Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft lilac.” It’s a lightened, pinked lilac with a satin finish (and it almost looks matte, but there’s a very fine shimmer to it). Urban Decay Heartless is lighter, more firmly in the pink-colored camp. NARS Bouthan #1 has a matte finish, so it’s a bit closer, but it is lighter and pinker.

It seemed promising when I swatched it initially, because the color payoff was fairy good, but the texture was so soft that it turned dusty/powdery. The result when I applied it to the lid was that it was very, very prone to disappearing; it would sheer out too quickly and my lid just seemed to absorb the color. I’ve had this happen with eyeshadows that apply thinly and have a lot of powderiness to them; I feel like they act a bit like blotting powder on my eyelids! Over a primer, it was marginally better, but I still couldn’t get the color to look like it did on the pan–it looked faded and generally lighter. Without a primer, the wear was dismal–noticeable fading after a mere six hours.

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette–I make a point to mention that, because the palette itself is $30 but contains three other eyeshadows along with two Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows; more or less, unless you really hate the other products, it’s hard to justify $20 for one eyeshadow when you could be paying $30 and receiving six different products.

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This eyeshadow was difficult to apply, because it was hard to get true-to-pan color due to the powdery consistency. It faded quickly on me, so it was definitely not long-wearing as touted.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

3.5/5

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Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Shadow (middle of lid)
(also using Benefit Pinky Swear, Raincheck, Quick, Look Busy)

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Sephora, $20.00.

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Urban Decay Heartless is lighter, more firmly in the pink-colored camp. NARS Bouthan #1 has a matte finish, so it's a bit closer, but it is lighter and pinker.

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12 thoughts on “Benefit Pause for Applause Longwear Powder Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Cat Cat G

    It’s too bad, with a name like Pause and Applause, I would hope it would be deserving of applause!

  2. ID

    beautiful color in the pan though

  3. Ouch D… D for ditch I guess!

  4. Summer Hobbs

    I had higher hopes for these, but they just don’t seem to have “it”. Gonna pass even thou the “pot” is cute!

  5. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    This would look chalky even on my pale eyelids. I know I have something very similar somewhere in my stash, but nothing comes to mind right away; this seems like one of those shades that comes in a palette, that gets alot of use, but is often taken for granted…

  6. Aw this is so pretty in the swatch but on the eyes…:/

  7. Avatar of rebecca blueraccoon

    Man, some of these eyeshadows are just not very good, are they? I have all of the nude palettes–completist!becc is completist–but I was more interested in the cream shadows than the powders anyway, and those seemed to do all right.

  8. Cai

    Too bad, it’s such a pretty color!

  9. Carla

    Hello Christine, I wanted to ask, Whats the difference between Benefit Pinky Swear & Pause for Applause – please?
    As looking at youe 2 photos, and they look the same,

    Many Thanks