Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as a “brushed chrome.” It’s a warm, bronzy brown with a hint of gray; that tint is really only apparent when it is worn at full opacity, but the sheerer you wear it, the warmer and browner it appears. bareMinerals First Class is very similar in color but is a powder product. Urban Decay Muai Wowie is lighter, more golden (and a powder product, to boot!). Make Up For Ever #15 is much redder in tone.

I confirmed with Benefit yesterday that the Creaseless Cream Shadows were repackaged but not reformulated–but I did compare with new and old, and I didn’t notice any differences in texture or color.  Birthday Suit is kind of a my-lid-but-better kind of shade, for those with neutral to warm undertones. I think this is going to appear slightly more taupe-like in cooler complexions.   It had good color payoff without having to build up the color, but the consistency was thin and creamy, which allowed for very easy blending and sheering out of the color, if desired.  When I wore Birthday Suit on the lid, it lasted for ten hours well, and there was some slight fading after twelve hours of wear (no primer).

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The only ding this product had was that there was noticeable fading after twelve hours of wear, though it was fully intact after ten hours (no primer). Otherwise, nicely pigmented with a smooth, creamy consistency that applied and blended well on the lid.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, February 8th, 2013

Benefit Bikini-tini Creaseless Cream Shadow
Benefit Bikini-tini Creaseless Cream Shadow

Benefit Bikini-tini Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00 for 0.16 oz.) is described as an “oyster pink.” a soft champagne beige with a frosted, metallic finish. Maybelline Barely Branded is a bit lighter. Urban Decay Illusion is less golden and a powder product. bareMinerals Kudos is darker and a powder product. MAC Retrospeck is a bit browner and a powder product.

The neutral color works well to brighten the lid for light to medium skin tones, and it works as a neutral base underneath eyeshadow. It has a very creamy consistency that glides on well and applies smoothly on the lid. The texture isn’t too thick or too thin, so you get full, opaque color coverage in a single layer, but it sets fast enough that it doesn’t settle into the creases right off the bat. This was the first shade I tested out of Benefit’s repackaged Creaseless Cream Shadows, and it wore well for eight full hours and was slightly faded after twelve hours. The consistency of this shade felt comparable to the original formula (based on other shades).

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What I really like is how opaque it applies without having to load up the brush or build-up the color in layers, so it can work well as a base or a wash of color--whichever you feel like!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Last weekend, we looked at five picks for nails, so continuing on with the spring-theme, here are five eyeshadows that say spring is in the air!

What eyeshadow reminds you most of spring?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013


Get all Deco’d out with our NEW color collection! These high-performing formulas give you a beautifully natural look, thanks to rich & wearable shades. The eye-catching custom packaging is inspired by the Art Deco design of San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a must-see attraction.

Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20.00)

Our award-winning creaseless cream shadows are as crease-proof & budgeproof as ever! Now, seven incredibly wearable NEW shades join original favorites r.s.v.p., birthday suit and skinny jeans. It’s fresh & fabulous color for all.

  • Bikini-tini Oyster pink
  • RSVP Sparkling champagne
  • No Pressure! Rich fawn
  • My Two Cents Polished copper
  • Always a Bridesmaid Pearly lavender
  • Blue My Mind Arctic blue
  • Bronze Have More Fun Antique bronze
  • Skinny Jeans Pretty pewter
  • Holy Smokes! Smoldering charcoal

Ultra Plush Lip Gloss ($16.00)

Our NEW ultra plush lip glosses are soft & luscious and glide on sooo smooth. Six new shades give your lips a kissable, sexy sheen.

  • Lollipop Hot pink
  • Icebreaker Clear
  • A-lister Bubblegum pink
  • Kiss You Clear fuchsia
  • Poutrageous! Bright pink-coral
  • Fauxmance Soft berry

Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00)

Our NEW longwear powder shadows come in 12 wearable shades with three finishes: matte, satin & sheen.

  • Milk It Pearly white
  • Call My Bluff Pale shell
  • Pinky Swear Soft matte pink
  • It’s Complicated Golden peach
  • Thanks a Latte Golden brown
  • Pause for Applause Soft lilac
  • Nude Swings Soft rose gold
  • Blingo! Brilliant silver
  • Raincheck? Smoky amethyst
  • Gilt-y Pleasure Golden sand
  • Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy Spiced brown
  • Quick, Look Busy Matte espresso

P.S. — There is a new Hydra-Smooth Lipcolor coming, but not until September 2013, and I’ll have more info to share closer to the launch date :)

Availability: March 2013

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Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Benefit Fine One One
Benefit Fine One One

Benefit Fine One One ($30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “coral pink flush.” There are three shades in the stick that work together to create a sheer, brightening effect on the cheeks and lips. The palest color is a pale, white gold beige with pale gold shimmer (highlighter). The middle color is a pop of light-medium pink with a hint of coral (blush). The bottom color is a tangerine orange (“contour”). Together, they create a sheer tint of coral-orange with a very subtle sheen.

I was not a fan of this product. The texture is a little tacky, firm, and generally not the best feel or consistency for a cream blush. Because of the natural tendency for cheeks to be curved, it’s difficult to get all three colors at the same pressure. I ended up just swiping a brush across the surface and applying the color to my cheeks that way, because from the stick itself didn’t work well or make much sense–you’d get three stripes of color that you’d have to blend out anyway. It’s not as blendable as a cream blush should be; there’s a stiffness and stubbornness to the texture that doesn’t want to blend onto skin. The way it feels and dries down is not quite powder, not quite cream; it looks uneven and a little patchy within hours of applying. It’s pulled a disappearing act after a mere three hours.

I really disliked it on lips; it’s not particularly easy to apply, and it’s so, so drying. It looked like my lips were flaking, and it felt like they were after trying to wear it for two hours–not a forgiving nor hydrating formula at all. It just sat on top, not really blending in or staining the lips.

This is not going to show up on medium or darker complexions; it just barely shows up on me even layered and built up as much as possible. There are too many excellent coral blushes to opt for this one. Even Benefit’s own ChaCha Tint works infinitely better, though it is more orange–you can’t tell the difference on the skin.

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There are too many excellent coral blushes to opt for this one. Even Benefit's own ChaCha Tint works infinitely better, though it is more orange--you can't tell the difference on the skin.

Product

5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

3/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Benefit Stay Don't Stray in Medium/Deep
Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep ($26.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a liquid product that can be used an eyeshadow base to keep eyeshadow in place and keep the color looking true as well as to keep concealer in place. I reviewed the formula when it originally debuted, and as I said then and can reiterate now: it is a fantastic product. The major downside was the packaging, which Benefit had used a pump-type dispenser that dispensed far and away too much product. Like the amount you’d need to cover your face, rather than just underneath your eye or on the lid.

In January (yes, of 2013), Benefit will debut new packaging and a new shade in Medium/Deep, which is about the color of NC35/NC40 I’d say. My arm is right around NC20, while my face around NC25/NC30. There’s a definite warm tone to the Medium/Deep shade (the original shade is closer to neutral). The finish was completely matte. It is a liquid, but it has a very thin, lightweight consistency that spreads easily, evenly, and dries down quickly.

It worked well at keeping crease-prone eyeshadows on the lid and prevented the creasing. When I layered it under my concealer, it also helped prolong the wear by another hour or so. On me, this was a bit too dark to use underneath my eye–mixed with the original shade, and it was a better match.

The new packaging features a twist-open cap with a doe-foot applicator attached to it. For me, it’s a major improvement over the pump. After trying and using primers that come in a tube, I’m not in love with them. I find that the product separates or will squirt out (causing waste). I’m not convinced doe-foot applicators are the very best, but it’s the type of applicator I’ve have liked the most from what I’ve used so far.  Tubes are just slightly under them in my experience.  I like both, not sold on either, but huge, huge improvement from the pump system they had before.  I also appreciate when a brand listens to their customer base–both by creating a darker shade and tackling problematic packaging.

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It worked well at keeping crease-prone eyeshadows on the lid and prevented the creasing. When I layered it under my concealer, it also helped prolong the wear by another hour or so.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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