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Foundations - BeneFit Cosmetics - Play Sticks Concealer, foundation and powder all-in-one!

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  • 63% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 4.2
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rated 4 of 5 top reviewer on 6/16/2011 6:32:00 PM More reviews by Spamstuff

Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Hazel

After the Bobbi Brown stick foundation gave me skin like a diehard meth user, I was really loathe to use the Benefit product. (Spin the Bottle color)
So, I prepped my face, opened the stick and saw that it was shiny in the tube. I wasn't prepared to think good thoughts about the product. I swiped a few swatches here and there and let them sit for a little bit to warm up and make them spreadable, and blended them with a Beautyblender sponge. The first thing that came to mind was how much this stuff smelled like a Noxema product LOL But the product itself was amazing: it just melted and blended into my skin and a little bit of this stuff spreads far and wide! The color match was dead on. I liked everything about the product....except...

It was exceptionally shiny and no amount of Halo or Tarte Smooth Operator could tame the shine. It actually looked a litlte greasy after a few hours. I'm sending the stick back just for that.
HOWEVER, in wintertime when my skin is a dried up mess, I think this stuff will be perfect. So I'm making a note to try this again in wintertime. Honestly this foundation feels like a barrier between my skin and the elements and something like that would probably work very well for me when I'm outside during the cold dry months. Powder-Schmowder in winter!

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rated 3 of 5 on 6/2/2011 11:28:00 PM More reviews by RedHotPants

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Blue

I am always on the hunt for a foundation that will last all day without becoming an oily shiny mess by lunchtime. Usually I do my research online but I got lazy and let the SA at Sephora take the wheel. She picked out the Play Sticks in Paper Dolls, and I have to say, the color match was perfect and at first I really liked the stuff. After a month or so the honeymoon ended and the Play Sticks was melted off my face by noon. I do like the convenience of the packaging though; it felt expensive and it fits perfectly into my purse. I still use it from time to time for touch ups, but I never did get through the whole tube because I had to give up and start my quest for an HG foundation all over again. Overall, I'd say stay away if you are shine-prone but otherwise this stuff may work for you.

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rated 2 of 5 on 5/28/2011 4:13:00 PM More reviews by danielle529

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

I went to Sephora after I got a spray tan to get a new foundation for prom since mine were all too light. I wanted a liquid foundation but the SA (who was dumb and bitchy) didn't listen and gave me this cream stick. She put it on in the store and I wasn't wowed but it wasn't horrible and I wanted to get out of there. I have combination, sensitive skin but the SA assured me it wouldn't break me out and it would last long. My shade was Tea Party and it did last long but broke me out horribly! It has a nice green tea scent but when you apply it your face gets a dry and dead appearance. I wouldn't be so mad at how much it broke me out if the SA swore it wouldn't, I am returning this ASAP and going to get what I originally wanted, a liquid foundation.

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rated 2 of 5 on 5/18/2011 6:17:00 PM More reviews by RachelCerys

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown

I was recommended this in 'Paper Dolls'. I was sure it was too dark but it blends nicely into my skin-tone. The coverage is quite heavy but it's fine for winter.
I mostly use a primer with it but it still needs topping up at about midday and the packaging makes it awkward to apply as I feel as though applying the product straight from the 'stick' onto your face isn't hygienic OR easy. Best applied onto a brush, applied to the face and blended with a damp wedge sponge.
My main problem was how badly it made my dry patches show up, I told the makeup artist at Boots I had dry skin when I was asking for help choosing a foundation and she told me to make sure to moisturize properly before using it, so clearly she had no understanding of dry skin problems, as this is quite obviously for normal-to-oily skin.
I don't regret trying this foundation but it's not great and I don't use it often (maybe I will in the Summer when my skin becomes less dry.)

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rated 4 of 5 on 4/20/2011 2:38:00 PM More reviews by nealie1

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Blue

have been buying play stick fondation for four years now and up until recently would swear by it as my HG fondation! It gives an absolutely flawless coverage that will cover all blemishes and flaws, whilst still feels velvet to touch, luminously light reflecting and moisturising on the skin. On the down side, It is thick in its texture but not at all cakey. The thickness is probably what causes it to lay on the skin rather thabsorb in, which causes the problem of it being quite slidey i.e. if i brushed my face against a material it would budge, or got sweaty, but stays put otherwise! this is why i will be pursueing a lighter weight foundation sadly. Although i still may not be able to let this one go! Even with buying a new fondation i may still need a dot of this godsend here and there, as you would be amazed with what it can do!

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rated 2 of 5 on 3/16/2011 5:05:00 PM More reviews by Yasmiiin

Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Black, Other, Other Eyes: Black

Its so good how this gives good coverage and has green tea in it. But i use jumprope and it is a little dark for my skin so whenever i use it i can only use a bit, the lighter shade than this was too light so i just wish that there was a more variety in colours. I think its slightly over priced and slips off easily. :-/

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rated 1 of 5 on 3/13/2011 5:32:00 PM More reviews by retrotrash82

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel

I went to Sephora today with three things on my shopping list: primer, a new liquid foundation, and new concealer for my extremely dark undereye circles. The Play Stick is what the SA recommended to me as a concealer, but I just wasn't sold on it. The fairest shade worked with my skin tone nicely, and had alright coverage, but it stopped there. Within a few minutes, it settled into crepey fine lines, which is sooooo weird/not okay-- I'm 24, and I don't have wrinkles yet. And I don't want to look like I do! It also looked chalky and dry in natural light, which was probably because layering a creme to powder type stick foundation on top of your normal foundation doesn't always work. The bottom line is that a stick foundation does not equal a concealer. If you're considering the Play Stick for that purpose, don't buy it. If someone tries to sell you the Play Stick for that purpose, don't buy it! My SA was very helpful otherwise, but a $34 dry, chalky stick that doesn't get the job done was not the best recommendation for my specific needs. I ended up getting an MUFE concealer instead.

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rated 5 of 5 top reviewer on 2/8/2011 11:05:00 AM More reviews by beautifuldreamer324

Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown

I was reluctant to try this after I was disappointed with a stick foundation in the past. I had tried the Prescriptives Anywhere stick foundation and found it to be very cakey! It looked awful, but I didn't want to give up on stick foundation. I got this in a swap on here, and I love it so much. It's in Jump Rope, which looks dark when swatched on my hand, but it blends into my skin like a dream. I have dry skin, and this does not cake one bit like the Prescriptives stick did. That one actually looked like I was wearing tons of makeup, but this one looks so natural. My skin looks flawless, but not like I'm wearing any makeup at all. This always worked well over top of the Benefit You Rebel for more coverage. The retail price is a bit expensive, but most high end makeup is overpriced.
*I applied this yesterday around 1pm, and it lasted all night until I took it off.

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rated 4 of 5 on 2/7/2011 4:45:00 PM More reviews by zai786

Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

I think this is a very good foundation stays on and does not rub off for several hours.
You can build up how much coverage you want and its also not cakey and does look settled on the face.
I have blemished skin and this works great on its own to cover my blemishes and i often touch my face during the day but the foundation stays in place.
I would totally recommend this to anybody that has not got good clear skin like myself.

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rated 2 of 5 on 1/2/2011 7:03:00 PM More reviews by yasminhayat

Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

I fell in love with Benefit because of their packing. I wish they were as good as they look!


1) The play sticks contain tea tree oil, so it is good for spots. My MAC makes my skin suffer (although not as terribly as I was expecting) but the play sticks don't.

2) It covers better than drug store brands...

3) It hides my pores better then MAC does.


1) It melts off my face. It's meant to be long lasting...It was sold to me as long lasting, I put it on around 8 in the morning and by 12 it's slip slided off my face and needs topping up. (It doesn't matter if I have used primer or not)

2) It's expensive in comparision to other pricer brands. You basically pay for the packaging. And the amount you pay for Benefit you might as well/you'd be better off paying for an alternative brand that actually wow you.

3) It doesn't hide my spots, but it does a better job than my Mac. You need to top up the coverage, if I have an angry spot then is like the play stick will cover it 50% as soon as I touch it with concealer/blotting powder then off it slides, and it is as if I hadn't even bothered putting foundation on it in the first place.

4) It doesn't look 'wowable' some foundations I have put on and my friends have looked at me and gone 'wow your skin looks really good today''. This has never happened with the play stick (and my acne is more problematic this year then it was last year which is when I was mostly trying out benefit products)

Finally, there has been so, so many occassions where I have popped to the loo on a break and have looked at my face when wearing the playstick and actually shrieked because it looks awful, despite looking perfect when leaving the house. The foundation literally sinks into everything, all the fine lines, pores and everything else. I can wear primer and still have to fix everything noon time.

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