Thursday, 9 April 2015

Review: Benefit Primping with the Stars

It's been a while I know, but I've been struggling with inspiration on what to blog about. After I ordered this little gift set from Feel Unique, I thought it was the perfect opportunity.
Let's begin! The packaging is a small box (about 15 cm, I'd say) and is really cute and almost looks like a book. Inside there is a mirror which is really useful for on the go, with a tips and tricks booklet which folds out for advice about how to apply the products.

The first product is a 2.5 ml bottle of Benefit Stay Don't Stray Stay-Put Primer for concealers and eye shadows. The bottle doesn't actually say the shade, but I'm assuming it's light / medium as it fits my skin tone. I like this product because it helps eye shadows and concealers stay for longer, hence to term 'primer'. This product can also double up as a concealer as it disguises eye lid discoloration and under eye circles. For the price of £20.50 I doubt I will be purchasing the full sized any time soon as I have other high street eye shadow primers which are of equal quality, but I will continue to use this for travel as it fits compactly into my makeup bag. 

Next up is the Professional (7.5 ml). 
This product is my new holy grail.
When I wear this under foundation it makes my other makeup apply so much more smoothly, and stay put all day. It also minimises the appearance of pores and fine lines, which is why I tend to focus on applying this around my nose. It is suitable for all skin types as the texture is not oily or dry, it's a happy medium. 

Third is Some kind a gorgeous foundation faker.
 The packaging for this product is shaped like a vintage record and is a 3.5g small pot. The product applies like silk, and feels great on skin. It is a creme to powder product making it handy for midday touch ups.  I do however, have a few problems with this product. Firstly the colour is too orange toned for my skin. Benefit, please make a box of these products available for people with pale and dark skin. It was however a good match for my mum who has medium toned skin. Also, having dry skin, It soon became too powdery, and flaked. I  recommend this to people with medium toned, normal/oily skin. 

Cheeks next, with Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain (4.0 ml).
This product is perfect for a pretty, subtle everyday look and is easy to build up. I love this as a blush, but as a lip tint, I don't really see much change in the colour of my lips, unless I pair it with Santa Baby lip tint from Lush which I find a beautiful combo. The blush creates a natural glow and when paired with Girl Meets Pearl creates a more versatile colour,as it is build-able. The smell is very floral and reminds me a lot of the perfume laboratory set I had when I was younger. The price is £24.50, which my sister would say is ridiculous, but if you're in need of a quality cheek tint I'd check it out. I'd like to try this with Benebalm as a lip product to see if it brought the colour out some more.

As mentioned previously Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face (7.5 ml) is great paired with Benetint, or it can be worn alone on the cheekbones for a glittery, dewy glow.

Finally is They're Real mascara, which is not everyone's cup of tea, but I  like it. The wand is shaped with small brissles at the end to coat the smaller lashes basic mascara wouldn't touch and the texture is thick and not overly clumpy which is always a bonus. The only negative I've picked up on is that the mascara is very dry. I'm not a fan of wet mascaras, so I usually opt for something in between. After applying one coat of this mascara, it's already dried, meaning if you want to apply another coat, you'll just cause it to clump. This also makes it difficult to remove at the end of the day. 

This box cost me £25, but on sale now at £23.85. It's a great way of testing out new products, without breaking the bank when paying for the full sized.
Let me know what your favorite Benefit products are and what you recommend in the comments, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your Easter Holidays! 


  1. Your blog is actually stunning! I love it! It is so detailed, and informative, and you're so pretty! xx

    1. Awh,thank you Hannah! You're blog is lovely, I love your layout :) xxx

  2. I absolutely loved this post! I was looking for the perfect product to purchase because I don't have anything from benefit and wanted my first thing to be a good one and after reading this review, I think ill go for this! Your blog posts are amazing and so are your pictures.
    My blog is ->
    Tash x

    1. Thank you so much Natasha! Yeah, this was my first benefit purchase too and all their products are great quality and the packaging is too cute.

      I'll be sure to check your blog out. :) xxx

  3. Such a good blogpost I really like how you give your own opinions and write about anecdotes. Love this.
    Charlotte x

    1. Charlotte this comment honestly made my day.
      I took my time to really get to know the products before I wrote this so my opinions were as honest as possible.
      Your blog is lovely xx

  4. I love this I think I would like to get one of these type sets so I can try out some highend products great post x