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I have an oily complexion and although I use oil free moisturiser and oil free foundation, some of that dreaded shininess manages to get through which means I also need to wear a powder of top of my make up. After having tried and liked the Hello Flawless Foundation by Benefit, I thought I'd try the Hello Flawless Custom Cover Up Powder to see if I would be just as impressed.
What does the product do?
The product is a powder which promises to give you a flawless complexion by hiding imperfections. It claims to be sheer and customises itself to your skin and it has a buildable coverage. The product will get rid of any redness, uneven skin tone and blemishes which gives you seemingly flawless skin. It also contains SPF15 to protect the skin from the sun and to keep it looking younger for longer.
How do you use the product?
As always, Benefit have kindly included an information book with the product and it also includes a brush and sponge to help you with the application. The product can be worn alone or over the top of foundation. If you want a better coverage then the sponge with do the job and if you want a lighter dusting over foundation, then you can use the brush. You can use the product all over the face or dab it directly onto imperfections.
The product does come in a range of different shades so you should be able to find something that suits your skin tone. Each shade comes with a lovely name and quirky name like Gee I'm Swell, Me? Vain? Cute As a Bunny and Why Walk When You Can Strut amongst others. I chose Love Me which is an ivory shade as I have quite pale skin.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a sturdy compact which protects the powder inside really well. The compact looks cute and attractive, and I am happy to be using it on the go. The outer casing is black and white with a silver square in the middle and Hello Flawless is written in the centre in red lettering. It opens with a flip top lid and under the lid you will find a mirror for applying the product on the go. Underneath the powder you will find another compartment and this is where the brush and sponge are both stored.
The packaging is deceptive of how much product you actually get when you see the size of the compact. Because of the mirror, brush and sponge, you only get a thin slice of the make up which isn't good considering the price. After a month, I've made a big dent in it after using it daily. The product doesn't come cheap and it will set you back around £25 per compact. It can be bought from stores such as Boots and Debenhams as well as from a range of online websites.
The first time I used this product I had already applied moisturiser and foundation so I was using it as a finishing touch. I applied the product used the included brush but the bristles dig into the powder as the bristles are quite tough and so the powder gets kicked up a bit and it was wasted. I use my normal softer brush for it now and I find that it works much better. When using the powder in this way, it gives a very sheer finish without too much coverage but enough to prevent the shininess breaking through for a while. It sets your make up nicely and gives your complexion a naturally beautiful finish.
For a night out, I use the sponge to apply the product on top of foundation. The coverage when using the product in this way is medium to full and it covers really well for a powder. The product covers my dark circles, evens out the skin tone and makes my complexion look as flawless as promised by the name. If you have lots of spots you'll need a concealer on top. You can tell that you wearing make up and it is quite heavy on the skin but it's perfect for a evening or night. The product hasn't caused any imperfections or blemishes to form on my skin and it hasn't irritated it.
Providing I wear my primer and my porefessional the product doens't sink into the pores or highlight my fine lines. I have worn it on a recent holiday on bare skin and it gives a made up appearance that is summery and subtle but you get the added benefit of the sun protection. I do spray a little extra protection on top but I definitely didn't burn so it will protect your skin really well in this country! The powder has long lasting results and it helps to keep my oily skin under control although it doesn't manage this completely. The product is easy to apply on the go as you move from the daytime to the night time if you need to do so. The powder is easily removed at the end of the day using my usual make up remover.
All in all, the powder gives a good coverage which does indeed make the complexion look almost flawless, especially when used on top of foundation. It has a matte finish which evens out my skin tone but that can also be worn in a more subtle way if applied using a make up brush. It has long lasting results and sun protection, and I really like how it makes my skin look. I'm knocking off one star because of the price and the amount that you get but other than that, I love this!
If you have read some of my past make-up reviews you may already know that I suffer from problem skin. Not just the odd blemish every couple of weeks but there is very rarely a day where I don't have a spot be it a big beauty or a little red pimple. Besides the spots, I suffer with dark under eye circles and I have very fair skin so struggle to find make-up that suits my complexion. With these insecurities it is important to me to feel that I can rely on my make-up to make me feel more confident with my skin. I'm well aware that it is a vicious circle, the more make-up applied... the more likely you are to have imperfections, however as I feel that going without make-up is not an option for me I try my best to find products with good coverage so I don't have to 'cake' on the layers which would clog my pores even more.
Benefits Hello Flawless powder/foundation came in to my life by chance. My mother had been using Hello Flawless for quite some time when she decided that she needed to go 'up' a shade and asked if I would like to try what she had left of the paler shade (SHELL). I jumped at the chance as I love benefits products, so I washed the sponge (not to spread bacteria) and included it in my make-up routine the next day.
When purchased the powder compact comes in a square box which is a light aqua colour and has a picture of a mirror with spotlights around the edge and 'HELLO FLAWLESS!' written in red font in the middle. The compact itself is also square and has the image of a mirror on the front with white plastic edge with black detailing. The packaging is in keeping with benefits range of modern and fun products. The compact comes with a square sponge and a small yet wide black brush. A little mirror is fixed to the underside of the lid which is very handy if you need to top up on the go.
*What is it and how do I use it?*
You may find it strange that I have been describing Hello Flawless as a powder/foundation. The reason for this is because although it looks and acts like a pressed powder it is placed under the foundation category of Benefits website which suggests to me that you could use it as a powder foundation. As mentioned before, the compact contains a sponge and brush so you can choose how you would like to apply it. Benefits website suggests using the sponge for covering up spots by dabbing directly on the blemish or discolouration or for an all over sheer finish to sweep over with the brush. If you would like even more coverage they suggest to apply evenly all over complexion with the sponge.
Hello Flawless is available in a range of shades ranging from very pale (like me) to a deep tanned colour. The colours available are beige, shell, ivory, honey, amber, toffee, champagne and hazelnut.
I am extremely happy that this product has found its way in to my make-up bag. I use the sponge most days to apply an even coverage all over my face before going over with the brush to blend and remove any excess powder off my skin. The powder covers my blemishes brilliantly and I no longer have the worry of having to apply more make-up throughout the day. It gives me a lovely matt finish and for anyone that struggles to find powder pale enough for their skin tone like me I highly recommend the 'SHELL' shade. It is light without being white! In the past I have had problems with powders making my skin look dry and sometimes 'caked' with makeup, however hello flawless leaves my skin feeling and looking smooth. I feel much more confident using this powder/foundation. I love how versatile this product is, on days where my skin is particularly bad I can use the sponge for more coverage, yet on days where my skin is not so bad I can use the brush for a lighter coverage. As I mentioned earlier, dark under eye circles are an issue for me. I was very impressed with how much Hello Flawless helped to cover these up also.
Hello Flawless is sold for £24.99 which is hardly cheap! but I really do think it's worth it and anyone with 'problem' skin like myself will I'm sure think it is worth stretching your budget for, not only for the product itself but the confident boost that comes with it.
I recommend you give this a go!
For those who often read my reviews, you will know I'm make-up crazy. Although this seems perfectly normal for a woman, but I have always had an insecurity with my skin because of spots and my pale complexion. I regularly use Maxfactor and sometimes maybe line, fairly priced brands with let's call it "alright" quality.
I did once have a salesman try to sell me a £100 foundation. I gave it a tester, and wow, it was amazing. However, I have never encouraged myself to spend more than £15 on a foundation. I would never think I could spend over £20 on a foundation, and a powder at that! My friend kept going on about how she loved benefit make-up and she had every single product from the range (oh yeah, lucky for her, her dad is a captain at BA and her mum is a doctor). I did feel slightly jealous of it, and I felt that even if the make-up was pants, I would like some of the benefit range even to whip out in the college toilet to make myself look good. Although when I bought my first benefit product (this) I realised that there's more to benefit than making you look wealthy.
I bought this power at John Lewis' where there is a benefit stand. It was just after I had been paid, and thought "hey, you only live once, what's wrong with splashing out a little". I was given the benefit compact in a smart little box, benefit make-up always has an old-fashioned style of packaging, and I think this makes it more interesting and appear of a higher quality
I first used it going to a birthday party. I was too scared to use it because I had never spent £25 on a foundation before, and I didn't want it to run out. I first applied my max factor colour adapt, I then put a spot of maybe line dream matte mouse on top, and this is when I applied the powder.
You get a little brush with it, it is amazingly soft like I have seen with most expensive brushes, although it is rough enough to pick up the foundation when swiping it across. It is fairly thick, although I felt it picked up so little foundation that I had to keep swiping it across just to cover my whole face. I then realised if you brush the foundation with several, fast, tiny strokes, you should gather enough on your brush to cover, say, the whole of your forehead, or your cheek.
You receive a sponge as well, which to be honest I haven't touched as I don't see the use in it. However, I have used the sponge for my Elizebeth Arden foundation as my sponge for that keeps ripping apart. My benefit sponge hasn't ripped once and it is soft enough to suck up a creamy foundation.
With the product you get a little leaflet, which isn't brilliant use but it goes to show just how far benefit will go to ensure you get everything for the price.
It comes with a mirror which is very handy when taking it out, as you can imagine there is not always a mirror available. It would also be useful to have this as even when the foundation is finished, it is good to whip out the mirror and check yourself out showing off your benefit mirror.
I chose the shade 'petal' as unfortunately I have almost gothic white skin. The lady at the make-up counter recommended this. I was hesitant at first as it seemed so light, but after using it I realised the shades I were using before were far too dark. Unlike maybe line, the ligher shades of benefit make-up actually look nice on the skin as opposed to making you look like death.
The foundation itself is very soft and silky and feels like no other. This gives a real unique touch to it as I have had many powders from the likes of Rimmel and Maybeline and none of them have compared to this. The coverage in my opinion, is great although I put so much foundation under the powder that I can't really see how it would be without it. I think it would cover any spots or blemishes as long as you put some sort of foundation under it, I don't think it would work the same when just applied on the skin without it.
I think it gives a really soft appearance to the skin the way many models look, many people have said it looks really natural although I have to disagree with that. When I apply it, it is very obvious I've used a good powder, although it shouldn't really matter, every is going to tell that you're wearing make-up anyway.
I bought this two months ago and the depth of the foundation hasn't budged a bit. This prove sit is very long lasting, although I don't use it every day, I like to keep it for the odd special occasion. As this is a product I only use for special occasions, I would say yes it is worth the money. Although if you're looking for a foundation for everyday use, I don't think I would recommend this as you would be much better off with a maybe line one for a lower price.
Well its just another great product from Benefit. When i first saw this product i though it would dry my skin out due to its powdery texture, but i was pleasantly suprised, it seemed to work with my skin and only dry up the oily areas on my nose and chin. The coverage is excellent, not too heavy, but perfect as the finishing touch over my main foundation. Sometimes I use it as my only base when I dont want to feel so "made up" It comes in a great range of colours, which is a change for Benefit as they usually only cater for a 2 or 3 shade palette. The compact casing is also very innovative, housing a sponge for heavier application, and a brush for lighter coverage. This means it can cater for all your needs on the go, and I now keep it in my handbag all the time. Gorgeous packaging once again, although they do tend to use slightly too much packaging paper, cardboard etc, maybe they need to start looking at greener packaging solutions! but a tiny flaw to an otherwise superb product.
This is the best foundation I've ever used, particularly if you have skin prone to spots like me. It is matt so ensures you dont get a shiny face, and also it stays on all day! The best way that I found to apply was using the sponge rather than the brush, this gave me the best coverage. You are also protected from the sun which is a bonus. The case it comes in is very handy as it has a mirror so that you can apply your makeup whilst out and about. The only downfall I would say is that it can occasionally crack and then becomes of no use as every time you open the lid bits fall out and stain the carpet! Overall though I would definitely reccomend this product. It's a lightweight foundation which means that it doesn't feel heavy or cloggy on the skin. I also found it is a good base for blusher etc which also stays put all day as a result of being applied to a base of hello flawless. My skin is dull and lifeless with no make up but with this on I often have comments about how good my skin is which is nice!
Benefit is my favourite make-up brand by far.
Their designs are quirky unique and the products have never let me down yet! I have already reviewed and sworn by their erase paste and now it is time for Hello Flawless.
The packaging is the first thing you encounter and it doesn't let you down. The retro and kitsch outside box hides a compact cover-up with brush and sponge for two different levels of coverage. The instructions are easy to understand and really help to describe and tell you about the look you need.
Now for the application. The powder glides on skin easily and really does cover-up and leave you looking flawless. The fact of the product is it covers but does not leave you looking too make-up heavy or caked on. It leaves a nice even coverage and leaves skin brighter and smoother looking. I would recommend using the Benefit counters found within most Debenhams stores to ensure the correct colour is used and they also give you amazing tips like combining products or even just simple advice of using a foundation brush as it really leaves the product looking its best.
Now for the question of does it last?
The answer is yes.
I find it lasts quite happily and steadily for a day at work/night out or even just day to day wear. It never feels heavy and EVERYONE comments when I wear it. It looks so natural and often people are looking to achieve the same look. Asking what product or even moisturiser i'm using to cover the dark circles and blemishes. Few people automatically ask what make-up as it really looks smooth.
Having young skin I am still prone to the break outs and a students party life leaves late nights. Between Hello Flawless! and Erase Paste all this disappears and I feel awake and ready to face the world more confident and flawless!
I first encountered Benefits' Hello Flawless when one of the lovely girls at my local Benefit counter gave me a bit of a makeover. I have oily skin but few blemishes and my busy job means that I need hardworking make-up that stays put all day. I can confirm that Hello Flawless does just that!
I'm not sure how suitable this foundation would be for girls with a dry skin type- I think the powder may flake a tad but as I am oily I can't really comment!
The major advantage of this product is that it comes with both a brush applicator and a sponge. If you want sheer coverage use the brush to dust the foundation on and those who need fuller coverage for spots/blemishes can use the sponge. I personally find that the best way to use the product is to use the sponge for the areas I need to really even out (like my T-zone) and dust the foundation over the areas that just need a little colour, this way it looks natural rather than giving that "mask like" effect that some other foundations do. I have also found that the spot coverage is so good I now seldom use concealer.
In terms of colour, I personally use Me.....vain? Champagne. As you can see from my picture I am incredibly pale so its quite hard for me to get a decent shade that doesn't make me look orange but this shade has really suited me, I would say its the best match I have ever had (and I've used everything from Collection 2000 to Lancome!) English roses, this one is for you!
The added SPF is also a bonus- we all know how much damage the sun does to the skin. This is particularly useful when you consider that this foundation to especially good for oily skin types- very few foundations formulated for this skin type contain an SPF so this product really does stand out!
The one disadvantage is the price, at £24.50 its not cheap but one compact goes a long long way so its probably more economical in the long run than buying several tubes of cheap foundation. And if you buy when certain large pharmacies have offers on (extra points, freebies etc) the products are even better value.
As always, the product is beautifully packaged and it never fails to get comments when you take it out of your handbag to powder your nose. These small details make all Benefit cosmetics feel indulgent and girly!
Once again, I cannot praise this product enough. Like some other Benefit products (BadGal mascara for instance), the key is in the application. Have a few attempts to get it right and it really is well worth it.
My skin is often a problem for me - so, ready for the summer last year, I went in search of a foundation powder that could both cover and protect my skin - having had previous success with Benefit (An American, Californian based company started by two sisters) I saw this on the stands and snapped it up, and boy am I glad I did!
Firstly, and most importantly for me when heading into those warm (we wish) summer months, was the fact that this is one of few foundations to offer SPF protection - with SPF 15. Combined with an SPF concealer or a tiny bit of suncream before application and my face survived the summer without one scrap of sunburn - so absolutely no complaints on the protective front!
The cover-up itself is quite remarkable - its available in 6 shades, for varying skin colours - and it is easy enough to test this on either the back of your hand or get the opinions of one of the sales reps who hover by the Benefit counter in every store I have seen it for sale. The colours are lovely and complementary and the versatility was quite shocking -- The Cover-up comes with both a sponge and a brush - the Sponge applies it like traditional liquid foundation, provide a thicker cover-up, whilst the brush applies it like a compressed face powder, providing a lighter result. Whilst I nearly always opt for the brush, its definitely handy - especially to shove in your bag for holidays - you always have the option!
The powder is smooth and soft, clinging to your skin and looking pretty much... well... flawless! The only problem I have found is on my nose where my skin is slightly redder it doesn't blend quite as well and thus looks patchy and a bit thick with powder - but this is more due to my pigmentation and a bit of concealer solves this problem!
The powder stays on all day and I have had so many remarks about my new 'flawless' complexion that I wouldn't look back!
Information on ingredients are readily available and Benefit always use the highest quality products and I have never known any reaction - which, why very allergic friends, is a definite plus.
The box itself is as attractive as always - with a white lid and black pattern with a mirrored label, the container itself is black - with the powder nestle neatly inside, in a tray which lifts up to reveal the compartment with both the sponge and brush in - remarkably handy! And the lid has a mirror in it, so it really is a holiday dream.
At 7g net weight its lasted me 10 months so far - and theres plenty left, so as with all Benefit products you don't need a lot and lasts for ever - this makes up for the price tag which, at £24.50 is a little out of some peoples pockets. However, having paid £3 every few months for my old brand, the costs really do even out!!
Benefit is available nationwide, in Boots, John Lewis, Debenhams, Selfridges and Benefits own stores - as well as on many websites - and is always accompanied by friendly staff willing to demonstrate and even give a makeover - definitely worth the service!
Overall, I have found this to be an incredibly versatile and trust worthy product... basically, it does just what it says on the tin: Hello Flawless!
My skin tone is MAC nc15 (Very fair but warm) and I use 'shell'.
I have tried many forms of powder foundations, from drugstore to higher end & while I really liked most of them, the colour match, coverage & lasting power of BeneFit's HELLO FLAWLESS outdoes them all. In fact I've now thrown everything out, and I rarely reach for liquid or mousse foundation any more either.
The (pressed) powder seems to melt seamlessly into your skin & the coverage is very even. It's easy to blend & build up for a light/medium natural looking natural coverage, the finished look seems to have a slight glow to it. Like I mentioned above; the colour match is great. HELLO FLAWLESS feels so lightweight; I forget I'm wearing any make up.
I do have very dry and sensitive skin, but I've not experienced any dry patches or caking, I've also not experienced that tightness and itchy feeling, which a lot of other products have given me.
The compact itself is perfect for my handbag. The tray the powder is housed in lifts up to reveal a brush and sponge. The brush is great for a lighter dusting of powder, while the sponge is great for the occasional spot.
The only thing about HELLO FLAWLESS that hasn't impressed me is the price tag. For me the results will justify the price. But, yeah, ouch.
Hello flawless! Yes that's what I say to myself once I've applied this fabulous foundation. As in my previous review on 'That Gal' by Benefit I told you how I found out about the Benefit range from my friend and now there is no going back!
Hello Flawless is a light weight but in my opinion a powerful little foundation, by powerful I mean I find there is no need for a concealer as this covers your imperfections brilliantly in one. Making putting our make up on even quicker, and as if it couldn't get any better the foundation has included a spf15 perfect for protecting our skin (not to mention the ageing sun damage can do)
Hello Flawless comes in 6 shades:
Me, Vain? - Which is like a soft light beige
Gee, I'm Swell - Which is like light champagne (Not really any difference with Me, Vain?)
I'm as cute as a bunny - Which is like a Honey shade
It's all about me, me, me! - Which is like a medium beige
All the world's my stage - Which is a little darker in a toffee shade
Why walk when you can strut? - Which is slightly darker again in a hazelnut like shade
These names I find quite funny and catchy like lets pop down the shops and get some "Gee, I'm Swell" today. Well maybe that's my childish behaviour, this puts some fun into make up I think!
The 'Hello Flawless' foundation comes in trendy packaging with a picture of a stage like mirror on the front of the box. The colouring used is a light turquoise, with the standard details on the back like how to use, ingredients etc. Enclosed is a useful information leaflet showing you how to achieve that sheer finish.
The foundation box itself is black and white with again a picture of the stage mirror on front and "Hello Flawless!" in red text across the mirror. Opening the box there is two compartments, the top where the foundation is and the bottom where there is a mini foundation brush and sponge.
Foundation is a soft powder, though it's not a cream but has a cream like feel when you run your finger over it. Unlike a cream or liquid it set excellently over your face.
The size of the box is great for your handbag and make up box, coming with is own mini mirror for on the move coverage.
How to apply:
Well no degree needed for this one as it's so easy to apply, sweep the brush provided (or your own preferred brush) over the foundation then lightly stroke it over your face, jobs done! For a more in-depth cover up though I would recommend using the sponge provided.
This foundation gave me great cover, but also felt like I wasn't wearing any make-up my skin was soft, smooth and clean looking. My make up was applied 7:30 in the morning for work coming back home at 4pm and my skin was still looking great, even thought my classroom can become quite warm. The foundation stayed well throughout the ups and downs of temperatures.
Sometimes the day after using make-up I tend to have a spot or two break out, so to my surprise there was no break out! Leaving me very happy indeed.
There was no dark or light patches, no sloppiness of the brush when applying just sheer perfection!
As most will know Benefit products don't come cheap, this one costing £24.50 for 7.00 g Net wt. 0.25 oz tub.
This product for me is a dream come true, it's fast and easy to apply, leaves my skin in great condition and makes me feel pretty (if that doesn't sound too vain!)
At most Boots stores there is a benefit counter where you can try these products before hand like I did and soon as its on your skin you know the difference straight away.
I wouldn't have a problem recommending this product to all make-up wearers out there, I know it's very pricey but worth every penny for the amazing results it has on your skin!
This along side 'That Gal' and 'Stay don't Stray' (which will be reviewed next) shall remain a staple within my make-up routine.
To find out more about the range of cosmetics from Benefit they have a trendy looking website.
Also a handy note on the website they are offering free delivery on orders over £50
Thanks for reading
I decided to purchase this product after seeing it on the american benefit and reading several reviews beforehand. The product appealed to me because i often use benefit products and the packaging was attractive and eye catching. There isn't many colours available and some of them seem fairly similar to each other, however i chose the champagne (me, vain?) shade which matched my skin perfectly.
The packaging is attractive and easy to carry around and i liked that it had a mirror and you could lift the product up to reveal the sponge and brush. However when using the product i found there to be alot of fallout within the compact.
I tested the product with both the brush and the sponge and really wanted to like it as a i love benefit and i was looking for a foundation/cover up with more coverage which is what this gives. However i found the product to be cakey no matter what moisturiser or primer i used before applying it and even when not using much of the product it seemed as though i was wearing alot! I wouldn't recommend this product for those with dry skin but if you have oily skin it may work for you!
Hello flawless is a fantastic "cover all" foundation or base.
As i've mentioned in a few of my reviews, for my wedding day I bought all Benefit make up including this item.
The foundation comes in a quirky little box that opens up into a compact mirror and storage box. Under the layer of foundation is a little lip, if you lift that up carefully there is a section beneath which holds your mini sponge and brush which is included already.
I used this as a base under my other Benefit foundation; Playsticks.
When using this as a base you only need a fine dusting of the foundation, this is enough to cover all blemishes and make your skin look and feel smoother and clear.
Once the foundation is applied it is quite easy to apply a further coat of you normal foundation without the worry of looking orange or your skin looking clumpy.
This foundation has added SPF protection for when you use it on it's own. So no need to spoil your make up with sticky sun cream!
In the box you also get a instruction leaflet on how to apply the foundation correctly, which really helped me figure out how to do this properley.
There are a few different shades to this foundation which are:
All the world's my stage
I'm cute as a bunny
It's about me me me
Why walk when you can strut?
Personally, my favourite is Me vain? It has a few yellow tones which even out skin colour and proves to be effective but discrete.
There are a couple of downsides to this product.
The foundation layer is quite thin and the slightest knock will reduce it to millions of pieces and a lots of dust. It can still be used but can be really messy. So be careful.
The price. £24.50 from a leading Benefit retailer, quite expensive for such a little miracle worker.
If you have a really special occasion coming up then this item is a must have!
The girl in the shopped used the brush to apply it on my skin, and the results were great, it felt light and the coverage was good. I went home 2hrs later and couldn't get the same results without using the sponge which felt a little heavy.
This foundation has staying power unlike any other powdered foundation I have used previously and has good coverage although if you touch your face at all it does wipe off a little (I found this out when wearing black gloves).
One thing you do have to be careful about is carrying it around with you. I took mine out with me in my hand bag and the next time I opened it, it had crumbled everywhere. Mine strictly stays at home now.
As always with Benefit the product is in a cute casing, has the brushes and sponges with it and the mirror is particularly good. One problem, you can't actually take it out with you without fear that the powder may crumble and blow away before your eyes.
I am a big user of Benefit products, and now and again I like to try the new products.
I saw this advertised in a Benefit store window, and thought it would be worth a try, so bought a box of it.
The powder comes in a choice of shades, but I was advised to purchase Beige as this matched my skin tone the most as I am quite pale.
It comes in a nice little box, and has a sponge and brush applicator included so you can choose the amount of coverage you wish to have.
It is meant to be used as a foundation, or as an extra coverage powder over foundation, yet I have to say I was disapointed with the results. I understand that this powder to give a great coverage needs to be built up on the skin, but I couldn't have put more on without my face feeling too heavy!
I personally prefer the Get Even face powder by Benefit, as it gives a better coverage with less powder, and costs less!
If you just wish for a nice top setting powder, this is a good one to use, if you wish to spend loads on it!
For girls in the know, Benefit has become a major player in quality cosmetics. With an emphasis on fun, feminine products, Benefit also manages to deliver quality - and Hello Flawless, its custom cover foundation with SPF15 for sun protection is no exception.
Hello Flawless (like all other Benefit products) is available at all good department stores with their own beauty counters, as well as online (from Boots and other online stockists, as well as directly from Benefitcosmetics.co.uk). I have always found staff at the Benefit counters to be nothing less than helpful and friendly - if you're in two minds over a product, or just want a bit advice over what is best for you, then definitely speak to them.
Back to the product, Hello Flawless costs around £24.50 for a 7g box. Sold in pretty green packaging, the product actually comes in a small, white and black plastic box (perfectly sized for a handbag or makeup bag) with an in-built mirror in the lid and a nifty 'trap door' design (enabling the foundation tray layer to be lifted up to reveal a small square brush and a thin white makeup sponge square). Like most Benefit products, the foundation comes in a range of 6 shades for a number of skin types (particularly useful if you have very fair or olive/Asian skin, which can sometimes be hard to find) being:
- Petal (the palest, for naturally very fair skin)
- Hazelnut (a rich tone, suitable for darker Asian and some Black complexions)
The foundation is a powder-type (as opposed to a cream blend) which has a very light, finely milled feel. The foundation can be swept on (using the brush provided or any other preferred make-up brush) to give a sheer finish which is easy to blend and does not coat or clog the skin harshly. It is worth mentioning that the powder is so fine that it may be advisable to blow on the brush a little (once powder is applied to it) to remove excess amounts of the powder which would otherwise fall on your clothing.
I have found the powder to be incredibly easy to apply and gives a smooth, flawless and natural effect which feels light and unabrasive on the skin. I am also impressed in the foundation's ability to cover blemishes naturally and with no need to use concealer - saving on applying or carrying another product if you are short on time and space in your makeup bag. The brush is of excellent quality (none of the usual bristles falling out, as you may expect from a freebie brush!) and ideally suited for the recommended sweeping motion needed for foundation to cover and blend the whole face. In addition, if you do feel you want extra coverage to cover blemishes (in effect, as a concealer) the powder can do this brilliantly. I have found that it is best to use the corner of the provided make-up sponge to lightly dab an amount of the powder to concentrate the product and then dab onto the blemish to cover up - this results in a non-clumpy, quick fix concealer which then works in perfect harmony with the foundation layer.
The foundation layer does last the whole day with excellent coverage and no need to reapply and even copes admirably in the heat (without the effect of the foundation 'sliding off' or feeling greasy and reducing shine showing through). Hello Flawless works very well as a base, over the top of concealer and also works well with any blusher or highlighting products you may wish to use on top or underneath. The SPF15 is not a noticeable feature of the product and is more an added benefit (though I would not be use the product without a higher factor sunscreen if you are out in the sun!).
Overall, I have to give Hello Flawless a massive stamp of approval. Though perhaps a bit pricey (in line with most other Benefit products), it does do exactly what it says on the tin - flawless coverage, natural and light finish which can be used alone for a perfectly made-up look or as a base for other products. In addition, due to the fine texture of the powder, a little definitely goes go a long way and will last for months. This powder will remain a staple favourite in my make-up bag from now on!
Benefit Hello Flawless! This silky powder cover-up glides on naturally sheer and layers beautifully for customised coverage with SPF protection / Complete with brush and sponge and dual application lesson / Apply to face / starting from the nose and blend out / using a foundation brush for a seamless finish / For spot cover-up / dab directly on blemishes or discolouration with sponge / For allover sheer finish / sweep on with brush / Use quick / light strokes to blend from the center of your face outward / To cover it all (& then some!) / apply evenly over entire complexion with sponge / All skin types / Brush included.