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I'm a huge Benefit make-up fan. It's expensive on my budget so I buy a few good bits from Benefit every so often and try to make them stretch. I bought this product for my wedding so that my make-up would stay on my face and not smudge or come off with general 'wear and tear.'
I bought it as part of an offer, so don't know the price, but probably within the £10-20 mark, and wasn't entirely convinced it would really work so well but because it was a Benefit product I felt it was worth a shot. I didn't realise it was shellac; a secretion from the female lac bug, thus not making it suitable for vegans. I know the name is a bit of a giveaway but this was in the pre-shellac fad of the make-up and nail industry days. I obviously wouldn't buy it again on this basis and I haven't seen a suitable substitute for vegans so you're out of luck if this is you.
That aside it held up really well. I found it worked best on eyebrows (with pencil or brow powder) and eyelashes. The product comes in a little blue bag with a drawstring on it and four brushes for different applications. I only ever used the two brushes intended for eyes and lips - I found it felt really weird on my lips so didn't have it on often. I don't think I'd buy it again, even if it was suitable for vegans, as I still have more than half a bottle left and that's not like me with Benefit products!
Although it was very useful for my wedding day and sealing my make-up I didn't really find I had any other occasion that called for wearing this so it went to waste because it wasn't something I consider a make-up essential. It also didn't work as a mascara re-placer because the product is designed to seal mascara and doesn't work as mascara does, also because I only ever used it on my eyebrows and eyelashes (on the rare occasion I wore mascara), I wouldn't have it as a make-up must have or make-up staple. I'm glad I used it and buying it for my wedding day alone was probably worth the spend (I'm shallow ;) ) but again it's not something I'd buy or have in my make-up bag unless I was a heavy make-up user or in need of mascara every day. I loved the packaging and the theme of the packaging - a mystical lady looking into a crystal ball - as like all other Benefit products it tells a story and has a quirky side to it that I like. The bottle of the product looks pretty on a shelf but it would be an expensive accident to drop it so probably best suited for the make-up bag ;).
This benefit product comes in a small blue bottle looks a little bit like a magic potion, that maybe because that's what it actually is! it definitely works like one.
I got this as part of my wedding make up on the recommendation of one of the consultants to help keep everything in place. I remember thinking that it was quite expensive for a product I couldn't quite believe would actually give the promised effects it just seemed too good to be true. it comes with set of brushes to make various applications easier the liner and lash brushes are the most useful, a tip here is to always make sure you thoroughly clean the brushes after each use or they will harden even if only a little is still on, however there is nothing to stop you using your own brushes. It all comes in a little bag so you carry it around with you if you want to.
Naturally as soon as I got it I couldn't wait to have a play with it. The first thing I noticed was the smell it's not particularly pleasant but not unbearable. It does feel a little sticky and uncomfortable when your first apply it but once its dried it's barely noticeable however if you apply too much it will make your skin feel tight and dry. It is also not visible once applied. The greatest challenge with this product is getting the application right so I would advise a trial run with it.
On the big day i used it for my eyelashes and lips and was pleased to not have one photograph with mascara tacks down my cheeks or smudged lips, which is really a benefit when you get to the kiss the bride bit you don't want the groom wearing more of your lipstick that you!! It really does keep everything in place and is an invaluable make up tool.
I love to wear thick black eyeliner and lashings of mascara, but I have moist skin around my eyes and often find it smudges. A couple of years ago I noticed this little blue bottle at a Benefit counter, and wondered if it could be the answer to my panda-eye problem. I'm glad to say it worked a treat and I have used it ever since.
The little bottle of She-Laq arrives in a small blue drawstring pouch along with four different sized applicator brushes (including a mascara style wand). As expected with the Benefit range, the packaging is striking, original and intriguing. The little blue bottle and fortune-teller design does give an impression that this is a mystical potion.
I use the project primarily on the eyes, particularly covering eyeliner on the upper and lower lids. The different sized brushes help greatly with application - I use the smallest brush on the lower lid to help prevent getting the liquid in my eye.
The liquid slightly hardens the make-up that it is applied to. I have found that it also seems to matt the make up it is applied to, but doesn't have too much of an effect on the appearance.
She-Laq gives excellent staying power to my eyeliner and mascara. I don't get any smudges when I use it. I've used this numerous times when performing with my band on a hot stage. I would normally expect my make up to run and smudge, but using She-Laq stops this from happening.
This product stops my make-up from slipping off, but is quite easy to remove, although I'd recommend using a waterproof make-up remover. The make up seems to wipe off in clean chunks.
This is one of my all-time favourite beauty products and an essential item in my make-up kit. There are a couple of downsides though.
If applying this on the eyes, be careful - if it gets in the eye it really stings (and I doubt it can be very good for you!).
If you don't use it for sometime, the lid can get glued to the bottle. I've really struggled to open it in the past, and had the whole family trying to get the lid off.
Also, the instructions recommend that you wash the brush every time after placing it on your eye and putting it back into the liquid, otherwise it will taint the product. If you're impatient like me, this gets a bit annoying!
The smell is also quite solvent-like (reminds me of lip-cote) so this might put people off.
She-Laq is also a little pricey - it cost me nearly 20 GBP when purchased in-store.
Overall, I love this product and I think the downsides are totally outweighed by the benefits. The product is original, effective, well designed, trendy, and good quality. Even though the price is a little high, I think it is good value for money, particularly as I've found no alternatives on the market.
I have just started to use this product in preparation for my summer wedding, knowing that I would need as much waterproofing as possible! I started off practicing using it at work, knowing how much I accidentally smudge my make-up on a normal day.
The product comes in a small blue bottle within a larger cardboard box which contains all of the kit. The lid of the SheLaq liquid has its own brush, a similar kind of set up to a nail varnish brush in that it is in contact with the product. However I am not sure why this is necessary because the set comes with a variety of brushes. There is a mascara type brush, which I use for eyelash makeup, a very thin brush which comes in useful for eyeliner and a thicker one which could be used for lips but which I use for eyelid make-up as well as a medium one for lips. This all is presented in a small material bag which I imagine is meant to keep it all in.
Basically I sweep it over any make-up that I have put on in order after having let it settle down for a couple of minutes. It goes on feeling a bit cold and its probably best to let it dry, which it does quickly, before touching the area. There is no scent, but it can feel a little tight as it is drying under the eye, but this is not particularly prevalent or unpleasant.
To be completely honest I was not expecting it to work as well as it did, mainly because I know of no other product quite like it (apart from lipcote which is solely for lips), and thought that if it did work there would be some cheap imitations out there. In essence I put it on my eyeshadow, "browzinged" eyebrows, eyeliner and non-waterproof mascara and was amazed when I came back from work that it was all still there. It worked particularly well on my eyebrows. Normally, even when I use a primer on my powder there is some movement, but there was definite definition.
However, it is not so strong that it means that you need anything more than your normal eye makeup remover at the end of the day.
One thing you must take heed of is that you MUST wash the brushes after use, otherwise they get hard. This is easily remedied by washing in some warm water and some sensitive anti-bacterial liquid soap. Getting into the habit of doing this after each use means that they should be suitably dried and usable by the next time you need them.
When this lot runs out I will definitely be buying it again - very impressed
She-laq is yet another little gem from the wonderful genius of Benefit. Deemed a "magical makeup sealer" it really is magic and I love love love it.
'She laq' comes in a 15ml glass bottle with a brush attached to the lid sort of like a nail polish. However, it also comes with a really cute little blue organza bag with 4 tiny makeup applicator brushes, one of which is a really handy mascara wand. This means you don't need to use the brush that's attached to the bottle so you don't contaminate the rest of the liquid with a dirty brush and makeup residue.
So how does it work? Well 'She laq' is pretty much the same consistency as water, and you simply paint it over your makeup using the brushes that come with it. When it dries it seals your makeup in. Make sure you wash the brushes before it dries or it's kind of like trying to wash out glue.
Does it work? Well yes, mostly. I use 'She-laq' purely for setting my mascara and eyeliner in place and it does the job. Without it I have a permanent smudge of black under my eyes (I guess my eyes must water alot). But with 'She laq' no more nasty panda eyes. However... I haven't found this to be 100% perfect - go for a swim in the sea and you can still kiss goodbye to your perfectly applied mascara. However it takes alot more water to make your makeup budge if you have She laq on, and when exposed to water it tends to smudge rather than run, which is alot less unsightly. However, it does seem to withstand crying so is perfect for sealing your makeup for a wedding or other emotional occasions.
I also tried painting 'She laq' over eyeshadow, which with perserverance works well, it holds it in place all day... BUT when you paint it on it tends to wash off half the eyeshadow, so it takes like three applications of eyeshadow-she laq-eyeshadow-she laq-eyeshadow-she laq etc to get an even cover. Great eventually, but not ideal if you are in a rush!
One final tiny issue is that if you get this product in your eyes it huuuuuuurts, which isn't ideal considering I only use it for painting over my eyeliner and mascara. Nonetheless I love 'she laq' - it means you don't have to worry about buying a bunch of waterproof/smudgeproof mascaras etc, which never turn out to be waterproof anyway. It's also great for sealing lip colour, FAR better than lipcote which I always finds peels right off as if it were PVA glue and makes you look like you have a fairly serious skin condition.
'She laq' is a great all round makeup sealer. At £18.50 it's not cheap, but cheaper than buying all waterproof makeup products and great as it can be used all over. I feel there is room for improvement in the formula, but it's the best product of its kind that I have found and for me it's just great. Definitely worth buying and the bottle lasts a good few months!
Maybe I've been using this product wrong, but I didn't find that it made my make up 100% water or smudge proof and it felt quite uncomfortable.
I fist bought this product years ago (2003 I believe). This was before I discovered some of the better water proof mascaras, eyeliners or eye shadow primers to prevent you looking like a panda at the end of the day.
So I rushed over to my benefit counter and bought this without trying it out first. I don't know, sometimes I'm reluctant to try stuff out first as I just HATE feeling pressured in to either buying something I wouldn't normally want due to the pushy sales people just keeping on at me. So I just bought this thinking it would be an awesome product, based on reviews I've read and the info in the benefit catalogue. Oh dear, was I wrong! It felt heavy and dry on the lips when I tried it on, hoping it would make my lipstick smudge and budge proof. It didn't exactly do that for me and I had to remove it after 5 minutes as the dryness and pulling sensation were just too uncomfortable. It didn't do too good on my eyes either, same dry pulling feeling and my mascara still wasn't fully water proof. I should have just bought a good quality mascara and eye liner but I was so into buying budget make up at the time that I thought I could fix them all with this stuff.
Now everyone knows that one of the down sides to Benefit is the price. Yes it is pricey like all the other products bought to you by Benefit but this one might truely be worth it.
Me being a typical girl always trust make up manufactures and the media when they tell me a mascara is waterproof or if a lip stick last 12 hours. And i always end up feeling a fool as yet again they take my money and the product im left with doesnt do the job.
Well this time it really is different. I was desperately looking for something to keep my make up in place for my latest ball. Normally i am left with panda eyes and no lipstick within a couple of hours of arriving. (Ok maybe thats an exaggeration but i certainly start to look alot worse for wear than when i left the house. Even minus alcohol) However i believe i have just found a true gem.
This stuff really does work!! i was extremeley reluctant to splurge the £12 on this stuff especially with the really small bottle. But i am so glad i did. Thank goodness it was near my birthday!
The bottle which looks a bit like a nail varnish bottle and sadky is about the same siz.Has a small brush within in it (also like a nail varnish) However it comes with a range of various other brushes which means it can easily be used where ever the make up is applied.
I used the mascara brush on top of a non waterproof mascara and the small brush on my eyeliner and eye shadow. Safe to say this all stayed in place. Which is a good job too. Because after getting my make up to standard, i braved the liquid which turned out to be really runny and sticky. I honestly thougt it was going to stick my eyes together(Smudged make up suddenly didnt seem like such an ordeal!) However after the seconds (which felt like hours) that it took to dry, my eyes were back to there normal self. After this i didnt hold much faith in the product and had come to believe my search for perfect make up was out the window forever.
Much to my suprise it wasnt!
Infact the make up was still intact the next morning without even a smudge! It truely was amazing. I honestly couldnt believe it, infact my make p was so good from the nigt before it looked freshly applied. I was so impressed this is now a regular thing in my make up box. However i only use it as a luxury - not something that could afford to be used everyday but on a good night out i wouldnt leave the house without it on.
If you can afford it i would definetly recommend it. You no longer need to buy new makeup when going out to try and make sure it stays in place just purchase this!
It really is magic in a bottle
Beats reapplying make up in toilets anyway!
Here I am with another Benefit review. If you've read many of my reviews before, then you'll probably have noticed that I love many benefit products, such as BadGal lash mascara and Boi-ing the concealer. However, no matter how great Benefit's products are, my mascara has a tendency to end up smudged below my eyes by the end of the day, making me look as though I have huge bags under my eyes that even industrial strength concealer can't do anything about. I've had this problem with most mascaras that I use, so it's nothing to do with the Badgal, and I'm always careful not to touch my eyes so that I don't rub anything down my face. Apart from going to the bathroom every hour or so to remove the mascara from under my eyes and reapplying, there was nothing I could do to avoid this.
Until, of course, I discovered She Laq. I actually received this as a present for christmas, as my mam knew I wanted it, and she often gets me makeup for christmas. She Laq is a small bottle of clear liquid, which when applied over your makeup, stops it from moving or smudging. It comes with 4 small brushes as you can see in the picture above: one is a mascara brush so you can apply the She Laq to your lashes, and the other three are normal brushes of varying sizes, to be used on eyeshadow, liner, lipstick et cetera.
I use She Laq by spreading the liquid over the mascara brush, using the little nail-varnish like applicator brush that is fastened to the inside of the lid, and then applying it to be eyelashes as I would normal mascara (after my mascara is on, of course). It's simple and takes very little time, although you are meant to clean the brushes after every use. I normally just clean it properly about once a week, and just flick off the remaining liquid on the brush, as it's only me that uses it and I'm not going to catch any germs from myself very easily.
So does it work? I'm glad to say, yes it does. My mascara stays on my lashes all day, and I don't end up with anything smudged under my eyes. I've also found that it makes me lashes seem a bit longer and bigger, because using the brush spreads them out a bit. It's a bonus that I wasn't expecting, and one that I like. I can't really comment on how this product works with the other brushes for other makeup, as I don't need to use it for that, but I've heard from other people that it does work.
She Laq comes in a small black box, with a picture of a fortune teller looking into a crystal ball, which has a picture of the bottle in it. I like the packaging, as it looks typically benefit and is attractive. It also has a description of the product, and of course the Benefit logo.
As this is from Benefit, you probably already know that this won't be cheap, and at £18.50 you'd be right. However, I've been using this on and off this christmas, and there's still loads left, and I reckon it will probably last me til next Christmas. I don't think that £18.50 is bad for something that will last you a whole year, especially if without it your makeup ends up everywhere, and you have to keep using remover and reapplying, which costs money in makeup and remover. Of course if you don't want to spend £18.50 on it, you will be able to get it for less than £15 fairly easily on ebay, as long as you're willing to wait around for a bargain. Otherwise, this can be bought at Benefit stalls in Boots, House of Fraser and many other department stores, as well as online from benefitcosmetics.co.uk
I hope that this review has been as useful to you as this product has been to me, and if you enjoy it, that you come back and read some more of my Benefit reviews in the future.
This is fantastic my life would never be the same it. This is great for going on holiday as if you are in the pool are going out for the night this once you have applied She Laq on you eye shadow, mascara or your liners you make up will stay put no matter how many tissue you use which is what every girl needs on holiday as in the heat you could be reapplying you make up all night.
She Laq is a clear liquid and is a makeup sealer and for 15ml costs around £18.50.
She Laq comes in a mesh bag and with a set of mini brushes from a mascara brush to various other size brushes, so that you can apply it easily the pot of She Laq has a brush in the top as well.
Brush it over any of the makeup that you would like a waterproof barrier across then allow it to dry for a few minutes before touching it for best results.
This is not cheap but a little She Laq goes a long way I have had mine for 3 years and it's still half full.
It works well, does exactly what is says on the label and I would recommend this for anyone's make up bag.
I decided to purchase Benefit She Laq when i was a week from leaving for Mexico, and i originally wanted to purchase all waterproof make-up for the trip. Turns out i would have spent a fortune on an entire waterproof set of make-up and i was intrigued by a little blue bottle that caught my eye. Benefit She Laq was a clear liquid that promised to turn any make-up into waterproof make-up easily. It said it could be used over eyeshadow, liner, lipstick,and mascara, i was too curious, i just had to get it. It did cost $30 US but if it replaced most other waterproof cosmetics,. then it would be worth it.
When i got home i opened up the little kit and inside was a small blue glass bottle with a twist off lid that was equipped with an applicator brush that looked like a nail polish applicator attached to the lid. It also came with a little sachel of tools to apply the product to the various parts of the face. It came with a brush for mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow and lipstick. The liquid inside the bottle was clear and was the consistency of water.
I began testing the effectiveness of the product by taking the mascara brush and brushing two coats over the lashes of each eye. The product dried very quickly and it made my eyelashes appear darker, though they felt slightly harder now. I then applied over my eyeshadow and over my lip liner. The application process was so easy, and the product was very fast drying which was nice. There was also no strong smell to the liquid which was a bonus. The brushed needed to be washed with soap and water immediately as they began to harden, as did my lashes, and i washed them and let them dry. I then proceeded to eat a bagel to test the effectiveness of the product on my lips. To my dismay, i ended up with lipliner left in specific areas and not in others.
The product didn't work well on lip liner, but i decided to hop in the shower and hope that the rest of my make-up would remain in tact. I took a shower letting the water wash over my face many times before getting out and drying off. I looked in the mirror and was immediately excited, that my eye make-up was all completely as it had been before my shower. The product was very effective on my eye make-up and none of it had smudged or flaked onto my face.
I decided that this product was definately worth the money, as it saved me from spending a fortune of a dozen waterproof products. I now had one product that could transform most of my make-up into a waterproof version. I did need to buy the covergirl waterproof lipstick for my lips, but the product lasted me through my whole vacation without wasting even 1/4 of the bottle! It also washes off pretty easily with eye make-up remover or soap. I could not be happier with this product, it lasts so long and is the only product you'll ever need for waterproof perfection year round.
One of my pet hates is going out in the rain as it ruins my entire night. Yes I may well be overreacting but you girls will know what I mean your hair goes frizzy, your feet gets wet and worst of all your mascara runs even when its meant to be waterproof! Or so I thought, but thanks to a little invention by the makers of Benefit it need not run anymore!
She-Laq is a clear coloured liquid with quite a strong smell, a mixture of nail varnish remover and eye make up remover. It comes in a little blue glass bottle with a screw on black lid and theres a nail varnish type brush attached to the black lid of the bottle. The bottle comes in a little black cardboard box and also contained in there is a little blue bag with four different brushes in one shaped like a mascara wand, one shaped like an eye shadow application brush and two shaped like lip liner and lip stick brushes.
So what do you do with the product? Well its quite simply, you merely apply it on top of your make up and by that I mean anything to do with your eyes and lips. It can go over eye liner, eye shadow, mascara and lip stick and applies just like you would the actual product except you use one of the small brushes supplied with it. It dries in a couple of seconds and acts as almost a set for your make up which apparently means it will stay on until you then use make up remover. Always remember to wash the brushes in cold water and let them dry after it otherwise youll find they clog up and go rather hard.
7.30pm Applied make up as normal and applied She-Laq over my eye liner, mascara and lip stick.
8.00pm Made it out to the taxi without getting too wet, although thats not including my shoes.
9.00pm First check in the toilet, everything still perfectly in place and no need to reapply.
11.00pm Sight a little worse for wear but everything appears in place, including all vital body parts.
2.00am Stumbled home and managed to locate my face, not a single smudge of mascara at all!
Successful evening! But whats more, next morning I woke up without having removed my make up and its still in place. I had slightly smudged the mascara when rolling over in the night but normally after going out in the rain AND drinking AND sleeping it ends up close to my chin! I use She-Laq most days on my eye make up but as I rarely use lip make up I tend to only use it then on nights out. Since discovering She-Laq Ive never had the problems of smudged mascara or eye liner and I can honestly say its worth every penny. Now it does cost £18.50 for 10ml which is very pricey even more expensive than perfume, but Ive had my bottle since Christmas and Im only just about half way through it so if it lasts me a year on daily usage then Im happy.
Thanks for reading!
I am a massive fan of all Benefit products, so naturally I was intrigued by this one. I have to admit, when I was looking at the product I was a little cynical; I thought it was a lot of money for something that wouldn't work, so I held off buying it for a while.
One Benefit product that I regularly use is the BadGal Eyeliner. I love this eyeliner, however, after a long night out it does start to smudge a bit, especially on the bottom of my eyes. After the care and effort I have gone into in putting my make-up on I hate to see it half way down my face. So, after a couple of nights like this, I decided to take the plunge and buy some She Laq to see if it would solve my problems.
I actually bought this while I was on holiday in New York, from Bloomingdales. In America you can get Benefit products slightly cheaper than you can over here, I can't remeber the exact price I paid, but I know that it was cheaper than the £18.50 that Boots Online charge for it. As with all the Benefit products the packaging cannot be faulted. It comes in a little box (as the majority of Benefit items do), which is black and has a picture of a fortune teller on the front. Benefit are going for a mysterious, mystical, (magical?) turn with the packaging, which does make it look interesting. The writing on the box is in red, so stands out well.
Inside the box there is a little glass bottle. This is dark blue with a black screw on lid, and a black sticker with the same image on it as on the front of the box. You also get a little dark blue draw string bag, which contains 4 brushes. The bag has a kind of shimmer to it, and I think having this is a very nice touch. The 4 brushes are pretty small, with dark blue handles. You get 2 with very small and thin ends, perfect for using over eyeliner, one slightly thicker brush that would work for coating she laq on your brows and lips, and one mascara wand, perfect for eyelashes.
Onto the actual liquid. The pot is pretty small, so seems like a lot of money, however, you don't need to use much each time you apply it, so it does last. The pot actually contains 15ml of liquid. The black lid screws off, and there is a brush attached to it, like on a pot of nail varnish. The stuff does have a smell to it, I can't really place it, but you can smell the chemicals inside it. However, although you can smell this in the pot, when you actually apply the product the smell doesn't stick around so you're not walking around smelling weird.
So, so far so good. The first time I go out I go through the regular routine of coating on the makeup, using my trusty BadGal eyeliner and BadGal mascara. Then, the moment of truth. I open up my She Laq and using the brush that comes inside the lid I coat a layer over the eyeliner I have just applied. I does feel the tiniest bit sticky, but once it doesn't clump my makeup together or glue my eyelids together so it's a good start. It dried pretty quickly and this stickiness disappears. I'm pleased with it so far. As the night goes on I'm regularly popping to the toilets to check on my new She Laq, and surprisingly, it really does seem to work. My eyeliner stays smudge-free, I am actually shocked with how noticeable a difference it has made. As I return home at the end of the night I am singing the praises of my She Laq, the experiment has been a definite success. As I take my makeup off before bed the She Laq comes off easily enough with a cleansing wipe so I'm not left with Panda Eyes in the morning.
I would point out though that I have only used She Laq in conjunction with other Benefit products, so I suppose there is always the chance that used with a different company's eyeliner the success rate wouldn't be quite so high.
Also with the product you get an instruction leaflet. In keeping with the rest of the packaging this is black with red writing. The leaflet describes the product as a 'Magical Makeup Sealer', and says that this product solves the 'age old dilemma of "smudged makeup".' The leaflet also instructs you how to use the product, and recommends that after each use you wash the brushes in warm water and store them in the pouch.
Overall, I am delighted with this product. It does seem a little pricey, but I will definitely be buying it again when my pot runs out. I have had no problems with it, and I would recommend it to everyone, as it is a simple solution to the problem of makeup smudges.
I'm not going out tonight. Sob. Sniff. But if I was, I'd be smothered in BeneFit products, head to toe. You all know that already. One of the most amazing gems in this range is She'Laq. And I haven't told you about it yet. I've been selfishly keeping it all to myself. With good reason... There is nothing to compare this to. This sapphire bottle is the last, and most important stop, on my beautifying routine. The Melee is not good with make up. I don't wear a huge amount, but when I do go to the effort of splashing lots of colour on my eyes, I'd like it to stay there longer than the time it takes me to walk to the bus stop. And usually it doesn't. No matter what brand, whether it's cream or powder shadow, liquid liner or kohl, eye makeup slips and slides, creases and disappears. I would despair about this, moan endlessly to friends, who looked on like bored cattle with their still sparkly peepers. I hunted endlessly for some sort of 'fixer', unsure whether such a thing existed, and tempted to use some of the charcoal fixers I had left in my old school art supplies under my bed at my parents. Such was my desperation. Then began my obsession with BeneFit, and one afternoon lingering around the counter in Barkers I found it. The answer to doll faced cosmetic perfection. In a black cardboard tube, with a gypsy woman on the front nestles 15ml of She'Laq. A small, nail varnish sized bottle with built in brush, in a bright sapphire coloured mesh bag. And along with the little pouch of brushes for application comes this promise: your makeup with never run, smudge, crease or disappear ever again. Can you imagine the look on my face? I'd found it! My elusive dream! I had thrown my £18 at the counter lady and rushed home to try it out quicker than melees are usually known to move. Inside the bottle is a clear liquid, looking infact very much like nail varnish, smelling a bit like it
too. There is a brush attached to the lid, but you are advised not to use this directly onto your face as you will dirty the remaining liquid in the pot. Instead you paint a layer onto one of the little blue handled brushes provided. There is a wide eyeshadow brush, a mascara wand, a lip brush and a thin eye liner brush. The sweep it gently over the makeup on your face. It can basically be used for eyes and lips to keep everthing where it is meant to be. It feels a bit funny at first, I was worried it would just smear everything straight off, but the liquid glides on and leaves the colour underneath undisturbed. It dries reasonably quickly, before that it feels rather tacky, and it's best to avoid keep touching it in this period. I'm a poker myself, but those with more sense will have no trouble keepind their hands away. Once dried your eyes/lips have their own invincible laquered shield. It adds a slight sheen to matt makeup, but it not overly shiny once set. And it means everything stays where you want it. If you use it on lips to lock on colour, it doesn;t taste of anything once dry, although when it is right under your nose the chemical whiff can be unpleasant until it dries. I only use it on my eyes though, and to keep my badly behaved eyebrows in check. The first time I used it I was very conscious of it, and kept running off to check on progress. And nothing much had happened. Eyeliner, shadow, all was in order. All night. Magic. The bottle may be small, but it lasts ages, because you need such a tiny amount every time. Remember to wash the individual brushes each time you use them or the bristles will stick as soon as the laquer dries. Overall, She'Laq was a brilliant investment. It takes some extra scrubbing to remove your makeup, but that's no great trauma. The only real downside is, now that I've found one of the things off of my "items that should exist but don't" list, I'm even
more determined to hunt out the others. Next item: goodlookingtallmanwithsharpwitandlargewallet. She'Laq by BeneFit, £18 for 15ml from larger Boots and Department stores
This product saved me when I was going through a crisis. The combined forces of a fondness for sparkly makeup sticks and mascara needed for blond eyelashes so they could actually seen and the Northern Irish winter led me to a state that by the time I had reached work my mascara (no matter how waterproof it claimed to be) had migrated to my under eye leaving me with nasty dark marks that were really peeving me off. Eventually I found She-Laq. She-laq claims to magically seal your makeup so that it will no longer migrate across your face. And wow but it manages it quite well. It is best for things like eyelashes though as it adds a sort of varnish to whatever it touches making it waterproof but weirdly crispy. Although it claims it can be used for your lips eyelids etc. I never let it near mine, it just doesn't add a pleasant feeling on the skin. Benefit are maters of packaging and with SheLaq you get a small tube, with attractive design containing your very small bottle of she-laq and an assortment of makeup brushes. These include the ever useful eyebrush (ie one similar to those that come in the tops of tubes of mascara). To apply She-laq you dip the the brush into the small bottle and then brush it on to whatever you wish to make waterproof. Simple enough. But it strike me as an easy way to migrate nasty bacteria your face and then leave it to fester in a small blue bottle. To avoid this I would immediately rinse whatever brush I was using in hot water (just from the sink). This also prevented the bristles from sticking together (caused by the She-Laq). She-laq itself comes on when you rinse with warm water and cleanser. You're probably getting the impression by now that this is a pretty fiddly product. You're quite right. It's a bugger getting the level of She-laq just right on the brush. But that said it did do its job admirably. The mascara on my eyelashes did not stray and I was just glad for the peace of mind of
being able to go into work without having to worry about turning into a panda eye. When it works it really really works and when it doesn't it's a bugger. You can get She-laq of your own either over the internet (www.benefitcosmetics.com) or in some larger branches of Boots. Beware though as Benefit is highly addictive!
The makeup sealer for eyes, lips and brows