My Favorites From Benefit

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I’ve been a big fan of Benefit Cosmetics for a long time. Once upon a time, you couldn’t buy Benefit anywhere in Colorado…I guess we aren’t cool enough here. I would have to buy online, or wait for a well-deserved vacation to make my purchases. I will admit, more than once, a trip of mine was planned around finding a place to buy Benefit! I always had fun shopping online, but anyone who loves makeup knows how much fun it is to actually play with a product before making a purchase. It took forever for a Sephora to open their doors in my state, and not too long after, Benefit counters started popping up in department stores. Recently, I got mad at Benefit for discontinuing my favorite eye shadow primer, F.Y…eye! They replaced it with Stay Don’t Stray, claiming it was even better than the old one. I disagree…strongly. BUT…as upset as I was that my favorite product was gone, I have remained a loyal Benefit consumer, because their products are fun and amazing. I wanted to write about my favorite Benefit goodies.

Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow, is one of my favorite shadows of all time. I used to stay away from cream based shadows, because even the ones that claim to not crease somehow manage to disappear on me after only a few hours of wear. I have never had a problem with this cream shadow. It goes on and stays on all day. It comes in 12 shades and it’s buildable, so you can have it as sheer, or as bold, as you want. It comes in a cute glass pot, but remember to keep that lid on tight, so it won’t dry out. If it dries and cracks, it’s not going to go on the way it should, or last all day. Treat it right, and you’ll never be disappointed.

Eye Bright and High Brow pencils are great finishing products that will make you look wide awake and alert…even if you’re not. Eye Bright is a thick pencil in a light pink color that is great for all skin tones. Apply it to the inner and outer corners of the eye for an instant pick-me-up. Just dot it on, or apply it in strokes and blend it in. High Brow adds a lifted look to the entire eye area. It’s a very neutral beige/pink that looks great on everyone. Apply it just under your brows, on the brow bone, and blend in. It will give you a subtle lift and make your eyes look great. I rely on this product when I’ve gone too long between brow waxes. It brightens up the area and takes the focus off the fact that I’m overdue. I also like to dot this very lightly above my brows as well, for some extra oomph! Both of these products are best used as a last step, after your eyes are done.

Dallas face powder can be used as a bronzer, or a blush. Benefit says this is “an outdoor glow for an indoor gal”. Hmmm…sounds like it was made for me! I use this as my everyday blush. It’s the perfect mix of plum and bronze, and I absolutely love it! Just recently, I dropped it on the floor and it shattered into a million pieces. With most powder products, I would have just thrown it away, but I have saved this one, and now I use it as a loose powder blush. Almost time for me to buy more; it lasts forever! Benefit has other face powders in other colors, but this one is, by far, my favorite.

The POREfessional is one of the newer products by Benefit. This is a great pore-minimizing balm that can be used before your foundation application as a light primer, or for touch-ups throughout the day. It goes on really smooth, and it makes your pores appear smaller to nonexistent. I like to use it as my foundation primer.

There are so many more amazing products from Benefit, but who has time to name them all?? You can check out the entire line at benefitcosmetics.com. And, check out their story to get to know who they are, I like reading the behind the brand stories and seeing how they came to life.

What are your favorite Benefit products? Can’t wait to hear!

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