Friday, May 31

Benefit 15-Hour Stay Flawless Primer Review

I was recently invited by Benefit to the launch party of their brand new Primer called Stay Flawless, which you can read all about here. Although the UK release date isn't until June 29th, I'd thought I'd give you my first impressions as we were kindly given the product to test out. Benefit also matched us with their Hello Flawless foundation, so this review is based on me trailing both products together. I'll review the foundation separately soon (so far so good!)

Priced at £24.50 and part of their fantastic flawless range, I can already see this becoming a best seller. I didn't really like Porefessional (despite it being so popular!) as it didn't work well with my very dry skin and I wasn't very fond of the consistency, making me sceptical whether or not I'd like this. However, I've been pleasantly surprised and impressed, I can't actually fault it! 

Keeping with the other 'flawless' products, the colour scheme is really classy and I love the black and white spotty lid. It also comes with a clear cap over the primer part, but I think that's just to keep it protected. It contains 15.5g, isn't heavy for your make up bag and the actual box is really pretty too. Using the twist mechanism, its easy to use and there's less product wasted rather than a tube.

As the packaging is cleverly designed, it's super easy to use circular motions all over your face to activate the 'magnetic make up' inside, meaning it will hopefully stay on longer. During the demo at the launch, they used actual magnets to simply show that between your bare face and foundation, Stay Flawless is the key to holding it together. Check out this fantastic step-by-step guide created by Benefit.

Product & Finish
When you first apply Stay Flawless, the consistency feels really sticky and horrible, but we were told by the team that this is normal and once you apply the make up, it dries in and locks the foundation in place. It doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky once you've finished your make up, and it didn't irritate my dry, eczema prone skin. The translucent, lightweight formula glides on smoothly, which I really like.

It claims to last 'up to 15-hours' which I always question because if I'm honest, my make up always looks a bit dodgy at 5/6pm. However I have to admit, it didn't look too bad after my normal 9 hour day. I can't say it looked as good as first thing that morning, but my foundation wasn't as patchy or flaky. I think it mainly helped my foundation from drying out on my face, which I was more pleased about rather than the lasting power. However, this is now an essential for nights out and would probably be good for weddings and occasions. As I'm so intrigued, I'm going to do a post featuring Hello Flawless and put both to a test, so keep your eye out for that soon. Here are a few facts printed on the packaging:

97% saw an improvement in the look of skin/complexion* - No
94% said it helps foundation last longer* - Yes
94% said it increased foundation coverage* - No
97% said it enhanced foundation’s performance* - Yes
*Results observed in a consumer panel survey when worn with hello flawless liquid foundation & powder.

I absolutely love Benefit (They're Real, Hoola & High Beam live in my make up bag!) and had really high hopes. Stay Flawless certainly didn't let me down, it helped build a barrier between my foundation and stopped it from drying out. The packaging is gorgeous and I really like how easy it is to use (no mess!). Yes it is pretty pricey, but no different to the majority of other Benefit products. I'd recommend this to anyone with any skin type, it's an absolutely fabulous product!

What do you think? Are you going to be trying Stay Flawless? Do you already use Hello Flawless?
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