Hey guys! Hope you're having a good day! Just wanted to pass along my review on these new Benefit Longwear Powder Eyeshadows. I received these from the company to review, but they retail for $20 apiece. I think the packaging on these is really cute- and they came in a cute cardboard round box that reminded me of a mini old school hat box. Unfortunately, that's pretty much the best part about these shadows, in my opinion.
The shades I have are shown above (left to right): Pinky Swear (matte), Nude Swings (shimmer), and Thanks a Latte (Shimmer). They're swatched in the same order below...
My issue with these shadows is how sheer they are. Nude Swings is SUPER sheer, Pinky Swear doesn't pack much punch either. Thanks a Latte is definitely the best of the bunch when it comes to showing up. I like that these aren't dry and flakey, but when I think about this brand's high end counterparts (MAC, Smashbox, Urban Decay, and Too Faced, for example)- these shadows just don't stack up. I'm a fan of shadows that feel creamy and velvety and really show up. I was talking about these on Beauty Broadcast Live today, and someone said they like their eyeshadow to be sheer... and that's fine! But you can save 17 bucks and get sheer eyeshadow from NYC. Come to think of it- there are plenty of drugstore brands that have more color payoff than these. Keep in mind- I haven't tried all the colors from this line- just these three. And judging by these, it seems the darker shadows in this line might be better than the light ones. I've been wearing these with a primer in an effort to get them to show up more. That seems to help, and I can't complain about the staying power. Still it seems a little odd that it took my cheap Fergie Wet n Wild eye primer to give these $20 Benefit singles a boost!
For this look, I'm wearing Nude Swings all over the lid, Pinky Swear under the brow, and Thanks a Latte in the outer corner/crease. It's a nice subtle look but I don't think it requires $60 worth of product to achieve. I'm curious to learn about your experiences with these Benefit eyeshadows- have you tried some really good shades from this line that you feel are worth the price?
- If you missed Beauty Broadcast Live, you can watch the whole (LONG) thing on my vlog channel! I apologize for the confusion at the start, it was my first time using this setup.
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