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June 06, 2013

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer


Benefit are notorious for new, big product releases and this one is no exception. Stay Flawless* has been launched with some fairly confident claims; it promises to help your base to stay put for 15 hours, acting as a magnet for make-up. I've used it a few times and quite like it, but is it worth €35.50?



Let's start with the packaging. It's undeniably cute (if a bit of a rip-off of Topshop's makeup) - I am a sucker for polka dots, and the general appearance of this tube ties in well with the Hello Flawless foundation. The primer is quite unusual in that it comes in a twist-up stick format, something quite akin to a NARS Multiple actually.


Application-wise, it's fairly simple - you just buff it all over your face, and go back in afterwards with a foundation brush or your fingers to ensure that the product is evenly dispersed. This is billed as a hydrating primer, and it feels really nice upon the initial application. It then kind of sets - not unlike a Pritt-Stick - and then it's time to get busy with your base.

I found my liquid foundation harder to blend on top of this primer, but it didn't ruin my makeup or anything. Although I had to pay extra attention to blending, my foundation does sit very well on top of this primer and it it doesn't feel heavy on the skin, either, which I really appreciate. Although it appears to be a pale flesh colour, the primer applies completely clear so should suit everyone.


I think Stay Flawless definitely does prolong the life of my make-up, but certainly not for 15 hours. Any primer that manages to make my foundation to last longer than usual is a very good one in my book, though. 

The only thing holding me back from giving Hello Flawless a wholly positive review is the price - €35.50 is too much for a non-designer/mega-luxury brand. My other favourite high-end primer, Clarins Instant Smooth, is about €10 cheaper so if I'm honest, next time I run out I will be buying that or the cheaper Garnier dupe!


Stay Flawless is out on July 1st, priced at €35.50.

7 comments:

  1. thanks for the review..isn't it hard to apply when it is in stick type?

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    1. Hi Mizu, no it's actually really quick and easy as it's a very chunky stick!

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  2. I WAS going to pick this up, but I don't think I'll bother, sounds to me like a bit of a high street product from a high end brand

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  3. great review, happy to see such honesty. This is definitely too pricey for me, especially if it's not totally amazing!

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    1. Thanks Anna, we always try to be really honest! X

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  4. Great review! I was really interested in this product when I first heard about it, but €35.50 is a ridiculous price! What a shame! x

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