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This Benefit foundation is incredible, I own it in Vol 2 and my sister owns it in Vol 3 and it is the best foundation I have ever owned. Personally I apply it with a foundation brush but it can be applied using your fingers or a sponge. It is easy to apply, good for money value and you do not need to apply lots to have full coverage and feel confident in what you are wearing. There is a down side to this amazing non-fiction foundation and this is that it is not sold anymore over a Benefit counter! They have stopped selling any sort of liquid foundation officially and therefore if you want to buy the non-fiction liquid foundation it has to be bought online. I purchase mine from Ebay or an australian website, which is being refurbished at present. I think I have fallen in love with this Benefit liquid foundation and it breaks my heart that they do not sell it anymore!
As my skin can be quite oily sometimes im always on the lookout for a foundation to magically make my skin as flawless and unshiny as can be. So when i tried this out on the Benefit make up counter i was really excited as it seemed to do the trick. Unfortunately it wasnt to last. I bought this for about £22 and at that price i was expecting the results to last if not for the whole day, then a least a good few hours. It a really thick foundation and it did a great job of covering a few blemishes i had at the time, but after about an hour of the sales girl first applying it i felt like my face felt a bit greasy! After checking my make up in the mirror i noticed my face was really shiny and the foundation had went a bit patchy. I was really dissapointed because the sales girl had assured me that this foundation was for people that had oily/combinaton skin and that is why it was so thick. I gave it a few more tries and i found that apart from being a bit too greasy, it gave a really good coverage and my face looked really flawless and i got a few compliments from friends asking what i was using. It was really heavy though and i did apply it all the time to stop it going patchy. The packaging isnt really practical either, its a glass bottle and its hard to be able to finish the bottle as the opening is too small to be able to get a foundation brush into, so there is a lot of waste (a bit of a rip off considering the price). To top it all off the lid isnt very secure as it leaked all over my make up bag a few days after getting it.
I am a big fan of benefit non fiction liquid foundation. I am now on my third bottle of this foundation and absolutely love it. With this foundation you can either put a little bit on to go to the shops or for a night out you can put more on and it still will not looked caked on. The foundation blends flawlessly and when you have got it on, it does not even look like your wearing foundation. I sometimes get dark circles under my eyes and with this foundation, I only need a small amount of concealer and I feel quite happy to go out feeling confident. My sister borrowed this foundation one night and she also liked it so much that I bought her a bottle for Christmas. Also, for a small bottle of foundation (25 ml) you do not need much and it therefore lasts for ages, one bottle lasts me for six months. Even though the foundation can be expensive, it is definately worth the money.
I have to admit that I'm really not a fan of Benefit Foundation. This is partially because I have sensitive skin and found my skin didn't react well to the product at all. I found the coverage to be uneven and the colour didn't really match my skin tone. I'm a fair complexion and thought that as I love other Benefit products then this would also work for me. Is t me or did anyone else find it to be quite heavy and a little orange? This must be what 1980s makeup as like (sorry Benefit) but it felt quite cheap and I was disappointed as I felt it was a waste of money. When purchasing the product at House of Fraser I found the sale assistant very helpful, as all Benefit Cosmetics consultants are but obviously the product didn't live up to the expectation. I wouldn't buy this product again but I may be in the minority due to my fair complexion and sensitive skin type.
As you can probably guess from my previous reviews (and the countless times I've said this), I'm very big on beauty products. Whether it's moisturiser to toothpaste to make-up, you name it, I'll try it. In this case, I'll be talking about Benefits Non Fiction Liquid Foundation. I bought this after it being recommended to me by my friend Cheryl (who just happens to work at the Benefit counter in Debenhams). She told me that it gives the 'no make-up effect', which is something that I've always looked for in a foundation. I'm definitely not one of those girls who slaps on orange foundation, then they apply it incorrectly and end up looking like a tango cake. No thank you. Anyways, this foundation (as previously mentioned) is meant to give the 'no makeup effect', an does this by being quite sheer. It covers blemishes and adds a good colour to the skin, but doesn't make you look like a cake. The foundation comes in a medium sized, clouded glass bottle, with a purple screw lid which is made out of some sort of metal. No cheap plastic here! Any writing on the bottle is printed in black. The box that it comes in (I no longer have the box), but you can see from the picture that the box is white, with black font and pinky - purple accents. The box is only slightly bigger than the bottle and opens like a book at the front with all the information inside of the 'front page', you still have to open the box normally to get the product out though. The foundation comes in 6 different shades and you get 25ml of foundation in the bottle. The shades are as follows - Volume 1/Light Beige - this is the lightest out of all of the shades of foundation. I use this one when I don't have a tan. Volume 3/Cool Beige - this is slightly darker than the previous shade and has a sort of pinky undertone. Volume 4/Warm Sand - again, this is slightly darker than the previous. Volume 5/Warm Tan - this is quite a bit darker than the other shades, and I use this one when I have a tan. Volume 9/Deep Amber - this is the second darkest of all of the shades, it looks like it has some kind of pinky red undertones to me. Volume 10/Cocoa Brown - this is the darkest of them all, and although it would be far too dark for me, it is still quite pale if you have extremely dark skin. I first bought this foundation in November 2008, it's now February 24th 2009 and I still have a quarter of the bottle left. I use the foundation everyday and definitely don't skimp on how much I use to try to make it last longer, it just seems to never go away. Not that I'm complaining or anything, for the price it's amazing. You can buy this foundation for £19.50 from any Benefit stockist (check Debenhams, John Lewis or Boots), or of course, the Benefit website, which I'll post at the end of this review. I don't advise you to buy foundation online unless you've used it before and know which shade you need. Now down to the important part, what is the foundation actually like? When you unscrew the lid, and look into the bottle, the foundation looks pretty thick, which is a bit of a turn off, but as you apply it (I use a brush), you realize that it is rather sheer. It gives me just the right coverage and colour but if it's not enough for you, you can build it up. It gives me quite an oily feel straight after application, so I usually dust some translucent powder on top (after bronzer etc) or buff it down with a kabuki brush. There we have it, perfect foundation. If you're like me and want the natural, radiant glow, then this is perfect for you. If you need something a bit thicker, with more coverage, then maybe you should try Benefit Play Sticks. www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk Thanks for reading!
Benefit's Non Fiction liquid foundation retails at £19.50 and can be found online at benefitcosmetics.co.uk; at larger Boots stores or boots.com and most department stores. This liquid foundation comes in 7 shades that range from very fair to very dark and is meant to be a "no make up" effect foundation, that will add colour to the skin, cover up blemishes, whilst still allowing the skin to look natural and more radiant. The whole concept if this foundation is to give your skin the most natural look possible by being quite sheer but I guess you can build the coverage if you so wish. Whilst the colours are nice and will blend in with most skin tones, I find that it's slightly too pink/ orange for my olive skin but it's not that noticeable. I guess you'll have to get your foundation to be custom made if you want an absolute perfect skin colour match. So it feels quite light and not too sticky or oily on, which is good because I hate the feeling of "stuff" on my face. It does give a sheer coverage but that's all I need so I also like that. I might add though that for people who prefer a very opaque application, this might not be the foundation you're looking for as it still shows your skin through the make up. I can still see all my freckles through my make up (I sometimes like to cover them up, depending what look I'm going for) so if you're looking to cover up freckles or anything like that, this is not what you should use. All in all a good sheer foundation but a bit pricey in my opinion, though the bottle has lasted me ages now so I haven't had to repurchase just yet.
Non fiction foundation comes in 10 different shades to suit the majority of different skin tones. My own shade is volume 3 - quite fair but not to light. I went and tried on a few different shades before I bought one, I would recommend you do this too rather than just buy it off the internet. This is a liquid foundation and it is very light and easy to apply either with your finger tips or a stippling foundation brush - not a flat one it won't work also don't use a sponge applicator or it will look awful. It really does give a flawless finish especially if used with a good liquid foundation primer like smashbox. A little goes a long way if you apply it with brush in circular motions. If in the summer I have a tan I get some volume 3 and volume 4 and blend them together on the back of my hand to make it a bit darker. Also I sometimes if I am in a hurry and don't want to put a full face on I add some to my moisturiser (this is a good trick because this foundation gives no sun protection at all) - it gives a great effect and good coverage with out having to worry about blending the edges.
For quite a while now I have resisted getting involved with Benefit products. To me it seems like Lush, it has a cult following! I mean my first bath bomb from Lush years ago turned me into an avid follower, like a lamb to slaughter. However, I made a fatal mistake way back with Benefit. I ended up buying and falling in love Benefit 'Jewels' liquid eyeshadow that I found in T.J Hughes for a pound since finding out it is about £13.00 per eyeshadow normally! I then came across a Benefit powder eyeshadow for £2.00 and that confirmed how great the brand is. So I'm constantly now on the look out for Benefit products (on the cheap) and this happened with this product. I actually needed to start thinking about purchasing a new foundation as my Max Factor 'Colour Adapt' foundation was about to run out. I hate this job cos getting a decent match on colour for me is so hard as I have such pale skin so I kept putting it off! However I came across this, in the colour I required reduced from about £22.00 to £5.00! Yes I grabbed it in Boot's and ran to the cash out with it chuffed to bits, protecting it's little box as I went making sure no one snatched it from my hands! What a find! It wasn't one I ever thought of buying cos of the price tag to be perfectly honest so I was so excited about it, I even text my girly friends to brag lol! The Packaging: It comes in a white cardboard box with a splash of lilac adorning it which opens at the top (exactly as shown on the review photograph). The box itself is designed like a little book. The back part is where the bottle is stored and there's a front cover which opens, er like a book lol So on the front of the box I'm told it's 'Non fiction, a true story liquid foundation' (fond de teint liquide hitoraire vraie) and then in darker black writing I'm told it is by Benefit and thats it's 25ml in size. Then turning the 'page', on the back of the cover I'm told 'the Library of Benefit' on a silver background then the next 'page' is white and has a black and white photograph of the Ford Twins, the makers of this product and I'm told 'From the authors.... We Created this liquid foundation to give your skin a smooth, natural finish....letting the real you show through. Enjoy, have fun and know that you're not hiding the truth.... you're only improving on it'. On the back of the 'book I'm told 'This feather - light foundation blends flawlesly.... let the real you show through', then I'm told directions for use, a list of ingredients and contact details for Benefit. Then finally on the side of the 'book' like on the spine I'm told which volume this is, mine is 1 and this indicates my the colour and again I'm told it's 'non fiction' and a true story liquid foundation and at the bottom I'm told once again its Benefit. The Bottle: See through glass with a shimmery lilac twist on and off cap. On the front it has black writing on it telling me what it is and who it is by, on the back tells me how to use it and on the bottom who it is by (as if we don't know by now eh!). Overall the packaging is rather quaint and unusual as are most Benefit products are! Directions For Use: Shake gently and apply with fingertips. Using It: This really is a miracle in a bottle, sadly. I say sadly cos of the usual cost of it but I have come to realise lately you really do get what you pay for in life. I have said before how amazing I think a product is and I have told people to buy it, this however is in a different league when it comes to foundation I felt like crying when I looked at my reflection in the mirror, it took years off me, no messing! Firstly let me tell you about application. The product pours out of the top. It's quite a big hole but it doesn't come gushing out, you have to let it trickle. Now Benefit advise to use this with fingers and they do know they're stuff the Ford Sisters! If you try use a brush or a sponge the product gets drunk in and absorbed and your wasting a hell of a lot of product this way. With fingers it's easier for sure. Now a word of warning (or two). Make sure you use a moisturiser before application. This really isn't easy to blend without doing that. I can work it in but it's hard work and also this isn't great used in conjunction with a foundation base either. It's none oily and struggles to spread over the face. Another thing is you need alot of foundation. I mean alot as well. Personally I'm used to using a few dabs but my skin drinks it and as I have said it isn't easy to blend! Also do make sure you really are getting an exact colour match. I mean I can get away with a colour slightly wrong on me if I don't use much and use a little pressed/loose powder over the top to 'set' it. I don't go out of my way to get a wrong colour of course but how many of us girlie's have bought a shade out before by accident eh? Well cos of the quantity needed this really does show up mistakes. As I said you do use alot of product and if you use moisturiser it's fine and don't be put off once you get the hang of this it's really great! The consistency is fairly thick for a foundation but it goes on kind of sheer which I realise is a contradiction in terms after going on about it's struggle to blend all over face but once it warms on skin it does go in and on well. It feels lovely and smooth and very silky to the touch. It has no foul smell and doesn't feel heavy and mask like on the face but really does give a flawless finish. I have, blackheads, whiteheads, broken capillaries and blocked engorged pores and don't get me on the subject of lines and wrinkles which are invading me with vengeance at 33! This really does cover the lot up with out me looking 'fake'. I can add eyeshadow and pressed/loose powder over the top and I get no creasing or clogged up looks on the face. Once the foundation is blended on to face you can easily continue with the rest of your make up application. Because this is none oily, face isn't shiny and make up doesn't slide off or evaporate and it certainly doesn't transfer on to hands or clothes. It simply stays put! This is a product that is so heavy duty its unreal. It means business! It stays on till you choose to remove it and has no special requirements other than your usual make up removal routine. Overall: Well I have written many reviews and mentioned how awful my skin is. Well it isn't now! Whilst wearing it I feel fabulous and confident. No more oily t zone and and the problems I have mentioned earlier are fended off. This is reliable and very wearable indeed. We should all be wearing a decent moisturiser on our skin before applying foundation anyway and this will remind you to do so. On an economical front, ok it's terrible, I won't lie to you. After 3 applications I'm down to half a bottle but hey the results are great once on. I have also noticed that I'm not getting half as many spots as I did so it not having a lot of oil in it is serving me well and of course I'm moisturising well before applying this and my skin is literally glowing and I've got no dry patches of skin at all! After years of using foundation I haven't found better than this and that is the truth. This is quality at it's finest just the price tag is a little high in my view but foundation is important and we should probably spending a little more on it anyway! Highly recommended for any woman but to my mind it would be best suited for someone with real problem skin and particularly ladies with greasy skin (like mine). Dry skin would definitely suffer at the hands of this one! I've only seen this on sale In Boot's at about £22.00 but worth looking on line for this one! I think they're are about 5 colours in this range but don't quote me on that and you really must try before you buy this one. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Medium coverage and silky texture /