BeneFit Cosmetics • Hello Flawless! • Powder

rated 3.7(375 reviews)

Average Rating.3.7
Would buy this product again.62%

rated 5 of 5 paletangirl on 4/23/2009 4:05:00 AM more reviews by paletangirl

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

This product is a little weird, but I am leaning more toward really liking it...especially in the performance department. I long ago stopped using the "enclosed" sponges and applicators in products, so the first time I used this product I applied it with a kabuki brush, like I would use for other powder foundations. NOT good. Too cakey/powdery looking and it didn't even improve with a spritz (I normally set studio fix with a couple spritzes). It also oddly collected around dry spots on my skin. The next time I used the enclosed the sponge for a full face application (I am currently in the middle of a particularly bad run of my "adult onset female acne" so I lean toward wanting more coverage). To my surprise, this application method was really smooth, and seemed to blend in almost entirely. I would say the coverage of this product is moderate to full... as others have said pretty similar to studiofix. Once over the entire face totally evened out most of my skin woes in a reasonably believable way, good finish. If you have any serious pigmentation issues from active or very recent blemishes, you may find you need to dot on a little spot concealer... I didn't find layering this product to cover these spots particularly great. But for less terrible skin than mine, an once over would be sufficient. I can understand some reviewers comments about dryness of the product. Its sort of a specific comparison, but its texture/dryness reminds me of the Smashbox pressed powder (that were discontinued about a year ago). After wearing this for a few days in a row for 12 hour shifts, I found it held up pretty great. I did find that I wanted to blot this product about 6 hours into the day, but only that once and did not require touching up. Pretty impressive oil control and staying power. I typically look like a blotchy melted acne mess by the end of my shift (grr) but this was much much better.
As for color, I got this in "petal". I ordered it online (no stores close) so was apprehensive as petal sounds pink, but the color selector on the Benefit website was pretty helpful, and the color representation was pretty accurate as well. Petal is a yellow to neutral light shade. I would normally wear N4 studiofix (maybe NC25 depth). Sometimes without any blush/bronzer or eyemakeup on this end up looking flat/too pale, but really I think it matches near perfectly which is damn near impossible for me most of the time.
Now all that remains is to see if my skin freaks out more than normal from this product, I will update if these seems to be a problem.
I noticed no one has listed ingredients, and I couldn't get a list anywhere online, so here it is for those of you who are curious.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: octinoxate 5.94%, titanium dioxide 1.70%, oxybenzone 2%. OTHERS: triethoxycaprylylsilane, silica, nylon-12, phenyl trimethicone, polyethylene, talc, lauroyl lysine, phenoxyethanol, ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer, aluminum dimyrisate, bht, disodium stearoyl glutamate, sodium dehydroacetate, methicone, polymethyl methacrylate, isononyl isononanoate, alumina. (+/- bismuth oxychloride, mica, titanium dioxide, carmine, iron oxides.

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rated 5 of 5 debrsl on 4/22/2009 8:41:00 PM more reviews by debrsl

Age: 44-55   Skin: Dry   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

Awesome product! I put it on with the sponge, and it completely covered the redness in my skin. My skin is dry, and it doesn't look dry either, unlike many other powder/mineral foundations I've tried. It makes my skin look smooth. I'm NW20 and got it in Petal. It doesn't look too warm; just knocks out the red.

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rated 2 of 5 wellymacky on 4/22/2009 12:13:00 PM more reviews by wellymacky

Age: 19-24   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Blue    

I have this in Champagne colour which was matched to me. i hate liquid foundations and don't have much luck with mineral powders due to lack of coverage and staying power!

I tried this and fell in love with the coverage and natural colour everything i've been looking for

" Forward 2 hours"

I felt like i'd been sunburnt on my face, my skin felt dry and tight like i'd over sunned myself all day. i began to rub E45 cream in at first just around my hairline and nose ( where the sting was more prominent)

after i washed this product off my face felt so dry ( which isn't normal for oily skin) I cleansed, tonned and moisturised as normal but still my face was left so dry and stinging for 2 hours after. I reapplied more moisturiser which didn't have any affect. I then slapped on E45 cream which helped a little.

I'd never buy this product again i think I may have had a reaction to the ingredients though!

Be warned my symptoms didn't start until 2 hours after applying this product both times so don't be fooled whilst having it put on by a SA.

If it doesn't sting your skin and dry it out it's a fab product.

I'm truely sad it didn't work for me. if anyone knows of a similar product that stops shiny faces but doesn't over dry or sting let me know x

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* tyleka on 4/22/2009 10:06:00 AM more reviews by tyleka

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

There's not much I can add here that other already haven't. It gives great coverage, better than StudioFix, and also doesn't give me flakies like StudioFix does. I love the coverage and look so much, that I'm willing to overlook the packaging and the greedy little amount of product Benefit gives you for the price. My only beef is the SPF- it has a obnoxious smell (granted, it has faded over the month I've had the compact), but it also does not photograph well. It made me look... doughy, for lack of a better word. Kinda of disappointing, because it does make you look flawless like you would want to look for pictures.

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rated 3 of 5 ESMorin on 4/22/2009 9:51:00 AM more reviews by ESMorin

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Blue    

This powder really brightens my face, and blends well. I like the color a lot, and it is silky smooth. However, I agree with the reviewer that said it "sheds". I think that may be the nature of the talc. But it annoys me because that is product lost. The price is steep, and the package is deceptively shallow. There is soooo little powder actually in there. I don't use it every day, have had it for less than a month, and already I am seeing the aluminum bottom peek through. The packaging is also unnecessarily large and clunky, to accommodate the brush and sponge (both of which I threw away), which totally turns me off. Its too bad, because this powder has nice coverage, but I won't waste the money again. EDIT: We had a freak hotspell in New England this past week, and when my face got a little sweaty, this stuff clumped up and kind of "floated" on my face. I now have one of the worst bruised pimples I've ever had in the middle of my cheek. Now it is set in stone that I will never buy this again.

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rated 4 of 5 yenners123 on 4/21/2009 12:11:00 PM more reviews by yenners123

Age: 30-35   Skin: Dry, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

I can't believe how good the coverage is on this product. I can layer on as much or as little as I need and it looks natural and stays on. Despite being a powder it isn't drying. I'm very pleased with this product and would defnitely buy it again.

My only complaint is that I don't like the packaging, and the brush that comes with the product is pretty rubbish. But then, I find that all the brushes that come with Benefit products are pretty poor.

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rated 3 of 5 abusleb on 4/21/2009 2:27:00 AM more reviews by abusleb

Age: 25-29   Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

I really loved this product because it was a great match to my skin (petal) and gave great coverage...But when I started using it, my skin started to act weird. I got all these lines and patches of dryness, my skin looked VERY dry (even after moisturizing it twice), and I started breaking out in areas that were clear before I started using this product...I used it for a month, hoping the pimples would go away but they didn't. I even tried using it with a primer but nothing changed. My skin was no longer silky, it became so tough and rough like leather! :(
I really wanted this powder to work out but I returned it . Not worth keeping since it was so expensive...
UPDATE: I saw some photos of myself when I was wearing the powder and realized it doesn't photograph very well, so I guess it really was not worth it. I am so over it! :)

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rated 4 of 5 idgebrit on 4/20/2009 2:00:00 PM more reviews by idgebrit

Age: 25-29   Skin: Dry, Tan   Hair: Black   Eyes: Brown    

I fall for GWPs every time! I had to buy this powder and one other Benefit product to get this really huge Benefit GWP. I am so glad I bought this because it's turning out to be my favorite pressed powder. I got this in Beige, and it's a perfect match for my NC37 skintone. The texture is very fine and soft and it melts into my skin. The result is perfect, even skintone. I have naturally red cheeks, and this covers the redness. Also, I have very dry skin with dry patches and this powder doesn't bring them out as long as I moisturize first. Also, the coverage is very buildable. I use my Sephora large powder brush for a light coating all over. On days where I need more coverage, I can put a few more layers of powder and it doesn't turn cakey. This powder is so nice!!! The only reason why I gave it 4 lippies is the very poor packaging. The large square compact is big and bulky and hard to open. Inside the compact, there are two layers: one for the powder and one for the brush and sponge. It's hard to lift the top powder layer without nicking the powder itself (another reason why I prefer a separate brush). I will definitely repurchase, but will consider depotting the powder into a sleeker compact (if I can find a square one).

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rated 4 of 5 devildoll77 on 4/16/2009 1:21:00 PM more reviews by devildoll77

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium   Hair: Blond   Eyes: Green    

i wouldn't buy this again per se, unless it was on sale and that's never going to happen! if someone where to give this product to me of course i'd use it happily. was impressed with this powder, i have combo skin and a few fine lines so expected the worse but benefit proved me wrong! good color, i'm the champagne though i thought for sure i'd be petal. i am NOT happy about the price!! there's hardly any product in there for that! the container is ok, it comes with a sponge with is a fabulous idea and a flat brush. the brush actually removes more powder from the box than gets on your face so dump that thing.

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rated 1 of 5 mango65 on 4/14/2009 2:57:00 PM more reviews by mango65

Age: 19-24   Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool   Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

A makeup artist tested this product on me. As with all Benefit products, "Hello Flawless" is all gimmick and no substance. I'm sure it comes as no surprise though.

My face was primed with "dear john" and "high beam", then powdered over with "hello flawless". As if the gimmicky name wasn't off-putting enough, the end result resembled a caked-on mask. I cannot fathom why they created a single colour for the entire clientele. To top it off, packaging was cheap and tweeny.

Well done, Benefit! You've created yet another useless piece of rubbish not even my dog would touch!

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