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      18.03.2013 19:40
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      Top stuff!

      I'm not one of those girls that wears make up every day. Truth be told, I just can't be bothered in the morning. I do like to get glammed up for a night out though. This eye set was my first foray into the make up world of 'counters' Previously I'd stuck to goof old rimmel, with a bit of Max Factor thrown in for good measure.

      I purchase the set from House of Fraser after reading some fantastic reviews online and receiving vouchers for the store. It did cost me a pretty penny at an eye watering £28.50 (or at least it made my eyes water!!) but there are a lot of components contained in the packer for your money. And there were step by step instructions, so for a novice in smokey eyes that was a plus.

      The kit contains - and forgive me but these aren't technical terms, it's how I would describe them:

      A silver eye shadow
      A black eye shadow
      A pink powder
      A pink wax
      A brown wax
      A little pencil eyeliner
      An applicator with a plat pointy brush at one end and a full fluffy brush at the other
      A little pair of tweezers
      And a mirror in the case big enough to actually see your face in.

      So, following the instructions to the letter, I slapped it all one, keeping my fingers crossed I wouldn't look like a drag queen.

      The eye shadows:
      Lovely. Really nice a light, great for layering if you don't want the colours too strong. They are very silky and wore incredibly well. A night out on the vino and they stayed firm. No creasing, rub off or running. The black required a good few applications before it came out black.

      The pink stuff
      The powder is used on the brow line and the wax on the outer edges of the eyes. The powder is great. A subtle but lightening effect. The wax? Not so much. It made my skin very dry and tight.

      The brown stuff
      Is meant to be wax to shape and define your eyebrows. Now if you haven't got very dark eyebrows this would work fine, but I have. I found that mixing a little of the black eye shadow and using it with the brown wax worked perfectly.

      The eye liner
      Went on smooth, stayed well and blended well. Much better that the Rimmel alternative and something I will be buying again when this has run out.

      The brush
      Great. It's small so a little fiddly to use if you're a bit clumsy like me, but does the job. I like the flat tapered end. Perfect for blending the eye liner and using on the eye brows.

      The tweezers
      Amazing. Perfect. They've taken the place of my other tweezers.

      So, to sum up, for what you get it's amazing value. I believe that all of the components are available separately to buy, but if you're not sure this set is perfect to try them out. I would re buy the silver eyeshadow, the pink powder and the eyeliner again. But this set will last me a long time, there's a decent amount in there and for someone who only uses occasionally I can see it lasting a while. All the stuff had great staying power, I didn't even look like a panda the next morning! Great little kit in a handy, pretty box.

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      03.08.2012 19:24
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      Amazing product but it is very small and very pricey

      This great little product smokin eyes from benefit cosmetics is just wonderful!! I purchased it after seeing it at work on the benefit counter and i have worn it many times.

      The smokin eyes kit contains, 3 eyeshadows which are a pink eyeshadow which highlights your eyes, a grey/ pewter colour eyshadow which is like a base eyshadow that you put all over the eye area and a charcoal eyeshadow which is good for the corner of your eyes, it also has a black eyeliner and a 2 end eyeshadow brush/ hard angle brush. The second bit of the kit is for the eyebrows which contains shaping wax which you apply with your hard angle brush, very small tweezers so you can use on the go and the picture on the kit inside briefly explains what you do.

      I found this kit to be so useful as its small enough to put in your clutch bag on a night out or you can do a day look and then add more makeup to your eyes to add a night effect its absolutely amazing. this product for me is a girls dream!! The only disadvantage i can think of is that it is rather pricey at £28.50.

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      30.07.2012 17:39
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      A great way to try a variety of Benefit products.

      I bought myself one of these Benefit Smokin' Eye kits a couple of years ago as a bit of a treat. I tend to find myself wondering towards the Benefit counter whenever I have been working especially hard as I find their products irresistible. I've never actually used one of their sets before but thought I'd give it a try and see what I was missing.

      This kit is designed to achieve the perfect smoky eye. I don't tend to wear a lot of heavy make up, and I tend to avoid eye shadow all together. That said, I pretty much always wear eye liner and mascara and sometimes on a night out you just want something a little bit more high impact. This seemed like a great solution to me, and the very fact that it came in one convenient kit with instructions told me that I couldn't go wrong.

      The first time I used the products in this kit I was keen to follow the instructions to achieve the desired look. I have since experimented a little more with the different things on offer, using them in combination and by themselves so I'll give a little run through of what each one does.

      Eye shadows: You get a pale pink, a sparkly browny/grey and a charcoal coloured eye shadow. I tend to use the pinky colour under my eyebrow to add definition and in the corner of my eye to brighten. I then layer the browny/grey colour over this as a base for my eyelid. In the outer corner I then add the charcoal colour to achieve that perfect smoky eye look. The effect is great and I also find that the charcoal can be used alone to add even more impact and get a truly dark eye.

      Eye bright: The eye bright can be used in the inner corner of your eye to add a little brightness and really make your eyes stand out. It can also be used to highlight under your eyebrow to add definition. I love the eye bright and have since purchased the full size pencil, which is a little easier to use and allows you to colour your water line too.

      Eyebrow gel: The brow gel is also something I have since purchased in the full sized format after using it in this kit. You apply it to your eyebrows to add colour, define the shape and to hold the hairs in place. This works perfectly and has been a total eye opener for someone like me who never really cared about brow maintenance before.

      Eye liner: The eye liner in this kit is a fairly standard black pencil eye liner. I tend to apply it on my lash line before any eye shadow. This helps to add a little definition to the eye, though it is mostly covered by the eye shadow. After a while of using this I actually tend not to bother any more as it can't be seen. That said, it is a handy hand bag sized eye liner so I've stuck it in my bag instead for those make up emergencies.

      Accessories: You get with the kit a tiny little pair of tweezers and a double ended brow and shadow applicator. These are both quality items and though no ideal for full sized products they work perfectly well as part of this kit. I tend to keep the tweezers in my handbag too so I can pluck any stray hairs while out and about.

      The kit is a rather pricey £28.50. If you bought all the items separately from Benefit then you would spend well over this amount. However, if you simply wanted a smoky look then there are cheaper eye shadow palettes out there. The added things you get in this kit are probably what hike up the price, but what also makes it seem like a really special items to own. I'm torn, I wouldn't buy it again now I have owned it because the products I liked I have bought full sized versions of. That said, it is definitely worth a try to be able to test out so many Benefit products in one go.

      Overall, I loved using this kit but I wouldn't buy it again.

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        04.05.2012 11:57
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        A good product for a day look for your handbag

        The kit contains three different eyeshadows (a light pink, a grey and a dark grey/black), along with two eyebrow gels (a brown and a pink), with some tweezers, an eyeliner and a double ended brush. It is really compact and comes in a lovely little box with instructions on the back. It is a fairly expensive product compared to others on the market, but i dont think there are many products that group different items together to create one look in the way Benefit does.

        The first thing i noticed when i received this as a present was the design and quirkiness of it. This is something that Benefit does really well and that's why their products make such good gifts. I have to be honest though, i had seen this set before and had held off buying it because of the price tag, and i was quite shocked at how small everything was - i thought 'you dont get much for your money'.

        When i tried it out for the first time I was pleasantly surprised. There are instructions on the back of the box which are really easy to follow and great for people who arent used to make up. I followed the instructions exactly and the results were really good. You acheive a fairly natural smokey eye look rather than a full on night time look. The eyeshadows are lovely colours that will suit everyone and they are good quality pigments, meaning that you dont need a lot. They are also really easy to blend but do stay put all day, and dont go into the creases of your eyes as some other brands do. The eyebrow gel is really good too. You use the other end of the brush to apply it which is angled for you to achieve a precise look. It really defines your eyebrows without the 'drawn on effect'. You then put the pink gel on your brow bone which again defines your eyebrows highlights your bone. The gels are really easy to use and stay put all day too.

        I am a huge fan of eyeliner and i wear it every day. When i saw the one in the benefit box my first thought was that it wasnt going to be brilliant (i think i got that impression because it is small and just a component part of the set). But i was so surprised, the colour is really intense black and it can be used inside your eye or on the top lid. It doesnt run where ever you decide to put it and, again, you dont need much for a great effect. The brush and tweezer included in the set are also really good quality and mean you can really achieve the whole look that is presented on the box.

        I would say it is a great addition to any make up kit and is great for taking away with you as all your 'eye' products are together in one box meaning you only have your face to worry about (ie you dont have to take lots of different pots, pencils and brushes to get a good look). Although it seems expensive for a small box, the products are such good quality that they last ages. I've had mine over a year and its hardly gone down.

        The only downfall about this product is that some people (including me) like the smokey eye look to be really dramatic and intense and you cant really achieve this with the benefit set. It is more of a day set and i think the 'smokin' eyes' title is slightly misleading. All in all a great product if your willing to pay for it.

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        09.01.2012 21:31

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        Benefit Smokin' Eyes kit

        I received this product as a gift originally but I then bought it again recently and was shocked at the price. I know that Benefit produces quality make up but for what you get in the pack, is it really worth it? However, the price is the only real issue I have with this product. The kit itself is compact and doesn't take up much room in a makeup bag as it has mini samples of everything. Tiny tweezers, which are a nice enough idea but far too fiddly to actually use on yourself, tiny eyeliner and tiny double-ended applicator brushes save space inside the box. The best thing about the product is the 'smokin' eyes lesson' booklet inside that gives simple instructions and clear diagrams on how to apply the make up without looking like a panda!

        The make up inside is high in quality as you'd expect from Benefit (and for the price!) but the small size of it does mean that it runs out fairly quickly. The tiny eyeliner is small enough to begin with, but after a few times in the sharpener (not included) it becomes tricky to use as you can't get a decent grip on it. My advice would be to avoid this eyeliner and use another full sized one to avoid the hassle. The pewter shade and the charcoal shade of eyeshadows which are included are rich and very soft in texture. They are also easy to apply with the fluffy brush and the hard angle brush. Like the eyeliner, these brushes can be a bit fiddly but they aren't too bad if you've got a steady hand. The packaging of the product is discrete and understated and the sliding 'tool box' part where the make up is is shielded nicely from germs or from cracking and going all over your makeup bag!

        I would recommend this kit to anyone who is willing to pay a bit extra for quality eyeshadows and for the useful makeup lesson provided.

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        23.10.2011 00:07
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        The contents certainly are hot!

        Benefit provide consumers with quirky products at high-end prices. Can you really justify the high prices in comparison with the results they provide?

        *Overview
        I am a huge fan of the smoky eyes look but I always found that I was having to pick an eye-shadow from various different ranges, a highlighter from another and an eyebrow pencil from yet another. So you can imagine that I was pretty excited when I was informed that Benefit had developed "sexy eye & brow makeover kit" which could provide me with all of these in one handy little compact. Benefit say their Smokin' Eyes Compact "This complete eye and brow kit has everything you need for that sexy, smoky look. Now even amateurs can go pro! Colours are build able for extra drama. Ideal for travel or the girl on the go!" It seems like a make-up artists dream, but is this the perfect product for everyday consumers alike?

        *About Benefit
        Benefit Cosmetics were founded in San Francisco, California in 1976 by twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford. They initially founded their business as a beauty boutique, and they then specialized in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas. Benefit Cosmetics have been into a global beauty brand and they are now sold in 30 countries. Their first shop was named The Face Place and their first product was a blush and lip tint called "Rose tint" (now renamed "benetint"). Benetint was originally designed for an exotic dancer who was in need of a nipple tint and remains the company's best-selling product. In 1989, they developed their extensive catalogue of products and soon after the original Face Place was re-named Benefit Cosmetics. In 1991 Benefit opened up in its first U.S. department store - Henri Bendel, in New York City. Benefit went international in 1997 with their expansion into Harrods in London. Soon after, the Benefit Cosmetics product website was launched. They have had continued success and they are ever expanding their product range full of fun and innovative products for every girl's beauty dilema.

        *What attracted me
        I was walking through Boots one day after having made some impulse purchases and was pounced upon by one of the Benefit Cosmetics girls at the counter. She seemed desperate for someone to take the time out to listen to her and to be honest I only really allowed her to test out the product on me because I felt sorry for her. However after she enthusiastically explained the product to me and tested it out I realised what she was offering was in fact a great product and (much to her delight) I decided to snap one up. I thought that it was a reasonable investment as I love teaming a smoky eyed look with my false eyelashes for dramatic, statement eyes on nights out and this would stop me from having to waste time opening and closing various different pots and pencils - as everything was contained in one handy compact box with a mirror, which would slot perfectly into my handbag for a night out.

        *Price/Availability
        The kit will cost you £28.50. While this seems like a lot to pay for one kit - it should be noted that to buy each of the products separately would set you back over £50 so really you are making a saving and it means that you do not need to buy each of the products separately. You can buy Benefit products online from their website (www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/gp/home.html) and also from ASOS online. Benefit cosmetics are far more readily available on the high street than they used to be and you will now find them in Boots as well as most department stores - for example House of Fraser, Debenhams as well as Harvey Nichols. They are always sold at a benefit counter meaning that you get help and advice with the use of your products and therefore you get a shopping experience far from just making a simple purchase. I would always advise consumers to steer away from buying products from Ebay where I know that they are regularly available because they will not be genuine products (no matter how much they seem to be) instead they will be cheaper products which have been manufactured abroad and then packaged to look like the benefit products you see on the high-street.

        *Design
        What I love about this palette is that it literally has everything that you could possibly need or wish for in a simply compact form. The kit contains:

        ~ 3 different coloured Benefit eyeshadows:
        ~ pink highlight shadow (1.10g)
        ~ pewter base shadow (1.10g)
        ~ deep charcoal shadow (0.90g)
        ~ Mini "smokin'" eyeliner pencil (0.39g)
        ~ "Brow zings" eyebrow shaping wax (1.00g)
        ~ "Eye bright" cream eye brightener (0.09g)
        ~ Eye shadow/hard angle brush
        ~ Mini Benefit tweezers
        ~ Mirror
        ~ Product Guide
        All these little gems come beautifully presented in the compact palette and so you are not only getting an item which works brilliantly, but one which looks gorgeous too. The flat silver box is magnetic which is perfect as it means that you item will not open and shatter in your makeup bag and pieces such as the tweezers and the brushes will not fall out and become lost. The front has found graffiti styled pictures of eyes - from start to finish from using the product and it says "Smokin' Eyes" across the middle from the bottom corner to the top and it states that the contents are "extremely hot". If you open the palette you will find a mirror on the top side and on the bottom each of the items neatly arranged - with the shadows at the top, then the brushes and eyeliner below, with the brow wax/eye crème underneath and finally the mini tweezers stored in a little magnetic indent in order to keep them in place. The inside of the palette looks lovely and is designed so that the user can make perfect use of the contents. The lesson sits neatly onto of everything but I quickly lost mine because it wasn't attached.

        *Application
        The excellent thing about this kit is that it comes with a leaflet which explains how to use it and the steps that you should take to create your smoky eyes. Not only this but the Benefit website also has a handy step by step guide about how to use the palette available in downloadable PDF format (www.benefitcosmetics.com/medias/sys_master/8796533882910.PDF). I personally do my foundation and bronzer before applying this product. Benefit advise that you refrain from putting your skincare products below your eyes so that you can brush away any loose powder from underneath once you have completed your eyes and then complete your face however I found little/no advantage of this method. I think begin by sweeping the pink highlighter across my eyelid (using the shadow brush) all the way to just above my brow bone. I then use the cream eye brightener as a highlighter below my eyebrow. After this I sweep the base colour along my eyelid and above it - to just below my brow bone as this opens my eyes and causes them to look bigger. I then use the hard angled brush to fill the eyelid from the mid point to the outer edge of my brow bone with the charcoal shadow, using only a little amount as it is a very strong colour. I use my finger to blend the colour on my eyelid and make it look a more natural transition between the colours. I tend to use my own eyeliner on my lower eyelids (Benefit Bad Gal Kohl Eyeliner) as it is thicker and easier to smudge below the eye. I then go over this with charcoal shadow using the hard angled brush in order to make the look deeper and properly blended. I use the smokin' eyeliner to line the corner of my top eyelid and define my lash line. I tend to use my own eyebrow pencil (Benefit Instant Brow Pencil) as I prefer to fill my eyebrows in with a pencil and I then use the brow zings wax to seal the look and make the pencil effect less harsh. I often apply false eye lashes after to really enhance the dramatic look of my eyes.

        *Lasting Finish
        I stated that the compact is great because it means that you can carry it in your handbag although I have to admit that I find that the final look is so long lasting that I don't have any need for touch ups and instead I tend to leave the compact at home. The only thing that I would say is that I tend to take/use a different eyeliner as I am not a massive fan of the eyeliner in the kit as I find it is slightly too thin and does sometimes slip out of place over time. Other than that the eye palette provides you with the perfect smoky eyed look which you do not need to touch up and can last through even the wildest of nights.

        *Conclusion
        I love this handy kit and I think that it provides everyday consumers with a professional attempt at a smoky eyed look without needing to invest in numerous expensive tools and products. It will allow you to try out a number of the Benefit products without having to commit to a full-sized, full-priced purchase. I would recommend it to anyone who likes bold, bright eyes which are going to stand out amongst the rest. It may be pricey but my kit has lasted me almost a year now with on and off use and I have been able to make myself a sexy, smoky eyed wonder time and time again!

        Love Colleen
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          10.10.2011 08:38

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          Great for creating a glamourous and sexy look!

          I love this product as it's in a very portable palet that weighs next to nothing so it is useful to carry about with you. I love the colours and the brow shadow it comes with & the really useful tools to apply the smoky effect look on your eyes with. That's why I feel this is such great value for money as you get the brushes with the shadows so once purchased you have these forever. The shadows provide quite a dramatic look But can be toned down slightly with the pink shadow if you want a more subtle look. I personally like the more heavy and dramatic look which this palet is perfect for , especially for a night out! Once you have used the shadow to define your brows as well it really does complete a very glamourous look! I like to finish the look with a fair of long fake eye lashes too!!! But of course these are optional!

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          20.09.2011 11:39
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          All you need in one small kit, to create sexy smoky eyes!

          Smokin eyes is a brow and make-up kit that helps you to create a sexy, smoky eyed look. It comes in a neat little kit with all the brushes you need and includes a step by step application instruction booklet. The kit retails at £28.50 and can be purchased from Boots, Debenhams or www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk.

          The full kit contains the following items:
          - 3 smokin' eyeshadows: pink highlight shadow pewter base shadow deep charcoal shadow
          - smokin' liner
          - brow zings shaping wax
          - eye bright, cream eye brightener
          - fluff shadow/hard angle brush
          - tiny tweezers for discreet touch-ups
          - a lesson to talk you through each step!

          I was introduced to the product at a benefit make-up trial, and stated that I was looking for a way to create smoky eyes for evening wear. I found that the kit provides all you need to produce a sexy look. While it was hard to create the exact look as the make-up artist, with a bit of practice and by following the instructions you can perfect your look over time. I found the eyes shadows to be really good, the pink highlighter shadow when applied on brow bones really helps to finish the smoky look. The brushes make application of the shadows really easy too.

          The only part of the kit I do not use very often is the eye bright cream eye brightener; in my view it does not really influence the affect of the overall look. The tweezers are quite good and the slot it sits in is magnetic, so it will be hard to ever misplace these tweezers. One of my favourite parts of the kit is the brow shaping wax and hard angle brush, this wax really shapes and brings out your brows. Quite often I just use the brow wax from the kit, to finish other day time or evening make-up looks.

          Overall I was impressed with the product; it cannot really be used during the day, unless you just want to use pink highlighter shadow on its own. I find that I tend to use this kit for nights out and the benefit big beautiful eyes kit for the daytime as it is more subtle and neutral. The smokin' kit is quite expensive at £28.50, but it is very convenient as it gives you all you need in one little kit for stunning eyes and it does last quite a long time; I use mine quite often and have had it over 6 months now and still have some of the shadow left.

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          23.08.2011 10:24

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          Lovely make up bag staple.

          I've never normally been interested in Benefit cosmetics as they are very expensive for what they are, but this was bought for me as a gift, and I would definitely purchase it myself!

          I'm not a make up expert and I do struggly applying eyeshadows in more than one colour, but this comes with a nifty little guide showing you which colour to apply where and when to apply. It's a nice little kit that fits in your make up bag and comes with a small pair of tweezers and an eye brow gel and tinter to make them a little darker and in a good smoothed out shape.

          Being a make up novice and not being creative with my eyes at all, I find this is the best kit on the market to give me sultry smokey eyes! When it runs out I will definitely buy another kit as this has become the staple of my make up bag!

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          15.08.2011 19:05

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          A very handy compact, but I've bought better smoky eye products seperately.

          I bought this product as part of a 3 for 2 promotion Benefit were having in Boots. Being a fan of the smoky eye look, I thought this would be a great product for the handbag since it would have everything I need for a touch up without carrying around loads of little bits of makeup! While it is great for that, it does have some cons, which I'll go into in a minute.

          The product itself comes in a little squarish compact box which closes magnetically, and with a covering sleeve. There are some hints and tips about how to use the product on the cover. Inside you'll find a mirror (more like mirror paper than mirror as it's not great quality), along with a set of tweezers, a double-ended brush and a teeny tiny eyeliner pencil. It also has pale pink and a sort of brown shimmery eyeshadows, a matt dark dark brown (almost black) eyeshadow. Finally there's a brown gel eyeliner and a pale pink cream eyeshadow.

          The idea is to use the pale pink cream just under your brows to add definition to your bone structure, and to use the powder eyeshadows in a blend on your lid - you can make this as dark or as light as you like with practise. I like the pale pink for under the eyebrows, but I think that the rest of the products are no better than other bits I've bought for the smoky eye look. I also think the double ended brush really isn't great - one end gets the powder eyeshadow everywhere, and the other end, designed for the gel eyeliner, doesn't pick up the product very well. Benefit do have a great reputation and I normally love their products, but I would say the RRP is a bit steep for what you get.

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          05.06.2011 12:32
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          Good product overall, practise makes perfect

          Benefit describes this product as: a complete eye and brow kit has everything you need for that sexy, smoky look. Now even amateurs can go pro!

          Price: £28.50 from Benefit counters and online www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk

          Contents:
          - 3 smokin' eyeshadows: pink highlight shadow pewter base shadow deep charcoal shadow
          - smokin' liner
          - brow zings shaping wax
          - eye bright, cream eye brightener
          - fluff shadow/hard angle brush
          - tiny tweezers for discreet touch-ups
          - a lesson to talk you through each step!

          I bought this product after a lesson at the Benefit counter. She made my eyes look lovely and I thought that the kit did everything it said on the box.

          However, when I got home I was unable to re-create the same effect. The lesson is easy to follow, but I guess with this it is practise that makes perfect.

          I love the eyeshadows that are included; the colours are perfect for creating that smokin' look. In my opinion the eyeshadows are the best bit about this kit, and also the brow zings shaping wax which is brilliant.

          I don't really like the tweezers - they just don't work that well, and the eye bright isn't that great either, I can't really see what that does.

          I also tend not to use the eye-liner, it's very small, difficult to find a small enough sharpener to sharpen it.

          The brushes are very good for creating the look. The only problem is that the same brush is meant to be used for the liner and the brow wax. The wax kind of ruins the brush and can't be used perfectly for liner if used for wax first.

          This product has lasted me a very long time, and if it runs out I probably would buy it again as I do like it. However, I prefer Big Beautiful Eyes to this kit overall.

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            15.05.2011 19:40
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            try before you buy!

            I went into benefit cosmetics and was offered a trial of their 'smokin' eyes' so i thought why not. I'd done the smokey eye thing before myself and had much better results. I feel like i came out the shop looking like id been given a black eye ! it really wasn't me. I feel like the step needed to take in order to gain a smokey eye effect is really quite unnecessary and the cost of the product ( around £24) is not worth it for the amount you receive. to be honest you could probably buy everything within the little box separately and still end up saving money.

            I would suggest trying the item in store before buying it as smokey eyes are not for everyone, not only that for the price id also consider buying similar colour palates elsewhere in order to achieve the same effects, i really don't think its worth it.

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              09.05.2011 21:30
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              A lovely, high quality make up kit

              This is the second of these kits that I have brought now and I am addicted to the Smokin' Hot look it gives! I am, by no means, an expert in applying make up but even I can achieve a cool look.

              The kit comes in a sturdy box with a sliding cardboard cover. The inside lid has a mirror to help you apply the make up on the go. It also contains three eyeshadows in deep charcoal, pewter and soft pink. There is brown brow shaping wax and pink eye brightening cream. With the pack comes a black eye liner, a brush with soft and hard ends, and a pair of brow tweezers. It also comes with a handy lesson book which tells you how to perfectly apply each element of the make up; I found myself developing my own techniques based on this book. I paid £28.50 for this kit from the Benefit website. My friend bought one at a Benefit concession in Boots and got a free lip gloss as part of the deal; not sure if everywhere is doing this but the best deals may be found in store.

              The actual make up itself is high quality. I have sensitive skin and it doesn't react at all to any Benefit make up, even when left on all day. It is easy to apply and light weight. I don't find that I need to apply a lot of the eye shadow or the other make up products to give good coverage. The only downside is that the eye liner does not last very long before becoming blunt, however it does sharpen up well with a normal eye pencil sharpener. The tweezers and applicator brush are good quality and I do not need to use any other applicators.

              All in all, yes this is quite an expensive kit and looks small in its case but it lasts a good while- mine lasted about four months of applying three or four times a week. It is excellent quality, as I think all Benefit products are, and gives good effects.

              Highly recommended

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              13.04.2011 16:32

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              Good product lasts for agessssss!

              Me and my sister had a free makeover from benefit at christmas time. We were bit nervous of going, but in the end we were so glad we went because we would of never of found benefit smokin eyes! We both bought a set each and even though it is a tad pricey its well worth buying as it comes with not only the eyeshadows but the eyebrow colouring. It comes with a brush with one end for eyeshadow and the other for the eyebrows also comes with an eyeliner pencil so its the perfect accessory to have in you handbag! If your a big fan of making your eyes look dramatic then smokin eyes is for you! You can apply just the one shade for more of a lighter look or for more of a glamourous look you can apply all of the shadows to create a going out dramatic smokin eye look, which looks perfect for a saturday night out!

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              03.04.2011 22:07

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              I love this! Give it a try!

              What can I say apart from thus product is ace! Some people may mention the price but it's comparable with other brands such as Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden.

              Packaging - I love benefit packaging, there's a real 1950's feel to the pictures which makes it distinctive and different from anything else.

              The shades are absolutely gorgeous and will suit just about anyone. I love the smokey eye look, but I never managed to pull it off before without looking like a panda! The instructions that come with benefit smokin eyes are a god send, it shows you how to pull off the look so simply you'll be left wondering how you could never do it!

              The cakes are lovely quality, in my opinion it's worth buying a more expensive eye shadow as, like benefit, they are really velvety soft and easy to blend. Cheaper brands are harder to blend and therefore you end up dragging the skin, not good. the pencil, again lovely and soft.

              Not so bothered by the tweezers, although good, I did invest in a professional set a few yearcago and nothing compares to those! Worth having though, it's a nice compact kit of everything you need for sexy eyes- convenient to put in your overnight bag or suitcase as it takes up very little room. shame the mascara doesn't come with it too but at such a small size it would be used very quickly!

              To conclude, I adore this kit. It's a mini make up lesson in a box, with everything included. Nobody should without one!

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          • Product Details

            Benefit Smokin' Eyes kit / This complete eye and brow kit has everything you need for that sexy / smoky look / Now even amateurs can go pro! colours are buildable for extra drama / Ideal for travel or the girl on the go! Kit contains: eye bright 0.09 g 3 smokin' eyeshadows: pink highlight shadow 1.10g pewter base shadow 1.10g deep charcoal shadow 0.90g smokin' liner 0.39g brow zings shaping wax 1.00g fluff shadow/hard angle brush tiny tweezers for discreet touch-ups a lesson to talk you through each step!