Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Benefit Smokin Eyes
Member Name: laitaarien
Benefit Smokin Eyes
Advantages: Compact, everything you need for a smoky eye touch up
Disadvantages: Quite pricey, brush is a bit useless
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.
Summary: A very handy compact, but I've bought better smoky eye products seperately.