Benefit Sexy Gold 24K Gift Set ($32.00) is an affordable gift to give to any of the fabulous women in your life. Though I’ll admit this particular set is more suitable for the women who like a lil’ sparkle. It contains Sexy Gold lipstick, which is described as a “true gold shimmer,” along with Nugget Shimmering Loose Powder, described as a “pale shimmering gold.” Both of these fit easily in the included gold clutch.
The only downside to this otherwise fun set is the clutch is quite tiny–it can’t be more than five inches or so in length. It’ll fit a lipstick and a gloss, plus your ID, so it’ll do the job, but I think it’s so tiny I’d end up losing it somewhere. Plus, without a wristlet, I’d definitely lose it somewhere! The clutch isn’t really the star of the set, and I know I don’t buy sets because of the included clutch–I’m all about the products!
Sexy Gold lipstick is this gorgeous, shimmering wet-gold color. It’s like an amber gold, very reflective, and it goes on SO SO smoothly. I was intending to give this set to my sister, but I’m just passing on the clutch and loose powder. I refuse to part with this lipstick! I think it’ll be a fun lipstick to go-to for an everyday lip, because I can top it with any colored lipgloss to really make it fun and wearable and not at all “too much.”
Nugget Shimmering Loose Powder is exactly the color it is described as. It is a pale gold with lots of shimmer. It’s incredibly silky and finely milled, so it goes on smooth as butter. I could see this being used to highlight the brow bone or the face. It’s pretty, and the texture is unbelievablely soft, so that I do love. Personally, I probably wouldn’t reach for it very often, just because I don’t wear loose powders very often (they just get all over me and my bathroom, which results in frustration). If you do, though, this is worth checking out. But it’s almost worth getting just for that lovely lipstick.
This is a Sephora limited edition set, so get yours at your local Sephora or shop online at Sephora.com.
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Benefit for Holiday 2008
- Best of Benefit: Sexy Stash ($58.00)
- Best of Benefit: Beauty Uppers ($68.00)
- Primpcess Eye Primping Kit ($34.00)
- Peace, Love, & Glossiness Set ($26.00)
Available at www.benefitcosmetics.com!
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Left to right: Sassy-Frass, No Competition, Flirt Alert, Wild Card
Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick ($18.00) in Sassy Frass, No Competition, Flirt Alert, and Wild Card are our picks for the fall lip. Sassy Frass is a fun shimmery pink raspberry color, while No Competition is a creamy browned-down plum that’s quite subdued. Flirt Alert is a bright pop of orange-based red with subtle shimmer. Wild Card is a step down in boldness from Flirt Alert, being a browner red.
Full-Finish Lipstick is a creamy formula with nine opaque shades to choose from. This formula clings to lips well, and I find they fade naturally – I don’t get the dreaded lipstick ring afterward. I love creamy lipsticks, and I’m all about pigmentation, so of course, I was excited to test these out. I did find that Sassy Frass wasn’t quite as creamy as the other three I tried. I think that’s due in part to how much shimmer is in Sassy Frass compared to the others.
My favorite shade of the four I tried was No Competition, because it’s a nice mix of fall tones without being bold or dramatic. I also liked Wild Card for its everyday red color–at least my shade of everyday red! I know some of you ladies rock Russian Red on a daily basis
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Benefit BADgal Plum Mascara ($19.00) is Benefit’s latest release in colored mascara, which is a dark plum color.According to Benefit, “[i]f you wear brown mascara, this is your new brown!”
Tips and tricks: Not sure what kind-a BADgal you were born to be? We’ll help you decide. If you want to warm up & intensify your pretty peepers, BADgal plum is for you. Can’t live without your black mascara? Add pretty plum to the tips of your lashes for a sweet & sexy lash look.
I would actually agree with their sentiment that this is a good alternative for days when you want to opt for brown mascara. I, personally, have not yet had that day come (and I don’t know if it ever will… maybe in ten years?). However, the BADgal formula proves to give me decent volume and lash thickness without clumping my lashes too much until the third coat. I don’t think it’s noticeably plum, especially on a bare eye; I imagine you might see more plum-action when it’s paired with some gold-based shadows. No smudging or flaking after several hours of wear either!
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Benefit is offering several gift sets that give you a chance to try some of their best selling products and save a little money doing it, too! “Best of Benefit: Beauty Bag Essentials” contains BADgal lash, Eye Bright, and Dallas ($46.00). They also have Her Glossinenss, which is a set of three double-ended wands with a total of six gloss shades, includingn A-list (bubble gum pink), Who Are You Wearing? (passion fruit pink), Who Does Your Work? (sheer wine), Talk to My Agent (sugar plum shimmer), Next Question Please (golden berry shimmer), and Kiss You (clear fuchsia) ($26.00). In the “Best of Benefit: Iconic Classics,” you’ll find their three “most coveted” products: BADgal lash, Dr. Feelgood, and Benetint ($58.00). Need a powder palette fix? Benefit’s “Ten Palette” features bronzers, highlighters, lip shades, and shadows ($28.00). Their latest “Justine Case” is a beauty refresher, containinng Some Kindn-a Gorgeous, Benetint, California Kissin’, and Eyecon ($30.00). Get your Benefit fix at www.benefitcosmetics.com.