Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Benefit Erase Paste
Member Name: Julie449
Benefit Erase Paste
Advantages: Works well, covering dark circles
Disadvantages: Price tag, shop around for a good price
To be honest until recently I never really wore much make-up, nothing much more than a general foundation. My mum wasn't one for make-up, and my older sister was a bit of a tomboy growing up so I had no-one to show me so I never really knew how. That was until a few years ago, my wedding wasn't too far away and although I had booked a make-up artist I hadn't given too much thought to what I wanted. So I went out shopping on my hen weekend, my best friend decided enough was enough and took me to boots and sat me down in a benefit chair for a bit of a make over. The woman at the benefit counter was great. I left feeling great and with most of the products used on me that day. One of these products was the benefits erase paste.
Benefit cosmetics was founded back in the 70's and started as a beauty boutique specialising in quick fix products for beauty dilemmas. However benefit cosmetics is now a global brand selling over the counter in more than 30 countries. There are also now brow bars available at a lot of these counters. I've experienced benefit counters in both boots and debenhams. There products are widely available online too.
Benefit products have great quirky packaging which make them stand out against other make-up brands that tend to look very much the same. Some of the products have quite humorous designs but are also very pretty to look at making them look good in your make-up collection.
Erase paste is a concealer, with a difference and it really works. On the box it states "This concentrated cream formula FLAWLESSLY helps to conceal and brighten dark circles, discolouration and imperfections." Erase paste comes in 3 different shades that fit most skin tones.
1. Fair - For pale skin tones
2. Medium - For normal skin tones
3. Deep - For darker skin tones
The price can vary a lot. I think I paid just over £20 for mine from boots, but I have seen it online for as little as £9.99.
Erase paste comes in a small purple cute but quirky box that's about two inches in size with the back being slightly higher. This has a small, kind of before/after style of picture and the wording "Conceal and brighten in one easy step Poof! I'm perfect." On the top of the box there is a large circle with the shade on it which is very clear so you won't go away with the wrong shade easily. Erase paste is in large font on the front so easy to spot. The back of the box has a three step how to use. One side states there is a complete concealing and brightening lesson inside which is great news for people like me with little make-up experience. The other side states "Signs of stress and fatigue are a thing of the past with this innovative formula", great news for me as a busy mum.
There is a small purple pot inside, don't be alarmed by how small it is it will last. It comes with a small white spatula which is used to scoop out the paste and there is a folded up set of instructions or a lesson as it is named. The pot has a screw top lid and when the top is unscrewed there is a clear piece of plastic which needs to be removed before you can use the paste. I always replace this after use to keep the paste fresh.
Like I said before when I first purchased erase paste I was pretty new to make-up so I studied the erase paste medicine step by step a fair few times before usage. The lesson is set out in three steps each with a helpful diagram.
Step 1 is for under eye concealing and for brightening dark circles. We are told to use the little spatula to scoop out a tiny amount of paste and place it on the back of your hand. Using a finger make dots on the inner and outer corners of the eye, blend from each corner to the middle. There is a really helpful diagram for this stage with little arrows to help with which way to blend.
Step 2 is for camouflaging shadowy areas from your nose to your lips. Using the side of your finger draw lines like cat whiskers in an up and outward motion blending with your finger tips. This step also has a helpful diagram which I found much easier to follow than the written instructions. This step also has a small tip suggestion - Run fingertips under warm water to heat them up before blending.
Step 3 is for concealing imperfections. With a side of your finger draw an X on top of imperfections then blend. Again there is a handy diagram and a tip. This tip I tend to use - Apply 10% more paste than necessary, by the time you get to where you're going you'll look perfect. This tip is helpful for nights out or for travelling a distance to work.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the erase paste pot was the colour. I purchased the medium shade as this is what had been used on me at the benefit counter. I hadn't paid much attention to the colour at the time of my make over. I started to worry I'd picked up the wrong shade as it looked really dark and orange. However it blended in really well and matched my skin tone well. I would say I have a pretty average skin tone so I think this shade would suit most.
When I first started using the erase paste I followed the lesson step by step but after time I found my own way with the product and use mainly under my eyes, to hide the dark circles left from being a busy working mum. The paste is really easy to use and blends easily and works well with my foundation. I have changed the foundation I use a few times over the years, but have still used erase paste and haven't found any problems using erase paste alongside them, as it blends really well. I did worry about the size of the products and worried that it wouldn't last long, and with a heavy price tag I feared I would be spending a lot of money on it on a regular basis. However one pot lasts me close to six months which is perfect because once opened the paste should be used within six months and I do tend to use it most days.
I have fairly sensitive skin and often have a reaction to certain make-ups but touch wood I haven't had any problems with erase paste. I am now totally lost without this product. If I go away for a night/weekend and forget to pack it I feel my skin looks dull and the dark circles under my eyes are too scary to mention.
The erase paste stays on well but I do tend to follow the helpful tip I mentioned before about applying 10% more than needed. It's also in such a small box that it's easy to carry around with you if you are worried about it fading throughout the day. Erase paste is also easy to take off and can be removed easily with most make-up remover or face wipes.
Overall for me this is a must have great concealer for both make-up lovers and beginners. However I think I will be buying it online from now on at half the price. 5/5
Summary: Great concealer from benefit