Saturday, March 16th, 2013

Benefit Quick, Look Busy Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Quick, Look Busy Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Quick, Look Busy Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “matte espresso.” It’s a dark, subtly red-toned brown with a matte finish. MAC Carbonized is similar in color, but it is frosted. bareMinerals Foreshadow is cooler-toned. MAC Swiss Chocolate is warmer. MAC Brown Down is very comparable. Inglot #329 is less red-toned. Make Up For Ever #162 has a stronger red undertone.

The texture was soft, slightly powdery, and the resulting color payoff was just so-so to decent. It was semi-opaque when I initially swatched, and then when I tried applying it to the lid, it was more buildable. It’s very blendable, though, and it is easy to sheer out and harder to keep at full coverage on the lid–you have to be very precise and only blend around the outer edges of the color. It was noticeably faded after seven hours, but I didn’t experience any creasing without a primer.

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Easiest 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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Quick, Look Busy

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Though Benefit might want to market these as long-wearing, highly pigmented eyeshadows, it's not what I've found. If you love your colors soft, sheer, and subtle, it may be more up your alley.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Benefit It's Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit It’s Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit It’s Complicated Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden peach.” It’s a warm-toned, medium pinky-peach with a gold shimmer-sheen finish. Chanel Complice has no golden shimmer. MAC Say Yeah is darker. Urban Decay Freebird is pinker. Lancome Kitten Heel has the golden sheen but is pinker. MAC Expensive Pink is darker, redder.

The pigmentation of this shade was on the weaker side, and I found that at best, I could build up the color to semi-opaque but it wanted to be semi-sheer to semi-opaque. It’s disappointing, because most of the shades that are similar tended to be darker, so this would have offered a subtler way to achieve the color–and on cooler skintones, would be less prone to looking orange. It’s Complicated had a soft texture that was finely-milled and was easy to blend out on the lid. It lasted seven hours well on me, but after nine hours, I did see some faint creasing.

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Most Glamorous 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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It's Complicated

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I wish this shade had better color payoff--it's hard to build up the color on the lid, unfortunately. It also creased on me, so it's not as long-wearing as it should be.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, March 11th, 2013

Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Eyeshadow
Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Eyeshadow

Benefit Gilt-y Pleasure Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “golden sand.” It’s a warm-toned, orange-gold with a metallic finish. Tarte Canary Diamond is a bit more orange and darker. Chanel Vision is more metallic and sparkly but similar in color. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine is yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 is less metallic. Milani Drenched in Gold is very similar in color but more frosted in finish.

It had good color payoff (but was just short of perfection), but the real wonder was the texture:  so soft and smooth.  It really applied well and went on smoothly and adhered to the lid for a whopping ten hours without fading or creasing. Gilt-y Pleasure blended out easily when I worked with it.  The brighter, warmer coloring paired with the high-shine finish makes it work well to brighten and open up the eyes (particularly on warmer skin tones).

For reference, it also appears in Benefit’s Most Glamorous 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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Gilt-y Pleasure

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The brighter, warmer coloring paired with the high-shine finish makes it work well to brighten and open up the eyes (particularly on warmer skin tones).

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Benefit Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy Longwear Powder Shadow
Benefit Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy Longwear Powder Shadow

Benefit Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy Longwear Powder Shadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “spiced brown.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark brown with a satin finish. Benefit Dandy Brandy is more frosted but the colors are very similar. NARS Surabaya #1 is darker. Guerlani Turandot #4 is darker and more red-toned. MAC Mulch is a touch more shimmery. If you have the Most Glamorous Nudes palette, you’ll find this shade is included in it (and the palette is $30 and includes 4x 0.04 oz. eyeshadows plus 2x 0.11 oz. Creaseless Cream eyeshadows).

This shade had excellent pigmentation, and the texture was lovely–soft, smooth, and finely-milled. It blended beautifully and easily on the lid, and there was no powderiness despite it having such a soft feel. It wore just over eight hours on me (no primer) without fading or creasing but there was some faint fading after nine hours.  It’s definitely a standout shade within the range, though you may have something similar to it already.

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Kiss Me, I'm Tipsy

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It's definitely a standout shade within the range, though you may have something similar to it already.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, March 4th, 2013

Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow
Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow

Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “pale shell.” It’s a pale, warm-toned beige with a soft, shimmery finish. Urban Decay Illusion is more frosted. Jasmine Ali Ababwa is matte. MAC Dazzlelight is a touch lighter and more frosted. MAC Vanilla is more satiny. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #1 is slightly more frosted. Also, if you have the Most Glamorous Nudes or Easiest Nudes Ever palettes, you’ll find this shade is included in it (and the palette is $30 and includes 4x 0.04 oz. eyeshadows plus 2x 0.11 oz. Creaseless Cream eyeshadows).

This was one of the first shades I tested out, and it was my first experience with Benefit’s new eyeshadow formula (I had not tried the palettes). Call My Buff had good color payoff, and it had a very soft, finely-milled texture and feel. That softness did come along with some powderiness, but it did not seem to translate on the lid, and it was easy to blend on the skin. I wore it initially on the brow bone, and then later wore it on the lid as well, and found it wore well for about seven and a half hours–after eight hours, there was some fading.

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Call My Bluff

B+

The texture was noticeably powdery, and it seemed prone to fading when worn (so not quite so long-wearing). This can be a nice color for highlighting and opening the eye, but it is also very common across brands.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Monday, February 25th, 2013

Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Poutrageous Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright pink coral.” It’s a brightened, orange coral with a very subtle shimmer. On lips, it adds warmth and shine, but it’s a sheerer gloss so there’s little visible color, even on my less pigmented lips. Le Metier de Beaute Orange Juiced is similar when worn, though it has more shimmer. Bobbi Brown Citrus is very similar as well.  (Even with these two, both are sheer formulas, but you can see a greater difference in the actual color of my bare lips compared to my lips with the respective gloss on.)

Again, with a gloss this sheer, I think it’s important that it be clear that it is not the “bright pink coral” you see in the tube but a “sheer bright pink coral.” It’s definitely crossing the line between sheer and clear. Even as far as adding warmth goes, it’s rather subtle. Benefit should reconsider the way it describes the coverage of their new gloss range, because I can read it as a mix of sheer/less sheer, but they also make references to “drenching lips in luscious color … [f]rom crystal clear to hot pink.” To that end, I’m expecting sheer to semi-sheer coverage but not near clear with any of the shades except Icebreaker (which is clear). (The press release was actually more vague.)

The consistency is smooth, gel-like, and glides on easily.  It has a fair amount of slip, and it’s a comfortable gloss to wear.  The “color” of this goes on evenly and you can press your lips together and never worry about it creating lines.  It also doesn’t settle into lip lines.  The formula is lightly hydrating, but it wears away within an hour and a half.

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Poutrageous

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The formula is decent in how it feels on, but it wears away quickly and the color is just too close to clear and very, very sheer--but there's nothing that prepares you for that level of sheerness.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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