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I've been using the Benefit Concealer Brush for the past 2 weeks since I had it at Christmas and I think that's given me long enough to be able to have reached a conclusion upon it's function ability. I'll start by saying that I do love Benefit and while they are generally quite expensive, I do think they are high quality products and you get what you pay for.
The concealer brush looks like a standard concealer brush, but it looks more expensive that most and feels really well made. It's about 14cm long with a nice chunky handle which makes handling it easy. The brush is cream in colour and has the Benefit logo on it, with the brush at one end. The brush cannot be retracted and so it remains open to the elements the whole time - which isn't ideal really and I do like a brush where the bristles can retract inside the handle so that they are kept clean.
The bristles are fine and they are tapered and so concealer can be brushed on finely and the fine bristles help it to not be clumpy or too heavily applied. There is nothing worse than concealer that isn't concealed! The bristles are very soft and non-irritating on my skin and they do allow a nice application on concealer wherever I've used it - usually under my eyes.
The bristles can be washed - and I've been doing this about every 4 days so that the brush is kept clean and doesn't get clogged up with skin cells and old concealer. I've found that the bristles wash well and as long as the bristles are shaped after washing then they do not splay out and go back into the desired shape. So far I haven't had any problems with bristles falling out and so they seem to be very well secured and I feel like the brush will last.
Overall, I've been fairly pleased with this brush - although having seen that it can cost up to about £18 to buy, I'm not sure I would stretch that far. If you can get it as a reduced price then it's worth having.
I had decided when i was geting married that i would rather spend some money on some nice make-up that can be used again and again rather than one sitting with a beautician doing my wedding day make - up.
I pondered around a local department store and was greeted/collared (however you like to put it) by a young girl with a flawless face that worked on the Benefit counter. I decided to have a browse at the products and before i knew it had half of my face covered in concealer and then plastered in Benefits foundation. I was really impressed with the look and with the promise of having the other half of my face finished to match this glowing skin i ordered the foundation and pressed powder.
She had told me that both the foundation and powder came with pads but had noticed that when applying the foundation, she used the concealer brush. I have to say that she made it look effortless and told me that by using the brush i would use less product, so £60 later, i left with my foundation, powder and concealer brush!!
When paying for the products i was shown the technique i could apply to legnthen the life of my foundation, but to aso get a nice finish. Starting from the top of the face and working down, concentrating more around the darker areas (my eyes in this case).
So i go home excited at the prospect of recreating this look...... i was a little dissapointed.
I applyed the technique taught, but whether i was using too much or too little, i found that there were tell tale signs of brush marks even after several attempts at trying. Dont get me wrong, it was easy to use in the fact that it was light, ergonomic to hold and the width of the brush was ideal and not too clumpy. The feel of the brush on my ace was silky and smooth and i never saw a stray bristle leave the brush at all. I just couldnt get on with it. In fact to this day, it sits in my make-up bag while i have resorted to using the pad the foundation came with ;0/
The brush itself is around 12cm long and has a silver coloured handle with the Benefit logo towards the end. The pale skin coloured bristles are held in by a long and well fitted metal clamp type thing (sorry hard to explain) but exactly as pictured above. The ends of the bristles are finely cut so that there are no loose edges and this makes the brush comfortable to use.
After each use, i rinsed the brush out as i do not wear benefit foundation on a daily basis and did not want stale foundation sitting on the end of the brush. This was easy to do and i had no problems drying it effectively. (although i am not sure Benefit advise doing this).
It is a pity, if i could use it for something else i would, but for £15,45 i cannot say it was worth the money. Perhaps i need to learn to apply make-up ore effectively, as she managed very well?
All in all ill give this 3/5. A well made and pretty comfortable product, but unfortunately one i could not get along too well with. Sorry Benefit!
I was talked into buying this brush when I purchased Benefit Erase Paste concealer as she showed me how to use the brush and it seemed really good. However, I soon learned that sales assistants are paid to make the brushes look very useful but in fact I really do not use this that much anymore. I am a very big fan of Benefit cosmetics and I use concealer daily mainly under my eyes to stop me from looking tired but it is much easier to pat it on with your fingertips than use this brush as it is never smooth.
The brush comes in a plastic pocket with a design on it and the brush itself is quite classy looking. It has a cream handle on it that has the Benefit logo on it and 'concealer' on it and then has a metal body to the top with dark yellow coloured bristles at the top. It is quite small and very light and easy to hold and it does look nice. The brush fits in with the other Benefit brushes in terms of appearance if you were to buy anymore but it is good that you can keep it clean and protected in the plastic pocket.
The brush to look at is nice enough but the price of it is very high. The best thing about it, is the bristles are really soft and very smooth to touch which is probably the high quality that you pay for. The brush aims to apply and blend any concealer and as I mentioned before I use the Erase Paste concealer as this is to be used with cream concealers which is what that is. It is for flawless, concentrated coverage and this is what the sales assistant showed me at the time and it looked good.
To use this, I dipped my brush lightly into the concealer pot and put a small amount on by lightly patting it on the under eye area. You need to watch how you use this as you do not want brush stroke lines or you will look ridiculous. The brush does apply the concealer but I sill had to use my finger to pat the area and just even out the small lines left from brushing the concealer on. It is easy to apply with this but just quite fussy to achieve the desired look.
When using this brush, it can get dirty quite easily and it is easy enough to wash. You can clean it by using soap and water on it as is recommended and it will run clear the water when the concealer is fully rinsed out. However, it does take a good while for the brush to dry so do it before a day that you do not need to use the brush. My brush always comes up clean and good as knew and I keep it in the plastic pocket to protect it from any dust and dirt.
I think this brush is easy to use BUT I just don't like how it looks on when you use it. I find my finger is softer to apply concealer but the brush is soft on skin and very gentle. If you have a lot of time to apply then this may be what you want but I usually want to apply concealer quickly and find this a hassle. It does not apply concealer flawlessly like it says and is a bit disappointing for the money but I keep it for the odd time when I feel like using this if I have more time.
You can buy the Benefit concealer brush from all Benefit counters usually in Debenhams and other department stores. Boots sell it for £15.50 which is the standard RRP and also they are offering 750 points with three or more purchases across all premium brands.
The Benefit website is http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk where you can buy this.
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