the full-sized products.