Sunday, 4 September 2016

The best of Benefit Cosmetics

LtoR: Benefit Ka-Brow, Benefit Gimme Brow, Benefit Roller Lash, Benefit Hoola, Benefit Watt's Up, Benefit They're Real! Tinted Primer, Benefit the Porefessional matte rescue gel

Benefit Cosmetics were one of the first high end brands that I tried - with the first product being the Sugarbomb boxed blusher to be exact - I always remember being drawn into the fun and rather quirky packaging that made the brand stand out amongst others. To this day they remain one of my favourite brands, I can often find myself visiting my local counter, spying a new product launch or even getting a monthly brow wax and tint. With that in mind I thought I'd share with you my thoughts on the best of Benefit Cosmetics. 

Starting with base products my first favourite product has to be Benefit the Porefessional matte rescue gel, it was tough to choose between this and the original Porefessional - however I think the gel slightly tops my list. As someone who loves to save time in a morning, this product is great as it can be used as both your moisturiser and primer, and once applied creates a smooth base for your foundation. This feels so lightweight on the skin, and being water based I find that this works better with foundations, helping to add hydration into the skin whilst helping to keep oil at bay. This also helps to blur the appearance of pores, meaning that my foundation applies easier without clinging or drawing attention to my pores. 

Finding a great bronzer and contour product that suits paler skin tones can be a pain, as often enough many products appear too dark or too orange. However the Benefit Hoola bronzing power is a firm favourite, whilst also being a blogger holy grail product. This is such a smooth and buttery bronzing powder that blends easily into the skin helping to give a healthy and natural-looking glow. As this is a cool-toned matte product, this is perfect for contouring and a definite everyday product for me. I find that this appears very flattering against my skin tone, and if you don't already I definitely recommend getting this!

Your contour wouldn't be complete without a little highlight, and Benefit do some of the best! A firm favourite is the Benefit Watt's Up highlighter, this is such a stunning creamy golden highlight that applies and blends on the skin so easily. Once applied this looks really flattering on the skin and gives a warmth of dewy radiance without every looking oily. I love that this also comes with a dabber on the opposite end which helps to blend the product into the skin without ruining your base. If you're after a highlighter that is subtle enough for day wear but can be built up for a glow-getting evening look this is the one for you.

Benefit are known as the brow experts so it will come as to no surprise that I've featured not one but two of their brow products in my best of feature. Benefit Gimme Brow has been a staple in my makeup routine since the product first launched back in 2014! If you aren't blessed with thick brows then you definitely need to add this to your basket, this tinted eyebrow gel helps to create natural thicker looking brows and is the perfect finishing step in your brow routine - helping to fill in any sparse areas and set them in the process. A cult favourite with good reason! 

Benefit Ka-Brow is a recent addition to their brow line but in such a short period of time has climbed its way into my heart becoming one of my favourite Benefit products. This all-in-one eyebrow cream-gel easily fills, sculpts and defined the brow in a matter of minutes. The formula is so easy to work with and once applied stays put all day - so you never have to worry about smudging your brows away. The packaging is so darn cute also, and the lid transforms into a built-in angled brush, which is perfect for travelling! If you're a fan of the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade but hate how quickly it dries out - give this a whirl. 

Lastly, let's move onto eye products or if I'm being more specific mascaras. Since Benefit introduce d the They're Real mascara I've been impressed by their offerings and two that really stand out for me are Roller Lash and the they're real! tinted primer. Benefit Roller Lash is the perfect mascara if you're looking for longer and lifted lashes. This instantly transforms my lashes after one coat leaving them curled and looking longer, and doesn't cling together which is always a good thing. Compared to the original They're Real formula this is a lot more lightweight and provides length and volume without weight your lashes down. 

When the Benefit they're real! tinted primer first hit the scenes I wasn't too sure that this was something I needed - but boy Benefit proved me wrong! This is a great multi-use product, which can either be worn on its own or as a primer under your favourite mascara. When applied this gives the appearance of longer and more volumised lashed whilst looking very natural. When worn under the they're real! mascara I find that this helps thicken the appearance of lashes whilst reducing the amount of coats needed, which can sometimes create spider lashes - and let's be honest that's never a good look. This is definitely worth adding to your they're real! family.

I'd love to know what your favourite Benefit products are!


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