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I love to wear make up and one of my favourite brands is Benefit because they make great products which are fun to use. When they release a new product, it doesn't take me long to snap it up and my latest purchase from the brand is Fakeup.
What does the product do?
The product is described by Benefit as being a hydrating crease control concealer which has been created in order to hide our imperfections. It promises that it will cover up dark under eye circles, hide fine lines leaving your skin looking smooth and youthful. It also diffuses light to soften the appearance of imperfections and brighten the skin. It contains Vitamin E and Apple Seed Extract to hydrate and strengthen the skin for up to three hours.
The product comes in three different shades which are light, medium and deep. I chose to buy light because I have pale skin.
How do you use the product?
The product should be applied cleansed skin, either alone or as a finishing touch to your make up. It should be held flat against the skin beneath your eye and rubbed gentle across the area. You then pat it into the skin until it has been fully blended. You can do the same to imperfections and fine lines.
Appearance and Price
The product comes in a silver tube which resembles that of a lipstick. It looks pretty in the metallic casing and it has some pink detailing and the name of the product written across it. You twist the bottom of the tube to move more of the product up. The product itself is protected by the silver cap. The outer edging of the concealer is created using a clear balm while the inside is the actual concealer. The product will cost you around £18 and it can be bought from stores with a Benefit counter such as Boots and Superdrug. It can also be bought from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has a very silky consistency and it does glide over the delicate skin beneath the eye without any pulling or dragging. You need to move the stick back and forth a bit to get the appropriate coverage but this is easy to do and it glides well. The balm part is very hydrating which is what you need when applying product to the under eye area. It has quite a greasy sheen to it and although it doesn't make my skin feel greasy or unclean, it does look a little greasy which isn't what you want when you have oily skin already. The product is easy to blend into the skin and with a bit of patting, it is blended well. The product does offer good coverage against dark circles and it brightens my skin, making me look more alert, fresh faced and awake.
The product has a natural finish and it isn't obvious that you're wearing it. The product doesn't cake or crease into your smile lines and it has long lasting results, keeping my dark circles hidden for most of the day. The coverage isn't full which is how is appears to look natural but unfortunately this one isn't the best for covering blemishes. It will reduce the appearance of them but it won't hide them altogether so you'll need another product for this purpose. It also doesn't hide my fine lines at all but it doesn't settle into them either so I suppose that's a good thing. Despite it's greasy formula, it hasn't caused me to develop any blemishes or irritated my skin in anyway. Because I don't like the shiny finish, I do find that I have to add a mattifying powder on top.
All in all, as an under eye concealer, this hides the dark circles well and it is very hydrating on the delicate skin. It has a greasy finish which feels comfortable but looks shiny and I have to use a powder on top. It doesn't have enough coverage to work on blemishes and it doesn't hide fine lines so essentially it is just an expensive under eye concealer. It is a little too shiny for me but it does brighten the area and make me look more awake so I will continue to use it but I probably wouldn't repurchase the product again.