Thursday, March 21, 2013

Benefit Longwear Powder Eyeshadows


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? 

Daily Nuggets...
  • 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. 
  • Sugar Free cinnamon disks... not too shabby!
  • Still drinking water out of my flashing snowman glass
  • Picked up a few grocery items and did not stray from my list one bit. Booyah!
  • Have you been keeping up with "March Madness"? I haven't been watching much in terms of the games, but I use the NCAA March Madness Live app to check on my bracket now & then.  


27 comments:

  1. seems to me like a $60 version on walking on egg shells drom wet n wild. I'll save my money on this one. Thanks for the review

    -Sandy
    sandynoemy.blogspot.com

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  2. Your eyes look AMAZING, seriously you're so beautiful!

    Great post!

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

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  3. I can't find the Fergie Eye-shadow Primer at any of the stores in my town. Sad bc I really need a good primer but I don't want to spend a lot.

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    1. I heard the Fergie primer wasnt that great. There is a blog I follow called Vampy varnish and she recently reviewed the millani one and she said it was as good as the too faced shadow insurance. Hope that helps:)

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    2. I haven't tried the Milan eye primer yet, but the Fergie one works great for me! I've only previously used the e.l.f. essential and e.l.f. mineral primers. I feel the Fergie one works better! We all have different chemistries, so I'm sure we have different products that work for each of us! :). I've only seen the Fergie primer at Walgreens. You can also order it from drugstore.com.

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  4. Benefit needs to get a grip if they want to charge $20 for a sad excuse for eye shadow. I have no problem spending money for something good, but even Mac's worst shadow is better than these and isn't as expensive. Thank you for the review!

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  5. Wow. Thanks for the reviews, for the money they want, I'd expect more pigmentation :/.

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  6. Thanks for the review! I think I'll pass on these ones.

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  7. I finally found the Fergie primer in my town (down north...which I thought was funny) and bought some Milani primer instead. Not sure I like it...makes mt eyeliner really hard to smudge. Is that to be expected?

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  8. I finally found the Fergie primer in my town (down north...which I thought was funny) and bought some Milani primer instead. Not sure I like it...makes mt eyeliner really hard to smudge. Is that to be expected?

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  9. wow i love how you're so honest with this review! thanks for that! its also nice that you talk about alternatives and what other product you like better when that product didn't work out for you :)

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  10. These are pretty but it's a shame they come out so sheer.

    Kimberley x

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  11. I actually kind of like how sheer Nude Swings is - not really the others, though. Thanks for the review!

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  12. Loved the look today even though the efforts to get there with these shadows were disappointing...what lashes are you wearing though??? I must know! Starting to explore falsie territory inspired by you!

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  13. I wish these were better because these colors looked amazing in the packaging! Also, do you have any of the new cream shadows from benefit to review?
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  14. Crown brush is on haute look tomorrow. I was wondering what products you like from them? Thank you

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  15. Hi, Emily,

    Nude swing is very pretty, since you have it in person, what would be a good dupe for it? Either drugstore or high end. (preferably from a cruelty free company)

    Thanks!
    Lynn

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  16. Gorgeous colours you've got, lovely product!

    Lauren
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  18. You saved me a lot of money, thanks! :)
    Regards from the other side of the world-Finland!
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  19. I used to be (and still am for some products) a die hard fan of Benefit. I found, lately, that they come up with new products and they aren't worth much. The fine one one, for example is a waste of money. I have not tried the fake up concealer yet, I'm not sure I will. Now I know I will of buy the powder eye shadows, their creaseless cream eyeshadows are awesome, they have a wonderful waterproof eye pencil, They're Real mascara is the bomb, used to like their eye primer, until mine separated from one day to the next. But I discovered the Color Tattoos, the Urban decay eye pencils and Too Faced eye primer, so the only thing I will repurchase from Benefit will be the mascara and their Boing concealer. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

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  20. I meant to say I will NOT buy the powder eyeshadows. Sorry!

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  21. I think the colors look really great on you, but you're right, probably no need to spend that much money on three colors. I feel like I could dupe those colors pretty easily with drugstore brands. Looking forward to see what you think about the rest of the Benefit collection!
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  22. I love that outfit!!
    Much love,
    Wengie
    http://www.wengie.com

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  23. I have to say, the cream shadows from this line are just as bad. They go on with a weird consistency and do not last all day as promised. I regret purchasing them.

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