Don’t let the summer pass your face by. Benefit’s new watermelon-inspired Bella Bamba collection will leave your face glistening like a piece of ripe, summer fruit. The 3D, brightening face powder illuminates cheekbones with shimmering gold undertones. It goes perfect with a tan, if you’ve found a way to acquire one. Or if you’re more of an indoors type of girl who fears sunburns (holler!), it creates the illusion of a summer glow. Pair with the sheer, scented lip gloss for a look that says “I’ve been sitting on the beach sipping fruity cocktails all day.” Which is a look worth aspiring to when you’ve actually been sitting in front of your computer sipping coffee all day. Ah, the magic of makeup. [$28 (blush) and $16 (gloss), Benefit]
I’ve long complained in these Beauty Test Drives that I have dry skin. The driest skin. Well, I’m going to complain about it again! But this time it is to tell you that Benefit’s Boi-Ing concealer, which has a greasy, almost melted-waxy consistency, is a super choice for quick coverups on the go. Or, in moments of morning-after desperation, you could use it all over your face as a foundation. Keep reading »
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Why, you, my dear! Just in time for “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Benefit is releasing a makeup kit called Rare Beauty to get your own fairy tale look. There’s a rosy lip/cheek tint sample, highlighter sample, a full-size pore minimizing balm, and a full-size mascara, all in a really pretty makeup bag. If you’re looking to freshen up your summer makeup bag, it’s a good way to test out some of the company’s best products … even if your name isn’t Snow White. [$45, BenefitCosmetics.com]
Highlighter is one of those makeup products that sounded kind of like BS to me, like lip gloss primer. Really? Do I really need this? Then a makeup artist at a MAC counter put some sparkly highlighter on me and — ta-da! — I had cheekbones for the first time in my life. As someone with very round features who suffered from the nickname Cabbage Patch Kid as a child, I can’t believe I went so long without illuminating the (few) angles in my face with a highlighter. I also wish I had started using highlighter years earlier to make my skin look more “alive” during winter months instead of slogging onward through cadaver-dom. So I am happy to report that Benefit Cosmetic’s Watt’s Up highlighter is quite pretty and is a bit more natural-looking than my sparkly MAC highlighter. Keep reading »
We are forever looking for the perfect easy-to-apply eyeliner. Problem is, pencils often smudge and liquid can be a tad tricky for quick and easy application. That’s why we were so excited about Benefit‘s “Babe Cake” liner compact. It comes in half black, half brown and the liner is basically the consistency of eyeshadow with the look of liner when applied with an angle brush.
At first glance, things seemed to be going swimmingly between us and our new eyeliner friend. Unfortunately, the easy application comes at a price: mad smudging. Within an hour or so, the liner began to wear off a bit and, worse still, some transferred from above our lash line to the crease of our lids, resulting in all the downsides of the morning-after look with none of the benefits. Love Benefit, but sadly, Babe Cake simply didn’t work out for us. [$22, Benefit] Keep reading »
While Amelia, Erin and Catherine hobnobbed with celebs like Janelle Monae and Miss J on >Fashion’s Night Out, I swung by Sephora in Times Square for a mini-makeover by co-founder of Benefit cosmetics, Jane Ford. I thought she’d just swish some pink blush on my cheeks and call it a day, but Ford actually told me propensity for girly pink-or-peach makeup is misguided. Someone like me, with dark, dark brown hair and pale, pale ivory skin (think: Christina Ricci’s coloring) should be wearing brown blush and brown lipstick. Yes, brown. Keep reading »