Well sculpted brows have been all the rage recently so Benefit has created a range of products to help make grooming easier. They have also released a new Pore Minimizing Primer, vibrant Punch Pop Lip Gloss and fun Go Go Tints for lips and cheeks.
The Foolproof Brow Powder ($32.00) comes in a cute silver tin with mini applicator and is available in 3 shades (light, medium and deep). Each powder has two tones designed to mimic the gradual look of natural brows and the silky pigment applies smooth and saturated for easy blending and fullness. The 12 hour formula adheres to the hair and skin so you can deposit color where you need it most with minimal fading or transfer. I chose the deepest shade and I am able to layer and intensify the color to thicken my arches and enhance coverage. I still use a brow pencil for shaping but the powder fills-in sparse areas to accentuate and define.
The Punch Pop Lip Gloss packaging reminds me of the Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum from my childhood. The flirty lip color comes in 5 fruity shades providing lightweight, creamy shine that softens and quenches dryness with nourishing Vitamin E. Although they look like candy, they don’t smell like it (total bummer) but the sheer, moisturizing color makes lips appear plump and juicy with no stickiness. The bold pop of Barbie Pink instantly perks-up a dull complexion.
A good primer is a must if you want a flawless finish but large pores and rough, uneven skin can ruin your makeup. The Pore Professional Primer ($40.00) is available in 5 tints (fair, light, light-medium, medium and deep). The medium shade helps brighten my complexion without altering the finish of my foundation and it doesn’t cake or flake. The texture is quite liquidy so you need to shake the tube before use and there is a flat top applicator sponge that pops out of the base. The formula blends well and coats the face in a lightweight matte layer that controls oil and shine without clogging pores. It instantly transforms the skin by creating a smooth, even canvass, filling in lines and diminishing textural irregularities so makeup applies seamlessly.
I have the Go Go Tint Lip & Cheek Stain ($40.00) in Bright Cherry and I think the concept is very cute. The bottle and applicator looks like nail polish and the pigment is very versatile. Simply dab some onto the cheeks and blend to create the perfect rosy glow with a natural faded flush. Once set the color does not transfer or fade and lasts all day! The thin brush is a bit difficult to work with for lip application because it flexes and bends too much when tracing around the lip contour but the color is buildable. Once dry the stain becomes kiss-proof for hours of wear.
Benefit is available at beautyboutique.ca, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and Benefit Boutiques/kiosks.
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