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As you may be aware if you've read some of my other reviews - I am a big fan of the Benefit brand. This is one of those products that I don't use all the time, but it is very useful to have. As I have PCOS, my skin is quite often susceptible to red patches and acne. I don't wear makeup usually to work (most days I consider it an achievement that I actually get dressed and don't go to work in my pyjamas!). I keep this in my handbag for those days where I need a quick pick me up.
The Benefit brand was first created in 1976 by twins Jane and Jean Ford in San Francisco. Their first products were actually designed for exotic dancers, but their 'fake it til you make it' attitude and products soon made them a worldwide success.
As with many Benefit products, this has a dual purpose. It is designed to blot out shininess and even skintone. Benefit recommend using this under your makeup, but I never do, and I'd imagine that powder under foundation could be a bit tricky to perfect. Instead I use this as a finishing powder, or instead of foundation on those days where I want to look presentable without any fuss.
The powder that I have is in a simple black compact with a small sticker on the bottom to give some information, mainly the product name and the shade. There is the Benefit logo in grey on the lid of mine, but it is very discreet. Inside the compact, there is a mirror, 8.9g of powder and a washable soft sponge applicator. My compact is about 4 years old now and slightly bashed up but it is still going strong. The sponge applicator had one side as a sponge, and the other side was a black material with the Benefit logo on it.
This provides me with a light coverage, and really does even out my skintone. The sponge in my compact has lost it's black side of the sponge so I just use one side of the sponge to apply the powder and the other side to blend the powder. The powder leaves my skin looking more even and disguises any red patches. It just finishes off my makeup without it looking too cakey, or some days I just use this on it's own to even out my skin without it looking heavy. You can also use a brush to apply this if you want a lighter coverage or to just set your foundation. It can look a bit chalky if you overdo the powder due to the talc in the ingredients, but after a few attempts, this is usually a thing of the past!
It is also handy for blotting out any oily areas throughout the day. If you compare the price of this compact against the price of other products such as blotting sheets for excess oil, it does seem expensive. However, it is a handy product for touching up on any shiny or oily areas and is easier and less messy than using blotting sheets, plus the light coverage of this product and the built in mirror in the lid are another bonus. This powder should also last a few months if you only use it for touchups or, as I do, occasionally to set your makeup in place. Even after 4 years, this powder hasn't dried up or gone cakey.
While I was writing this review I realised that this has now been discontinued by Benefit in the UK, and replaced by the Hello Flawless powder, but it is available to buy from eBay or Amazon. It is available in 3 shades, light medium and dark.
---------- Introduction ----------
Recently on holiday, I was in the department store Macy's. I was wandering around the beauty stands, until I came across the Benefit stand. I have tried a few Benefit products a while ago, and I had remembered liking them, although I had remembered they were rather expensive! After looking around a while the benefit sales assistant came up to me and asked if I needed anything. My reply was, in fact I had actually ran out of my usual foundation, the sales assistant then rushed off and came back overly excited with Benefit's Get Even powder. To be honest I didn't really want to spend £22.50 on a powder, but after several minutes of the sales assistant persuading me to buy it, I let her give me a makeover, and I must admit, I was pretty impressed by the results. So eventually I gave in and splashed out on buying it.
---------- About Benefit ----------
I'm sure most of you know what Benefit is, but for those of you who don't, Benefit is an American company, that sells cosmetics. It sells things such as make up, like mascara, blushers, bronzers, highlighters, foundations and more. It also sells skin care products which include, cleansers, moisturizers, washes, and it also sells fragrances.
---------- About the Product ----------
Benefit get even, is a pressed powder that claims to 'blot away shine' and helps 'even out redness and discolouration.' So it basically, helps to stop your face looking shiny, and helps to even out your skin tone. (Hence the name 'get even'!) I am quite a pale person and usually my face gets quite red, so this sounded perfect for me, as I am regularly looking for something that helps my red, uneven skin tone, look even and flawless, hard to achieve I know! The powder comes in three shades, light, medium and deep. I ordered light. I would recommend the colour light to people who have fair skin like me, if this helps I normally buy foundation in the colour 'ivory', and I find that 'light' is a similar colour to 'ivory'.
---------- Packaging ----------
When I bought get even powder from Macys. It came in a cute little pink benefit bag, along with a few free samples. The powder was in a little cream and black cardboard box. On the front of the cardboard box, it says in big writing 'GET EVEN' with 'benefit' just underneath. It also says a quick explanation about what the product does. On the back of the box it says a longer explanation about the product, as well as how to use it. It also says this in another language, (French I think), and lastly it states the ingredients. I feel that Benefit is a very quirky company, and when you open the lid of the cardboard box, on the lid it says 'I'm a size 6... but 7's so comfortable I buy an 8.' A nice little humorous touch which I think adds to the packaging.
Once you open the cardboard box, you can reach in and pull out the compact that the actual powder comes in. The compact is black, with the words 'benefit' in small print on the front at the top. When you turn over the compact, on the back it says 'get even' 'blot away shine & discolouration face powder' it also tells you that it contains 8.9g of powder. To open the compact you just simply pull up the lid. The compact has a mirror, which I find very useful for when you're on the go and need a mirror. The powder also comes with a round sponge that sits on top of the powder; underneath the sponge is the powder.
I find that the packaging can actually be quite deceiving as when the compact is closed, it looks thick and it looks like there is loads of powder in the compact, however when you open it you realize that the sponge is actually taking up most of the compact space rather than the powder. I also find that the compact is boring for Benefit. What I mean by this is Benefit normally have really quirky and funky packaging, however this packaging was just black and boring.
---------- Using the Product ----------
I find that you can apply the product in two ways, either by using the sponge that comes with the powder, or by using a make-up brush. I find that I prefer to use a kabuki make-up brush to apply this powder. I have tried applying it with the sponge, however I feel when I use the sponge, I am using up too much product and the powder is thicker on my face, giving me a less natural look. So I guess if you want more coverage the sponge might be the best way to apply it for you, however I want a medium coverage so I use a brush instead.
I apply the product by rubbing my kabuki brush in the powder, and then rubbing the brush over my face in circles, typically concentrating on the areas that need the most coverage. I do this several times until I am happy with the coverage. I feel that the powder transfers from the brush to my face easily, (this may be down to the brush though).
Sometimes when I wear my liquid foundation, I apply the powder over the top, just to help set the liquid foundation, and I feel this works well. But when I want to look more natural I apply this powder on its own. I find it best to apply the powder after moisturizing as when I have dry spots I tend to find that this product sticks to the dry spots. However I feel this happens more when using the sponge rather than the brush.
---------- Results ----------
After using this powder, I am always happy with the results. If I use it over liquid foundation, I find it helps make my skin more even, and helps to set the liquid foundation. However when I want a more natural look and I use this on its own, I find it gives a lovely natural look, it doesn't make me look like I'm caked in foundation, it just looks like I have lovely natural even looking skin. It also helps to stop shine on my nose, and reduce redness on my cheeks like it promised!
This powder once on my face does have a slight shimmer, however it really isn't sparkly, and you can hardly notice it. I actually quite like it. I also find that once this powder is on my face, it makes my skin feel very smooth. I also think that this shade matches my skin tone perfectly, which can be hard to achieve with my pale skin.
Although I really do like the look of this powder once on my face, I have to say that I feel the powder doesn't really stay on my skin for very long, probably about 3 hours. This might just be for me seeing as I have a tendency to touch my face a lot throughout the day. I find this annoying though as I don't really have the time throughout the day to reapply it. Also as I said earlier just be careful not to use the sponge over dry spots, as the powder just sticks to the dry spots and makes your skin look a bit cracked and trust me it doesn't look nice.
I also find that this powder comes off easily at the end of the day. All I have to do is apply a small amount of cleanser onto a cotton pad, wipe the cotton pad onto my face, and every single last trace of powder comes off, leaving my skin feeling very clean.
---------- Price and Availability ----------
This powder costs £22.50 for 8.9g of powder. Which I must admit I think is very expensive. You can buy the powder from Benefit make up stands in department stores such as Debenhams. Or you can even buy some products from Boots, and you can also buy their products online.
---------- Overall ----------
Overall I like this powder, you can use it over other foundation to set it, or you can use it on its own to give a nice natural look. The whole point of this powder is to even out your skin, and I can confirm that it does do this. I got the powder in October, and it's now February, and I have used it most days and I still can't see the bottom of the compact yet, so I must admit although it costs a lot, it has lasted me a long time. I like the powder, it evens out my skin, stops shine, and matches my skin tone perfectly, however I am giving it 4 out of 5 as I think it's expensive, it doesn't work well on dry spots (especially if you use the sponge to apply it), it doesn't last that long on my skin, and I find the packaging quite boring compared to other Benefit products.
This powder should be in every girls handbag- yes it is pricey in comparison to other powders you can buy, but you will reap the rewards. Benefit get even powder comes in a small compact with application sponge which is perfect for slipping in your bag, it also comes in three shades so is suitable for different skin tones. The powder itself is a creamy yet light powder. It covers up the majority of skin sins yet does not cake or crack. It makes skin soft and prevents greasy outbreaks and forehead shine! Combined with a liquid foundation or benefit's foundation the powder looks fab and skin flawless( well as flawless you can get without an airbrush!), it also dulls down red areas such as cheeks. Overall i would say that it delivers great coverage without looking too thick, for a pressed powder it also goes on evenly and naturally which is a real bonus! The only downfall of the product for me is that it is expensive if you use it everyday( around 21.50gbp per compact )
This is a must have! I have really greasy skin and awful pores so i struggle to find powders that don't clump and look like talc on my face. This is my saviour! I wouldn't reccomend using it without a liquid base cause it doesn't really sit too well then. With a liquid base and a coating of this on the top WOW! It stays on all night in hot sweaty night clubs with no need to re apply therefore the costly price is justified cause you don't need to use loads. If it weren't for this my skin would look awful in pictures but with this I can actually look at a picture of myself and be happy. It really does even out your skin and if like me you have freckles or rosy cheeks it covers them aswell and basically gives the illusion of "hollywood skin". The shades that it comes in are the standard 2 benefit shades which is the only downfall as they can often be a bit too light or too dark. If you want to look a bit more bronzed and have caucasion skin i would reccomend no2 but if you like to be a bit paler I reccomend no1. Excellent powder though and I give it 10/10 anyday.
I saw this product advertised and as a lover of all things benefit just had to have it. Previously I had been using bluff dust to help with red cheeks but as I have combination skin have always struggled to get make up to suit my whole face, so a product to even out skin seemed ideal, however I was a little surprised by the price it's a good five pounds more than the bluff dust, the other main drawback that put me off was the fact that it is a compact I have always preferred loose powders as I find the go on the skin better and are more natural looking compacts can look at bit smeared to me.
Any way I decided that potential benefits outweighed the drawback and invested in it. It comes in a solid black compact with mirror inside and a sponge for application. I tried using the sponge but found I did get that smeared look so I used a large brush on it and swept it across my face, with brilliant results, it feels very nice on the skin and blends in well you don't feel like you have a heavy duty powder on but in effect it really is pretty heavy duty. It filled in all the right places without looking blotchy and seemed to even out my skin tone. It is perfect for combination skin as it complements all skin types.
It comes in three shades and most people use the medium one, the sales consultant advised me to get the medium one but I am exceptionally fair skinned and an kind of darker colour tends to make me look a bit orangey. So I went for the lighter one and I was very please with it, it has enough colour to do the job of covering blemishes and evening out skin tone but without being overpowering.
All in all this is an excellent product the only improvement would be to make it in loose powder.
I have been using this powder for around 5 years now, and have never looked back. It covers up all manor of sins, and is perfect to put on quickly in the morning, or to freshen up after a long day in the office. Its compact size makes it hand-bag friendly.
Shade 02 is good for pale/normal skin and looks very natural.
This power does not sit on your skin or look unnatural but blends in very well and leaves skin looking flawless and almost like porcelain. It may seem expensive as powders go, but it lasts a very long time and the result really is worth the cost. It is noticeably better than any of the L'oreal powders, or No. 7 powders.
If you are going to buy one piece of benefit makeup this spring, make it the get even powder. I guarantee you that once you start using it you wont want to stop. I have recommended it to all my friends, after being recommended it by a friend. It really is a powder you'll want to shout about!
Powder sent from the angels this is!
As some of you may already know, I am a big user of Benefit products, but it wasn't that long ago I discovered this powder, and I am ashamed I did not find it earlier.
I use this powder is the light shade, as the next one up is just a bit too dark for me, overtanned face is just a bit too wrong!
I usually find that most powders are just for making your foundation stay on a bit longer, but there has been times when I have used Get Even instead of a foundation, as it gives such an amazing coverage, it really could be sold as a foundation instead of a powder.
It comes in a neat little black compact, with a mirror and a sponge applicator, but if you wish to have a lighter coverage, you can always use a brush to apply it.
This product can be a bit expensive, but like many other items you can find it cheaper online, it does last for ages though it is totally worth the money. I find my get even usually lasts about 2-3 months with general useage.
I recommend everyone try this powder, get down to a Benefit counter now and try it out for yourself, you will not be dissapointed.
I have been using the Get even face powder for a few months now and have found it very good. It comes in a round black compact, complete with mirror and sponge applicator - Handy to carry in your handbag!
Now the powder itself has quiet a yellow tinge to it - this is due to the ingredients that help cover the red areas. The powder is light but has really good coverage. I have used the powder in two ways, on its own and over a liquid foundation. Firstly when using it on its own - the powder is very light so doesn't feel heavy on the skin and gives a matt finish. Personally I don't use the sponge applicator that comes with it as I feel that using a big brush gives me much better control over the application and also allows me to build up coverage where needed. The powder does not cover all areas of redness and give a completely even face but it does give good coverage and certainly for me enough. I have quiet oily skin but find that unlike other powders it doesn't crease in the oily spots or slide of my face completely!
Now when using the powder over a foundation it really does cover the red areas! I find that just a light dusting over the entire face with a big brush after letting your liquid foundation dry sets your makeup in place and extends its life by a couple of hours, but it does give a much heavier coverage and will slightly change the colour of your foundation.
Overall, a very versatile powder that gives good results and lasts a long time.
I believe this product is now being discontinued as I saw it in the buh buys section of benefit. This is where they put all their final stock of products that are being discontinued, where they are being sold at a lower price.
I bought this because I wanted to get an even colour all over my face without any red areas showing up through my make up. I guess this is a good enough face powder, as it does everything a face powder should, but I didn't really notice it getting rid of all the red that well. Unless I'm not using enough but I doubt that that's the case.
It does stop my make up from melting and creasing but I can't quite figure out how it's meant to neutralise your colour and even everything out... I didn't find that it did that with me at all. So for that reason, I will be deducting a star. Still a pretty good face powder to put on over your liquid foundation to stop it from budging and smudging.
I noticed my sister using some funky looking products and was intregued then when i found out about benefit i was even more interested, i must admit that i do like spending a bit more on thease products because i feel a little spoiled and pampered using them rather than i think the effect is worth the money.
But all in all they do do a pretty good job and they have a huge range of stuff that no one else has even thought to create, anyway back to this particular product.
I loved the feel of it on my skin it made my skin really soft to touch and toned down all oill's, it did reduce the redness on my face and it even continued to work after a few glasses of wine!!!, but i still think its a bit transparent it didnt really cover up anything else like little blemishes or under eye circles that my old rimell did help to cover up as i dont like liquid foundation but i then found teaming it with a tinted moisturiser and some Boi-ing conceler it did create amazing results but took me 10 mins longer than usual
It?s my mate?s Hen Night tomorrow night, and since we?re all wearing funny T-shirts, I didn?t need to spend any cash on a new outfit this week,. As usual when I feel I?ve saved a little bit of money, I head to the Benefit counter in Debenhams, to reward myself. Illogical, I know, but that?s just the way I look at things. Life?s to short to fret over spending copious amounts of money on little boxes of make-up; so I rarely feel guilty. My latest purchase was ?Get Even.? I have oily skin, and I?ve just about run out of my translucent powder, I was looking for a replacement, so after a few minutes hovering around the ?Dior? section, I inevitably gravitated towards Benefit, as I usually do. I must admit that piece-by-piece my make-up collection is being taken over by Benefit. It isn?t quite the same as a translucent powder, but I figured it would do the job just as well, if not better. Get Even ******* Check out my other review of ?Benefit Range? for the background on the company, writing the history in this review isn?t really going to be of any benefit to you as it is just the product I want to talk about, and I do not want to gabble on needlessly. The blurb of the box says ?Blot, blot, blot away shine and discoloration with this incredible blotting powder.? And so when I picked up the box I just thought that sounded too good to be true. At £21.50, perhaps it was a little flamboyant a purchase, as I had no idea what I wanted it to do, or indeed what it would be capable of. External Appearance **************** One of Benefit?s more boring products, ?Get Even? comes in a small mattified black box, with the product name in rather large bold writing right in the middle. It is written in a peach colour. The box looks rather elegant in a minimal way. Perhaps I?ve got a new design of packaging, or maybe a dud one! as the other reviewers have mentioned that their compact came inside a suede pouch. Mine has not got a pouch. Inside the
box is a simple black compact, which says Benefit at the bottom and holds 8.9 grams of pressed powder. Inside the compact is a simple round sponge and is leather on top, with Benefit again embossed. The compact also has a mirror on the inside. All simple enough, and quite minimalist. How to Use ********* As the product is named ?Get Even? it is safe to assume that it is intended to even out your complexion. Therefore you simple blot the powder on to any areas of your face that aren?t quite even, or are a little uneven. I, for example, have oily skin on my cheeks and my chin can get a little red at times. And in fact, I have been having a few problems with an uneven complexion at the present moment. Therefore I am a good candidate for testing the powder! Results ****** Although I?m usually rather pale, as I?ve been on holidays my skin is a few shades darker than normal, so I chose the shade ?2? in the product. (There are three shades) Shade two seems a little bit too dark, but I find that if I apply it to all of my face, and not just the problem areas that Benefit suggest, the colour looks natural and very even. Even my mother remarked that my skin looked very healthy after I used the powder yesterday. It is rather heavy- not like a translucent powder, in fact, more like a cross between powder and a light foundation. It stays put on skin for hours, and as it is a Benefit product, it will be likely to last a few months before it runs out. I have noticed however that it looks a little powdery after application (you look like you fell in the ashtray, as my granny would say) this is easily fixed though with a quick sweep of a clean blusher brush. I?d be reluctant to recommend ?Get Even? to those who have dry skin, or dry patches, as from past experience I know that powders generally emphasis this. But ?Get Even? really does work for my oily complexion, and I see it becoming a regular part of my routi
ne. This is rather unfortunate for my Bank Balance, but as clothes and make-up are my only Vice (I rarely drink and don?t smoke or eat a lot of junkfood) then I can live with having no money to spend on other things. Benefit gets a huge thumbs up from me. When I look back on old photographs of myself I find that now I look completely different, and much better/ healthier than I used to. I can only put this down to my choice of make-up. What Benefit does best, is make you glow with fake radiance. And now with my ?naturally flushed cheeks? (Benetint), my healthy complexion ( Dandelion and It Stick), my full pout, (Lip Plump) and my even skin tone (Get Even) people will be easily fooled into thinking I was very lucky genetically!