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Holy Haul, Benefit! Swatches & Reviews

You may be surprised to hear that this post chronicles the very first Benefit products I’ve ever purchased. My only explanation for the lack of attention I paid to the popular brand is that I usually only hear about their blushes. Until recently, I was convinced that I couldn’t wear blush because my cheeks are so naturally rosy, but MAC Pink Power MSF changed all that. The blush portion of the MSF is beautiful and adds a natural flush without making me look like a clown. Loving Pink Power so much gave me the confidence to try out some more blushes, so I made a quick beeline for Benefit.

I was torn about which blush to buy first. I always loved the look of Sugarbomb, but I was also tempted by Bella Bamba and Dandelion. In the end I decided on Sugarbomb because it was a nice medium between the bright pink of Bella Bamba and the cool, pale pink of Dandelion.

Benefit Sugarbomb
Benefit Sugarbomb

 

I love the packaging. I was concerned about how sturdy the box would be, but rest assured, it’s one tough cookie! I haven’t quite decided how I feel about the included brush. I prefer to use a round blush brush because it’s easier to swirl the colors together, but I’ll have to experiment with this one. I think my favorite thing about this blush isn’t that it’s beautiful and smooth as silk, but that it actually smells like sugar! I take a big whiff of it every time I open the box. As this is my first Benefit blush, I have no idea if this smell is unique to Sugarbomb or if the rest of the blushes smell as delicious. If you have any of Benefit’s other blushes, I’d love to hear how you feel about the smell.

Benefit Sugarbomb (flash)
Benefit Sugarbomb (flash)

 

Sugarbomb looks a little odd in the pan, but the colors blend beautifully to make a shimmery peachy pink. I chose to use the flash for this photo so you can see the shimmer better because it’s very subtle. This will not make you look like a big disco ball or like you just got your makeup done at your 7 year old sister’s Libby Lu party.
Sugarbomb swatched on my hand (flash)
Sugarbomb swatched on my hand (flash)

I had a hard time getting a photo of Sugarbomb because it’s not extremely pigmented. Personally, that’s what I love about it, because I look like a clown if I use a really pigmented blush. This is great if you want a nice flush of subtle color, but those who crave a bolder blush will not be impressed. I’d go with Bella Bamba if you want something with more color pay-off.

My next Benefit goodies were their Creaseless Cream eyeshadows in RSVP and Skinny Jeans.
RSVP
RSVP

 

Skinny Jeans
Skinny Jeans

 

RSVP is a beautiful shimmery pale pink champagne color. It’s a lovely sheer wash on the lid and just adds a tiny bit of shimmer and color. I works really well as a primer under dry shadows but is just as pretty on its own to dress up mascara and eyeliner. I’m wearing it today with winged out black eyeliner and neon pink lips.

Skinny Jeans is my favorite Benefit goodie. I thought it was and interesting color when I bought it, but I had no idea how pretty it really was. I honestly didn’t think I would use it much (is it sick that I buy things I think I’ll never use???) but it’s so versatile! It’s the most gorgeous pewter color and it takes on different tones depending on what you pair it with. I love it alone or with my Chanel Ombres de Perlées palette. The green shade looks especially lovely with this.

Skinny Jeans & RSVP (natural light)
Skinny Jeans & RSVP (natural light)

 

Skinny Jeans & RSVP (artificial light)
Skinny Jeans & RSVP (artificial light)

 

Skinny Jeans & RSVP (flash)
Skinny Jeans & RSVP (flash)
I just had to show the swatches in all three kinds of light so you can see that they both look so different depending on the lighting. These are swatched really heavily, but they can easily be sheered out. Both of these shades blend easily and smoothly. I found that it was best to use a finger to apply and blend the product on the lid. I didn’t experience any creasing with this product when used alone or with powder on top and they dried down on my lid instead of remaining tacky. I imagine that some creasing would occur if a lot of product is used, which is natural. If you want to build up the color I would recommend setting it with powder or eyeshadow. These also make great eyeshadow primers like MAC’s Paint Pots. I have dry skin, so I rarely use eyeshadow primer, but I do like these better than Urban Decay’s Primer Potion simply because they’re more substantial and hold onto loose eyeshadow better. I used Bare Escentuals Nude Beach shadow over RSVP and had very little, if any, fallout. I like that these enhance your eyeshadow’s color as well, whereas the Primer Potions come in limited shades that don’t really do much to add dimension.
The last Benefit product that I hauled was BADgal Lash mascara. I’ve heard good things about this mascara and I’m always on the hunt for a HG mascara to plump up my puny lashes.
Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara Packaging
The first thing I noticed is that the applicator is HUUUUUGE! I was afraid that with such a big applicator it would just be loaded with excess mascara, but it comes out fairly cleanly and doesn’t clump when applied. When I saw the size of the brush, I immediately had to compare it with other wands. I grabbed the first two mascaras I saw. The wand for my Diorshow Maximizer is a pretty standard size and the Diorshow Extase wand is slightly larger than the average wand, but looks itty bitty next to the BADgal wand. As far as pigmentation goes, I’ve never found a black mascara that wasn’t black enough for me, so I didn’t have any issues with the color.
Wand Comparison L-R: Diorshow Maximizer, Benefit BADgal Lash, Diorshow Extase
Wand Comparison
L-R: Diorshow Maximizer, Benefit BADgal Lash, Diorshow Extase
Although I’m not sure if this is my HG mascara, it’s my favorite at the moment. It’s probably the best lengthening mascara I’ve ever tried, but I wish it gave my lashes more volume. I typically put my mascara on around 7 am and I don’t take it off until about 10 pm, and I didn’t have any flaking or smudging problems with this at all. I’ve used it with the Diorshow Maximizer underneath and on my bare lashes and it wears well both ways. It holds a curl pretty well too, even though my lashes are extremely resistant to retaining any sort of shape. If you’ve got thick lashes that need some lengthening, this could really be perfect for you. I’m going to try to find a nice thickening mascara to pair this with and hopefully I’ll FINALLY have the lashes I’ve been looking for.
Thanks for joining me for my first Benefit experience!
Have you hauled anything exciting lately? Are there any Benefit goodies you can’t live without? I’m happy with what I’ve tried so far and I’d love some suggestions for future purchases.
Stay tuned for more haul posts. I’ve been a spending fiend lately. =/
<3 Kayla

About Kayla

A small-town girl with an itty bitty wild side. I love makeup, fashion, travel, movies, hiking, coffee, and my Kindle.

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