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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  1. I wouldn't mind trying this primer out, I love the Porefessional though! x
    Amy |

    1. let me know what you prefer if you do try it! xx

  2. I think I might have to give this a try!it sounds perfect!

    Zoe | Sweet Electric

  3. i might have to try this, i need a new primer x

  4. This sounds great! I'm a huge primer fan, so I'll definitely give this a go :)xo

  5. Can't wait for this to be officially released - new Benefit products always excite me and this seems so unique! xx

    1. I know right! I couldn't agree more, its definitely not like anything else I can compare to xx

  6. This sounds amazing! I didn't really get on with Porefessional either (I've got dry skin too!) but this sounds really good. I'll have to see if I can nab a sample!

    1. you'll like this better then :) yes definitely! xx

  7. this sounds great, i have been wanting to try the foundation for ages! i love all of benefits releases and this one is no exception xxx

  8. I have never used primer before - but if helps you to sty 'flawless' I may need to try it :)

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  9. Tempting! I've recently been disappointed with Benefit, even though I love them and their entire concept, but there came a point where there were no more products i was excited to try! I thought the flawless foundation wasn't too amazing!!

    Anyhow, essay over, thanks for sharing!!

    1. really? thats a shame. Why don't you go into store and let them do your make up, you might really love and old product like Benefit or Coralista. Thanks for reading! xx

  10. This is really tempting! I've always loved Benefit, but I haven't bought anything from them recently, oddly enough!

    xo aly

    1. I hadn't either but I'm really enjoying them again xx

  11. Very honest review and well written. I just discovered a new primer from reading your blog and I'm excited to try this out when it does come out here in Madrid. I was hoping it would already be out to really test it at a festival later this month.

    This and the foundation are going to find themselves inside my makeup bag!

    Daphne xx

  12. I have never seen a primer in this kind of twist up stick before, this is really unique. It sounds more like a 'glue' than other primers which would be great I imagine for making makeup last longer. I find most primers help hide my pores a little but the makeups still melted off within a few hours! xx

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  13. Porefessional is my favourite primer at the minute but I would love to try this.

    Jodie x

  14. A really dependable review, thank you!
    Great blog + posts :)



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