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Benefit provide consumers with quirky products at high-end prices. Can you really justify the high prices in comparison with the results they provide?
The proper use of a highlighting product means that you can make the most of natural light in order to define your features. By using a highlighter you can add some shine to your make-up without looking greasy or like a plastic doll. The key to highlighting your best features - without overdoing your make up - is simple. You need to find and highlighter product which best suits you and find out how to apply it properly. A proper highlighter can allow you to widen eyes, highlight features and also brighten your complexion. Benefit's Gilded Highlighter Pencil is "like 24 carat gold in a stick... and just as valuable! This versatile pencil adds sheer golden highlights to your eyes and a soft sheen to lips... it catches the light in the most provocative ways you have to see to believe. Keep this pencil with you at all times to easily transition from day to night." Sounds easy to use and like an asset to every girl's make-up collection..
Benefit Cosmetics were founded in San Francisco, California in 1976 by twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford. They initially founded their business as a beauty boutique, and they then specialized in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas. Benefit Cosmetics have been into a global beauty brand and they are now sold in 30 countries. Their first shop was named The Face Place and their first product was a blush and lip tint called "Rose tint" (now renamed "benetint"). Benetint was originally designed for an exotic dancer who was in need of a nipple tint and remains the company's best-selling product. In 1989, they developed their extensive catalogue of products and soon after the original Face Place was re-named Benefit Cosmetics. In 1991 Benefit opened up in its first U.S. department store - Henri Bendel, in New York City. Benefit went international in 1997 with their expansion into Harrods in London. Soon after, the Benefit Cosmetics product website was launched. They have had continued success and they are ever expanding their product range full of fun and innovative products for every girl's beauty dilema.
*What attracted me
I love the simple use of highlighters however I sometimes find that if I am too tanned then a pink/white highlighter (which is the most common type) causes too much of a contrast to my skin tone and therefore leaves my make looking less chic and more coco-the-clown. As a huge Benefit fan I was extremely excited when they began offering their products free to Glamour reader - and I bought three copies so that I could take advantage of Bad Gal Eyeliner, Benefit IT stick and also their Gilded Highlighter Pencil. These three products have since been discontinued which I am guessing is why they were available from Glamour - but they are still available at the likes of StrawberryNet and other retailers which seem to have been lucky enough to stockpile them. This comes as quite a blow to me as I am a fan of each - but Bad Gal Eyeliner is still available from the US.
As I previously stated the Gilded pencil has since been discontinued and so I have edited my review accordingly. The highlighter would previously set back consumers £12.50 for a 2.4g pencil. This seems rather reasonable to me as you are able to get a long use out of one pencil - I have had mine for about a year now and use it on and off and have just under half left. The good thing is that because the product has been discontinued they are also slightly cheaper - with Amazon offering one for £11. I think I am going to have to stockpile before they disappear altogether! However I would always advise consumers to steer away from buying products from Ebay where I know that they are regularly available because they will not be genuine products (no matter how much they seem to be) instead they will be cheaper products which have been manufactured abroad and then packaged to look like the benefit products you see on the high-street.
One thing that I really love about the Gilded pencil is the fact that both the pencil and its packaging reflect the name - and they are truly gorgeous. The box is black and has Gilded written across it in a handwriting styled font in golden lettering. As with all of the benefit products it contains a little black leaflet which provides you with a list of ingredients as well as hints and tips for using the product. The pencil itself follows the same format as the most of Benefit's other pencil products and therefore consists of a wooden pencil with a golden cover and a black plastic top and corresponding lid which attaches to the end of the product giving the consumer a better ease of use. The pencil has Gilded written down the middle along with the rest of the details: the weight, description etc. The creamy tangerine/gold coloured product is contained in place of the kohl which would replace your usual pencil. The great thing about the product being a pencil is that you do not need to make use of other brushes for application and therefore you can carry the pencil around with you by itself - simple and effective.
I first found that as the highlight was described as "tangerine" this had quite negative connotations for me and I was slightly reluctant to make use of it. However when I did build up the courage I found that in fact it suited my tanned skin tone quite well. Lucikly the golden glittery partials - used primarily for reflecting light and thus highlighting - seemed to provide an undertone for the otherwise subtle orange glow and infact it gave my dark complexion the radiant boost that it was in need of. The downside of this is that I do not think that the product would be particularly suited to those with paler skin tones and unfortunately the pencil is only available in this golden tangerine shade.
The pencil provides a creamy highlighter which glides onto the skin with ease and can easily be blended into your skin for the look that you wish to achieve. You can therefore apply a little more of the product and use a simple blending technique to tone down your use in the way that you feel will suit your makeup. I have sometimes struggled with powder highlighters due to the fact that they are harder to control when you apply them and you need to blend them along with your foundation in order to give a more natural look.
As I mentioned, because the product is a pencil this gives the consumer an easier application. This means that you can dab the product into the areas that you wish to use it - for example if you dab the product in the inner V of your eye then you will be able to use it to widen your eyes and give the illusion of big and beautiful eyes. Should you wish to use the highlighter to bring attention to your cheekbones then you are able to draw a line below them (or above depending on how dramatic a look you are going for) and then simply blend the product into your foundation with your fingers. As the pencil is so creamy and smooth this allows for perfect blending into your skin. I primarily use the pencil to widen my eyes by applying it below my eyebrows and above my eyebrow bone. The causes your eyes to look wider as well as bringing definition and shape to your eyebrows. The pencil is really great for first time users of highlighting products as there is really little skill needed due to its ease of application. There are lots of tutorial videos online which will give you great instructions for using makeup products and I find that these are really great for finding out hints and tips about products that you are unsure how to use otherwise.
One thing that I do find about this highlighter is that because it is a cream that glides on so easily, this does prove a downfall in parts because it does rub and transfer off very easily, meaning that the product does not last particularly well. This means that I will often have to carry it with me on a night out in order to keep the look in check - without it beginning to look overly childlike and glittery as is seems that the golden flecks in the product seem to stay in place better than the tangerine highlighter. As the product is light and compact, this doesn't prove as too much of a problem, however this isn't something you would expect for a mid-high range product.
I am gutted that Benefit have discontinued their Gilded Highlighter Pencil because I do think that it's a great product and my make-up regime is going to suffer without it. However I do understand their decision because the pencil's colour causes it to be rather limited in its suitability to all skin tones. I definitely would recommend it to those with mid-dark skin tones as it really brings out your features as well as giving your look that little bit of glamour. If they ever reinstate the product then I will be first in line to buy it again!
Gilded by Benefit is a tangerine gold highlighter which comes in the form of a chunky pencil. Benefit claims that this highlighting pencil adds an illuminated glimmer of gold to your lips, brow bones, to your eyes and anywhere else that may want to highlight. According to the beauty brand, this highlighter is like 24 carat gold in a stick and will become just as valuable to you.
The product sounds peculiar but is one of those cosmetics that you need to see in order to understand how to use it and its benefits. It is basically a combination of a highlighter and a liner all rolled in one. The golden formula catches the light beautifully and illuminates any area where it is applied.
The little pencil serves many purposes. It can be uses as a golden eye shadow, over the top of eyeshadows, as an eye liner for both the upper and lower lashes and also on the brow bone to give your eyes a wider look. It can also be applied to the lips before applying a gloss or a lip stick which will give the lips an eye catching golden shimmer.
The pencil is a shimmering gold colour with a black end and a black lid. It has Gilded written in thin swirly black letters along the side. The box that the pencil comes in is jet black and Gilded is written along it in gold lettering. It looks expensive and is impressive when on display. The pencil is chunky so you'll need a larger sharpener than usual to sharpen the product and this can also be bought from Benefit.
The chunky eye pencil will set you back around £14 and the product contains 2.2 grams of the shimmering formula. The price is pretty steep but the product is incredibly long lasting so you won't need to buy another one for a year or more. It can be purchased from Benefit stands in large departments stores such as Boots and it can also be bought from numerous stores online.
The pencil has a creamy formula with the perfect consistency for applying to the skin. It won't pull the delicate skin around the eye area and glides smoothly when applied.
Gilded works well on the brow bone and gives it a subtle sheen. It also looks great on the inner corner of your eye and as a liner on the lower lashes because it brightens your eyes and makes them look wider. The golden pencil also works well on the water line and helps to brighten the eyes. It looks beautiful on the cheek bones and is fairly easy to blend. It gives your face more of a defined structure and even makes you appear more tanned.
According to Benefit, you can use it as an eye shadow or over the top of an eye shadow. I wouldn't advise this as it creases and will wipe off any shadow that you are already wearing. I also wouldn't recommend wearing it as a liner for the upper lashes because as with before it will pull off the make that you are already wearing. As for wearing it on your lips beneath gloss, you'll need to make sure that your lips are not dry or chapped first because it will look awful.
A negative with this is that you have to sharpen it, which will waste some of the product, it makes a mess and you need to be careful that no sharp bits are on the product before you put it anywhere near your eye or damage your skin.
In a nut shell, this product looks beautiful on the eye area and does brighten the eyes. It looks ok on the cheeks but I prefer to use a liquid highlighter as this is quite hard to work with. As for all the other uses, I don't think they really work. If want to pay £14 for pretty eyes, then you will love this product. If you're looking a quick fix multi purpose product, this isn't it.
I believe that they have now discontinued this product so if you love it or you want to try it out then you'd better move fast and stock up before they are all gone!
Im sure you can tell from my recent reviews that lately Ive been buying a lot of Benefit sets. I happen to be buying them all from the same seller on amazon and because I spent so much money with them they sent me a couple of free Benefits products with my last order which I thought was really nice of them - Discount Cosmetics if your interested. Anyway one of the products they sent me to try out was this 'Benefit Gilded Highlighter Pencil' which I have to admit wouldnt have been something Id have picked for myself simply because its not the kind of product Id normally use but I was more than happy to accept it as a free gift - it'll definitely make me want to buy from the seller again.
Price: [Based on Boots website] £14.30
Stockists: Boots, Amazon, the Benefit website, Debenhams etc..
Other Info: This product can be used in many different ways: over or under eye-shadow, as an all over colour for your eyelids, on the brow bone for a slight shimmer, as an eye-liner, under gloss or over lipstick for a subtle shimmer. So wherever you want some added glitter this is the product to use. Described as 24 carat gold in a pencil.
This pencil comes in a thin black box with the brand name and product name in swirly gold lettering on the front - most of the information about the product is written on the box: ingredients, shelf life, address to write to should you have any more questions and most of that information is repeated on the pencil itself so most questions you have should be answered - if not you can always write to the Benefit company with the address on the box. The product itself is a chunky pencil that is mostly gold in colour with a black bottom and a black pull off top. I think it looks really expensive - which makes it even better that I got it for free but I have a feeling this will be hard to sharpen when the time comes. Ive owned this for about a month now and used it loads and the pencil hasnt gone blunt at all so it doesnt need sharpening regularly but I reckon its worth investing in a large eyeliner sharpener for this as a small one just wont cut it.
To apply this is very easy because you simply use it like a crayon and draw it onto your face - wherever you want to use it. So if your using this as an eyeliner you simply draw it onto the top of waterline of your eye like you would a normal liner or scribble it all over your eyelid and slightly smudge if your looking for an all over colour. Application will be slightly different depening on what your applying this too but wherever you want a shimmer it always easy and offers a really subtle shimmer rather than all out glitter so you can use this on a daily basis - even if your not looking to make a big effort. The colour never disappears completely even when you blend - say if your using it on your brow bone - but thats a good thing in my opinion as the shimmer and slight gold colour remains and highlights the part without you looking like you have gold lines all over your face or like your patchy the results are subtle yet noticable if that makes sense!
Now as with most products I review regardless of what they are - less is more. If you overuse this pencil it wont blend and the shimmer will be just way too much and you will end up looking pretty silly so Id recommend only using a small amount - enough to get the best results without looking like you have gold/orange patches all over your face: not a good look let me tell you! This feels quite thick when you apply it too your face but it blends really easily and doesnt weigh down your face at all which is brilliant especially if your using it on your eyes it wont make you feel more tired - I hate it when eye make-up does that! This works just as brilliantly wherever you apply it - I cant say which looks better as I could quite happily use this all over my face every day as the shimmer is so subtle I wouldnt look like Id applied too much make-up.
The results of this are fantastic and I cant believe that before I actually used this I didnt have an interest in the product at all - if Id seen how well it worked that would be totally different. I mainly use this as an all over colour for my eyelids as it makes me look more awake and it lasts literally all day with no primer so its the perfect thing for me to wear to work but I often use it in the other ways as well. Using it as an eyeliner is also brilliant and it does really highlight my brow bone - this will be a brilliant product for the summer as it will really help to highlight a tan and stand out much more which can only be a good thing in my opinion. I do occasionally use this under and over lipstick/gloss but I dont personally like that much shimmer on my lips so I only use it that way VERY rarely - however it still looks great when applied like that its just not my personal make-up style.
Now the big question for me is whether or not Id actually pay for this product in the future having tried it this time for free. And in this case I 100% will be buying this as soon as my current pencil runs out. The price is justified because of how much I use it and how many uses the actual pencil has so I would not hesitate to recommend this to other people as Ill be using this for as long as possible before I decide to get another one! Without a doubt Id say buy this!
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Benefit have done it again! I am a self-confessed Benefit addict and I love the colour gold so naturally I had to try Gilded. It is marketed as a multi purpose pencil product for the face. I have used Gilded on my eyes, cheeks (as a highlighter) and on my lips under clear gloss for a little gold shimmer.
Gilded comes in a gorgeous but simple black box with gold and white writing, it may be simplistic but it is eye catching and sophisticated looking .
This is an excellent product that can be applied lightly for a subtle gold glow or can be built up in layers for a more vibrant colour. I have brown eyes and when I used this product as an eyeliner I applied it to my lash line, waterline and inner eye and it really made my eye pop. Although it is a product that would really suit all skin colours as a close friend of mine also has this product and she has really pale skin and I think it suits her just as well.
As a highlighter it gives a really radiant look and really defines your cheekbones but not in an overly noticeable way. This product is a brilliant way to subtly draw attention to the best features on your face, all you have to do is apply it and blend in.
After application Gilded stays on for ages and it doesn't move, smudge or crease which makes it even better.
It costs around £13.50 for Gilded from your nearest Benefit counter which can be found at Boots stores. As an alternative you can purchase Gilded from the Benefit website (www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk). It may be expensive but this is a high quality product and it lasts a long time I bought it a few months ago and have used it quite a lot but it has hardly needed sharpened.
Once you buy it this product lasts for ages and ages so it is worth the money spent on it.
I have very sensitive skin and normally stick just to YSL makeup. However, I was persuaded into buying this from the slightly pushy make up lady on the counter of my local Boots store.
So how does this match up to my Yves Saint Laurent stuff?
Well it goes on to my skin very easily, it is sold as a multi purpose product, the Benefit make up assistant said that it could be used on eyes, cheeks or lips, but I only use it on my eyes as I find that it feels dry on my lips and doesn't work as well as a glimmer brush on my cheeks.
I tend to wear this just on a night time and apply a couple of times to get a real gold look around my lower and upper eyelids. Some people would probably wear this during the day, however, my office is pretty conservative so I tend just to stick with neutral make up.
I find that the durability of the Benefit Gilded stick is a bit of an issue. It certainly doesn't last me all night. I find myself reapplying afer a couple of hours. Despite me using a primer to try and make it stay in place. However, my gilded stick has lasted me over a year, and at £12 thats not bad at all.
A minor point is that like all Benefit make up this looks lovely on your dressing table and I feel confident whipping it out in order to reapply in bar toilets.
In conclusion the Gilded stick is fun, especially for a night out. However, for daily wear, it would not last past lunch time and whilst busy at work you'd be pushed to find the time to reapply.
Benefit likes to promote this as another of their multi-purpose products, though I must admit I only use this on my eyes. This doesn't really show up that well on my lips as a liner, as my lips are quite pigmented anyway, so I've just stuck with using it as eye colour. This looks pretty either on the lid as a nice everyday soft golden look, or on the brow bone as a highlight, when used in conjunction with brown/golden eye colours.
I don't like to use it on my cheeks, as this is a pencil and needs to be drawn on, which then results in me having to pull and tug at my skin to get it spread out evenly. I hate pulling at my skin anyway, so try and avoid doing this. I must say, however, that if you do want to use this on your eyelid, it would be wise to put a primer on first, as this will prevent it from gathering or melting away into your crease. Overall, this is a good quality, pretty gold pencil, that would suit most skin tones.
Benefit once again! The main reason that I have so much of this makeup is because they're great to get me as presents for birthdays and christmas, as I'm almost guaranteed to love it, so many people do get me it. I got this particular gold eyeliner for my birthday last November, and it's almost as long as it was when I bought it even though I use it almost daily.
You apply this eyeliner just like any other pencil liner: draw it along the lower and upper lash lines until there's as much on as you desire, or you might just want to apply it on the lower lid if you don't want to go for the more natural look. I find that running the pencil along my lash line a couple of times is enough, as this eyeliner doesn't stand out hugely, so just a small amount is enough to brighten the eyes. You can also use it on your lips over lip gloss or stick, to give it a golden shimmer, which personally I only do when I'm going at night, but it does look good as long as you're wearing a nude lip colour.
*Price and availability*
This costs £12.50, and weighs 2.2g. As I've mentioned in earlier reviews (if you've read them) this can be found in Benefit stands in larger Boots stores and some Department stores, and there's also a few boutiques apparently, but I think that's only in London as there certainly aren't any up here. You can also buy it online from a variety of stores - just search for it on kelkoo.
*How I look with it on*
I use this eyeliner when I don't want my eyes to look too vampy, and I find it perfect for daytime use, as its fairly subtle unless you put it on really thick. I find it looks best if I only put it on my lower lash line, as I wear a bronzy eyeshadow on my top lids, and find that the gold liner blends into it too much and isn't really noticable, so it'll last longer if I don't put it here. In terms of making me look a bit sexier and making my eyes look more awake, I find that it does the job.
*Appearance of the product*
As you can see from the picture above, like many other Benefit products this eyeliner looks sexy in itself as well as making the user look sexy. The pencil is gold for obvious reasons, and the black writing and lid complements it nicely and makes it look classy. I'm sure that it comes in a box, but for the life of me I can't remember what it looks like. The box doesn't really matter though, as most people will just keep it in their makeup bag and never use the box again.
I would have to recommend this product, as I enjoy using it and think its a good and interesting eyeliner. If you want a dark eyeliner then obviously this isn't for you, but if you're looking for something a bit more exciting then you should give this ago. Benefit also does a black eyeliner which is almost identical, so if you' like the sound of this but don't want a gold liner, then you could always give that a go.
A versatile pencil that can be used to add golden highlights to your eyes or a soft sheen to your lips /