REVIEW: Benefit Ooh La Lift

I was gifted the Benefit Ooh La Lift and I used it religiously all last month. It’s just one of those products that doesn’t really seem to do anything drastic, but the subtle difference that it makes in the look of your overall makeup makes such a big impact — it’s worth buying and applying every morning. The Benefit Ooh La Lift is a “dream cream for the under-eye area” that gives your under-eye are an instant eye lift.

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The sponge-tipped applicator allows you to dab on product under your eyes very easily. I blend the product in using a small synthetic buffing brush, and the slight cooling sensation feels nice in the mornings. The creamy pinkish-white coloring also contains “light-reflecting pigments and raspberry extract,” so this “magic pink balm gives eyes an instant brightening boost.” While we can’t expect this product to act like a concealer (because it’s not), it’s the magical product that makes such a big difference in your makeup. If you need additional coverage, I suggest applying the Ooh La Lift before concealer. I like to apply this on its own under my eye after foundation, and the lifting effect is real.

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The texture of this product is balm-like yet thin. Once it blends out and absorbs into the skin, it smooths out lines and other issues — allowing the under eye area to look refreshed and clean. That way, if you need to apply concealer or anything else on top, you’re starting with a clean eye-canvas. The product may not look like much, but you’ll notice a huge difference when you forget to apply it — something just looks off. It’s an underrated and understated product that does so much without really being noticed. It’s important to remember that the effects are subtle — for an example, don’t expect Ooh La Lift to conceal like a concealer and don’t expect it to all of sudden make your under-eye area bright with light. Those effects would be too dramatic, and aren’t features for what the product really stands for. I recommend this product for your every day makeup arsenal. With the fall in full action and the dreary winter months just around the corner, something like the Ooh La Lift can be a big help.

Made in USA.
Retails for $22.00 USD.
0.25 oz.

The 5-Minute Face

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
To begin my 5-minute face, I start by applying my trusty Anessa Perfect Essence Sunscreen and then apply the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in “Terre Neuve.” This is a re-purchase item for me and I got a the newest lightest shade 00 “Terre Neuve” this time around. Applying a tinted moisturizer as a base for a 5-minute face is perfect for natural coverage and evening out of the skin. Because it applies so easily and quickly with minimal blending action, it’s great for when you’re on-the-go or in a hurry in the mornings.

Benefit Ooh La Lift
To brighten the under-eye area, I applied the Benefit Ooh La Lift and blended it in using a small synthetic buffing brush. I have a separate review coming up on this product, and I highly recommend it for brightening and prepping the under-eye area. You can see it in action in my recent Full Face of the Day post.

Illamasqua Powder Blusher – “Katie”
For blush, I’ve rotated out of my usual blush “Well Dressed” by MAC and am back to my Illamasqua Powder Blusher in “Katie,” which is just another cool-toned baby pink shade. It’s smooth and buttery and doesn’t take much effort to blend. Every time I take a long break from these blushes and I come back, I’m reminded how great it is. Totally recommend.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Demolition” & Random Japanese Eyebrow Pencil
For some definition along my lashline (lower and upper), I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Demolition” and smoked out the ends to make it look more natural. For my brows, I used a random eyebrow pencil that I bought at the Asian market. It doesn’t really have a name but claims to be able to hold for 24-hours. It’s very long-lasting, but I can’t say that it lasts for 24-hours since I don’t ever leave my makeup on for 24-hours! The pencil is just waxy enough to give me color and keep the eyebrow hairs in place. So far, I really like it.

Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber & Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara
It’s pretty self-explanatory what my eyelash routine normally is. I curl my lashes with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, which I like much better than the Shiseido Eyelash Curler. The Shu curler fits my lid shape better without pinching and pulling. The Shiseido curler is too flat and I find it uncomfortable to use. For the lips (not pictured), I just applied the La Mer Lip Balm and headed out the door. :)

What do you wear when you’ve got 5 minutes?