Thursday, 3 September 2009

Fabfrocks reviews: Benefit smokin' eyes

I love products that come in pretty packaging; I think that's why I was so excited when Primark launched its make up line. Even though the contents were cheap, the packaging was pretty, colourful and fun! I don't think many make-up companies, especially the big companies, play with their packaging enough. And although it may well be the best foundation you've ever bought (i'm thinking of my beloved Dior here!) there's nothing especially exciting about that black box with the discreet gold lettering, is there?
Enter benefit.
I've always been a big fan of their make up, and their fun, flirty packaging- foundations shaped like records and blushers in chunky brightly coloured boxes; yum! But i'd never used any of their eye products before. As you may or may not know, I am fairly loyal to urban decay to take care of my eye make up. But when the lovely ladies at benefit sent me their new smokin' eyes set to try, I decided it would be rude not to give it a go!
First of all I have to say that the box is gorgeous, and that it's amazing something so compact can contain so many products! I loved the double ended brush, and the brow wax has held my brows in place all day. The highlight of the kit? Well, the tweezers are nothing short of a miracle! I will definitely be going in-store today to see if they stock a full size pair!
The intense black shadow didn't go on quite dark enough for my liking, but that could just be the way I was using it; my sister gave it a go and got a much better effect (apparently i'm just a useless make up applicator). Overall the kit went on well, lasted all day, and was very easy to use; made even easier by the cute instruction booklet included inside. I followed them to the letter and it looked great! The only con of the set? Well although it is pitched as a complete sexy brow and eye make up kit, the set doesn't contain a mascara. And I don't know about you, but my eyes aren't finished until they've been smothered in lashings of thick lengthening mascara! Still, having to carry a mascara alongside this box is no big deal, considering it saves you having to fit your whole make up bag in your handbag! Overall, a big thumbs up!
I haven't included a picture of me modelling the look, mostly because my fringe needs trimming and you can barely see my eyes, let alone my make up! But as I can see this becoming a handbag essential, I do promise to show more pictures next week (I'm having my hair cut on Saturday morning!)
Oh, and you can buy benefit in almost any department store, but if you live/visit central London then I find the ladies in the House of Fraser on Victoria Street especially helpful!
Love, Tor xx


Amanda K said...

I have that kit too and I love it!

KD said...

Lately I have been getting very into make-up - next time I visit the UK I'll definitely be popping into Primark!

Sarah-Rose said...

Oo I love Benefit. Their LemonAid is a daily staple for me - same with their BrowZing (I really only use the wax but it's amazing, right?).
It's a pity that their shipping to NZ is so high - otherwise I would order more!

Make Do Style said...

I'm a Laura Mercier girl!