Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow Review, Photos, Swatches

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow
Benefit Call My Buff Longwear Powder Shadow (brow bone) (also using Benefit Gilty Pleasure,
It’s Complicated, and Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy)

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Benefit Call My Bluff $20.00/0.11 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I don’t get Benefit’s thinking with the pricing here…this is more expensive than UD, a brand known for it’s eyeshadow.

I should add that I don’t get it because UD and Benefit are both going for that mid-end customer but the mid-end brand with their reputation /built/ on their eyeshadows is cheaper.

Well, I’m more confused over offering them in palettes at $30 – 0.04 oz. is plenty of product per shadow, yet you’d get 4 shades plus two Creaseless Cream eyeshadows for the cost of 1.5 single eyeshadows.

To be fair – Benefit’s Velvet Eyeshadows, which has been around for years, was priced at $18.

I kinda assumed that they’re doing it to try and build their reputation. It seems like most of Benefit’s current buzz surrounds their boxed blushes and tints (or so it seems to me) and they’re trying to make their company better rounded by building some hype for their eye products by enticing customers with the low prices.

Kind of how Urban Decay really started to take off when they started offering palettes that were really good deals when you considered the number of colors and the price.

I agree. Though as a consumer I’m cool with them having to fight that battle. B)

(And as we’re starting to see with UD the battle isn’t insurmountable, after a few years just start making the the palettes less and less of a good deal. The Glinda and Theodora palettes aren’t great deals compared with previous palettes AND they serve as baby steps to get consumers to buy their build your own palettes and maybe eventually singles to put in those palettes).

This is why I tend to buy palettes and rarely get single eyeshadows – the value’s just so much greater in palettes, and given that I don’t wear eyeshadow every day I don’t mind getting less per shadow. Other than the L’Oreal infallibles and the Maybelline Color Tattoos, which I collect, I own…three single eyeshadows, everything else is a palette.

IMO, they’re really not too much higher than MAC, which seems to have price increases more often than any other brand in the range & noone ever seems to mention that. MAC also doesn’t seem to have any trouble selling their singles. At least UD has stayed at the same pricepoint for several years, until the “new” formula, and will likely stay there for the next few; the same can likely be said for these, as well.

I think the color’s too dupeable for it to be worth it to me. Besides, the packaging seems a bit obnoxious-why so much excess packaging?

Shades like this are the perfect brow highlighter for me, as they’re subtle enough to catch the light without overwhelming my hooded eyelids. 🙂 This being said, I think I like the look of MAC’s Vanilla a touch more, so I’ll have to mull over it a bit. It is a tad pricey, but I generally find it’s worth it considering how fast I hit pan on shades like this in palettes.

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