Brand Focus: Benefit

I recently realised that I showed you guys my beauty advent calendars at the start of December, but I never gave you guys an update of the products that were included!

So today I thought I’d do another brand focus post, and talk you through the products that I received, and review everything!IMG_1771Total Moisture Facial Cream | This face cream is actually a lot better than I expected it to be. I thought that it’d have a really strong scent, and that as soon as I applied it, it would maybe sting my sensitive skin, and make it so red that I couldn’t use this product. But instead I was pleasantly surprised by a light scent of mango butter, a natural plant-based emollient known to provide moisture, so I didn’t hesitate to put it on my skin, because I knew it would be gentle on it. It left my skin feeling instantly refreshed and highly moisturised.IMG_1772Rockateur Cheek Powder | This cheek powder is a fabulous alternative to both blush and bronzer, because it has both bronzing and peach undertones. You only need a very light swipe of this across the apples of your cheeks, and your complexion is instantly lifted and given a really worthwhile warmth. Benefit describe this product as perfect for giving your skin “a fresh-off-the-stage glow.” Your skin can’t look better than that!

IMG_1774Highlighters

Watts Up! | This highlighter is in my favourite packaging, because I find it so much easier to apply in this twist-up chapstick-style format. The colour itself is a really gorgeous golden champagne, with a lot of shimmer and shine (obviously!). The only thing I found with this particular product (the travel size) is that it takes an awful lot of blending at the edges, to look right. This difficulty obviously doesn’t exist with the full size product because it comes with a proper ‘smudger’ on the other end of the product.

High Beam | This highlighter is my favourite shade of all of Benefits highlighters, because it has a really cool pink undertone, and I find that that shade suits my skin tone best. It is a liquid, so I would recommend using this sparingly, and then blending it out, and gradually applying more if you want a more obvious highlighted look.

Ooh La Lift | This is actually an ‘under-eye brightening’ highlighter, so it’s like a wonderful mix of a concealer and a highlight. As it says itself, its perfect for putting underneath your and in the inner corners of your eyes to really brighten them up and cover any other dark areas you may have, without being overly ‘highlighted’.IMG_1779The Porefessional Primer | I think this is one of Benefits most well known products, it was definitely the first product of theirs that I ever heard about, so I was really excited to give it a try! It’s tinted, but the colour really dissipates once you’ve properly applied it, and I’m really glad to be able to say it’s actually one of the best primers I’ve ever tried. I’ve found that it increases the staying power of both eyeshadows and foundation/concealer for all-day wear. It’s also quite unique because you can apply it under or over your makeup, and I think that’s perfect for those (like me!) that can sometimes forget to apply a base before putting on your makeup.

They’re Real! Remover | I was confused at first by the name of this product, because I was so used to associating this name to the famous mascara, but this is the perfectly formulated remover for that mascara! All you need to do is apply a small amount of this to a cotton pad, and swipe it across your eyes, and it removes all waterproof makeup.IMG_1781Lollitint Lip & Cheek Tint | I have been blown away by the pigment and staying power of this product. When I first tested it, it had the formulation of a lipgloss, so I suspected that when I swiped it away, that it would disappear entirely. But after it had dried and I tried to wipe it off of my hand, it had done just what I least expected, and it had stained my skin a highly pigmented deep pink. I really like this product because it starts out with a consistency similar to a lipgloss, you have some time to apply and play around with it (especially when applying to your cheeks) before it actually settles and stains the skin.

Sugarbomb Lipgloss | Benefit have done it. They have found the perfect formula for a lipgloss that means it’s still a lipgloss, but it’s not sticky, so that’s already an insane pro to this product. This particular lipgloss actually contains some plumping qualities, so at first it does leave a tingly sensation on your lips, but after that, it is a really subtle pink-toned nude lipgloss.

Hoola Lipgloss | This lipgloss is similar to Sugarbomb, but it’s not plumping, and it’s a slightly darker nude shade, which makes it so much more suitable for all skin tones. Again, it’s not sticky, so it’s really nice to wear.

IMG_1786Mascaras

Bad Gal Lash | I really like this mascara for when I’m applying it to both my top and botton lashes, because of the brush applicator, it’s easily buildable and it does take a few coats to get a really exaggerated lash look. So it’s perfect for building up the length and volume of your top lashes, while keeping it pretty and natural on the bottom.

They’re Real! | Possibly one of the most famous mascaras on the market, and I completely understand why. With just one coat, you’ve got an immediate false-lash effect. I don’t like applying this mascara to my lower lashes because the plastic applicator means it can tend to make them look spidery and transfer onto the underneath of my eyes, but other than that, this mascara is perfect for a quick false-lash look.


And that’s it for what was included in Benefit’s advent calendar, I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Have you tried any products from Benefit before? What’s your fave?

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Brand Focus: Makeup Revolution

After finishing my beauty advent calendars, I realised that I now have a hearty collection of all things Makeup Revolution, so today I’m talking you guys through a selection of their products, with reviews of everything, now there is a lot, so let’s get through this!

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution ALLBrand Focus Makeup Revolution Face ProductsFace

Primer | This primer is perfect for either all-over-face makeup, or just as an eyeshadow primer. It’s incredibly light and soft, and not sticky at all. I was impressed with this primer, as it made my makeup last a few hours longer than usual in the day. The only downside to it being as light as it is, is that you tend to use a little bit more than you would with other primers because you aren’t aware of it being on your face.

Highlight | These highlighters are insane. They are beautiful, and one of my favourite drugstore highlighters. My favourite is the ‘Pink Lights’ as I find that it suits my skintone the best. All you need is a very light dusting across your cheeks and you’re set for the whole day (or night!) They are nicely pigmented, so you don’t need to go overboard when applying.

Blush | I think the blushes are a bit of a miss, but this might just be because they aren’t well suited for my skintone. As you can see in my swatches, ‘Treat’ is much too similar to my skintone to be a blush, ‘Wow’ is a bit too barbie-pink for it to be wearable daily for me. The best blush for me would be ‘Now’, but I find it too orange-based for a blush, I’d be much more confident wearing this as an eyeshadow.

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Highlighters Swatches
Pressed Highlighters: ‘Pink Lights’ ‘Golden Lights’ ‘Hidden Lights’
Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Blush Swatches
Pressed Blushes: ‘Now’ ‘Wow’ ‘Treat’

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Palettes | If I was forced to pick only one product from Makeup Revolution, it’d definitely be a palette. The palettes combine a huge amount of perfectly blendable creamy shades. I was surprised at the amount of shades in the palettes, as they are so affordable! My favourite palette of them all is the ‘Beyond Flawless’ as it has everything you need to create basic eye looks, more complicated looks, rose gold inspired looks and a dark smoky eye. So many of the shades in this palette remind me of those in the Naked 3, and it’s only £8! I also really like that Makeup Revolution have more unusual palettes, as a lot of palettes available nowadays are quite basic nudes.

Mono Eyeshadows | I have never known such creamy and well pigmented mono eyeshadows. My favourite shade is ‘Mountains of Gold’, because it’s a beautiful gold colour, but with a shimmer that I’ve never seen before. (It also really reminds me of my favourite shade from Urban Decay’s Naked 3, ‘Trick’!)

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Swatches
Mono Eyeshadows: ‘Mountains of Gold’ ‘Base!’ ‘Delicious’

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Lip Lacquer | I picked up this lip lacquer just before Halloween last year, and my only wish is that I could wear it more often! As it says, it goes on as a liquid, and dries matte. The Salvation Lip Lacquers are really gorgeous colours, but they are usually not ones that you can wear daily. I also found that you need to reapply quite frequently as they do break up after roughly an hour.

Intense Lipgloss | Now as you can see, I could only swatch the red lipgloss, and that’s because the doe foot applicator for the pink shade is stuck at the bottom of the lipgloss. I was really disappointed as this shade looks like a lipgloss that I’d actually enjoy wearing! The lipglosses themselves aren’t particularly sticky, but as you can also see, the really deep red actually comes out as more of a pink, so they aren’t as pigmented as they appear in the packaging.

Sheer Lipgloss | The sheer lipglosses are a lot stickier than the Intense Lipglosses, but they are available in really gorgeous colours. The first one is a very subdued gloss, adding just a touch of shimmer to your lips, and the second one is a very wearable medium-nude pink

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Lipglosses Swatches
Lip Lacquer (#2): ‘Velvet Vamp’

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution MascaraMascara

 

The Viper | This is one of the only things that has disappointed me. The wand is shaped just like the head of a cobra, which I understand is inkeeping with the name of the mascara, but it makes it quite difficult to apply, and once you have applied it, is doesn’t really do much to elongate, curl or volumise lashes. This mascara is one of the only things I wouldn’t repurchase.Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Mascara The Viper Wand

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution LipsticksLipstick

Lipsticks | Another one of my favourite things from Makeup Revolution! These lipsticks are creamy, well pigmented, and highly wearable! When I saw some of these colours I was quite intimidated by them, but I’ve found myself even wearing the orange shade! They are reasonably long lasting, but I would recommend reapplying roughly halfway through the day. I can’t believe how much I really like these lipsticks, again, considering how affordable they are.Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Lipsticks Swatches

Brand Focus Makeup Revolution Nail PolishesNails

Nail Polishes | I like  there is a wider variety of polishes, and they’re not exclusively bright or pastels. They dry quite quickly, usually in just over a minute. For the colour to be true to that of the bottle, you do have to apply a a couple of coats, and they last around 5-6 days.


That’s it for today, do you have any favourite products from Makeup Revolution, or have you never tried any of their stuff?