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The benefit pan stick is a really versatile foundation and can save you a fortune having to buy summer and winter makeup like I use to have to do. During summer I only need a very light coverage and by using a foundation brush on the stick it gives a light coverage. In the winter I prefer alot more coverage as the bad weather affects my skin quickly badly. I draw it on my face in the winter and use the foundation brush to spread it out. Even when I have it on a little thicker than I would in the nicer weather it still feels very light to wear but gives me an excellent coverage. It also does run, so if you get caught in the rain don't worry! There is also tea tree through the stick which helps fight spots too!
It is very portable and the perfect size to fit in your hand bag for a night for all the little touch ups!!
The only draw back for me is that it doesn't last me very long during the winter when i'm using it a bit heavier.
I went to go get a make over done at the benefit counter in house of Fraser because I felt like a full change in my make up as what I was using just wasn't doing it for me any more, along with a primer, concealer and powder the lady used one of their play stick shade 'spin the bottle' This foundation was specificly chosen for me by the lady because of my skin condition, she claimed this would help cover up and perhaps soothe it as well while I'm still sorting it out. My make up wasn't working out for me any more and I just fancied a change, benefit is brilliant and cheaper however I found I needed to buy everything for it to all look good and in the long run it was more expensive.
Benefit claim that this isn't just for a foundation, but it can be used as concealer and even powder as well. This has a combination of green tea and chamomile to help soothe your skin, with it's velvety softness you can apply this any crazy way you like. The play stick comes in lots of shades, I have the lightest one which is 'spin the bottle' When buying this product is comes in a box with instructions,I haven't read them because I can remember everything the lady told me to do, but the instructions will be useful to a lot of people, because it tells you exactly where to put this, the best techniques and more.
Taking this out of the box this feels like it's in a metal tube but it's probably a plastic material, this is half lid half product, you just twist the tube and the foundation will come out like a stick. At first glance this looks really soft and creamy and touching it, it is soft and creamy. The foundation is as long as the tube and so I was told this can last anything up to a year even if applied everyday. There are several ways you can use this, one is just as a concealer, I find that when I do this, my face looks patchy and orangey because you can't blend this in with your natural skin tone,however if you was going to do this then probably apply this to your eyes and cheeks or any other problem areas and then proceed to putting on powder. Or how it is supposed to be used, as a foundation.
Before applying this foundation make sure your face is clean and moisturised. Then I suggest for you to use a primer and a concealer if needed before the application of your play stick. Once you've done this you should have a smooth base ready, this means that your foundation should go on better than normal and first time as well. it's up to you what you use to apply this but I find a foundation brush is best suited, however make sure you've washed it first because you don't want to be running old make up all over your face and especially if it's a different foundation. Taking my play stick I drew a line on my forehead from one eyebrow the the other, a dab on my nose, a small line under both my eyes a line on each cheek and a little on my chin. This is very easy to apply it is really like drawing, if you want to you can do this in any crazy style but I prefer to just hurry up and get it on.
Take your foundation brush and begin to spread the foundation around your area's I was surprised at how easy this was to spread around. I find that the amount I stated earlier is more than enough for me, but if you don't quite cover your full face and some of your neck just run your brush over the foundation and apply that way to the left over area's.
When I have all this on I sometimes take my concealer and do little touch up's here and there before I apply my powder but I've found this foundation will stay without powder as well, If I haven't applied powder this stays a little sticky on my face so it means I can't really touch it but applying a powder layer to the top makes your skin silky smooth.
Wearing this it feels very lightweight and doesn't feel like it's clogging up my pores or skin because you don't need to use a lot of this to get good natural looking skin, this helps hide the problem I have with my skin but it does not in the slightest help cover up the dark marks under my eyes which is very annoying because in my mind I think I look horrid, so I have to apply a stupid amount of concealer to this area. However the rest of my skin is one shade and looks natural and it isn't too far off my actual skin tone so I don't look orange. I found that this lasted around 4hours before it started to fade, at this point I decided to put primer over the top because it's easier to carry around and my face looked almost as good as new again.
I'm not sure if the combination of green tea and camomile actually help with the coverage because other foundations I've used are just as good at covering without these ingredients, and as for soothing it doesn't really make a difference either when wiping this off my skin is just as red as it was before I applied this so it doesn't help soothe or calm anything down.
Overall this is a good foundation and one I've used for a while now, I will probably change back to my old one because this is £24.50 and does last over a year but I feel it isn't working for me as well as my other one did. It does make my skin look radiant except for my eyes and the application is easy but I feel it could of been easier. Wiping this off is fine, but because you have to use so many other products with it sometimes it can be a little stubborn to get off, often find I have to wash it off because some make up wipes don't do the job.
A few years ago my mum went to town to the house of Fraser to find a new foundation, she came home with this little gem! I asked her if I could try it out, after this I just fell in love! The shade she bought was paper dolls and it suited by skin tone perfectly (fair) ( I'm pretty sure my mum didn't get it back after she let me use it I just wouldn't let it go!) this foundation stick gives you such good coverage that you don't need to use concealer or powder, it goes one beautifully, I just put the shape of a 3 on each cheek, a line across my forehead and a dot on my nose, then I just blend out to cover my whole face and voila! Gorgeous! It covers all my little blemishes and scars and also dark circles under my eyes which I have been blessed with (thanks mum!) I can apply this playstick foundation in the morning before work and it will stay put all day! Playstick makes your skin look flawless and really healthy as it contains chamomile which soothes your skin and it also smells gorgeous! The playstick lasts quite a while as well depending on how much you apply, you only really need a little for everyday use but maybe a little more if you are going on a night out and will probably sweat etc. I just love this playstick along with my mac studio fix foundation they are both fantastic. The playstick is small enough so you can take it out with you as well incase you need a little touch up throughout the night. I use my benefit playstick along with posie tint, it just finishes off the look perfectly! I recommend this foundation to anyone who loves full coverage and easy quick application!
On my last visit to Benefit, I decided to treat myself to some new foundation so I asked the sales girl about Benefits latest offering and she showed me plays sticks which is a cream foundation in as the name suggests -a stick. Initially I was sceptical, I have used foundation sticks before and found them to be to heavy.
Benefits play sticks costs £25.50 for an 8.5g stick and comes in a grey twist stick. The packaging is quite understated by Benefits standards. It is a simple grey cylinder . This cream to powder foundation contains green tea, chamomile and gingko biloba and claims to promote a healthy complexion and give a natural looking complexion. Being fair skinned the sales assistant recommended I use the lightest shade available.
I apply my foundation using a brush, primarily for hygiene reasons but also because it enables me to get the best coverage from my foundation. I was pleasantly surprised that this foundation feels extremely lightweight on the skin and I found the shade suits my skin perfectly. The foundation has a matte finish and is silky to touch. What I really liked about this foundation is not only do I find it gives great coverage, but it illuminates my skin. I have found with previous foundations despite giving coverage, my complexion can be left looking dull. I would say I get around 5 hours of complete coverage from this foundation. I can at times have quite oily skin so this is good by my standards.
I am aware of the mixed reviews regarding this foundation and am not naïve to believe this will work for everyone. I am aware that this product is also promoted as a concealer, my advice would be not to buy this product for this use, there are much cheaper options available. If you are going to purchase this product then getting the shade right is vital, but the same can be said for any foundation purchase. Getting the shade wrong can be costly.
My only criticism is the price. I do believe this is a great product but am slightly unconvinced of its price tag. Many of us are tightening our belts and trying to make savings where we can. I think I will find it difficult to justify repeatedly buying this foundation and I'm confident that if I take time and effort I could find a product of the same standard but at a lower price.
I was first introduced to this at a benefit makeup counter back in december, and I have not changed foundation since! I have lots of acne marks on my face and i am always searching for complete coverage all over my face without it being too cakey and heavy. So when i found this foundation i fell in love with it as it is like a concealer stick with a foundation added in! It is easy to blend into the skin and you don't need to use much so it lasts for a long time. Also since i have been using this foundation i have noticed that my skin has become more clear and i haven't had so many break outs as there is a combination of green tea and chamomile in the product which soothes your skin while having complete overall coverage! This product is simple to fit into your handbag to take out with you for any cover ups needed! Best product that i've bought!
I'm pretty fussy about foundation. I spent a long time trying out various products, until I stumbled across a Benefit Play Stick. I first discovered it when a lovely lady at a Benefit counter offered to let me try the product - something I totally reccomend, as they find the best shade for your skintone.
The Product -
- Cream-to-powder style formula.
- Comes in a handy, handbag-friendly and stylish tube, which you twist up to get more product
- Retails around £25 - but a good foundation is one of my key products so I'm willing to splash out!
- Available in 8 different shades (I use Spin the Bottle, the second palest!)
Really easy to apply, you can use a sponge or your fingers. I prefer using my fingers, as it warms up the foundation and makes it blend onto the skin better. Dot around the face then spread with your chosen tool! You don't need to use much, and can make the application as light/heavy as you wish.
Firstly, the coverage is flawless, and the closest I've found to 'airbrushed' skin so far. I found the product to be long-lasting, after a busy day at Uni I still had practically flawless looking skin. The consistency is lovely - I still felt that my skin could 'breathe', and my face didn't feel caked at all and it does wonders for my skin - when using cheap foundation, my skin is prone to spots, but after a while using my Play Stick, it cleared up a treat. It also smells really fresh! You also don't need to use much in an application, so the tube lasts and lasts.
Benefit cosmetics are a really unique brand who sell a wide range of products in all sorta of shades and colours. Although their prices are rather on the expensive side, they are a brand that I consider to be a prestige one such as Estee Lauder and Dior.
This product comes in a compact little tube and is pretty much a stick, hence the name Play 'Stick'! From the outside the product looks really neat and attractive which is what drew me to it in the first place.
As far as the quality of this product is concerned, it really is top quality! The coverage is excellent and similar to Double Wear by Estee Lauder which was a firm favourite of mine until I came across this product. As they retail at the same price of £25, varying from place to place, you may wonder why I prefer this? Firstly, this can be applied as a foundation for the whole face or just as a concealer for spots or blemishes and because it is such good coverage it can work for either. Secondly, although it is a matte foundation, it applies like a liquid and gives the finishing look of a power, saving you the time and money of buying a powder!
If you have dry skin this may not be for you as it can be quite drying on the skin anyway because it isn't totally liquid based.
Overall I am really passionate about this product. It gives great coverage without looking 'plastic' and over the top.
I was given Benefit Play Stick Concealer and Foundation as a Christmas gift by my parents. I am something of a cosmetics addict and I had seen this whilst shopping at Lakeside with my mum in November. I thought it was thick enough to cover a scar I have on the right side of my jaw line, something which most concealers fail miserably at doing so asked to assistant if I could try it. She obliged and the product did exactly what I wanted. Unfortunately, it was just prior to payday so I didn't buy it there and then and must have forgot about the item only to find it wrapped up on Christmas morning.
Our velvety smooth crayon sticks are marvelously fun, easy and encourage you to apply just as much concealer, foundation and powder as you need... its all there in one. The combination of green tea and chamomile soothes your skin while covering. Benefits Play Sticks make covering up child's play.
*About the Product*
A cream to powder foundation stick that helps promote a healthy complexion while giving natural-looking coverage. Scribble in any fun shape and blend for a satin-matte finish. With a variety of silky-smooth shades to choose from, there's a play stick to flatter every skin tone!
I use this product differently depending on my mood and the effect that I want it to have. Usually, I will just use it as a concealer on blemishes, spots and scars however if I am going out somewhere special and want a foundation that will give me good coverage, I turn to Benefit Play Stick Concealer and Foundation every time. To apply either method, you need to twist the cylinder so that the stick is accessible.
As a concealer: To use this as a concealer, I find the most effective way using the stick directly to my skin or the blemishes, spots or under my eyes and simply blending it with a brush.
As a foundation: To use this as a foundation I find it easier to build up the coverage rather than apply too much initially. The first time I used Benefit Playstick Concealer and Foundation on my own was a bit of a disaster as I made this mistake. I used it as a foundation and had plastered way too much of it on. I quickly adjusted to how little of the product you needed for it to be effective and find the best way to apply it as a foundation by usually my fingers to blend and using a foundation brush.
*Price and Availability*
Benefit Play Stick Concealer and Foundation can be bought from a variety of different department stores including Debenhams, John Lewis and House of Fraser. You can also find Benefit counters in the larger Boots stores. It is also available to buy online from www.boots.com if you prefer to buy via the internet.
The price of this product is £24.50. This price is very expensive, especially compared to the price of other foundations and concealers that I have used previously, however it is also one of the best that I have used. Is it worth the money? I think that is something that everyone individually will decide. For me, yes... it is worth the high cost. Half of the price of the dooyoo cheque that is due through my post box any day now. Money well earnt and spent I think.
The packaging: Benefit Playstick Concealer and Foundation comes in a silver cylinder metal tube which is why I was surprised when the assistant told me it was a foundation in addition to a concealer. The packaging splits in the middle and the top half is the lid and the bottom contains the block of concealer/foundation which twists up and down.
The packaging is simple and easy to use. You simply pull off the lid, twist up the concealer/foundation and apply as you wish. And as for its appearance, it is one of the plainer Benefit products which is quite disappointing as I like their quirkiness but it is practical and does the job. What I do love about this packaging is that it is perfect for travel as it can sit nicely in a makeup bag due to its compact, small size.
Colour, feel and consistency: The colour of this product is pretty much the same colour that it looks in the block as it does when applied. The colour of this concealer/foundation is reasonably natural when you blend it in as it adjusts well to your skin tone but you can tell that you are wearing makeup.
As for the consistency, I find that this product has a thick texture which gives you complete coverage. The texture of the product is velvety and soft when applying it to your face. I had read prior to buying this product some people claim that the product was 'chalky' but I have never found this to be the case for me so perhaps this product is different for everyone.
Range of colours: Benefit Play Stick Concealer and Foundation is available in 6 different colours suitable for those with pale skin to those with darker skin. It is extremely important with this product that you get the colour that is suited to your skin because if you don't the effects could be quite disastrous... I mean, you could look awful! So take your time when by the product to test out the colours and select the one that is right for you. Otherwise you might regret it.
Staying power: Benefit Play Stick Concealer and Foundation has an average staying power. I find that when I apply it in the morning, it usually lasts for about 4-5 hours without any signs of fading but after this time it grows fainter.
Longevity of the product: Benefit Play Stick Concealer and Foundation has lasted me just under a year so far and I have about a quarter of the product remaining so it has lasted me a fairly long time. This is having used the product on a daily basis, predominantly as a concealer although occasionally on nights out as a foundation.
It is thick as a foundation over the whole of my face which is why I use No. 7 Intelligent Colour Foundation and then a small amount of this product over the top on certain areas of my face which I find the first foundation hasn't covered as well as I'd have liked.
Are these velvety smooth crayon sticks that are marvelously fun, easy and encourage you to apply just as much concealer, foundation and powder as you need? Velvety smooth crayon sticks? Check. They are gorgeously smooth and make my skin appear even and blemish free. Are they fun and easy? Yes and no. I'm not so sure that they are fun but they are definitely easy to use. And do they encourage you to use as much as you need? I would say so, yes. The stick allows you to apply it bit by bit, applying more if required.
Does this combination of green tea and chamomile sooth your skin while covering? This product certainly doesn't cause my skin to have spots but I'm not entirely sure that it is as good for my skin as it claims and I don't think that it soothes my skin.
*Would I Recommend This Product?*
Benefit Play Stick Concealer and Foundation is a fantastic product to have although at a very expensive cost. If you are looking for a foundation that is thick and concealer almost everything then this could well be the product that you have been searching for although I would not recommend that you use this product like this on a regular basis because 1) it will run out rather quickly and 2) if you suffer from spots and don't remove your makeup every evening you'll make your skin 10 times worse than when you started.
I would not recommend this product to anyone who likes to where minimal make-up. It is very thick but gives excellent coverage.
Benefit Play Stick Concealer and Foundation is a product that I rate very highly. I really have grown to love and depend on this product and really cannot praise it enough. In fact I would go so far as to say that it is easily the best concealer that I have used to date with perfect the exception of Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat. As a foundation, I am not so keen as it is perhaps a bit too much but good for nights out but a little bit over the top for every day at work. My one recommendation is that you true it out in store before you buy as it is a lot of money to spend on a product that you perhaps may not like or buy the wrong colour for your skin.
Benefit - a highly respected makeup brand all over the world, so i'm sure it is no suprise when i say that the play stick is one of the best foundations i have tried.
The Benefit Play stick comes in a number of different colours for each type of skin tone. The product has fantastic coverage for any little blemishes, freckles or rosey cheeks all us woman have problems with. It is easy to apply and amazing for sensitive skin which i have problems with. The play stick actually helped my skin, as it has added tea tree oil. Brilliant!
Okay, so you are probably thinking surely there must be some bad points to this product? You're correct. My problems with this product was the price, at £25.00 it is not the cheapest foundation in the market, especially for a student like me. Another downside i found with this product is that it doesn't sink into the skin as much as i would have liked.
Overall, I would highly recommend this product as the good points overweigh the bad points. This foundation will keep you looking flawless all day long without having a worry.
I am a huge fan of benefits products and, although this foundation is quite expensive, i decided to give it a go. At £25 it is very expensive, but it is a three in one product as it acts as a concealer, foundation, and powder. The shade i use is Jax, but it has a range of five shades to suit all skin tones. At only 8.5 grams it is quite small, and to be honest it only really lasts for a month. It may last longer for other people as i wear it quite thick, everyday and often re-apply a few times in the day. Since i tried it, i havent used any other foundation but it is proving very expensive at £25 a month just for my skin. The packaging is handy as its small, although it doesnt come with a mirror which is a down side. The consistency is quite smooth and it glides on with a velvety feel. The effect is very matte, and its easy to blend. It is quite dry though, so it might not be ideal for people with already skin. As this foundation contains green tea and chamomile, it soothes sensitive skin as is very good for people like me, who tend to have a reddish colour to my face. It also smells divine! It makes a fantastic base for other makeup as well, helping eyeshadow and blushers stay put all day.
For many years I have been a fan of Clinque of foundations. However recently I've found they haven't been giving me enough coverage. As a fan of Benefit and its trendy playful products I decided to browse through the Benefit website. I took a complete change by ordering the 'Spin the Bottle' shade and it came in the post a few days later. Well I've been using this product for the last year and find it fabulous. It has a good thick coverage (as its a foundation and concealer in one). Its easy to apply. I just sweep it across my face where needed and blend using my fingers - no need for using messy and often unhygenic sponges. Each stick lasts me at least 3 months and is easy to throw into my handbag. The only down side is that unlike a compact it doesn't come with a mirror but I can live with this. I would definitely recommend.
While applying my daily dose of make-up this morning, I realized that I was running extremely low on my trusty Benefit Non Fiction Foundation, which upset me deeply. Thankfully, I was heading to my local Boots anyway, so I could pick up a new one.
"Sorry sweetheart, we've discontinued it". My heart sunk. That's when they offered me the Benefit Playstick. I was told it was like Non Fiction except in solid form. Hw wrong they were...
Benefit say, "Concealer, foundation and powder all in one? our velvety smooth crayon sticks are marvelously fun, easy and encourage you to apply just as much or as little as you need. The combination of green tea and chamomile soothes your skin while cover. It makes covering up child's play!"
The foundation comes in a cylindrical tube which is split horizontally across the middle for easy access to the product. It's a metallic blue colour and all of the writing is printed in white. On the front I'm told the product name, brand and weight. On the back I'm given a brief description, directions and ingredients. Inside the cardboard tube you are given the foundation stick and leaflet which reads "its fun to be flawless with this ultra-light foundation stick! containing green tea, chamomile and ginkgo biloba, playsticks help promote a healthy complexion with giving natural looking coverage", in many different languages.
The tube of foundation itself is a metallic lilac/blue/grey colour and it simply has 'benefit' printed down the side. When you open it up, you can see the product inside which looks nice and creamy.
I followed the directions and applied it directly to my face then blended with my foundation brush. It was easy to apply but this is where the good bit stops.
Ultra light? Pffffft.
It was heavy and cakey. Not something I find attractive thank you very much.
The apparent natural coverage wasn't there either. I have never met anyone who naturally looks like orange chalk.
As for the colour, it looked perfect in the store (damn those fluorescent lights), but as soon as I walked into natural light, it was hello orange! I'm no skin expert either, but I'm not stupid, I know that skin has to breathe, so wearing this crap on your face everyday probably won't "help promote a healthy complexion" either.
It doesn't stop here though. I kept it on for a few hours to see if I could get used to it, thankfully I didn't because it didn't even stay put! After an hour I noticed it was getting patchy, after 3 it was almost completely gone! It's not like I'm a sweaty person either, or someone who rubs their face alot, so this was another major put off.
Next thing. The price. £25.
That's right, £25 for 8.5g of orange, cakey crap. Not the best way to spend £25 in my opinion. That's half of a Dooyoo cheque!
- nice box
- easy to apply
- staying power
As you can probably tell, I won't be repurchasing this. Maybe it'll work for someone who needs alot more coverage, or someone who is the same colour as David Dickinson, but definitely not for me.
On the other hand, a friend of mine uses this foundation and loves it, so you really will have to try it before you buy it. Just don't buy it without checking the colour in natural light first.
Thanks for reading!
I bought this on the recommendation of a friend and was pleased I did. I don't use it as a foundation stick but as a concealer instead.
I can't really see this working as a foundation per se as it does tend to be quite dry. It gives good coverage as a concealer an masks even the most stubborn spots and nasty red blotches. Don't use under the eyes as its too heavy and make sure you blend well with fingers. A light brush of powder over the top gives a good finish and sets it for the day.
Take care not to put too much in the same area and start using little by little and then build up. No one wants nicely set foundation and a clump of dryness in one area!
Good value for money as it lasts a long time and is easy to apply. Make sure you match your skin tone as close as possible to avoid excessive blending and frustration!
Playsticks is a combined concealer and foundation from Benefit available in 8 shades. Their palest shade, Jax, is the one I use, and the colours range from here to quite dark so they generally cater for everybody.
This foundation comes in stick form with a twisting base. The idea behind the name and product is that it's supposed to be fun and easy to use. To use it as a foundation, you can either apply with a brush or sweep the stick directly on the face and then blend. I tend to use a brush, but it's easy to use either way and due to its creamy texture, it goes on really well and sinks nicely into the skin, leaving no 'chalky' effect. To use as a concealer, I tend to just use my foundation brush holding the bristles taught and dab where I need it. It covers well and obviously using this as a foundation on top, it blends very well together.
This foundation gives quite a dewy finish and medium to full coverage. It's easy to build up depending on the coverage you want, and you can use as little or as much as you like. The only problem I've had whilst using this foundation is that it doesn't stay as long as I'd like. I'd say around 5-6 hours, but I think this is more to do with my skin than anything else.
Benefit Playsticks also claims to be good for skin, containing camomile to soothe skin and tea tree oil to prevent spots. I can't say whether or not it's had a positive effect on my skin, but there've definitely been no outbreaks because of it.
I recommend this to anyone who wants a light foundation with good coverage, and to anyone wanting something easy and non-messy to use. I'd also recommend this product to anyone with pale skin struggling to find a good colour match - Jax is one of the lightest I've been able to find.
It costs around £25 but it's supposed to last a good while. I bought mine at a discount on eBay.
I have very pale skin that is prone to spots and wanted a product that I could use as a concealer but that didn't make my face look as if it had orange blotches all over it. A friend of mine recommended Benefit as a brand and so I took a look.
The product is actually a foundation in stick form - a bit like a lipstick - so very easy to apply and carry around with you. However, I use it more like a concealer and only apply it where I have blemishes. What I really like about it though is that it contains witch hazel and therefore also acts to treat the blemish at the same time. It's a creamy product so easy to blend into your skin and more importantly lasts all day.
It is expensive (about £25) but Boots and Debenhams, both of which have Benefit counters often have deals. However, the product lasts a long while and is the best concealer/foundation that I've bought so the price is worth it.
As it's not a powder, there are no worries that it'll crack in your bag. Having said that, as it's not in the usual foundation compact design, there is no mirror but I can live without that.
Benefit Play Sticks Creme To Powder Foundation 8.5g / Helps to promote a healthy complexion while giving natural-looking coverage / With a variety of silky smooth shades to choose from / there's a playstick to flatter every skintone / All skin types / Medium Coverage / Natural Finish.