Showing posts with label Benefit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Benefit. Show all posts

Monday, March 1, 2010

Lancome Erika F Eyeshadow

I was finally able to jump on the Lancome Erika F bandwagon which was possible thanks to my UK blogger contact (thank you a million times over again). It is even more gorgeous than I had imagined. I've seen it described a number of ways - so I was really curious to see what it looked like in real life. I've read it described as a lovely taupe - but to me, it's more of a silvery greenish shade rather than a taupe. To me it's a complex silvery green sparkle with maybe the slightest hint of taupe. Maybe it's just my skintone, but I find Stila's Diamond Lil to be green and I know many disagree with me.

The Lancome Erika F is very unique and the pigment is superb. I haven't been a huge fan of Lancome eyeshadows, but this one has definitely changed my mind. Now if only they would release this formula & packaging in the US!


I pulled out my other greenish-taupe-silver shadows to see how it compared. Here it is compared to Benefit Where's the Smoke, MAC Greensmoke, Paul & Joe #18, Bobbi Brown Pewter Chrome & Stila Diamond Lil. I feel that the Lancome Erika F is truly unique!


Swatches on bare skin (note again, please take swatches with a grain of salt, I have a light-medium complexion, if your skintone is different from mine, of course this will look different on you, and also, I'd like to point out again that my swatches are not the best):


Two more views of swatches, same order, different lighting:



Anyone else have this shade? What other colors do you use to compliment this color? I need inspirational ideas!

I want to thank you again for everyone who submitted feedback in my recent survey. Next week I will be doing a series on reader requests, focusing particularly the topics that received at least 3 or more mentions.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Get a Soft Glow with Benefit Luminizers & Bronzers

This is a post for those who have requested photos and swatches of more affordable brands, particularly Benefit. (See below after photos for additional commentary.)

To date, I've accumulated 6 of their luminizing and bronzing powders which come in a wide variety of soft pretty shades. The lighter shades like Dandelion, Thrrrob & Georgia (not featured) are on the sheerer side. Some might find they won't show up on your skin. Dandelion & Thrrrob give a soft pink glow for me, Georgia didn't show up on my face at the store so I didn't purchase it. Coralista, Dallas, 10 and Sugarbomb are more pigmented but not overly shimmer or frosty which is nice.




My descriptions:
  • Coralista - a softer version of Nars Deep Throat/Torrid, nice and peachy with pearl
  • Dandelion - soft powder pink, this is pretty sheer, but gives a nice pink warm pink glow
  • 10 - SHOUT OUT to Jojoba from My Makeup Reviews for making me buy this (see her review here), a very pretty soft bronzey color and pale champagne
  • Dallas - bronzey brown-pink, might look borderline muddy on light skintones
  • Sugarbomb - four shades of soft sugary candy colors in peach and pinks
  • Thrrrob - pale cool pink, similar to Dandelion, but cooler

I usually try to avoid this brand because I really don't like the high pressure sales tactics that I typically experience from associates representing this line. While I understand it might be required of them to use this approach (based on training or corporate culture), I don't like super pushy sales associates and I've found it to be an extreme turn-off. I try to shop for this line at Sephora where I find a much friendlier staff.

*UPDATE* In response to one of the comments below, these retail for $28 USD each which I agree isn't exactly more affordable. The request for "more affordable brands like Benefit" came directly from several readers (quote on quote). I perceive Benefit as a mid-end brand, but I agree the pricing isn't quite mid-end. You do get 10-12g of product for these boxed powders depending on color. They are comparable in price to MAC MSFs where you get 10g of product for $27 USD. Benefit also has powder eyeshadows at $18 each for .11 oz (compared to MAC priced at $14.50 for .05 oz) and cream eyeshadows at $19 each for .16 oz (compared to MAC priced at $16.50 for .17 oz).

The pricing of Benefit doesn't exactly reflect my perception that line is a mid-end brand. While in some cases you get a better deal for your dollar, the prices are as high as brands like MAC and Bobbi Brown (like back in the day before price increases). Is the line priced correctly? Some might argue that something is worth what someone is willing to pay but since us consumers have no bargaining power with big corporate brands/stores, perhaps this isn't the best justification of price or worth.

I might be in the minority, but I perceive Benefit lower on the brand scale compared to Clinique and MAC, but the prices indicate otherwise. I admit I did not really notice the prices much until a couple months ago when my receipt total was over $50 for 1 blush + 1 eyeshadow from the line. It was when I checked my receipt breakdown that I realized Benefit isn't quite as "mid-end" as I assumed with regards to price.

Overall, I like the quality of Benefit blushes and eyeshadows, but there are some products from the line I refuse to try out mainly because of my prejudiced perception of the brand such as their mascara or foundation. Will I purchase anymore Benefit? Most likely yes, but I will be thinking out purchases more carefully knowing that I'm not really saving money like I thought I was by picking products from this line over my other favorite high end brands.

Do you have any Benefit Cheek Colors? What are your thoughts?

(Updated with edits, I apologize for the spelling errors!)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Eyeshadow Comparisons For Marina, Lakshmi & Josie

I have been procrastinating on a few comparison requests and thought I'd post this in case anyone else had the same questions. I plan to be a better blogger this upcoming year and be more on top of things!

Comparison Project #1: How does Edward Bess Intimate compare to other shades, particularly Chantecaille Pyrite & Benefit Fawn Over Me?


Chantecaille Pyrite has more gold while Edward Bess is definitely more taupe/brown. Benefit Fawn Over Me might look like a close dupe at first glance, but looking more closely will show that it's more of a paler sandy champagne compared to the Edward Bess. Here it is compared to similar shades.

Top: Chantecaille Pyrite, Edward Bess Intimate, Laura Mercier Bamboo
Middle: Scott Barnes Sable, Benefit Fawn Over Me, Guerlain Sable Blonde
Bottom: Becca Mermaid, Nars Cyprus, Benefit Fawn Over Me

1) Chantecaille Pyrite
2) Edward Bess Intimate
3) Laura Mercier Bamboo
4) Scott Barnes Sable
5) Benefit Birthday Suit
6) Guerlain Sable Blonde
7) Becca Mermaid
8) Nars Cyprus
9) Benefit Fawn Over Me


Bottom line: In my opinion, there is nothing like Edward Bess Intimate and I find it different enough to justify owning even if you have any of the above shades. This post will be updated later this afternoon with swatches.

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Comparison Project #2: Is Bobbi Brown Java Metallic similar to the brown shade in Nars Brousse?


Bobbi Brown Java is a cooler mouse-grey when compared to Nars Brousse which seems to have a tinge of red. By itself you would barely be able to detect any red tones to Nars Brousse. I've also compared it to a few other medium-dark cool-toned browns.

Top: Edward Bess Mystery, Bobbi Brown Java Metallic, Nars Brousse
Bottom: Cle de Peau Satin 106, MAC Magnetic Fields, Jouer Espresso


1) Edward Bess Mystery
2) Bobbi Brown Java Metallic
3) Nars Brousse
4) CdP 106
5) MAC Magnetic Fields
6) Jouer Espresso


What's the verdict? Are these different enough to justify owning all? Probably not unless you are a brown eyeshadow fanatic like me. This section will also be updated with swatches if my camera will cooperate with me later today. While I love the Cle de Peau 106, it can look a bit bruisey on my Chanel Shell (equals MAC NC30-35) skin and it's the least shimmery.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Looks I'm Loving Right Now: Day 3

Today's feature focuses on green eyeshadows and a few ideas on how to coordinate with other colors for the rest of your face.

Look Day #3 Focus: Green Eyeshadow Combinations



Cheeks:
Edward Bess Daydream Bronzer
MAC Pink Swoon Blush

Eyes:
Nars Mousson Cream Eyeshadow
Nars Taiga Eyeshadow Duo
Bobbi Brown Forest Shimmer Ink Liner

Lips:
MAC Whirl Lipliner
Chanel Tempt Hydrabase Lipstick
Chanel Bon-Bon Aqualumiere Gloss

* Please note that the bronzer and blush were applied with a heavy hand for swatches and do not look the same on the face, when applied with a bronzer/blush brush, these 2 mixed create a healthy soft glow

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Another combination: green/gold/brown eyes with peachy lips/cheeks

1) MAC Cash Flow Paint Pot
2) Giorgio Armani Eyeshadow Quad #3
3) Benefit Coralista
4) MAC New Vegas Mineralize Skinfinish
5) Chanel Black Jade Eyeliner
6) MAC Summerfruit Lipliner
7) MAC Shy Girl Lipstick
8) Giorgio Armani Lipshimmer #1
9) Giorgio Armani Lipshimmer #16


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Another combination: green eyes with pink lips/cheeks


Cheeks: Chanel Rose Petale

Eyes: Bobbi Brown Ballet Pink Cream Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Ivy Shimmer Gel Liner
Chanel Murano Quad

Lips: Bobbi Brown Blondie Pink Lipliner
Chantecaille Camelia Lip Chic
Edward Bess Bare Rose Lipgloss

Friday, September 4, 2009

Dior Beige Print Eyeshadow Comparisons

Per request this will show a few comparisons of the new Dior Beige Print Eyeshadow compared to some other shades from the original post New 1-Colour Ultra-Smoothing High Impact Eyeshadows.

Product photos:



1. Paul & Joe Pearl Powder 01
2. Nars Cyprus
3. Benefit Fawn Over Me
4. Dior Beige Print
5. MAC Deckchair
6. Shu Uemura P Brown 820
7. Dior Beige Sunshine
8. MAC Femme-Fi
9. Bobbi Brown Beige Shimmer Wash

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Swatches (used a sheer tinted moisturizer as a base):



1. Paul & Joe Pearl Powder 01
2. Nars Cyprus
3. Benefit Fawn Over Me
4. Dior Beige Print
5. Bobbi Brown Beige Shimmer Wash
6. MAC Femme-Fi
7. Shu Uemura P Brown 820
8. Dior Beige Sunshine
9. MAC Deckchair

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Few Items from Benefit: Thrrrob, Dandelion & Fawn Over Me

I'm fairly new to Benefit. I've tried numerous items in the past, but have avoided the line like crazy because of overly pushy sales reps that pounce on you as soon as you walk in the door of a department store, so I usually check out the items at Sephora where I can try out colors at my own pace. I picked up a few items to redeem my beauty insider points for the mini Lady's Choice Lipstick which I love for a cute non-shimmery nude pink shade.

Came home with Thrrrob & Dandelion after having a good experience with Coralista. Both are on the sheerer side for me but give a nice subtle glow. Not too crazy about the packaging (feels like it will get dirty easily) or price (I feel $28 is overpriced for Benefit).



Also picked up Fawn Over Me Eyeshadow after having good results with Rich Beach eyeshadow. These are soft and highly pigmented. I definitely recommend you check the rest of the shadows out! Fawn Over Me is a pretty neutral beige shimmer.



Fawn Over Me compared to a couple other beigey shimmers.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Recent Sephora Haulings: Urban Decay, Lorac, Benefit, MUFE, Dior

I occasionally stop by Sephora and a couple days ago went to check out the new fall collections and saw they had the new Urban Decay/Dior fall items and picked up Ruthless Eyeshadow and Naked Lipstick and Red Dahlia Nail Polish.

The haul along with some other items I have picked up over the past few months:



Close ups of the items, Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blushes in Velvet Rope & Exposed:



Benefit Coralista & Rich Beach Eyeshadow (also featured HERE):



Benefit Lipsticks in Swoonderful, Lady's Choice & Good to Go - all great neutrals:



Benefit/Urban Decay Lipsticks (no flash, L to R Jailbait, Naked, Swoonderful, Lady's Choice & Good to Go):



Urban Decay Lipsticks in Jailbait & Naked:



Urban Decay Eyeshadows in Ruthless (deluxe), Shakedown & Naked (mattes):



Make Up For Ever Super Lipgloss + swatches in 20, 21, 30:





Dior Nail Polish in Red Dahlia (Sephora Exclusive) compared with some other fushia-pink-red shades - this is pulling more red in all the photos I've taken. It's most similar to OPI Miami Beet, so you might want to try googling/searching for pics and swatches of that shade to get a better idea:



1. Dior Red Dahlia (bottle shown)
2. OPI Miami Beet (bottle shown)
3. Essie Private Bash
4. Essie Very Cranberry
5. Chanel Shangahi Red



Will be updated soon with comparisons to some true/classic reds so you can see the fuschia tones.
 

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