Last week I left for Florida to write a travel article and escape from the snow. It was warm in Miami with swaying palm trees, beautiful beaches and delicious food so I needed to transform my makeup look from winter chic to summer blooms and incorporate bright color. I decided it was a good time to try my new Benefit lipsticks and sweep on some sunshine with the pretty GALifornia Blush.
The Lipsticks ($26.00 ea) are two-toned and well coordinated to deliver consistent, uniform color. I was expecting an ombré effect but the pigments blend to create one solid shade. The deeper hue at the very tip is supposed to function as lip liner but since the finish is quite sheer, it doesn’t really produce a distinct outline. The sharp teardrop shape is great for neatness and precision around the lip contour and the creamy texture helps fill in the center of your pout for a subtle wash of color. What I like most is how lightweight, supple and soft the lipsticks appear. The moisturizing finish looks like a juicy, faded stain creating the illusion of plumpness. The saturation is not very intense but the colors are easy to wear - similar to tinted balm.
Revved-Up is a vivid pink and Flame Game is a bright orange/coral.
The golden-pink tones in the GALifornia Blush ($38.00) instantly revives a dull complexion with a pop of radiance and the delicious scent features notes of pink grapefruit and vanilla. The silky, color is buildable so you can adjust the intensity and the powder sweeps on seamlessly creating the perfect coral flush and glow for all skin tones. The mini size is ideal for travel and I love the surfer girl artwork.
Benefit is available at Sephora, beautyboutique.ca, Shoppers Drug Mart, Benefit Boutiques and online at benefitcosmetics.com
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