This week, I’ve noticed that Benefit has released some new products. However, I was most drawn to the Longwear Powder Shadows and couldn’t resist. And, as usual, I stuck with a safe, neutral color to try out. I’m still on my Benefit kick and am bordering obsessiveness, so I’m trying to exhibit self control as much as possible.
I’m not going to lie, but longwear eyeshadows are important to me because I don’t use an eyelid primer. I don’t even layer a matching cream shadow underneath, and I just hope that my eye cream, a little foundation, and some powder will help the eyeshadow stay in place. I suppose it helps that my eyelids aren’t oily, and it appears that transferring doesn’t occur for me – luckily. However, this doesn’t mean that my eyeshadow is flawless at all times by any means.
Hence, the importance of longwear products.
Benefit’s marketing is eye-catching and I love the packaging of this eyeshadow. Although the product range was released with corresponding cream shadows (that are also long lasting) in various shades, I felt less committed to purchasing more shades since I felt the need to test-drive this shadow first. The packaging is cute, the name of the product is cuter, and I like their new formula.
Sephora’s website states that this product is a “powder eye shadow that lasts.” The long-wearing formula is “soft and silky” and comes in “12 wearable shades and three finishes: matte, satin, and sheen.” It’s designed to be used in conjunction with the creaseless cream shadow for extra staying power.
The formula is smooth and feels very light. Pigmentation seems good on all the colors in this range, except for the skintone, shimmery colors. “Thanks A Latte” is a golden brown that is lighter than it looks in the pan. It’s not a unique and original color by any means, but can be a great treasure for other neutral eyeshadow fiends out there. The texture of the powder is light and blends like a cream on contact. Once swatched, it doesn’t rub off easily — which is pretty good since the product claims to be “longwear.” I’ve noticed that you can build up the intensity of the shade by layering.
Pigmentation is good and the lasting power is good, too. It’s best to use the blending brush like the MAC 217 to apply AND blend this color. I use “Thanks A Latte” as a base, all-over color before adding a darker color for definition in the crease. The color is light, and once applied and blended, provides a golden-brown sheen that is natural and pretty.
I like this eyeshadow but I probably won’t go out of my way to purchase more from the range. The colors available are pretty standard and since there’s so many option these days, I wouldn’t say that this is a necessity. The color, however, is pretty and I really like using it on natural-makeup days. While it wasn’t anything mind-blowing, I still really like the shade. If you’re looking to expand your neutral collection, I’d recommend this color. If you’re a fan of Benefit products in general, then I’d recommend checking out the new eyeshadow range.
Retails for $20.00 USD.
Made in France.