Some time last year, Glamour magazine ran an offer in which it was possible to get a free Benefit product. The three products available were It Stick concealer, Eye Bright and Bad Gal eyeliner. I managed to go out and buy all three! However, it's only recently that I've been able to use them as I've had other makeup products to use up first (yes, I do have rather a lot!).
Benefit was founded in San Francisco in 1976 by Jean and Jane Ford. Over thirty years later, it is a famous global brand and mixes quality makeup with whimsical retro branding.
Benefit cosmetics can be bought in the UK from Boots, Debenhams, ASOS, individual boutiques and the website, www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk. They are quite pricey, with a mascara priced at around £15 and the well-known product Benetint priced at £24.50, but most of their products are great quality and last ages, or so I've found.
The It Stick is described as a 'conceal it all' stick and is no longer available, so I suspect it was released in Glamour as a way of getting rid of it! I was still happy to be able to try it, however. It comes in a cardboard box which is black with one silver side with the name of the product in black and white. There is a list of ingredients on the back, which I won't repeat here as it would be far too long! Inside the box is a leaflet with instructions. It looks long, but it is actually written in several languages. It Stick is an "instant concealing pencil that disguises lines, blemishes and flaws of any kind for a smoother, younger appearance". To use, you are meant to "draw whisker-like strokes in laugh lines, crow's feet and creases and blend in with finger".
On removing the lid, It Stick looks and smells like an ordinary pencil, with a flesh-coloured 'lead'. The colour was very pale, which somewhat allayed my fears about the concealer being too dark for me. I applied it to a couple of spots and blemishes and was pleased to find that it went on quite smoothly and seemed to be quite creamy. Normally I find that concealers dry my skin out so it was nice to have this effect. I gently blended the concealer with my little finger and found that it blended fairly easily, although I did have to dot a little more on top. I sealed the concealer with powder.
I find that this concealer generally works well at concealing spots and blemishes, working better than some others I've used in the past. It generally keeps skin looking good all day although I have a couple of minor niggles. Occasionally it seems to wear off and sometimes it does dry out a little, leaving me with a dry patch. This doesn't happen all the time but it is irritating nonetheless. Having said this, the concealer is small and compact enough to carry around in my bag for touch-ups.
The concealer looks slightly darker than my incredibly pale skin, but it blends in well so I'm not worried about it matching my skin. Those with dark skin might have trouble - as far as I know the concealer isn't available in any other shades.
The concealer is lasting well. You need to take into account the need to sharpen it every so often (with a big pencil sharpener), but I've been using mine for a couple of weeks and it shouldn't need sharpening for at least another week. It probably lasts longer than many cheaper concealers.
Overall, this is a good concealer. It's compact, effective and easy to use, as well as being long-lasting and creamier than I'd expected. However, for the price (£14) I'd want a perfect concealer, and this isn't it, so I've deducted one star. However, it is a good product and something I'd consider repurchasing if Benefit hadn't discontinued it!
Like many reviewers, I got this free with an issue of Glamour magazine last year. I've never been a major fan of benefit, finding a lot of their make up quite heavy and pricey. I tend to go for the more au natural look, and my skin is so sensitive, too much of anything really flares it up.
I heard a lot of good things about the IT stick from work colleagues who picked up several copies of the magazine when it was going free, more so than the other products on offer. Could it really be as good as they say? I've been an avid user of the YSL Radiant Touch for a few years now, though even that has not been the most perfect concealer. Before that, I used a cheap Collection 2000 concealer, which was ok but you only got what you paid for.
Suffering from acne with a combination of oily / normal skin, it's hard for me to find products that I really 'click' with for a prolonged period of time, and the Benefit IT Stick was no exception. It's 'pencil' form was the first thing that put me off. It felt as though I was drawing on my face, struggling to get the pressure right. Too little and it does nothing, too much and it looks like it was applied with an over bristled paintbrush. The dark circles under my eyes go up and into the inner corners - when applying the IT Stick here, it tended to go quite think and gunky looking, not a good look! Eventually I settled on 'dotting' five dots of the IT stick under my eyes, then blending it upwards with my ring finger. This tended to give me the best coverage but it still could not be called perfect. I also found that it needed to repeatedly be applied throughout the day, but after a few applications it would start to get the 'over make-up'd' gunky look.
I found it worked well enough on small, slightly red blemishes, but anything bigger or brighter and it tended to just dry over the top of the blemish, giving that 'crusty' look. I did speak with a few friends who used the product to make sure I was applying it correctly, and they said yes, it just would not sit right on my face! I also found it really difficult to blend it into my foundation. It always seemed to stand out a little too much for my liking, almost drawing more attention to the concealed area than it was getting pre-conceal!
I would expect this product to last a while depending on how you sharpen it and it's thickness is just right to get a comfortable grip on when using the product. It has a simple black pen topper to keep it sealed - but loose this and you will have concealer lines all over your make up bag! It is quite a snug fit so it should not fall off on it's own accord.
Personally, I would not go out and buy this product. As a freebie, it was worth the £2 of the magazine to trial (I buy the magazine anyway). It now rolls around the bottom of my drawer, waiting for my next clear out.
With counters in most major deparment stores, Benefit is a well established brand leaning toward the higher end of the cosmetic industry. The packaging across the range is consistent and follows an old fashioned theme reminiscent of designs from the 1930's through to the 1950's. Brightly coloured with the use of interesting fonts and imagery, each products takes on its own unique design lending an air of sophisticaton and elegane to the range. Products in general are of a high quality and rather expensively priced. But, this is a quirky, individual range which is definitely made appealing and eye catching by the somewhat exquisite packaging and product names.
I have used many Benefit products over the course of the last few years, and although this isn't my favourite cosmetic brand, it definitely offers a great variety of products and I have usually always been pleased with the range.
The It Stick by Benefit is a cream coloured concealer in the form of a thick silver pencil with a black lid. It's rather unusual to find a concealer in pencil form as most are packaged in a tube or pot. The fact that it is a pencil makes it that much easier to carry around and makes application quick and convenient.
Very simple to use, I either apply the concealer to a finger tip or directly onto the face where needed. Either works very well. The concealer is quite creamy despite being solid in form and blends well into the skin. It's the coverage that is really great about this product. I find it works extremely well to cover dark circles and any blemishes and blends well into foundation. The colour is quite light, which is great for me as I have very pale skin and use a foundation that is similar in colour.
Sadly, this product has now been discontinued by Benefit but is still available online. It can be purchased on Ebay and online cosmetic sites.
Overall, this is one of the better concealers I have used, and believe me I have tried a few. The coverage is great and application is very easy. The only real problem I have with this product is the need for a pencil sharpener. I find this wastes a lot of the product which is something that really irks me, especially with more expensive brands such as this. Having said that, if you can get your hands on an It Stick, you won't be disappointed.
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I am a huge fan of benefit. It's an addiction and I am rarely disappointed. One product I had never invested in though, was the Benefit It Stick. Like many others I got it free in Glamour Magazine in June so thought I'd give it a whirl.
The packaging is up to benefits usual standard. It looks pricey, is silver and black and rather unusually for a concealer it is in the form of a thick eyeliner. So far so good.
The product is where it falls down. Over the years I have used many different concealers, mainly because I suffer from dark under eye circles, so I have lots to compare to. This concealer is very pale, which is an issue for me. If it was a couple of shades darker it would be fine, though someone with paler skin wouldn't see this as a problem. Where this product really falls down is the consistency and coverage in my opinion. It is very creamy and I personally don't like this in a concealer. It doesn't blend very well and the finish is slightly streaky and cakey looking. It also doesn't last the day and isn't very good at covering under eye circles.
This product would be handy, though, for small problems area such as slight red patches around the nose or chin.
Overall I don't like this product and wouldn't buy it. There are much better concealers out there. If you are going to go for a Benefit concealer it has to be Boi-ing every time!
I have never bought a benefit item before and only got this one by luck that it was free in a magazine that I buy. The retail for this item is £12, which I personally find is a little expensive for a concealer.
It is a cream coloured concealer in a stick / eyeliner style. The first thing I noticed about this item when first applying it is how soft and creamy it is, how you would expect a khol eyeliner to feel. It did feel a little thick in consistency at the same time, though I do think this is mainly due to the creaminess of the cover up stick.
It was smooth and easy to apply, so it didn't feel harsh from rubbing and it neither felt greasy or sticky. The colour itself matched my skin tone beautifully and blended perfectly with my foundation and did not look at all obvious that I was wearing any form of corrector.
It hides and cover imperfections and spots rather than exaggerating them and as it is soft it does not make the skin feel dried out. Although it does not moistruise the skin, it does make the skin look smoother and more hydrated. In particular it works well on red spots, opposed to those that are slightly dried out as it does really well to cover the red colour and make it blend better with the rest of the skin. It blends in well with any foundation you have already applied, if you just rub it gently into this, then it is very hard to tell that you are even wearing it. This also means that you don't need to change the shade of your foundation due to this if bought in the correct colour.
It also works well for dark circles, when just blended around the eye area it makes you look more awake and your eyes look more radiant. It has a lovely light, even coverage once applied and despite the fact that it is very light on the skin, it does cover dark circles very well and the eye area even looks a little less puffy. I think that this actually works better as an under eye/ under brow highlighter opposed to that as a concealer as it has a slight radiant-ness to it which can reflect the light and I think this suits the under eye area slightly more.
It stays in place all day and does not become greasy or shiny like some concealers can so, but instead remains matte in colour, enabling it to carry on hiding any blemishes. I did not find any need to reapply the product, as sometimes I can find that concealers can become slightly orange or are not as blended as well as the day goes on, however this concealer remained almost exactly the samed to how I had applied it. Despite it being able so stay in place all day, it is still really easy to remove at the end of the day and wipes off really easily due to its creamy texture, which is great for the undereye are as you would not want anything too harsh there.
You only need a little bit each time, which makes me presume that the stick will last for a long time, which makes the price seem a lot more reasonable, so that I may even buy this item at full price! The onlu down side to this product is that I think it may now be discontinued as I cannot seem to find it anywhere, nonetheless I still really love this product and if it is still available I would definitley recommend it!
When I bought a Glamour magazine recently, it came with a free gift of a full size Benefit It Stick Concealer. I am a big fan of Benefit products, and was pleased to get this as a free gift. I usually use Benefit Boiing Concealer but thought I would give this a go as it is always good to try something new.
The It Stick is a chunky pencil, some what like an eyeliner and is silver with a black lid. There is also a black part on the base of the stick itself. There is the word IT and the word Benefit printed on the stick in black lettering.
The It stick is really simple to use, you just use the pencil to apply the concealer where you need it, and then blend it in with your finger or with a concealer brush. The pencil glides onto the skin smoothly and easily, and you only need to use a tiny amount, so it lasts for ages. I am quite pale, and the color provided with the magazine is perfect for my skin, but I am unsure if this comes in many other shades.
I found the coverage to be perfect, and I could easily hide any spots, red patches are dark circles, it was almost like airbrushing my face! I also found that it lasted for ages and yet was still easy to remove with a make up wipe at the end of the day. I have had some concealers that would dry up and crack on my face, but this never happened with the IT stick.
I would happily use this again, but I do still prefer to use boing, as I just find it gives an even more exceptional coverage than the IT stick. You can buy the IT stick in most larger branches of Boots and is available at all Benefit counters and Boutiqes. If you wish to buy it online, you can buy it from the Benefit website, www.boots.com and Amazon. It can be quite expensive so I suggest looking around to find the best price for it.
All in all, this is a great concealer, and I do recommend it to everyone, as I can find no fault with it what so ever.
I am a big fan of Benefit cosmetics but I have to say this is one of their poorer efforts. I got it free with last months Glamour and I'M pleased that I didn't pay good money for it!
I have struggled with bad skin for the best part of ten years and so have tried every concealer known to man! I assumed that this would be good as all the other Benefit products I own are amazing!
The colour of it is very pale. This was fine for me as I have pale skin, but could be a problem.
My biggest problem with it is that it doesn't blend in well. I find it leaves my skin looking dry and you can always see where I have used it. I also have to reapply it several times a day when using it on spots.
The whole point of concealer is that is conceals things! And I'm afraid although it does this to start with it wears off very quickly.
Don't waste your money on this, there are much better concealers out there!
Please read my review on MAC studio finish concealer which, in my opinion, is the best concealer ever!!
This is a review on the Benefit It Stick that I received as a free gift in Glamour magazine. The product came in a black and silver cardboard box which when opened contained the product inside.
The It stick is a concealer and comes in the form of a big cosmetic pencil. The product is a wooden pencil and it has a black painted base which the rest of the pencil being covered in silver paint with the product name and information written on it in black. The pencil also comes with a black plastic lid, which is useful for protecting the pencil in your make up bag.
The concealer itself it quite thick and creamy in texture and is the solid nib of the pencil. The pencil is solid and not soft, but it is easy to get the concealer from it. When using the concealer I have been working the nib gently over my finger in order to transfer the product so that I can apply it to blemishes on my skin using my fingers. Once it is only my fingers I apply it to the area I want it to be on and use a mixture of lightly rubbing/patting it on my skin to make sure the area is covered. The concealer is quite thick, but does not feel cakey, and it covers my blemishes quite well. I have also used this to cover patches of redness and it does this well, dulling down the colour. I have also used this concealer on the dark circles under my eye, when I apply the concealer here I have used the side of the pencil nib to lightly draw it across the area, and then pat it on using my ring finger. This does cover the dark circles well and makes them much paler, but it is really obvious that there is concealer here, so I would not apply the product alone here, I would only do this if I were going to put foundation or a tinted moisturiser over the top of it. Because my dark circles are quite bad, I sometimes top up the concealer on top of my foundation.
This concealer is more of a traditional concealer in that it is a solid creamy formula and not a liquid concealer, I think that this makes the product easy to use and allows you to build up the coverage. The concealer is quite pale, which is good for me because I have very pale skin, but I'm not sure how well it would be suited to someone with a darker complexion. I like this concealer and would seriously think about actually purchasing it.
Benefit are a big-name manufacturer of affordable high-end cosmetics. They have a range of innovative make-up products designed to highlight and accentuate different aspects of your facial structure. It Stick is a concealing pencil and can be used on eyes and fine lines. I had a look on www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk but try as I might, I couldn't find it, and I assume this may be a discontinued item. I got mine as a cover freebie in this month's Glamour magazine for only £2, and the information inside the magazine gives a RRP of £17.
Benefit say: "This is the instant concealing pencil that disguises lines, blemishes and flaws of any kind for a smoother, younger appearance."
The pencil itself is big and chunky and comes in a cardboard tube box with a paper leaflet inside that guides you on how to use the product. The concealer is a pale neutral beige tone and has a very soft creamy texture. It spreads easily and can be blended using your fingertips, the texture really makes it easy to blend as it's so soft and glides over your skin.
Recommended directions for use: Draw whisker-like strokes in laugh lines, crow's feet and creases and blend in with finger.
I have a couple of small smile lines forming underneath my eyes and applied by drawing a rough line over the top of them. I noticed that the concealer does not stand out very much against my pale skin tone. It looked quite natural before I had even started blending, but gave a good even coverage and matched my skin tone well even though I am very fair.
I used this after applying my favourite Benefit Boi-ing concealer to cover my under-eye dark circles, and they worked well together to make me look wide awake and gave a flawless look. It lasts well and gives a good finish, although it is easy to rub it off if you are a bit too vigorous in your blending. I didn't notice a huge difference in the disappearance of my lines, although it did mask them a little. This is only a cover-up product, it does not actually reduce or stop fine lines and wrinkles.
I also tried using it to cover my spots and it worked really well to cover the area and mask the red blotches. It tended to rub away easily though and needed to be reapplied several times throughout the day.
Inside Glamour magazine they also offered the following advice: "Disguise lines, blemishes and dark circles with this ecru-coloured concealer. Smooth under inner corners, on the lids and on outer corners for an instant lift."
I did have a little trouble applying it under the inner corners of my eyes as the pencil was too thick and chunky to achieve a neat application to the lower eye area. It coated my eyelashes and was tricky to rub it off without completely removing the concealer from the intended area as well.
I think it gives your eyes a good pick-me-up but is not heavy duty enough on other blemishes or spot-prone skin. I would never pay £17 for it but at £2 it was a good bargain.
I am completely clueless when it comes to cosmetics, the only thing I know a lot about is nail polish. So sometimes I treat myself to expensive items and other times I love a bargain, I found this free with glamour magazine and I know it's a fairly expensive brand so thought for the £2.00 magazine cost it was a good investment.
I think this product retails for about £15.00 depending on where you get it from.
The free sample is a full sized sample, which is another bonus, and it is about 10cm long and as wide as a crayon. Perfect handbag size for a night out.
The stick itself is quite simple looking with a silver body and a black lid, that seems very secure so it wont fall off and cause you to draw all over the inside of your handbag.
When I first looked at this I didn't think it would be be very good as it seemed quite a hard solid product and I didn't fancy having to press really hard on my skin to apply it, but it was the complete opposite, you can just lightly glide over blemishes and dark circles and it blends in really easily with your finger.
I have no idea about the shades and things, but the one I got free seems to suit my skin tone really well. it hides blemishes easily and makes my dark eye circles seem a lot lighter.
The only downside I have found to this is if you get a bit eager and use too much or are to heavy handed it can look a bit cakey and can be a bit hard to blend in, but as long as you are delicate and apply sparingly you should be fine.
I think this will last me absolutely ages. It doesn't take a lot to cover up bits and bobs on your face that make you feel self conscious, so for the £2.00 magazine price it was well worth it. It might still be available as a free gift so I would highly recommend buying it even just to try the product out.
A great concealer. I would even pay full price for it again.
I was delighted to see Benefit's It stick offered as a freebie with Glamour magazine which only cost me 2 pounds. I love benefit cosmetics but don't love the pricetag that much - normally the It stick would have cost 17 pounds. I felt very pleased with my bargain.
Having now tried it out I'm not sure that it's quite worth it's full price but it's a great concealor none the less.
The concealor comes in a big fat pencil form. Very unusual but I really liked how easy it was to use. It almost felt like I was colouring in my spots! I loved the consistency. I thought that it looked like it could be quite dry and difficult to blend but actually it glided on and didn't take much blending. It also stayed on a long time and never went that greasy way that can be a problem with some creamy concealor sticks.
The colour was perfect for my very pale skin and the coverage of my spots was great. I think I have fairly average skin; not too spotty but usually with a few blemishes here or there and it covered these perfectly. As far as being a blemish concealor, the It stick has to be one of the best I've tried.
Now for the bad side. I didn't feel that it worked too well as an undereye concealor or for concealing fine lines around the eyes. This was particulary strange, as the little information booklet that came with it stated that this is it's main purpose! I have plenty of fine lines around my eyes, or 'laughter lines', and I felt it did nothing for these. The only thing it succeeded in doing was giving me big white coloured rings round my eyes. It certainly made my mascara stand out but perhaps not in a good way. Perhaps I was over zealous in the application.
One other downside is that as far as I know the stick only comes in one shade. The shade is fine for my fair skin but I'm pretty sure it would be too light for other skintones.
Overall, an amazing blemish concealor but not so great for hiding those crow's feet.
Well I got this the other day free with Glamour magazine (the July 2010 issue - go get it girls, or get it for your girl and I promise she will love you!) which only costs £2. It is a full size Benefit concealer stick which is normally worth about £14.
It is basically a big, think, crayon sort of thing which makes it easy to fit in a make up bag, and really easy to apply. I have currently used mine to cover up blemishes, under eyeshadow as a primer, I used it to tone down my sun burn and cover up my dark circles - basically I went camping this weekend and couldn't take loads with me - I took this and it was a life saver!
The concealer is really soft and it is a pale skin tone sort of colour which suits me fine as it is sort of the colour you can see in the picture on here. As it is so soft it is easy to blend and rub over patchy areas of colour - aka sun burn! And the crayon means you dont have to apply it with dirty fingers or anything and it makes it especially easy to apply to dark circles and to eyelids as a primer. I found that sweeping it over my eyelids did make some quite heavy eye shadow stay on a little better than normal which I think is good.
You get 2.4g in the pencil which doesn't sound like a lot, especially at £14 but I think this will go a long way.
The only thing I think is that Idon't really know how I am going to sharpen it, and if I am going to use it as a spot cover-up, I want to be able to clean it so I don't spread anything from the spots around my face. Ideally I would do this by sharpening so I will hav to look out for a wide sharpener!
I heard from a friend that the It stick has been discontinued by Benefit but I am not sure. I have also read quite a few reviews which dont agree with me on it being good but I guess different people have different opinions and experiences with things! I think it is pretty good (especially for £2 with a mag) annd so far I think it has been easy to use and will quickly become a make up bag staple!
Benefit has become increasingly popular over the past few years; it has 2000 counters in more than 30 countries and has a great reputation due to its high quality products with snazzy packaging.
Benefit it sticks is a coloured concealer, which looks almost like an eyeliner. I personally think the coverage is quite limited. Although the concealer did hide my discoloured patches, it didn't cover my friend's blemishes very well. My friend has quite bad skin and she was rather disappointed in the coverage the concealer gave for the price. On the other hand, the concealer didn't make my skin dry or cause any skin problems like some concealers I have used which have left my skin with dry patches.
The concealer lasts a long time and does not just 'disappear' through the day like some make-up products do after a few hours.
The benefit it stick is a silver pencil; it looks fairly appealing because it stands out in comparison to most concealers which tend to come in a boring tube.
I paid £17 for the 2.2g pencil, this is about the same I paid for my estee lauder concealer which gives a lot better coverage and is easier to apply.
I do like the fact this is a pencil though because it can't cause a mess like my over concealers that come in an almost lip-gloss like tube which can cause a bit of a mess if I drop the wand onto my clothing.
The benefit it stick is supposed to be an instant concealing pencil that disguises lines, blemishes and flaws for a smoother, younger appearance. The claims are partially correct as it does disguise blemishes but it doesn't cover them enough for some people. I think Benefit need to work on this product in improving the way this covers skin flaws because currently the coverage is far too limited.
Another problem with this product is the fact it only comes in one colour, this means this product isn't going to work well with people who have darker skin because it would be too light for them. It comes in an average creamy colour which works well with pale/medium skin so this wouldn't be good for darker skin tones.
I would recommend the Benefit It stick to people with pale skin. It is especially good for people who haven't got problem skin and just need to cover the odd flaw on skins surface. If you have bad skin I would recommend trying out another concealer like "Estee Lauder Double Wear" since this one has an incredible coverage so covering up trouble skin would not be a problem at all.
Benefit cosmetics are just about my favourite brand, and I do seem to own rather a lot of their items. They really capture the imagination with their brightly coloured products and their kitsch packaging. Aimed mainly at the young end of the market they are hugely popular with models and actresses alike, as they are with us normal folk too. Sold here and in the USA their products are cheerful in appearance and great fun to use. -
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Benefit it stick is a cream coloured concealer in stick form. It started life at about 5 inches long and I have had it a while now and after much use it hasn't really reduced in size that much. 'It Stick' is a chubby pencil, about three times the size of a kohl pencil. It is outwardly silver in appearance, with It Stick written in black across the middle. It is finished off with a black plastic base and lid. The tip of the make up pencil is wide and it has a thick cream substance forming the point. The purpose of the It Stick is to conceal blemishes and marks upon the skin. The It Stick is odourless and I have received no irritations to it in all the time that I have been using it, and my skin is very sensitive.
Benefit It Stick is a product from their 'Forever Young' range. The stick claims to 'cease the crease and reclaim your youth'. It can be used to erase crows feet, creases and lines that make you look tired. This ecru coloured pencil will help to give a youthful appearance when stroked across fine lines. Benefit say to draw the lines on your face like cats whiskers then blend in gently with your fingertips. I tend to use the pencil as a concealer and a pretty heavy duty one it is too, it will conceal just about anything. I must give the cats whiskers a whirl at some point. I think because the cream is quite thick inside the pencil it would probably aid as a skin line filler.
As I've said before Benefit cosmetics are not cheap. But they do last, and last. So the £12.00 I paid for this little conceal stick is not a bad price, considering it will last a long time. The pencil is fat and you need a special sharpener for this purpose. Benefit make a sharpener especially for their chubby pencils at a small cost of £3.50 and I picked one up when I purchased the It Stick.
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Hailing from San Francisco. CA. USA. This Company supports beauty against cruelty, and nice to know that no animal substance is used in the production of their products. Benefit is also the fastest growing luxury cosmetic brand in the US. Benefit is available from Debenhams, larger Boots and Selfridges. I love their products and I recommend them 100%. -
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Diminishes deep creases, blemishes and frown lines within strokes /