Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.11 oz.) is described as a “soft matte pink.” It’s a pale pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. Urban Decay Heartless is shimmery. NARS Bouthan #1 is very similar. bareMinerals Giddy is warmer. Inglot #319 is cooler-toned, brighter.

It had beautiful pigmentation when I swatched it initially, and on the lid, it was still good, but due to the very matte, slightly powdery texture, it tended to stick and absorb (like a blotting powder might). For that reason, the texture does better over a primer. Without a primer, it tends to look noticeably faded (and slightly darkened) after six hours.  I didn’t experience any creasing, even after eight hours of wear, though.

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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Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow

Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Eyeshadow
Benefit Pinky Swear Longwear Powder Shadow (inner lid)
(also using Benefit Pinky Swear, Raincheck, Pinky Swear)

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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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Your review on kiss me,I’m tipsy was really good.. I bought and love it… Seems like the quality on the following shades are decreasing.. Would you be reviewing thanks a latte prolong wear eyeshadow??

Alhtough it is a boring shade, I do think that it has some use; I have been doing a lot of these pale shades and just doing mascara. I think for lazy days these are good 🙂 I think there are just too many other choices that do not have this price point or this grade.

Hey Christine! Love this shade, disappointed that it isn’t as long-lasting as I thought it would be…
I’m thinking of buying one of Benefit’s blushes…which one do you think would look good on NW30 skin??

Hi, Christine –

Thanks for this review. How would you say this compares to the brow highlighter powder in the benefit brows-a-go-go kit? I think the highlighter powder is slightly more shimmery, but I’m wondering if they’re close otherwise. I LOVE the brow highlighter powder–so much so that I completely used up the entire pan in my brows-a-go-go kit. Unfortunately, benefit does not produce this shade as a standalone shadow, and it has been my (unsuccessful) mission to find a dupe of it. Even if Pinky Swear isn’t a dupe, do you have any other ideas of what might come close? Thanks, Christine! I always love your honest, thorough reviews and excellent photos.

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