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I like to try new make up products and I'm a bit of a sucker for the sales people at make up counters. That's how I ended up buying Benefit's Luster Duster in Snow Bunny. The product is a shimmering loose powder and can be used on eyes or face.
I bought this at a Benefit counter so had the benefit of the sales person showing me how to apply it. He used it as the base in a smoky eyes look so using it all over the eyelid applied with a shadow brush. He then applied darker colours on just some of the eyelid and this gives a nice, layered look.
The product is sold in a 1.8g pot and when you remove the lid some of the product is below a second plastic lid with holes in so only a bit comes out at a time. This is needed as the product is a very fine and loose powder and can go everywhere if you're not careful.
The shimmer in the powder is definitely noticeable but not so much you feel like you have glitter on, which is good. I find the best way to apply is to take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and use it on the product left on the lid. There's usually plenty there for both eyes - if you put the brush directly into the pot you get a bit too much.
For nights out I now often use this product as a highlight so just underneath the arch of my brows or at the top of the cheekbone. This means the light hits these areas nicely. I also sometimes use it just under the brow at work if I'm a bit tired as I feel I look a little more perked up!
The product costs £13.50 which I think is a little on the expensive side. It also comes in a range of ten colours but I do think the white is the most versatile as you can use it in a variety of ways.
The lust dust eyeshadows now come with a set of three- all needed to create the optimum 'Benefit girl' effect, i.e. to use makeup as a subtle tool to transform your face!
I was walking past a counter and the SA offered a free trial, and persuaded me to buy the set in the end! The set comes with a cream, pink and brown colour. They're all very fine with slight shimmers. First she swept the cream colour all over my lid, then the pink in the corners and the brown in my crease.
The whole effect creates a sophisticated eye- it looks very fresh and creates a wide-eyed, awake effect. It also almost shows you take pride in your appearance, in the way that your eye area is not at all discoloured or red- it's perfectly dewy and slightly shimmery. The shimmer is not overpowering though- this is suitable for work.
I was sold by the product but found application quite tricky. First you need a suitable brush which picks up the product, as the dusts are very fine. There's quite a lot of fall from the dust onto your cheeks as the dust is very light- bad new if you drop a dust as it will go everywhere!
But on those days when you have an extra five minutes to do your makeup, it's lovely to do this technique with the trio as they last all day (even longer with a primer) and really pull together your makeup, creating a professional finish. They are quite girly and youthful, but suitable for the office.
Could this look be achieved with other similar coloured shadows though? Probably yes.
Benefit Lust duster eye shadow 1.8g / All skin types.