I love the texture of these and for my combination skin and oily t-zone, these are just wonderful. BUT, at £25 I'm just not sure I can justify using them as a daily foundation... I tend to use mine (I've got Jax) more as a concealer to cover imperfections and for touch ups, for which it's pretty good. I love the tea tree scent and the cute, yet stylish packaging, they're just so so expensive!
I have changed my mind about this product several times. I even used to work for Benefit cosmetics and kept going back and forth with it. First, the price is terrible. $32 for the stick, does not last long enough to pay that much. It says it is a concealer, foundation and powder in one-that I believe. It is very heavy, covers EVERYTHING. But you can definately feel it on your skin. The only time I use it now is if I am going out, or am going to be in pictures because it makes your skin look flawless. So if you like the no makeup look, you will hate this.
*There is a secret with this product in application to make it look so flawless on your face!
1. Take a big powder or kabuki brush, and dab the stick on the brush.
2. Then just brush on to your skin all over, making sure to blend like crazy.
It gives you an incredible airbrush look, but you can tell you have makeup on.
So, not something I would wear everyday because of the feel, and not a good product for oily or acne prone skin unless you are not going to have it on more than a few hours!
This stuff is the worst. I've never had a product which accentuated every flaw and flakey and made me sick looking. I don't even have dry skin but with this stuff I had flakeys and dry matches all over. I gave this a try after reading the good reviews on here. The color range is horrible. I tried jax which made me look like a ghost when first applied and by lunch time my face was an orage oil slick. I literally had lines of sweat on my face. I wanted to go in the bathroom and wash my face. And ths stuff is like putty..it's soo dry and I couldn't even blend it into my face. The worst product I ever used. Returned it to Sephora 2 days later...they have it back for almost 35 bucks!!
I adore these things and have purchased both Jump Rope and Tea Party (depending on the season- ie tan or pale!) multiple times. Goes on SUPER smooth and soft, packaging is great and easy to apply- swipe on and blend in with finger. Coverage is nice (medium to heavy depending on how much used) and I really enjoy the green-tea scent. NOW, having said that, there are a couple of drawbacks for me which take a lippie away- 1 being that there isn't much product in the tube and at $30 a pop, buying a tube every 3 months or so got a little pricey for a college student like me- my remedy for that is using an Avon Dewey Souflee foundation all-over and dotting the Playsticks on for a concelear (sp?) and over red areas- does a really nice job at neutralizing those- also, for 2, I had a problem with the second tube that I purchased from a Benefit counter that it was not scented at all and felt a lot drier then my previous- instead of going to the mall, I emailed BeneFit and they were extreamly unhelpful in their reply, stating that I should send it directly to them because they wanted to see MY tube (instead of taking it back to the counter at the mall) and when I expressed that I didn't want to be PlayStick-less and asked what I would be getting in return, I was told they would send me a replacment tube when they got mine but they would NOT pay for my shipping my tube to them- why would I pay to ship mine to them if they were going to do nothing in return but replace it? Needless to say I kept it and used it up, not sure if it was old or what, worked fine just a little chalkier and not scented much, have bought another (fine) one since then. Whew- this was a long one!
Here is a funny story:
I bought a Play Stick in Jump Rope after one of the SAs talked me into it. I wore it once and thought it made my skin look gross and dry. A couple of months later, I was out of my regular foundation at the time (Mac studio fix), so I used Jump Rope as a backup. I ended up liking the way it looked on my skin and used it until there was nothing left in the tube (which is rare for me.) I was going to buy a replacement, but I have recently converted to wearing mineral foundation. If I outgrow my mineral foundation phase, I won't hesitate to buy another playstick.
i bought this because it was recommended to me by one of the benefit counter girls. i should have tried before i bought really because when i put this on it absolutely highlights any dry patches on my face and makes me look greasy in some parts and flaky in others. even though i'm not :| the coverage was nice enough, i would only recommend it to people who don't have too dry/greasy/combo skin.
This was average, at best. I'm sure I would have like it better if I could have found a shade that suited me. I did not like using a stick for my foundation, though- I just felt like it was a petri dish for bacteria.
I did not personally buy this myself, but my friend did, and I have tried it a few times. It's not absolutely horrible, but it's not great either. I have found it to be fairly challenging to apply evenly. I also find it too orange-y. My friend absolutely loves it, but honestly, it doesn't look so great on her because it doesn't blend nicely. I also think that the consistency of it actually brings attention to any bumps or imperfections on the face.
EDIT: I found out the major reason why it was so bad for me, and made my skin blotchy and whatnot. I read in the Benefi mail magazine that there is chamomile oil in the sticks, which I am allergic to.
I was actually kind of impressed with this little stick. It took me a couple of techniques to figure out how to make it look naural, but now that I have the hang of it, I like it. It doesn't break out my insane skin, so that makes me want to kiss it. I put a streak on my face and blend out with my 190 brush, then go back over it with the 187. It's an extra step, but it helps.
Okay... I do like Benfit, BUT... their aim is not the ethnic people, it's for white people. That said, I'm of Asian background, and the undertones are too pink/not yellow enough. My mother is white, and this did look great on her... Just not me, though. But they are nice, as long as they match your skin. This stayed on for a good while on me (oily/normal) and my mother (dry/normal). They're $32, so definitly try them on *before* you buy them. (All over, as you would normaly wear your foundation, not just on your jaw line) One point off for lack of undertone variety, and another off for the price.