Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Review: Best of Benefit

As promised in my Friday Favourites #7, here is what I thought of each of the products in the Best of Benefit gift set that I got for Christmas.

1. Porefessional Primer - This is a product I have used before but quite a while ago. It was great to try it out again as I have been toying with the idea of getting myself a good primer. I haven't tried many, but this is my favourite one so far. It's extremely light, doesn't feel greasy and my foundation stays put! 

2. They're Real Mascara - A good Mascara is the most important piece of kit a girl can own in my opinion. I feel naked without Mascara on. I am a loyal MaxFactor Mascara lover and often find it hard to justify spending so much money on a Mascara. In Boots this one is available for £19.50. WOW! And unfortunately I have completely fallen in love with this Mascara. It makes my lashes look long and curled and big and beautiful! Perhaps as a well-done-for-finishing-uni gift to myself?
No Mascara, Just MAC Fluidline
MAC Fluidline & They're Real Mascara
3. Hoola Bonzer - I am not very experienced with Bronzers. I use to use St. Tropez and now I just use Sleek Contour Kit but this one is so lovely! I only use a small amount as I don't like it to be too bold. It goes on perfectly and looks great all day! I really love it and would totally recommend this product to anyone wanting to try bronzer. Yes it may be £23.50 in Boots, however this is such an amazing product, I think it would be hard to mess up & you'll instantly fall in love - like I have!

4. Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain - I haven't used this as a cheek stain, as I am quite pale and was told that people with pale skin should use bronzer instead of blusher/cheek stains. But I have used this as a lip stain and I was pleasantly surprised. Lip Stains are notorious for drying your lips out so I am always a little nervous to try them; but this one is yet to dry my lips. The colour is lovely, not as bold as a red lipstick but the more you apply, the darker it becomes. This is definitely great for anyone (like myself) who isn't brave enough to use a bright red lipstick, but wants to add a little colour to their look!

Top Lip - Benetint. Bottom Lip - Nothing
5. Boi-ing Concealer - I won't lie, it took me a while to get use to this concealer as I am use to using more liquid ones. I usually keep this one in my bag as an emergency concealer for when I am out and about and it is perfect. It comes in two shades, so you can use either one or blend them together - which I do to make the perfect blend for my skin tone.

6. High Beam Highlighter - The first thing that surprised me with this product is that it was a liquid and it had an applicator similar to a lip brush. I was actually expecting a powder as that is what I have used in the past. At first, I found it really difficult to apply. I only used a small amount but when blending it into my cheek bones it rubbed off my Bronzer and Foundation. This isn't too great when getting ready for a night out (and when you're running late too - stress!!). But after a little more practice, I managed to get the hang of it. I apply it to my cheek bones before putting on my bronzer and lightly blend it with my fingertips - my blending brush is way to harsh and is the reason my Bronzer & Foundation came off before! I am in love with this highlighter and will most definitely be purchasing this when I run out.

7. Come to the Pretty Party - Tucked away at the top of the gift box was a VIP Pass to be used at any Benefit Beauty Bar in Boots for a "..free makeupper..". I am yet to make use of this voucher, but when I do, I will definitely give you guys a blog post to tell you about my experience. If anybody has one of these, please let me know if you have used it and what I should expect in the comments box below.

Overall, I think we can safely say I am in love with the majority of these products and it was one of my favourite stocking fillers (Nick did good!). Fingers crossed I manage to get myself a wonderful Graduate Job this summer so I can afford to splash out and treat myself to all of these lovely products!

Have you used any of these products? What are your favourite ones?



  1. I'd love to try out the Hoola bronzer

    1. You should give it a try - it's definitely worth it (even though it's so expensive!) I love it :)