Monday, May 28, 2012

Snow White & the Huntsman Rare Beauty Kit from Benefit

Hey everyone! So I was enjoying my Memorial Day off from work (didn't see that coming 'til a random glance at the schedule last week showed I was off! woop woop!) And as any good ABC affiliate employee does, I was watching Good Morning America on my day off (haha)... and saw this cool story on the creators of Benefit cosmetics. I was interested to hear that Jean & Jane Ford were just typical midwestern girls (ok, so they did some modeling in commercials)- who literally flipped a coin about what sort of business to develop and makeup won. Consequently, I had recently been sent a small kit of Benefit products to review- and was in the process of putting them on for pics for this blog when that story aired! :) 


Here it is! The "Snow White and the Huntsman Rare Beauty Kit" form Benefit. If you're interested in picking it up, it's available for $45 on Sephora's website. In case you weren't aware, Snow White and the Huntsman debuts this Friday in theaters... and this kit claims to give you "the fairest look of the land". You get the following products...
  • Benetint (.13 oz): Big fan of Benetint- and this is actually a pretty good size of the product! Still working on another small size of this that I already had, but it's good to have a backup. I totally see this as a "Snow White" product... just a few dots blended onto the cheeks gives great natural color, and it's nice on the lips too & because it's a stain, it looks SUPER natural. My tip- when using it on the cheeks, blend it in immediately... it dries kinda fast. (side note: I also love Cha Cha tint!! heads up coral lovers!) 
  • BAD Gal Lash (.3 oz): Pretty cool that you get a full size BAD Gal mascara. I've only ever tried the minis of this before... and it's a pretty good mascara for volume! It's one of those that I tend to not love a whole lot when I first start using it... but it tends to get better with time. Do you ever feel that way with mascaras? The brush is rather large, which can be hard to control at times, but I do appreciate the fact that it has a tapered tip. Overall this is a "B" grade mascara in my book. 
  • High Beam (.08 oz): Good things come in small packages! And the smallest thing in this kit is definitely one of the coolest. I love this stuff! It's something I'm considering purchasing full-size. It's the same format as Benetint & that whole family of products... only instead of being a total liquid... this is a somewhat creamy/liquidy highlight. It's the perfect pearly color that you can put on your cheekbones, browbone, bridge of nose, cupids bow (I did all of the above!)... and it's probably one of the best cream highlighting products I've tried! Not glittery- just the perfect pearly glow. 
  • the POREfessional (.75 oz): Another full sized product... which I have blogged about before. Check out that post for my thoughts. I'm not over the moon about this stuff, but the texture is pretty awesome. You can wear it under your makeup as a primer or over your makeup to touch-up areas where you feel your pores are especially visible. I'd like to hear from someone who feels they have super large pores as far as how well this works on them. One high point I've noticed as I've worn this more... my makeup tends to wear longer (I think) when I use this as a primer. It's not at all greasy, so I think that helps. 

A closer look at the XXL brush on BAD Gal.

The bag that this comes in is INCREDIBLY cute.  

 You also get a little booklet showing you how to get the look... 


In this pic I'm wearing Benetint on my cheeks and lips, and High Beam on my cheekbones, brow bones, bridge of nose, and cupid's bow. I was testing a different mascara in this video, so no Bad Gal, but I am wearing Porefessional under my makeup. 

Overall, the highlights of this kit for me are Benetint & High Beam. I probably would be more likely to buy those individually than purchase this as a kit, given my prior knowledge about Bad Gal & Porefessional. However, when it comes to getting the "Snow White look"- I do think this kit is effective at giving you glowing skin & dark lashes. It might be a great gift for the Snow White enthusiast in your life, or if you are looking for a potential answer for a large pore problem & want to dip your toe in the world of Benefit's cream/liquid cheek products. Something I've learned after reviewing lots of products is that something that works (or doesn't work) for me, may not behave the same way for you. I think at $40, this kit is a good value & I'd be curious to hear what the rest of you think about it! :) 


Daily Nuggets (Confessions Edition!)
  • I was inspired to do a confessions-themed Daily Nuggets thanks to one of my new favorite blogs- Confessions of a 20 Something! 
  • Confession- I found it as I was researching what makeup products Carrie Underwood uses. I'm just slightly obsessed with her beauty routine. 
  • I made (I use that term loosely) some Tollhouse slice & bake type chocolate chip cookies... and ate one of the sections before baking. 
  • I watched at least an hour of some sort of Saved by the Bell Hawaii edition movie today. 
  • I slid about 2 or 3 feet on the hard wood floor section of Buffalo Wild Wings last night & nearly wiped out. Excuse: my heels had little to no traction. Then did the classic- look all over to see if anyone saw me thing. Awkwardness. At least I wasn't carrying a drink!
  • I bought yet another hair-curling device. You'll see when I do another "What's New at the Drugstore" video this week. 
  • I will watch episodes of Real Housewives (of anywhere) multiple times. I'm a sucker for marathons. 
  • I created a new cocktail this weekend that involves White Zinfandel wine and lemonade. Quite refreshing! 

27 comments:

  1. Yay! I have all of these products already. I am definately a benefit gal. I love every single one of their products!

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  2. I have no Benefit items, but I have been eyeing the Pore-fessional for a while. I have huge pores on my nose. I may pick this up this week. :)

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  3. I have really big pores and it does great at filling them in. You have to work at it a bit or else it will miss them. But it keeps my makeup fresh all day. I even wore it under m prom makeup and i was flawless the entire night of dancing :)!. Otherwise, i'd totally get this kit if i didn't have benetint, high beam and porefessional.

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  4. I've tried several primers from ELF and Loreal on up to Benefit, Too Faced, Smashbox, and Hourglass. I have oily skin and large pores and Benefit's Porefessional is the only one I've found that works to hide my pores. The thick, colored texture is what does the trick. Too Faced is a bit too thin and the others I've tried are not tinted or colored white. That just sits in the pores and is not covered up enough by my foundation. I am going to get this kit as a full sized Porefessional is $30 on it's own. Thank you for posting about it!

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  5. I have rather large pores on my nose and can't really tell a difference when I use the Pore-fessional, maybe the slightest difference but nothing spectacular.

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  6. I want this just for the bag. But I do love the Porefessional. I use this all the time and have repurchased twice already.

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  7. I have been wanting to get this. There's a sale today too!

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  8. Benefit is pretty amazing! I have Benetint but I've been wanting to try the Porefessional.

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  9. What a fascinating story. It's always inspiring to hear that everyday girls can make it big in business.

    I'm excited about this collection. ANd I can't wait to see the movie either.

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  10. Benefit products are amazing.. love them all..


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  11. Benefit products are great! OMG, the porefessional is awesome!! I love the daily nugget! I've gotta add that somehow in my posts - it was fun to read yours!

    Ree
    www.reeracoma.com

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  12. great bag!

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  13. I've never tried this product line, but am interested in giving it a try.

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  14. I love this look and all the benefit products. If you like confession blogs check out my blog: http://confessionsofauniblogger.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. This is a really excellent value considering what you get, and even though I have all of these products, I seriously want to get this because of the adorable makeup bag! This would be a great bag for those new to Benefit.

    One complaint, though: It seems like a lot of Benefit's sets are just items from their permanent line just put together in different combinations. Definitely a great value, but with a name like Rare Beauty, I was expecting something more unique.

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  16. I'd really like to try that badgal lash!

    I'm giving away a TopStyler on my blog! You can enter here: http://alexishinde.blogspot.com/2012/06/topstyler-by-instyler-giveaway.html

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  17. EEEK! Thanks for the sweet shout out sweet girlie!! xoxo

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  18. We've been trying more and more Benefit lately.. it's kinda out guilty pleasure :)

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  19. Try adding frozen strawberries to the wine and lemonade! My FAVORITE Girls Night Out drink.

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  20. I have HUGE pores and the POREfessional did nothing whatsoever for me :( Luckily I only had a little sample and hadn't splashed out on the full size. xx

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  22. I totally agree with you about Badgal getting better with time! I just tried it again after a while of wearing other mascaras and I think it may have dried out a little in that time which makes it even better.

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