Friday, February 15th, 2013

Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “smoldering charcoal.” It’s a darkened gray-brown–a really, really dark taupe–but as it sheers out, it becomes more and more taupe in color. Tarte Concrete Jungle is a bit lighter. Inglot #444 is browner. MAC Nebula is a bit darker. Make Up For Ever #2 is lighter.

Holy Smokes can be built to more opaque color, but it is best done in layers, because otherwise it has a tendency to gather in the creases while it is setting. The consistency felt a little thicker and wetter compared to some of the other shades in the range, and a thicker layer sometimes would crease just slightly. It took about thirty seconds for a full, opaque layer of product to dry, whereas a sheerer and thinner layer took ten to fifteen seconds. Once set, it didn’t crease or fade for the next twelve hours.

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Holy Smokes

B+
Holy Smokes takes a little more patience and work to applied just right--it's not as easily applied as many of the other shades.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Holy Smokes / RSVP Creaseless Cream Shadow

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Benefit, $20.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Tarte Concrete Jungle is a bit lighter. Inglot #444 is browner. MAC Nebula is a bit darker. Make Up For Ever #2 is lighter.

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6 thoughts on “Benefit Holy Smokes Creaseless Cream Shadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Too bad it doesn’t apply effortlessly. I actually liked the color.
    I’ll more than likely look into the MUFE cream instead.

  2. Lovely color, this is one of those shades that probably work for a lot of people.

  3. Avatar of Mariella Mariella

    Totally loving this colour! It’s going onto my “to buy” list (once I try it out in-store, of course).

  4. Wow that is really dark. It’s a very pretty shade but I think I prefer a more mid-tone taupe/grey

  5. Avatar of Kristina Kristina

    I really love Benefit Cream shadow, so easy and quick!
    nice colour

  6. I’m a total sucker for Taupes, so I will probably pick one up sometime this week! I’ve been looking for a dark taupe eyeshadow base, so maybe this will work for me!