Best Of Benefit Set Review

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

One of the things I got for Christmas was this beautiful *Best Of Benefit Set (£24.50). I think this set is fantastic, especially if you are new to Benefit makeup like me, as you get to try out a little bit of everything. It is also great value for money and comes in really cute packaging. I haven't had the set that long but I have managed to have a little play around with all of the products included. So here is just a little run down of all the products and a little mini review of them.

*They're Real! Mascara (£19.50). This stuff is amazing. It lengthens, curls and adds volume to the lashes without clumping or smudging. It's really easy to use, the brush gets hold of each lash and it has a domed tip which is really handy for fanning out the eyelashes on the outside corner. Even though this is a small bottle, I think it is going to last me ages as there is no need for loads of applications, just a couple of wiggles and you're done. I don't often get excited over mascaras but I am loving this one.

*They're Real! Push-Up Liner (£18.50). I have read so many reviews on this liner it is not even funny. It seems to promise just about everything from being the blackest and easiest to use eyeliner out there to it having magical properties that will make your eyes bigger. I didn't run out and buy it because of fear of it all being just hype. I received a free sample from an Elle magazine and I absolutely hated it. (However, I just put this down to the sample being so ridiculously small and fiddly that I kept dropping it). But, even with this bigger sized version of *They're Real! Push-Up Liner, I just can't seem to manage to use it. I find it really annoying. You twist the bottom to release the gel eyeliner out of the slanted nib, but it just comes out all wrong and flakes off when you try to apply it. Yes it is very pigmented and when you do manage to apply it, it doesn't smudge and lasts all night, but it is extremely difficult to remove and I end up with faded black lines all over my eyelids for the next 3 days. Sorry Benefit, I'm really not loving this one.

*Hoola Bronzer (£23.50). I don't usually wear bronzer as they are usually a bit too orange for me but I think *Hoola has managed to convert me. It is a really natural colour that can be used all year round as an all over 'tan' or to contour. It is completely matte but it doesn't look flat on the skin and it isn't too harsh so you can build it up gently. In this set you don't get the brush that *Hoola normally comes with but you can apply it with any blusher or bronzer brush. At the moment I love using it with my Eco Tools Retractable Kabuki Brush (£12.99) which I think I will probably do a review of eventually.

*The POREfessional Primer (£24.50). This was the first primer I ever tried and I absolutely love it. I have even converted my mum to it! It minimizes the appearance of pores and leaves skin feeling so smooth. It's a balm but when applied feels almost like a powder, it is also translucent, oil free and contains a vitamin E derivative to protect the skin. You can apply it over and under makeup although personally I have never tried applying it over the top of my makeup. This primer is just absolutely lovely and makes applying any base a breeze.

*Benetint Lip and Cheek Tint (£24.50). This Rose tinted stain is super super pretty. I haven't yet tried it as a blush as it scares me a bit, but the time will come and when it does I think it will create a really pretty flush. As a lip stain, personally I think it is a bit too liquidy, but it does create a really sheer but nice lip stain that isn't drying and lasts for ages.

*High Beam Liquid Highlighter (£19.50). This is a really pretty, feminine, satiny pink liquid highlighter. I think this will compliment nearly all skin tones as it blends easily and really adds a radiant glow. I love putting a couple dots onto my cheekbones and then blending, it really helps to lift the whole makeup look and is perfect for day and night.

*Boi-ing Concealer in shades 01 and 02 (£17.50). This stuff covers everything without creasing or fading through the day. Using your finger tips just pat *Boi-ing over whatever you want to cover and you are good to go. It is quite creamy and really easy to blend. I use shade 01 which is perfect for me, shade 02 is much to dark. Benefit offer 5 shades so you should be able to find one that works for you.

Swatches from left to right: *Boi-ing 01, 02, *High Beam, *Benetint, *Hoola, *They're Real! Push-Up Liner

What is your favourite Benefit product? Let me know in the comments.

Ciara x

*This post contains items which were gifted to me. Full disclaimer.

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