Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Review
Foundation is an absolute essential for me, with zero exceptions. My worst nightmare would be leaving the gaff with a naked face - I literally can't do it! I've tried a ton over the years, and even more since we started this blog. I've always been a medium to full-coverage girl, as even when my skin is clear, I have acne scarring and redness that, well, I'd rather not show off.
Most of you will have heard about this foundation by now - Benefit don't scrimp when it comes to promoting a new product, and this is everywhere right now! I've given it a really thorough testing over the last three weeks, and feel like I'm ready to give my honest opinion on it and how it fared on my oily/combination visage.
First up: the bottle. I love the packaging - it may be plastic, but it is lightweight and really pretty, with an easy-to-use, controllable pump. I usually use about two to two-and-a-half pumps, which I distribute over my face with my fingers. I then buff it into the skin with what is probably the best foundation brush I have ever tried - the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. I'll leave my romantic rant about this brush for another day, but suffice to say that it works an absolute treat with this foundation.
HFOW dries down on my skin to a semi-matte, satin finish with a lovely glow. Out of all of my foundations, I think that this gives one of the nicest finishes, as you look radiant without being cakey or powdery. I do still use concealer with this (Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection, FYI) which is standard fare for me - the only foundation that allows me to skip concealer would be Dermablend! The lighter finish and medium coverage have been somewhat of a revelation for me, as I'm so used to heavy foundations. After using this, I now know that I don't actually need full coverage foundation all of the time, and am eager to try more - maybe the Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid Foundation or MAC Matchmaster.
The shade, I'm Pure for Sure Ivory, is a good match for me as long as I have a bit of tan on (which I usually do these days - I've gottten into the habit of tanning once a week). In the picture above, though, I have zero tan on, so you can see the slight difference in colour between my face and shoulders - the foundation is a little yellow for me, but fine otherwise. If I was getting this again, I'd probably go a shade down, but I'm happy enough to use up the bottle I was sent.
What surprised me most about this foundation was the lasting power. Now, as an aside, I've been using a new powder (more on that soon) which definitely helps, but I was still fairly sure that HFOW would only last a few hours on my oily face. I'm going to use Saturday as an example: I left the house at 2pm and didn't get home until about 3am. Now, I'm not going to pretend that I looked flawless when I got home, as a good portion of the foundation had definitely worn away. However, it wore away nicely and didn't oxidise or look patchy or cakey as the day went on. I did powder several times during the day and touched up my concealer a little, but I was still really pleased with how the foundation wore throughout the day.
Overall? A great foundation, and I'm surprised at how much I like it. It's definitely worth the €35 price tag, and I would buy this for myself when the bottle I was sent runs out/
Have you tried Hello Flawless yet? What's your opinion on it?