BenefitI own a couple of their products and I absolutely adore them. Right now, I'm lemming the Dr. Feelgood, High/Moon Beam, Weather Girl palette, and Realness of Concealness palette. Anyone have any opinions or rants/raves about those?
And more importantly.. what are your favourites from Benefit?
Ok sorry I'm new & don't know how to quote LOL. Anyway...I hope that I can help you inquiring ladies out as I own damn near the whole Benefit line :-P
I'll start with the dislikes, since there's few of those:
Some Kinda Gorgeous...This is basically You Rebel in a greasy, pressed version. I bought it, tried it twice, returned it promptly. Went to a Benefit Botique to get my lashes tinted & they did my make up after...used Some Kinda Gorgeous. Felt like a grease bag all day & my skin is actually quite dry. No coverage at all.
You Rebel...again, skip it if you don't enjoy looking like said grease bag. OR, you will want to top it off with a powder like MAC Blot or Benefit's Get Even
FY Eye eye shadow base...ok product. Doesn't hold shadows like UDPP does, but the plus side is that it doesn't give you crepey eye like UDPP can, and you can use all textures over it, unlike UDPP.
I guess I'm one of the few, but I absolutely love the Realness of Concealness kit. Great way to try out some fabulous products. The Lemon Aid is great especially for a shadow free day. High Beam is a must have for me, Boi-ing is HG concealer. Ohh La Lift is just ok. I wouldn't purchase the full sized one. The Lip Plump makes a nice base, but I don't see any plumping action. Again would not repurchase, but nice to have the little bottle around.
Playsticks foundation...LOVE it. It is described as powder, concealer, and foundation in one. Blends great, pretty decent range of shades, and doesn't break out my uber sensitive skin.
Georgia & Dandelion are so pretty but just did not show up on me & I'm NW20 in winter & NW30 in Summer.
Dallas on the other hand is major HG for me. I do not leave the house without wearing this.
In Summer Hoola is also MAJOR HG for me. Combos well with Dallas.
The Gloss, Her Glossiness, Big Magic, and Prom glosses ...great texture & scent, no gross taste (which I hate about a lot of other brands) and great color selection. Scent is a bit on the strawberryish side, not overpowering. Not sticky or tacky feeling.
Color Plump pencils. FYI these are NOT meant to plump instantly like products like Too Faced Lip Injection & the like. They are meant to gradually fill out lips over time. That being said, Hey Sailor is an HG color for me.
Hi Neighbor mask...great product, helps even out the oily t-zone area in my face. Small bottle for the price but lasts a long time.
Honey Snap Out Of It scrub...HG for me, can be used as a scrub OR mask. More hydrating than the Pineapple scrub.
Dear John moisturizer...Sales Associate at Benefit Botique told me it holds 100x it's weight in water, and I feel it lives up to that claim. Fabulous for my uber sensitive skin & also helped reduce some redness.
Have several lipsticks...I like the texture & the color selection. Very wearable.
Get Even powder...sucks there's only 3 shades but again, MAC Blot doesn't come in many shades. Get Even worked better for me (MAC broke me out). Get Even also conceals redness & can give up to a medium coverage.
Valley Of The Stars (Holiday 2006 kit) contains:
White gold eyeshadow, Tequila gold eyeshadow, High Beam, Moon Beam, Her Glossiness gloss. Love the entire kit. Can't say one bad thing about it.
The Weather Girl...very pretty kit, I do love the lip creams, although I do wish the shadows had a bit more pigment or oomph to them.
Dallas Holiday 2006 palette. Love the pink & mocha shadows, as well as the lip creams. Dallas again is HG for me...but I don't think the plum shade of lip cream looks to great with the 2 eyeshadows in the kit. I mix the 2 together & it looks nice.
High Brow...tricky to use as it doesn't always blend nice. IMO you pretty much need to have THE perfect brow for it to work nicely.
Brow Zings...great product, liked it better than Smashbox Brow Tech because the wax is pigmented and then you finish it off with the setting powder, so it's reverse how you put Smashbox on. Looks great on most people...however, the color didn't look right on me & can be difficult to use if you need to create shape to your brow. If they're pretty much perfectly sculpted & you just want to shade them in...this is a good product.
Bathina Gettin Steamy body wash..HG for me but not everyone loves the scent. Very rich lather.
Wondermitt...HG for me. Great to use before self tanner applications.
Bathina Touch Me Then Try To Leave Cream...Also HG for me. Very moisturizing. Great scent (IMO anyway).
Maybe Baby perfume spray & powder compact...Great everyday flirty scent (it's white blossoms) so not overpowering. I detect a hint of peach, but it's not candy sweet. Flirty & cute but when I want sexy I reach for my Lancome Hypnose.
Show Offs...I love these. Similar to MAC pigments but they are duochrome effect. Curtain Call is spectacular to check out...royal blue with flashes of pink & purple. Miss Moon is gorgeous white with gold flashes. Mint Julep is minty green with gold flashes. High Roller is another HG...coppery shimmer.
Speed Brow...great to set brows. I use this after my MAC brow pencil. Keeps my brows tamed & in place without looking like they've been gel'd to your face.
Eye Kohls...I've only tried Royale (royal purple) and its gorgeous, made my green eyes pop. Comes with a nice smudger thing on the opposite end.
Mr. Frosty...Shimmery sheer white pencil. Nice as liner or as brow hilight...or even all over eye for shadow (or shadow base). Definitely a lot nicer than it looks or sounds. I thought it was just a plain white pencil for about 3 years. Then I finally played with it.
Bad Gal Lash...Nice product. Sometimes the brush can be a bit much for me though.
Get Bent...my favorite. Better than Bad Gal, IMO. I've been told by Sephora SA's that it is the same as Bad Gal, when in fact the SA's in the actual Benefit Botique as well as the Benefit counter at my Macy's have said that is a false statement. The formulations are very different...although they both share the same coal black color.
Eye Bright...HG for me. Benefit SA taught me to make a shape like this < on inner eye, then blend. Then make 3 "kitty whiskers" or like a fishy tail on the outer corner and blend. POOF....instant fresh eye for me. Like I got a great 10 hour sleep when I really only had like...3.
IT Stick. Only comes in 1 shade. WAY too light on me & nowhere near as nice as Boi-Ing concealer.
Glamazon...crap. Absolute crap. No pigment. SA had to put 3 layers on me at NW20 and still could not tell it was on me.
Benetint on the other hand, LOVE.
I have all 3 products..Pocket Pal, Benetint, and Benetint Balm. Gorgeous rosy (not red like you just sucked on a popsicle) sheen. I like to layer a stain of the Benetint on lips, then top with the balm.
Sandal Scandal...nice enough product, love that it smells like the rest of the Bathina/Maybe Baby products...but overpriced when I can get an AHA foot cream from Avon for like $5. I regret this purchase...but you get some cute socks with it at least.
Silky shave cream (forget the actual name). Great shave cream...but nobody should pay $26 for shaving cream when my Olay Ribbons body wash does the same job. It's just shaving cream, the scent washes away anyway.
Ok...I think that's all I got. If you have any questions feel free to ask!!
Sorry ladies, I forgot my most favorite product, the Big Beautiful Eyes palette from Fall 2006. HG for me, comes with the HG concealer Boi-ing in 02/medium, a light pink shimmery shade, medium plummy taupe, and a deep brown for liner. Comes with one double ended brush and a concealer brush for application. I much prefer using my own brushes, but this is such a great every day eye for me, so flattering. I'm considering getting a back up of this. I tried to dupe it with other shadows I had at home (seemed like a simple palette) but nothing could look as nice as that pink & taupey middle shade.