Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation SPF 25
Member Name: -becky-
Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation SPF 25
Date: 26/04/13, updated on 28/04/13 (44 review reads)
Advantages: It's light and looks natural on
Disadvantages: The price, still need to use concealer
Due to the fact that I have sensitive skin, it is extremely hard to find a decent foundation that will work for me. It's not helped by the fact that I have an oily T-zone and can get bad dry skin around any of the other areas of my face. I've spent so long searching for something affordable that works - finding nothing by cheaper brands under about £10 I decided to take the plunge and invest in some Benefit Hello Flawless foundation as it claims to be oil free (great for my T-zone) yet hydrating (good for dry skin). Does it live up to the expectations?
I've read so many great reviews about this foundation and thought it must be worth the money. After all, Benefit is rather a big brand name and is well known for their great quality products. Benefit is widely available in stores and beauty counters throughout the country in shops such as Boots and Debenhams. It comes in a choice of 10 different shades, all with cute tag lines:
Ivory (believe in me)
Ivory (i'm pure 4 sure)
Petal (i'm plush and precious)
Champagne (cheers to me)
Honey (i'm so money)
Beige (i'm all the rage)
Toasted beige (warm me up)
Amber (i'm so glamber)
Hazelnut (i'm hopelessly hot)
Nutmeg (gotta know me)
I think the tag lines with all of the shades are a unique little extra that add a bit of fun to shopping for new make up. If you're unsure of what shade suits you best like I was, just go to any Benefit counter for a free colour match and the assistants will be happy to help. It might also be possible to be given a free sample of the foundation before deciding if you'd like to buy it. I think this is a great option, as it saves you wasting £24.50 if you really don't like it. For £24.50 you'll receive 30ml of the product.
The packaging for the Hello Flawless foundation is quite simple and stylish which is what I prefer. It comes in a white box with silver sides. The writing on the front is simple in black while it says "Oxygen, Wow, Hydrating, Complex" down the side. The hydrating comment was also a reason as to why I chose this, suffering with dry skin it is often something I look for when buying a foundation. There's also a swatch showing the colour that you'll be buying on top.
The bottle itself is also very simple: it's a kind of 'frosted' plastic with black writing on the front. The bottle is rounded and it allows you to see how much of the liquid is left inside. It comes with a pump dispenser that works perfectly well and allows you to get out just the right amount.
The foundation is a quite runny liquid consistency, and can be applied using a brush or your fingers. I usually use my fingers just because I find it easier. It's really smooth and easy to apply to your face as it spreads easily and evenly. A little goes a long way so the 30ml bottle should last a decent amount of time before running out - because of the price, I don't choose to use this every day as I don't see the point using it up if I'm not doing anything important. Whilst applying the liquid it feels very light, and while it's on your face you can barely tell you even have any product on because it feels lovely.
Hello Flawless provides a light finish that leaves you looking healthy and glowing. It doesn't cover all imperfections and I still need to use a little bit of concealer if I have any spots/etc. I love the fact that it looks natural, and I've had a few comments when people thought I had nice skin and that they didn't know I was wearing foundation at all. I've tried it with and without powder, and I think the staying power is definitely better when a powder is used over the top. It's not bad by itself and lasts a good few hours (better than any other foundation I've tried) but will still need to be reapplied about half way through the day if you haven't used powder - which I don't often use if my skin is dry. It's also not bad for dry skin and doesn't cling to dry patches badly. The fact that it contains SPF 25 means it's perfect for use in summer for a light cover up that doesn't feel like you're plastered in make up. It's really easy to remove with a wipe or face wash and doesn't effect my sensitive skin.
I'd definitely recommend this product if you're looking for a light, natural coverage rather than full coverage. I wouldn't fully agree with the comment 'flawless' as I've already mentioned, I still felt the need to use some concealer on slight imperfections like spots. I still don't agree that it's worth £24.50 and wouldn't purchase it again due to the price, but it is a really good foundation.
Summary: A light foundation providing a natural and healthy glow