Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Benefit Confessions of a Concealaholic
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Benefit Confessions of a Concealaholic
Advantages: Smaller products mean less waste, lemon aid, eye bright, brushes included
Disadvantages: Erase paste not for me
My concealer recently ran out, and whilst looking online at what would be the best replacement I stumbled across the 'confessions of a Concealaholic' box by Benefit. I spend a fortune on products by Lancome, Clinique, etc, but Benefit has somehow passed me by. I haven't ever felt lulled by the products, so when I read some glowing reviews about this particular product, I decided to take the plunge and buy it.
At £28.50 it isn't the cheapest product around, but it is good value. Although the product size of each item inside is only small, you do get 5 different products within it, and as you only need the tiniest amount it will last a while. Given that most make up products only have a shelf life of 12 months, it's probably more worthwhile buying it this way than spending a fortune on the full sized products.
Previously I had been using the Body Shop concealer, which was a one stop shop for dark under eyes, blemishes, etc, however this particular Benefit product has the beauty of offering different products for different problem areas. I genuinely do not know how I haven't lived with Lemon Aid and Eye Bright in my life!
The kit contains:
That Gal" primer 7.5m
This primer is wonderful (although not the best one I've ever used) and really does make the skin look radiant in an instant. It can be worn several ways including on its own (my skin is far too crap for this!), under or over makeup. I prefer to use mine under my foundation as it allows my foundation to have more lasting power and it is non-clogging on the pores. I find that if I apply it over my foundation it feels quite heavy on my face and masking, but it offers more of a glow on the skin by using this way.
Erase paste (02) 3.2g
Having very pale skin, this colour is far too dark for me and I find this quite frustrating as it does seem exceptionally dark, however I dab the smallest circles under my eyes when I'm really tired and then blend gently and it does make the under eye look better. I find erase paste to be quite thick too, and seems to gather the skin under the eye a little. I'm only 30 so don't really have wrinkles yet, but this somehow seems to have the ability to gather my skin! This product is my least favourite out of the set.
Boi-ing (01, 02) 2 x 1.3g
When I first opened the box and saw the two different shades, I was again disappointed as one seemed far too dark for my pale complexion, however after reading the book that comes with it, I realised that actually the intended purpose is to blend the two colours together to create your own customised shade (which is a fab idea!). It did take me a little while to get the hang of this and now I can easily cover any spots with this 'industrial strength concealer' (in Benefits own words!).
Lemon Aid 0.9g
How I have not come across this product before, I've no idea, but I absolutely adore it! I'm a really light make up user, and prefer the natural look, so it's a rare occasion when I opt for eye shadow, however when tiredness has set in, I hate the puffy redness the lid area of the eye can sometimes have. This is where lemon aid comes in. Working as an eyelid primer, it can be used on its own or under eye shadow to prolong the life of your make up. The creamy soft yellow tint goes on subtly and blends like a dream to provide refreshed eyes and hide any discoloration / reddening of the eye area. Works wonders!!
Eye Bright 0.9g
This pinky cream is another little wonder cream for the eye area intended for the inner and outer corners of the eyes, dabbing the cream gently around this area will instantly brighten and lift the eye area.
With applicator brushes indicating which product it should be used for, everything you need is in this gorgeous little box.
By using all of these products together, will provide you with the best looking skin you've had in ages! I've yet to venture over to the Benefit foundation side yet, as I'm still on with my favourite Smashbox one, however I've no doubt that it will only heighten the appearance of the skin (ladies, let me know what benefit foundation to opt for please!!).
Not the cheapest product out there, but one of the best value make up items I have come across in years.
Summary: 5 stars