Hit Me/Miss Me: Benefit Cosmetics

By Voxy  

hit miss 2Hey, it’s a new Foxy Feature! I thought it would be interesting to take one makeup or skincare line a week (more or less), including both high-end and drugstore lines, and ask people what they think are the absolute best and worst products in each of those lines. This way, we can all find new products to try that others have raved about, and we know what to avoid (or, at least, approach gingerly and poke with a stick before buying).

I don’t intend for these to be reviews of the whole line, nor full reviews of the products in question. Instead, I’m thinking of them as snapshots of just a few standout products — the ones that really wowed you (or made you wince), the As and A-pluses and the D-minuses and Fs. These are the products that you mention when someone says “hey, I’m thinking about trying something from X brand; what’s good and what should I stay away from?” — though if you want to ask about another product in the comments, go right ahead.

I picked Benefit first, just because I don’t think I’ve done any Benefit reviews yet, so they’re a little underrepresented on the site at the moment and I thought it might be nice to get some product recommendations for them (both good and bad).

So, here are my personal hits and misses from Benefit:

Hit Me:

benetintBeneTint, $28. This is a dual-purpose product (cheek stain/lip color), and I’ll be doing a full review on it at some point. The color is a vibrant-but-sheer berry that looks great on even my pale skin (you have to blend fast, but you can also mix it with a little liquid foundation for a more subtle application or if you need more blending time). Strangely, BeneTint’s lighter cousin, PosieTint, gave me an instant allergic reaction when I tried it on my hand.

benefit erase paste 1Erase Paste concealer, $26. Again, I’ve got a full product review planned, but in the meanwhile, this is a creamy peach-tinted concealer with good coverage that works very well for certain types of problems. I wouldn’t use it on blemishes, but it’s good for dark circles and minor redness, and can sub for an eyeshadow base in a pinch. Only 3 shades available, so test in store before buying.

Miss Me:

dr_feelgoodDr. Feelgood Velvety Complexion Balm, $28. This was a puzzling product — Benefit says to apply over makeup, but I couldn’t make it work. It felt like I was just smearing wax over my makeup. I tried it as a primer instead, and didn’t have success there either. This one was definitely a “miss” for me.


What are your Benefit Hit Me/Miss Me products?

(Provenance — BeneTint and Erase Paste: purchased [ages ago]; Dr. Feelgood: sample with purchase.)

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  1. Posted November 29, 2009 at 11:26 am | Permalink | Reply

    The only Benefit product I’ve ever tried was indeed Dr. Feelgood, which was a disaster. I tried it under, like a primer, and over, and either way it was messy and flaked off and was just generally beyond disappointing.

    I’m now a little afraid of the brand, frankly. Maybe I’ll wait for the full review of the Erase Paste. It sounds intriguing, since I do have some redness issues, but $26 for what looks like a teeny-tiny pot seems steep. (For comparison: I’m almost to the end of the little free sample of Everyday Minerals concealer I got over three years ago, the first I’ve ever used semi-regularly, so concealer is not exactly something I’m used to paying much for.)

    Oh! I know this isn’t question day, but you can lump it in whenever the time rolls around again. I, uh, don’t really know how to use concealer. It always feels as though I’m doing something wrong. So if you’re ever at a loss for subject matter, a very basic primer on choosing and using concealer(s?) would be terrific!


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted November 29, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I’m really mixed on Benefit as well.

      Re: concealer — sure thing. I probably own more different concealers than anyone else in the Western Hemisphere. How about in December, so you can benefit (no pun intended) from the post before your glamorous holiday parties?


      • Posted November 30, 2009 at 12:29 am | Permalink | Reply

        Well, given my dance card, there won’t be any serious consequences if you don’t get to it in December. So whenever you have the time and inclination!


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