Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favourite makeup brands – Benefit Cosmetics. Here in South Africa we’re lucky enough to welcome this brand back to our motherland, after being pulled from shelves back in 2012. Therefore, to celebrate, I round up my Top 5 favourite products. Benefit relaunched in July 2015 and is available at selected Edgars and Red Square stores.
• Dandelion face powder – A brightening face powder
Described as a ballerina pink face powder this is just what the doctor ordered to yield a radiant complexion in seconds, it’s buildable and contains just the right amount of shimmer to brighten dull skin. You can create looks with just a hint of colour or full-on rosy cheeks, this product is best suited to skin-tones on the fairer side of the spectrum. Thus, if you’re as light skinned as me, you’ll adore this gem. Comes complete with a natural bristle brush which makes application a joy and not a chore!
• Hoola bronzer – Bronzing powder
I absolutely love this powder! Quintessential for creating a subtle tan year-round and is ideal for a bit of countouring – shhhhh… don’t tell David you’re contouring during the day. It contains no shimmer which is a must when creating any type of contour. As with dandelion, it’s buildable and also accompanied by the same soft brush.
• The POREfessional face primer – PRO balm to minimize the appearance of pores
Ladies, this is a true miracle worker! Ensures that pores and subtle lines are minimized in a flash. Can be worn alone, under, or over makeup and is suitable for all skin-tones – what a bonus! The light, oil-free formula even contains a vitamin E derivative – what’s not to love!?
• They’re real! Push-up eyeliner – Lash-hugging gel liner pen
Okay, I must admit this one is a bit confusing. It won two awards namely the Allure Best of Beauty for beauty breakthrough, and the Allure Best of Beauty for best gel/cream eyeliner in 2014. Despite this it has received numerous negative reviews. In my opinion this is largely due to incorrect use. Upon purchase the sales assistant (meticulously) explained how to use it, and I’ve never regretted my purchase. The key is to use this product exactly as directed; you need to remove and discard the AccuFlex™ tip, twist the base until the gel appears – approximately 20 times. Wipe the excess off and twist the base once, this should be sufficient for one application. This uncomplicated liner saves me oodles of time; however, due to these negative reviews I would suggest trying a sample first.
• They’re real! Lengthening mascara – Beyond mascara
What a marvelous mascara! Can be layered, it lengthens, volumizes and separates lashes thanks to the design of the wand. I’ve been using mine for two months and no clumps in sight! It definitely lives up to its reputation, and won’t smudge or dry out!
As with my post on my Top 5 MAC products these equate to quite a bit of moolah – R1675.00 to be exact – but will last you ages! Purchase Benefit Cosmetics online.