Hey everyone! It's been a big eyeshadow day for me!
I posted a video reviewing The Balm's Meet Matt(e) Nude palette, and I also wanted to share this blog post on the Benefit World Famous Neutrals kits. They're $30 each at Sephora.com, and while I have the "Most Glamorous Nudes Ever" and "Sexiest Nudes Ever", there's another one available called "Easiest Nudes Ever". The website says they contain "creaseless creams" and "new longwear powder shadows". These were sent to me for review from Benefit, and at first glance I was super excited. Benefit's packaging is always nice, and these little eye kits looks like books from the outside and are super cute.
The kits open up to reveal fold-out tips & tricks which share daytime and "playtime" instructions, as well as a small mirror. There are four MAC eyeshadow-sized pans of powder shadow in each, as well as slots for two cream shadows with twist-off lids that lift out of the palette.
This is the "Most Glamorous Nudes Ever" kit, and the cream shadows are showing up a bit darker in the palette than they actually appear when you apply them (see the swatches below). They have an incredibly creamy feel... more so than probably any other cream shadow I've used. The top color- "Birthday Suit"- is gorgeous, and I love the coppery tone to "My 2 Cents" is really pretty as well. They apply with so much pigment, but the staying power is where I have an issue- they don't dry to a totally smudge-free finish. They can be totally smudged and rubbed away... and now that we have the budge-proof Maybelline Color Tattoos, we all know how nice it is to have long wearing cream shadows. It's kind of sad to me that you have to cover up these beautiful cream shades with a powder in order to get a longer wearing look. Assuming you do that, the look will indeed last (it did for me).
The powder shadows are nice, but nothing unique. They're pigmented, but not to the point of feeling rich and creamy (like some really nicely textured powder shadows do). The peachy/gold called "It's Complicated" is the most eye-catching one of the bunch, in my opinion.
The "World's Sexiest Nudes Ever" kit takes on a purple tone. The cream shadows have the same delightfully creamy, yet not long-wearing formula- and I must say, I love the color of the lighter one called "Bikini-tini". It's a great shimmery nude. The charcoal shade called "Holy Smokes!" is a great smokey eye base and looks really nice paired with the ultra metallic silvery powder called "Blingo!" I wish they would've included at least one deeper powder shadow so you could really contour with this kit.
As with the other kit, these shades are all pretty, but not necessarily unique. If you are interested in buying these, just keep in mind that you'll have the best staying power if you layer the powders over the creams. I feel like they're kind of overpriced, but if you like the configurations, you can probably find similar cream and powder shadows in the drugstore. (Maybelline Color Tattoos, Wet n Wild eyeshadows... just off the top of my head).
- Loving my re-organized makeup room. Thank you to Mom for helping me! :)
- Planning to do Beauty Broadcast Live again tomorrow at 9am central on BlogTV! Thinking about periodically adding a Saturday show to the schedule, but I'll keep you posted!
- I need to re-do my nails big time.
- Time for some leftover chili! Have a good night!