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Friday, August 17, 2012

Benefit Cosmetics: Sweet or Not Product Review

Hey Everybody!  
Happy Friday! 

On Instagram, I told you guys I was going to "take it off" today. Well, I hope you didn't think I was going to do a striptease or something! HaHaHa What I did take off was my makeup and bared a clean face with imperfections & all for this review.
About two weeks ago, you guys requested that I do a Sweet or Not Review of Benefit. I always try to keep a promise. I decided to pick some items from their "We're Kicking Some Class" makeup campaign. It's a really cute campaign, because all of the makeup is housed in a package shaped like a book. It even opens up like a book and has a mirror! How cool! I wish beauty was THIS fun back in the day. Benefit always makes it FUN! HaHaHa

I purchased their "How To Look The Best At Everything" makeup book in Medium and the "Go TropiCORAL" book (this book also comes in Feelin' Dandy and  Sugarlicious). As of NOW, both are exclusively at Sephora. So here's my review! Hope you like it! Check it out!

Ok, you guys know my rating scale!


How To Look The Best At Everything $30
Contains: POREfessional, Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW, Boi-ing, Hello Flawless Powder
*if purchased separately, it would cost $118

My Final Word: SWEET! The only thing that was REALLY OFF was the foundation color. This kit only comes in Light, Medium and Dark (and as you know, one shade does not fit all). The Medium was too light for me and the Dark definitely would've been TOO dark.

My suggestion to you is to buy the kit closest to your skin tone. If the foundation doesn't work, at least you'll know whether to go lighter or darker. It's cheaper to buy the kit and another foundation (benefit offers a number of foundation shades), then each product separately. If you have a Sephora near you, go to the store to test the various shades out (that's always the BEST option) The primer is great. The concealer is excellent! The finishing powder is great.

Now It's Time To Add Color!!!

Go TropiCORAL $28
Contains: ChaCha Tint, High Beam, Coralista, Coralista Lip Gloss
*if purchased separately, it would cost $99

My Final Word: SWEET! This box (and other variations listed above) is a must buy. It gives you a very soft, tropical, glowy look. Again, I just wish I had the correct foundation. HaHaHa It's been years since I've tried Benefit! I tried them when they first started. I must say I'm very impressed by the quality. None of the makeup was heavy and it provided excellent coverage. I would definitely buy from them again.

*no extra light, touch-ups or photo-enhancing were used in any of these pictures for this review.

Did this Sweet or Not Product Review Help? Thoughts?
I thought the best way to show you was through pics and step by step, 
even though I'm putting myself out there. hahaha

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The Dainty Dolls House said...

I like their products, they do feel great on the skin. I think too, the tones they come in don't always suit the different shades of skin. I have to blend the light and dark together to get the right shade that I need. But, then I just stopped using it as I could buy something cheaper that comes out in the exact shade that I need, haha. But, they are fabulous and I do enjoy the boxes and capsules the products come in :)) Have a great weekend doll xx

miss b said...

Kim you look lovely! In the last photo you have such a pretty, warm glow. I always admire the fun and quirky packaging on Benefit products but I haven't really tried very much. I must investigate the Coralista lip gloss - gorgeous shade.

Lona-Jasmiin said...

That seems like a great deal! And I love the names of the kits!:D Also it's so much easier to get a set of make-up at once instead of buying all the products seperately.

Too bad we don't have Sephore here, from what I've read on blogs it seems like an awesome store! :o

Style Journey said...

Very good and thorough review. Loving the TropiCoral line. THe colors are very pretty on you!

Heather said...

I loooove benefit - awesome products!


Sam said...

Hi Kim, love this post, not only because I am a benefit addict but also because of how well you structured the post and photos on the different products you used. I haven't tried their foundation sets as yet, but it looks really great through your review. The cha cha tint and blush is stunning on you, you look beau-ti-ful! I want to get me these boxes too!

Mica said...

Love this review, it's really helpful with the pictures. I think you look great in both the before and after Kim! Natural looks amazing and after 8 steps you've just enhanced your natural beauty :)

Great review :)

Project Curve said...

wow!just wow!i love the coverage they give!!wow!

TheTinyHeart said...

I love how you showed us the before and after photos! The final result is gorgeous, Kim! I don't wear foundation but you've sparked my interest in the TropiCoral box! You look like you came back from vacay. :) Have a great weekend!

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Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm super impressed with this...the before/after shots show that it really works with you skin and does a great job.

<3 Cambria

Shop N' Chomp said...

I can't believe the awesome prices on these palettes! They look fabulous on you. I still need to try High Beam!

Unknown said...

I soooo want that Tropicoral palette - how cute is it and look at all the amazing stuff it comes with! I have wanted to try the Cha Cha tint... Geez, Kim you're making me spend =P hehehe
You look beautiful in the photos btw, the colours really suit you wonderfully <3

xoxo Bree
The Urban Umbrella

Juneli said...

I love how you depicted the step by step way to apply makeup with pictures! I'm very bad in applying make up and this has surely helped me a lot!
BTW, thank you so much for your lovely comment, Kim, you are a sweetheart!
Juneli from Fashionably yours

Jacqueline said...

It looks like you got some really good deals! I should try some!


Elle Sees said...

love just about all their stuff

Megan said...

Love Benefit! That cha-cha tint looks great on you :)

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

What a great review, Kim! You're a brave girl but you look fabulous even when you "take it all off!" So fun to see the different steps and not just a simple "before and after!" I had to laugh when I saw your hint on Instagram ... I wondered where you were taking this! haha Have a great weekend, sweets!

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Lorena said...

Yes KIM! This review helped - in fact I want to buy Benefit now. That shade of lip gloss looks amazing on you.
I'll be in the US in a few weeks for my brother's wedding and I´ll certainly check this out at Sephora thanks to you.

Coco said...

Kim you are the best! I've recently visited Sephora and spent half an hour in front of Benefit's stand, but didn't notice these kits. Next week I'm gong back and have a look. I have one question: are these products "dermo-friendly"?So far the only foundation which my skin appreciated was Bare Minerals, but I'd like to try something different! A big big hug

aki! said...

I'm kind of dying over the lovely name this has... how to look the best at everything? Adorable.

oomph. said...

great review, kim. i think the coral looks wonderful on you! i have yet to try benefit, but i still have those sephora gift cards!!


anyaadores said...

KIM I love this review :)) So cool sweets, and it looks great. I do Love my Benefit stuff - and have to get me the 2nd kit - is doll-ishious<3
Happy weekend sweet lady,

Anne said...

Great post Kim! It takes a lot of work to put them together...well done on such a fab review!! Enjoy your weekend:)
~Anne xx

Fashion-isha said...

Excellent post and review and good for you for baring it all. Your inner beauty shines through. These products looks amazing and so fun! Have a wonderful weekend!

Jo said...

Kim, you're a brave girl! You look beautiful with or without make up. Have a great weekend!

xo Jo

Sam said...

Thanks for your kind comment!

Unknown said...

Benefit has the cutest packaging and names. You look fabulous Kim even without makeup! Love the review and it was very helpful. The colors are gorgeous and very tropical. You did a great job :)

Heel in Mint

Unknown said...

Amaizing post! put it this way... I am going to buy those products right now!
Lovely blog! I adore it!
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Have a great weekend!

MosaMuse said...

I say that it looks great. I think it would have been awesome if the color was on. you might feel you put yourself out there but u look great sans makeup!!

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Great review, I've never tried Benefit make up before. I really like the blush and lip gloss. said...

Hey Kim, your names for your ratings are adorable. Love how you stick with a theme and I actually bought my first benefit product and it was that oxygen glo foundation you have featured here because I wanted something lightweight in China and I really liked it! I think you look great with and without (you have beautiful skin) but these definitely look like products I'd try! I love how your so honest too and make a note about no extra lighting, etc. PS, your striptease comment at the beginning made me laugh :)


Margarita Bloom said...

So cute! Can you believe I've never tried any of their products?! I love how that one kit looks like a book. :)

Amy Aguilera said...

Thanks for your very detailed review!
Love it so much! I'm actually using that liquid foundation and I think it is really good, it can cover lots of abnormalities! :p
Amy x

Popcorn said...

wow! that benefit kit with the foundation is an awesome deal! hahaha Makes you skin look super good. I will definitely consider this kit. :)

steph said...

wow the packages look like great deals. i can definitely vouch for high beam and i am a big fan of benetint - normally use them together! have been looking for a foundation tho, might check them out!

Diva In Me said...

I've always think Benefit is a vintage brand. The packaging and their pictures are all so old-school and so pretty!
I love their blushers! It last the whole day for me and it's vibrant. The only downside for me is that I think it's abit pricey.

A BRIT GREEK said...

Big fat congrats to my girl Jen! Bless!

I love Benefit and I'm glad you reviewed the Flawless Oxygen WOW! You look amazing lovely. I've never bought a set, as I'd rather mix and match, but having seen this, who knows?

I love High beam, it's my must-have essential and their kiss you lipgloss.

Hope you're having a brilliant weekend Kim!
p.s I wish I looked that good with no-make up! :)

Anonymous said...

I had no idea that Benefit made such a great kit! I'll look into it. :) You fabulous even without makeup, btw! ;)

Unknown said...

You did such a great job breaking this down Kim. Love the coralista blush and gloss on you! I've always like Benefit products, they're really great.

xo Mary Jo

Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

You look great, Kim! (As always.)
Thanks for the in depth review. I'm now convinced I need to try the first kit.
Hope you're have a fantastic weekend!

Anonymous said...



Unknown said...

Thank you so much Kim! This is a really great review! I love your step by step application. I have always been a big fan of Benefit! I would totally be one of their customers if they made my shade.


PAPS said...

Yes you have done a great job showing step by step.

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

I loved this post, Kim! It's a brilliant idea to photograph the whole face, not just a swatch and put all versions next to each other! You did a wonderful job! x

Bernadeth G. said...

love everything!

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Audrey Allure said...

Sounds amazing & great prices too!

Style-Delights said...

wow..great view with pics and opinions! Love it! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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Bonnie said...

This is one of the best makeup reviews I have ever read. Seriously. I love the comparison pictures and how you broke everything down. I am a huge fan of Benefit products. The High Beam has a permanent place in my makeup box.
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Katherine said...

i own bo-ing, the coralista powder, and high beam on their own. oh. and porefessional. i rarely use the porefessional mainly because i don't really wear foundation or anything ever. but i LOVE bo-ing i've used it for years. it's the best!

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Dawn said...

Kim you are courageous, darling. I am proud of you for putting yourself out there. Your transformation is beautiful. You have great skin for makeup. I have never tried their make up but would consider it for future as I value your opinion. great critique. dawn suitcase vignettes xo.

erica marie said...

I think this add just the right amount of color for an everyday look. great review.

xo erica

Head to Toe Chic said...

These kits look amazing! Not a bad price either. You look so pretty :)


little luxury list said...

Thanks so much for the review and I love seeing the progression as you use the products. You look lovely!

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