Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s Perk Up Artist Concealer Set
I feel pretty lucky that the most annoying beauty problem that I face on a regular basis is dark undereye circles and redness around my nose and chin. Those are easily fixable, if not particularly “sexy.” I mean, no one gets excited about going to shop for concealer! But with the Perk Up Artist set, a compact containing three complexion corrections, Benefit admirably tries.
Price/Availability: $30, BenefitCosmetics.com
Formula: There are three products in this compact. “Correct” is a goopy yellow cream that you use to neutralize redness and hide your dark circles. Someone at a Benefit store told me that this is their Lemon Aid “color correcting eyelid primer.” However, I used it all over my face, not just on my eyelids. “Cover” is a greasy beige concealer, which I believe is their Bo-ing concealer that I’ve written a Beauty Test Drive about before. “Brighten” is a pink cream that you use as an eye brightener, meaning that if you line your lids with the cream, it will make them look both larger and more awake.
Wear Time: I’m not hugely impressed with the wear time of any of these products; they are fading by the end of the workday. I suppose that’s to be expected with a lot of makeup, though. The “Brighten” color can’t help but get smudged around because it’s on your eyelids and it moves when you’re blinking all day. Fortunately the compact is small and light enough that you can easily carry it in your purse for touch ups.
Commenters on the Benefit Cosmetics website complain that the products are too thin and don’t cover blemishes, splotches or undereye circles well enough. That’s probably a function of the fact these products are intended to be very natural looking. I’ve used both Benefit’s Boi-ing concealer and their Erase Paste and if what you want is veritable spackle to cover you up, then you’ve got to go with the more-obvious-you-are-wearing-concealer Erase Paste.
Overall: I use it all the time and do think it’s a great three-in-one set. However, the sizes of the three products are so small that they run out quickly. They also are used unevenly, at least for me, because I only use a small amount of the eye brightener while the other two products cover a lot more real estate on my face. I used the last of my “Correct” this morning and the “Cover” will be gone in a couple days. Soon I’ve have a mostly empty compact with only the eye brightener left in it. Perk Up Artist was sent to me for free by Benefit to review. Instead of forking over $30 for the full Perk Up Artist compact, I would just go out and buy the Lemon Aid to keep in my makeup bag, because obviously the amount in the compact is not enough for the amount I use. All in all, though, it’s a great compact to keep in your purse for on-the-go touchups only.