Friday, 26 November 2010

BENEFIT Collection!

I’ll admit that I didn’t own ONE piece of Benefit makeup until a few months ago, and I’ve somehow become equipped with these items over the past months through various reasons – presents, magazine giveaways and sales!  I now have a nice little benefit stash which I quite like!

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It Concealer stick – I’m really impressed with this concealer, I automatically thought it’d be too dark for me but the colour is surprisingly good for my skin in the summer when I have caught some sun.  Good medium coverage, nice and easy application in a crayon format.

Eye Bright stick – I nearly always wear black kohl in my waterline so I use this rarely.  Sometimes I pop a tiny bit on the inside corners of my eyes just to widen them.  Looks nice on the waterline but I need to get used to not having black on!

Bad Girl eyeliner stick – Nice fat kohl black eyeliner.  Sometimes I think this is slightly too chunky to use day to day but its perfect for dramatic smokey eyes in the evening.  However, I find that this smudges quite a bit throughout the day compared to my usual Gosh black eyeliner, which is good if you want a smokey rock chick look, but can get messy.  It could do with better lasting power.

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“That gal” brightening face primer – I adore the packaging of this, its so cute and retro!  I love the idea of the product – a brightening primer and I’ve been experimenting with how I use it.  I think your supposed to wear it underneath foundation but I really don’t notice much of a difference when I do!  I most like using this as a pink highlighter on my cheek and brow bone.  Its a really pretty sheer pink colour which isn’t too noticeable blended out, so its nice and subtle for every day wear.  For £22 I think its overpriced though, it’s not a must have.

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Bad Gal Lash mascara – I haven’t used this yet!!!! Shock horror!  I’ve been loving my MAC Zoom lash and TBS Super Volume too much, so I will open this up once they’ve run out and I’ll do a big review on what I think of it!  I’ve heard so many different views on this mascara so I’m excited to make my own opinion on it.  The review will contain before and after pictures obviously!

Stay Don’t Stray eye primer -  I didn’t think I’d ever use another primer other than UDPP but I’ve used this a few times for work when I’ve forgotten to pack my UDPP when I travel back to Essex.  It’s actually not too bad, it holds my eyeshadow well, but it just doesn’t make the shadows ‘pop’ as much as the Urban Decay one does!  I will use this all up though and the sample size is perfect to carry around when travelling.

What I think about Benefit & their products:

I adore going past Benefits stores and stands as its always so neat, colourful and vibrant and the packaging makes me want everything, although I don’t think the actual products are any better than normal high street makeup brands.  I definitely think it is the packaging and style that makes it popular, but nothing is that amazing, in my opinion. This may be because I’m bias because I think its quite expensive for what it is, I think its the packaging which you’re paying for.  Saying that, I’ve only tried the products above, I’ve never tried their famous blushers or bronzers so I might be wrong!

What are your favourite Benefit products?  Do you have any recommendations?

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13 comments:

  1. I use Eye Bright and Dallas blusher - as well as using EB on your waterline I use it underneath my eyebrows (if that makes sense?) and down my nose to slim it! xx

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  2. I definitely think that you're paying for the packaging and not for great products. I tried:

    Bad Gal Lash - not overwhelming. there are better drugstore mascaras out there.

    Eye Bright - lovely on the waterline. doesn't blend very well on the inner corners of the eyes though.

    Ooh La Lift - complete waste of money. didn't do anything for me. too watery formulation and no color pay off.

    De Puffing Action Eye Gel - that one was actually really nice! still not sure if I would repurchase it though as it is kind of expensive.

    All in all I would say that Benefit isn't worth the hype. There are better brands out there. I am a huge sucker for cute packaging which is why I bought all those items and of course because I was interested in them but I've been let down by almost all of the products I tried. :/

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  3. Thomasenland - Thats such a good tip for using the Eyebright, I will definitely be trying that! Is Dallas blusher nice? xox

    Starwberry Fields and Vodka - I'm glad you agree, I was worried that people who disagree! Your mini reviews are great - thank you!! Eye Gel sounds good but there are alot more cheaper versions out there!
    Its a shame that we pay so much money for the stuff which we end up not liking - maybe they should improve some of their bits!!
    Hope you are well! xoxo

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  4. I have a weakness for Benefit too- I do think the products are very over priced but I love what I own!
    Coralista & Dallas are just the most perfect blush colours ever and Fresh Squeezed gloss is gorgeous too!
    xxx

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  5. benefit eye bright is an HG product for me. I use it everyday on the inner corners of my eyes to brighten the area ( i still use black liner on my waterline though!)

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  6. I own every box of their boxed powder ;) and recommend Sugarbomb, Coralista and Dallas (highly underrated!). Dandelion is more for fair-skinned so maybe you'd like it too :) also check out their creaseless cream shadows...so smooth...and velvet eyeshadows (love the texture). That's almost about it!

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  7. I love Benefit- out of all the makeup brands it's the one that really excites me. Bad gal mascara is just amazing :) love love love it
    Can't live without my boi-ing either, and I love the blushes. I'd say sugarbomb & throb are my two fav's at the moment
    Great post :) thanks for sharing xx

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  8. I've used “That gal” brightening face primer. i think it's not bad, but a little pricey though. :S their packaging is cute, but not worth the money :S

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  9. i think i agree with your opinion really - i always fall in love with the packaging and not so much the product. however i do love dallas bronzer, the bad gal lash and some of the loose powder eyeshadows are gorgeous too! x

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  10. soooo lovely colors :)))))

    xoxo
    minnja

    http://minnja.blogspot.com/

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  11. Hi, Katie!

    Just discovered you on twitter through beautybite and so I decided to pop by and take a look and low and behold, Benefit!!! Off to a brilliant start with you as I am a total Benefit junky and I really like how you express your reviews. Cant wait to keep reading!

    oxoElana

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  12. Lauren - Oh I'll have to check out those blushes! Thank you!

    Supergirl - Thank you!!!

    Veronika - I will definitley keep using Eye Bright they way that you do! Thank you!

    Jennifer - Oh My! Thank you for the list of products, they all sound really good. I'm now really tempted to look at the blushers thanks to you! Haha!!xx

    Steph0188 - It sounds like everybody adores the blushers, so I must be missing out! I hope I fall in love with the mascara too!! :) xx

    Jellttelly - I completely agree with you. I can't resist the cute packaging though!

    Headoverheels - I've never tried the loose eyeshadows - will check them out, as well as Dallas!!

    Elana - Awh thank you for the lovely comment, so glad you like the post! I hope enjoy my other ramblings haha!! XX

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