Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Always a Bridesmaid Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “pearly lavender.” It’s a medium-dark lavender with neutral-cool undertones and a frosted, metallic finish. Tarina Tarantino Violet Storm #4 is slightly pinker and a powder product. MAC Amethyst is pinker and lighter.

It had so-so color payoff, and it wasn’t very buildable; I couldn’t get opaque color coverage, even if I applied a layer, waited thirty seconds, applied another, and so forth. At best, I was able to achieve semi-sheer to semi-opaque color. The bigger problem I had was that this tended to catch on itself and ended up looking patchy and uneven once applied. I tried using fingertips, fluffy brush, sponge applicator, and a firm, flat brush to apply this evenly but didn’t have luck with any of those methods. For the most even results, I recommend applying a very little amount and blending it out with fingertips or a fluffy brush (I like MAC’s 217 for this kind of blending) and used as a wash of color. As an eyeliner, this did better, but it smudged out a bit while setting.

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Always a Bridesmaid

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This particular shade of lavender is one I couldn't think of a lot of dupes for (and nothing was that close), so it's disappointing that the formula didn't apply better.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

6.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit Kiss You Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “clear fuchsia.” It looks like a creamy, magenta fuchsia when squeezed out of the tube, but on lips, it’s definitely more of a sheer fuchsia pink with blue undertones. Bobbi Brown Electric Violet is shimmery and more fuchsia. Urban Decay Crush is similar in color but more opaque (so it appears bolder/brighter). Korres Crocus is purpler.

It has semi-sheer color coverage; enough color that it tints the natural lip color to a brighter pink, but it looks and acts more as a stain or veil of color. In that respect, it looks mostly even once applied and doesn’t settle into lip lines. It has a not too thick, not too thin consistency (about medium) that feels very gel-like. There’s a lot of slip, but it doesn’t feel heavy, though as a result, it doesn’t have great staying power–with Kiss You, it lasts around two hours. It is somewhat hydrating but won’t replace a good lip balm. It has a sweet, fruity scent and comes in a squeeze-tube with a slanted tip applicator.

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Kiss You

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The real downside to Benefit's Ultra Gloss formula seems to be that they just don't stay on lips for long, so you're regularly reapplying (good thing these come with 0.50 fl. oz.--quite a bit more than most glosses).

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

5/10

Application

4.5/5

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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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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit My Two Cents Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “polished copper.” It’s a muted copper-bronze with a bronze-shimmered frosted finish. Estee Laudewr Chained is similar–slightly warmer. MAC Cactus Thorn is browner. Dior Golden Savannah is less warm. Urban Decay Chase has less copper coloring. bareMinerals Cognac is darker, browner. Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone #3 is darker, browner.

It had excellent color payoff, and a fantastic consistency that lightweight, creamy, and easy to apply. I had no problems getting opaque color on the lid, and it didn’t fade or crease, even after twelve hours.  It’s amazing how two shades can perform so differently, even when applied side-by-side! What’s interesting about this shade is that the more opaque you opt for, the less overtly copper/warm-toned it seems; it gets this golden brown coloring that’s soft and muted.  When it’s blended out, the copper-brown coloring comes forth.

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My Two Cents

A+
What's interesting about this shade is that the more opaque you opt for, the less overtly copper/warm-toned it seems; it gets this golden brown coloring that's soft and muted. When it's blended out, the copper-brown coloring comes forth.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Benefit A-Lister Ultra Plush Lipgloss
Benefit A-Lister Ultra Plush Lipgloss

Benefit A-Lister Ultra Plush Lipgloss ($16.00 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is described as a “bubblegum pink.” It’s a pale, milky pink-beige with white shimmer. MAC Warm Embrace is pinker and darker. Chanel Allegorie is less shimmery and sheerer. Urban Decay Obsessed is much pinker. Chanel Caprice is darker and pinker.

The texture is very gel-like; thicker than some glosses but not in a heavy, goopy way, but in a creamy, gel kind of way. It’s non-sticky from the get-go and stays that way throughout the wear. With A-Lister, the wear wasn’t too impressive–a mere two and a half hours. You can definitely move it around on the lips, which is likely why it doesn’t hold on as long as some other glosses do. For as milky as the color is, it didn’t settle too noticeably into lip lines and yielded rather even coverage overall. It was semi-opaque in color; enough that it substantially altered my natural lip color but still allowed it to come through. The formula was lightly hydrating–no replacement for a true lip balm but a great daytime alternative that gives some color.

The gloss also has a sweet, fruity scent–I did notice a bit initially after applying, and I’m not particularly sensitive to scents, so if you aren’t a fan of that type of scent, you might want to sniff it in store, first.  It comes in a squeeze-tube with a slanted-tip applicator.

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A-Lister

B
I wish this lipgloss applied more evenly and wore longer, because then it would be a more compelling shade.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Bronze Have More Fun Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “antique bronze.” It’s a deep bronze with subtle warm undertones and a copper and bronze shimmer. The finish is subtly shimmery; not as frosted or as metallic as some of the other shades in the range. MAC Venetian Tarnish is similar–a bit less red-toned. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze is lighter and more metallic. Urban Decay Smog is lighter and warmer, plus it is a powder. Wet ‘n’ Wild Sparkle ‘Til Morning #8 is darker and less bronze, and it is also a powder product.

It has a thin, creamy consistency that makes it really easy to apply to the lid. The color can be applied at full strength and opaque color, or it can easily be blended out to a sheer wash of color. My one problem with Bronze Have More Fun was that it faded unevenly and looked patchy after six hours or so, and then it continued down that path for the rest of the time I wore it (full twelve hours in total). Admittedly, from afar, I don’t think anyone would point it out and spot it, but it’s there and shouldn’t be (and others that I’ve already reviewed haven’t had this problem). I didn’t get any creasing or smudging, but I was disappointed with the way it wore overall.

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Bronze Have More Fun

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The amount it faded (and how shortly into the wear it started to happen) was really disappointing, especially for a long-wearing product and one that is proven to work well in other shades.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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