Benefit ‘Hello Flawless!’ SPF 15

The Benefit ‘Hello Flawless!’ powder foundation is a new addition to my collection I’ve been loving. This item isn’t new by any means, and the only reason why I decided to give it a go is because a YouTuber by the name of Raeview, recommended it awhile back.

001

I don’t have a favorite powder foundation currently; and, for the most part, I tend to avoid powder products (unless it’s mineral) because I can’t stand that flat matte look. Other powder foundation posts I’ve written include the:

1. DiorSkin Forever Compact Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup (and I compare this with the Chanel Double Perfection Natural Matte Powder Makeup);
2. and the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation;
3. and the Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation;
4. and the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – which tends to clog my pores (and I discovered this weeks after writing this corresponding post).

002

Previously, Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation was steadily in first place for me; however, I used it up so fast! To be fair, after I purchased the product, I loved it so much I used it everyday for weeks straight. And, before I knew it, I had hit pan – and, then shortly after that, it was gone – all within just a few months. I haven’t re-purchased since if you’re wondering.

I’ve heard the same thing about Benefit’s ‘Hello Flawless!’ but at least it’s half the price of the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation, and it performs just as good – in my opinion! My shade ‘I Love Me’ Ivory is for fair ivory/light complexions, and is also the lightest shade in the range. I would say that this product is everything that I’ve ever wanted in a powder foundation.

003

004

Sephora describes the product as a “custom powder cover-up with SPF protection for the face.” It is “a blendable powder foundation with SPF 15 that goes on beautifully sheer and layers easily for customized coverage. Find your perfect shade and sweep it on with the accompanying brush for a sheer, natural finish; or apply with the sponge for full coverage or spot cover-up.”

The texture of this powder foundation is light and finely milled. As with all powder foundations, I dust it on with a powder brush or a kabuki brush; and, this is currently the only powder thus far that gets super powdery when I’m trying to get product onto the bristles. When applying, it feels like nothing – and, at first, I checked in the mirror to see if anything was happening – like, coverage~! Lol. Fortunately, application is easy – I dust/sweep it on and then add a few more sweeps onto my cheeks (because they tend to be pink).

005

006

The product comes with its own tools – since it’s marketed as a “dual product.” You sweep on the product with the brush for light coverage; and, you use the sponge for more/heavier coverage. For me, I like to use my own brush for the sweeping. However, the sponge is quite handy for days when you’ve got spots or other issues that need covering.

The coverage this powder foundation provides is impressive. It’s definitely buildable – depending on what tool you use – and, yet, there’s no caking or the look of flatness. I like to mist over it anyway to give my skin some extra glow, but this foundation tends to get better as the day wears on. As it mixes with the environment and your natural oils, it remains dewy and healthy throughout the day. Oil-control is quite good, but still requires blotting.

011

I recommend this product and it’s SO handy on lazy days when you can’t be bothered. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve saved myself from becoming annoyed in the morning by using this product – I blob on some concealer, pat it in, dust some ‘Hello Flawless!’ onto my face, add blush – and my face is done. All in about 2 minutes. :)

What are your thoughts? Intrigued?

Made in USA.
0.25 oz.
Retails for $34.00 USD.

Advertisements

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup SPF 25 PA +++

So, my weakness is totally base makeup. And, anything that says “brightening makeup” has got my undivided attention – that’s for sure. Introducing: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup SPF 25 PA +++. Aside from Benefit’s gimmicky claims, I love this foundation. In fact, my Armani and Chanel foundations are on rotation-break because this foundation is my current fave at the moment. :)

Benefit’s Hello Flawless foundation claims to be a “brightening, oil-free liquid foundation with SPF 25 PA+++ protection.” This part is true; it does provide a glowy, brightened, healthy effect and the added sun protection is always a plus with the summer seaons approaching. Although it’s oil-free, I still blot halfway through the day. For me, it’s not that big of a deal since I tend to blot with ANY foundation I use.

According to Sephora’s website, “this natural-finish foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion and features light-diffusing properties and hydrating benefits. Its nourishing formula contains Benefit’s exclusive Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex, which helps boost cellular respiration for a “plumping up” effect, protects against environmental stresses, and contains vitamin C and E derivatives known to prevent the signs of aging.”

This foundation does provide a natural finish, but even though it’s natural, the coverage is quite buildable – which is nice since I don’t really like to use concealer. The formula is hydrating and thin. In fact, when you first squirt it out, you’ll be surprised to see that it will run right off your hand if you’re not careful.

With that being said, the blendable formula is nice when you want a light coating of foundation. Even with its light texture, coverage is good – but definitely not heavy/full coverage by any means. I’m not too sure about the “plumping effect” and the “exclusive Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex,” but it does sound fancy and enticing. :)

I use this in the shade “Ivory,” which is the lightest shade in the range. This shade is good for those with “neutral porcelain for fair complexions,” but I admit that this color leans more towards the ‘yellow’ tone rather than neutral. I like that the foundation is easy to use and blendable; and, I appreciate the watery texture this product has since it will be summer soon.

I’m enjoying this foundation right now because you don’t need fancy tools and all the time in the world in the mornings to apply it; and since I prefer natural looking foundation, this is right up my alley. I discovered this is NOT good for dry skin days, especially if your skin is flaking a bit. Also, I’m not sure if you mature gals will like this – although it is hydrating, it’s still oil-free, so this may not provide you with the moisture you need.

The pump is average and the plastic-y see-through bottle is just okay for me. Benefit’s Hello Flawless foundation retails for $34 for 1 fluid ounce. It isn’t super cheap, but also, it isn’t super high-end either; it’s right in the middle. I recommend you give this a try for the summer months!

Product made in France.

SIDE NOTE: What does PA +++ mean?
* SPF stands for the protection grade of the UVB filter.
* PA stands for the protection grade of the UVA filter.
* The highest standard of sun protection rating is the three-star PA rating. Benefit’s foundation has three stars, which translates to the highest protection.
[extracted from http://www.benefitcosmetics.com]

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)
*Quotes extracted from sephora.com and benefitcosmetics.com