A question I’ve been asked quite a bit recently by you guys as well as by friends and family is “What should I buy from Benefit?”. Now that benefit is back in South Africa this question might have already crossed your mind and maybe you didn’t know who to ask. Well, today I’m sharing a few of my Benefit makeup must haves with you. I know that sometimes makeup can be a very personal thing and what works for me won’t necessarily work for you. Nonetheless, I’ve used almost all of Benefits products and I’m going to share with you the products (and their cheeky names) that I think are worth trying out. This is going to be a lengthy, picture-heavy post so let’s jump right in and get started. If you scroll all the way to the bottom you’ll see me wearing a few of these products.
I’ll start off by saying that I’ve already mentioned this cult product here and here (really, really old post). It has been my holy grail primer for several years now and other products have tried, but failed to knock it off its top spot. This silky, lightweight primer instantly mattifies your skin and helps your foundation go on smoother as well as last longer. It ever so slightly diffueses your skin and feels amazing on your face. If you have combination skin with a pesky t-zone then POREfessional is right up your alley. But keep your eye on the blog. I have a Save, Spend and Splurge post coming up very soon featuring this beauty. R395 on Red Square.
Fake Up Concealer
For me a concealer that’s specially made for dark circles is the equivalent of candy for children. It’s something that we all want, but also something only some of us really need. I don’t know about you but dark circles are the bane of my existence. I’ve had dark rings since as far back as I can remember. I’m always on the lookout for a new concealer that will satisfy all my concealing needs. What are they, you ask? Three words – hydration, coverage and crease-free. Fakeup ticks two of those boxes and only gets half a tick in the third box. As you can see in the pic above the Fakeup concealer stick has an outer serum ring of vitamin E & apple seed extract (for hydration) and an inner circle of colour.
When I apply this creamy concealer it’s like no other concealer I’ve used before. It glides on smoothly and feels extremely silky, lightweight and hydrating. It smooths and diffuses dark circles but be patient because it takes a good few minutes to dry. If you’re sick of cakey concealers then this one is for you. Fakeup offers me the most natural coverage and I love it. It promises not to crease but it does ever so slightly on my skin. However, Fakeup lasts for a decent amount of time and it does a phenomenal job of hiding darkness so it can be forgiven for a teeny tiny bit of creasing. R295 on Red Square.
Benefit describes this as “instant eye gel to help smooth the look of under-eye puffies”. I have to admit that I immediately wanted to get my hands on this product purely for the packaging. The applicator is an iron. An iron, guys! Cuteness overload. I need to host a “cute product” awards over here on the blog. Oh wait, no need for judging. Puff off would walk away with the prize. As an afterthought I was also excited at the prospect of ‘ironing’ away puffiness and leaving my under-eye area (a problem area) smooth and crease-free. Aside from the adorable packaging the iron applicator actually works a charm. It feels cool against your skin and that immediately helps calm down puffiness before you even apply any product. The pink-hued gel glides on smoothly and instantly gives a ‘tightening’ effect to your under-eye skin.
This product doesn’t preform miracles but it definitely provides you with a smoother area to work with. What more do you need? This little cutie works well with the fake up concealer in case you’re wondering. The fast-absorbing gel might be tinted but don’t let that fool you into thinking it will offer you any coverage. It doesn’t. Let’s be honest now. This is the only ‘ironing’ I plan on doing anytime soon. R365 on Red Square.
I’ve already raved about this eyebrow gel and if you’re a regular reader then you might have already seen this post. I’m not going to go into too much detail on here because you can hop on over and read my full review. I’ll just keep it short and simple on here. It’s awesome. It gives you the brows you want and didn’t even know you needed. R295 on Red Square.
They’re Real! Push-Up Liner
Whenever I buy or receive a new eyeliner pen angels start singing, a unicorn is born and the fountain of youth bubbles over. I’m besotted with black liners and it’s all sorts of fun to try out new ones. I first witnessed the magic of this gel liner at my Benefit event last month. The talented makeup artists at the Benefit counter wielded this pen around like a magic wand. Well, with a bit of practice and patience that’s exactly what this pitch black liner is. I’m not going to lie. This pen isn’t the easiest thing to use on your first try. It takes a bit of practice to get the angle right. Tip? Think of it as a pencil and hold it as such. The soft AccuFlex™ tip hugs your lash line and helps you create a perfect line of black. The best part? Super black, long-wearing and absolutely no smudging or smearing. Still not sure? Watch this handy little video. R295 on Red Square.
This was one of the first products I ever tried from Benefit and it’s still one of my mom’s favourites. She’s re-purchased this many times and here’s why- it does a bang up job of correcting your under-eye area. Already familiar with Bobbi Brown’s corrector? Then you’ll absolutely love erase paste. Dark circles are unflattering and let’s be honest, they make us look tired and ragged. Sometimes our beloved concealers need a bit of extra help to disguise those blueish hues we all hate and that’s where Erase paste comes in. Erase paste brightens, corrects and camouflages. Corrector is like a best friend to concealer. Just like Taylor swift and her squad. It’s creamy and extremely blendable. It melts like warm butter into your skin. A picture is worth a thousand words so just look at the photo below if you don’t believe me. R325 on Red Square.
The box o’ powders from Benefit are probably among the more famous products they’ve come out with. We’re all familiar with the pretty, colourful boxes that house a selection of gorgeous colours to suit any and every skin tone. I own two of them and I love them both. No favourites here. If the adorable packaging doesn’t sway you then perhaps the even cuter names will? Hervana, CORALista, Dandelion, Dallas, Hoola, Sugarbomb, Bella Bamba and Rockateur to name a few. They have a soft, silky texture that I adore. Some of the box o’ powders are more pigmented than others, but they all offer a lovely wash of colour. There’s a reason that Benefit refers to them as powders and not blushers. They can be used all over your face for a healthy glow. Hervana contains four complementary shades – lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rose & berry delight. These blend perfectly together for an orchid blossom blush. CORALista on the other hand is a warm coral with a gold shimmer running through it. It’s more pigmented than Hervana and is the perfect summertime blush. Also, I need to add that these box powders smell divine. R345 on Red Square.
O Highlighter, Highlighter! Wherefore art thou Highlighter? Deny thy cheeks and refuse thy awesomeness. Sorry, sorry I got a little lost there. When Benefit first left the country you can bet your bottom dollar that I picked up one of their highlighters. As always the cute packaging swayed me but believe me when I say the product inside is just as good. Benefit refers to this as their “soft focus highlighter”. It offers your cheekbones a champagne incandescent glow with its cream-to-powder finish. It brightens up your skin and face without looking like a disco ball. It livens up dull, tired skin and suits almost all skin tones. The cream stick formula makes application super easy but don’t even bother with the sponge on the other end as it’s pretty useless. I love how blendable and buildable Watts’s up! is. This as well as high beam are their two best highlighters in my opinion. R375 on Red Square