Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Beautiful Beginnings with Benefit

What was the first Benefit product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Benefit product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer: Benefit was one of the first brands of makeup I ever tried.  I remember the two earliest being Benefit and MAC, and I can’t honestly say if one came before the other.  I do, however, remember my first big-time purchase was with Benefit.  I spent a whopping $300 there when I was in high school (when I wasn’t even allowed to wear makeup!).  They used to have a product called Show Offs, which were loose iridescent colors that you could layer on top of other products.  I also bought my first brush there during that trip, which was an eyeshadow brush–and I do still have that.  Some of the first products reviewed on the blog were BADgal Mascara, their new range of lipsticks (at the time), and Posietint.

Share your first time experiences with Benefit in the comments! :)

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

5 Lovely Lilac & Lavender Eyeshadows

Purple can be a hard color to nail, and even lighter variations of purple can be tough. For those who love the idea of purple but haven’t found a good way to wear it yet, consider a lighter shade, which can be easier to work with.

  1. Benefit Fancy Pansy
  2. Inglot #440
  3. MAC Digit
  4. Inglot #346
  5. MAC Beautiful Iris

What’s your favorite lavender/lilac eyeshadow?

Sunday, January 15th, 2012


Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation Spring 2012

Per WWD, Benefit will be adding a new liquid foundation to their line-up: Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, which will include nine shades, and retail for $34. This is slated to launch online on February 15th and in-stores March 1st. It’s supposed to have a “brightening formula,” that uses the a proprietary “Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex” that includes vitamin C and vitamin E derivatives for their antioxidant propertyes. It has buildable, light-to-medium coverage.

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Top 10 of 2011: Blushes & Highlighters

It’s so hard for me to pick favorites, but these are ten products that really caught my eye this year for adding color and/or glow to cheeks. Since these are products for 2011, I did exclude any spring 2012 products that may have been reviewed this year, as they’re technically for next – so these feature products new for 2011 and permanent products I discovered this year! :)

  1. Guerlain Parure de Nuit
  2. Laura Mercier Rose Rendezvous
  3. Guerlain Blush G Serie Noire
  4. Benefit Watt’s Up
  5. Tarte Exposed
  6. Guerlain Terra Inca
  7. Tarina Tarantino Feather
  8. NYX Menage a Trois
  9. NARS Oasis
  10. Chanel Beiges Ombres Tissees

What was your favorite blush/highlighter that you discovered this year?

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick
Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick

Benefit I Think I Love You Full-Finish Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “bronze rose.” It’s an apt description; it’s a sultry plummy rose with a metallic-like frost to it. The color coverage is nearly opaque. Clarins Blackberry is a creamier version–it doesn’t have the frosted finish. MAC Snazzy is redder and has fuchsia shimmer. MAC One of a Kind is a little brighter, less muted.

It delivers the medium to full color coverage the lipstick is supposed to, and it does so with a really smooth, melt-on-your-lips kind of color.  It applies evenly, and it doesn’t take a lot of product to get the really opaque look.  The texture is creamy enough to allow the slanted tip to glide across the lips with ease, but it isn’t thick or heavy, so it doesn’t slide around and get onto teeth.  There’s no discernible taste or scent, which may be a plus for some.  It is moisturizing, too, which is good, because I was able to get five hours of wear out of this shade during testing.

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Kind of like a sleeper hit--Benefit's Full-Finish Lipstick has excellent color payoff, comfortable wear, and moisturizes. This is such a great shade for fall/winter, because it's darker, plummier, but it isn't vampy, so it's wearable with many different looks.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Benefit Saucy Full-Finish Lipstick
Benefit Saucy Full-Finish Lipstick

Benefit Saucy Full-Finish Lipstick ($18.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “sparkling tangerine.” This is a lovely brightened coral-orange with peach and copper shimmer. It delivers mostly opaque color coverage. CoverGirl Rapture is similar in the base color, though a bit more orange. MAC Drive Me Wild is like a much deeper, redder version, but it has the same coppery shimmer. Milani Cora Bora Bora is frostier but the colors are similar–just no gold shimmer in this one. Dior Coral is in the same vein but with subtler shimmer. It’s a bit pinker but reminded me of Guerlain Gems.

Benefit’s Full-Finish Lipsticks are supposed to deliver medium to full coverage with a smooth finish. They’re really creamy and have a nice glide. For a lipstick with as much slip as this one, I was surprised that it wore so well–it lasts a solid four hours and almost makes it to five. I didn’t detect any scent or taste either!  I also liked how moisturizing this one; it’s quite hydrating and wears comfortably for hours without leaving lips feeling parched.

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Kind of like a sleeper hit--Benefit's Full-Finish Lipstick has excellent color payoff, comfortable wear, and moisturizes. Perhaps not the most wintry color available, but maybe keep it on the radar for spring and summer.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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