Hello again my lovelies! Hope your week is going as good as mine is so far. The sun always puts me in a better mood, and the weather today is better than ever!
In today’s post I’m going to be reviewing a limited edition kit from Benefit which I’ve owned for just over a year now: Beauty Score! I’m sure you’ve all lusted over or at least heard about the kits that Benefit offer, and I love that they’re a way to test out lots of products from the brand in small sample sizes.
I was so excited when I discovered it in the Duty Free section of the airport last year when I was going on holiday, and I have to admit that none of the products have run out (some are close to, but not yet…) and I’ve been really impressed with the amount you get for the price.
So as for the products inside; there’s 10 of them, ranging from items for the face, cheeks and eyes. They’re all samples so there’s no full sizes slipped into the bunch, but I do love the way that for £25 (it was discounted in duty free) I got to try 10 products from Benefit that I had never tried before, whereas if I’d looked at full sizes I would have purchased one product for that price.
As I said, the kit was discounted to £25 in duty free but if you were to purchase it now in normal circumstances it’d cost you £29.50 – not a bad price considering you’re getting 10 minis for it.
I’ll go into detail on the products inside now.
BENETINT: I don’t get much use out of Benetint, although I do like the concept of it – a stain that can be used on the cheeks and the lips. I just find it to stain very quickly on the cheeks; TOO quickly almost, so much so that I really struggle when blending it out. It looks pretty on the lips but I can get a similar colour from different products that are easier to use.
OOH LA LIFT: Similar to Benetint I haven’t got much use out of this little guy either! It’s supposedly an under eye brightener but I tend to use a lighter concealer to lift under the eyes anyway, so it doesn’t have a worthwhile effect on me. If you’ve got dark, dark under eye circles though, I’m sure it’d be great to bring life to your skin!
HIGHBEAM: Onto one that I’ve got plenty of use from! I was so excited to try this liquid highlighter and I haven’t been disappointed by it. I find it works best patted onto the cheekbones and as a little goes a long way I’ve barely made a dent in it. I also love the shade – a silvery pink – because I find it meshes with my undertones naturally, unlike golden sheens which look superficial.
STAY DON’T STRAY: The final liquid tint is this concealer and eyeshadow primer! As I don’t usually get creasing with eyeshadow and it has a tacky finish, I never found using this as a primer on the lids very worthwhile. However I love this under my concealer, as I really do find that it glues it to the skin and keeps it from straying, as the name suggests! It also gives good coverage alone so if I’m having a good skin day I’ll just use this and be good to go.
BELLA BAMBA: This is actually a discontinued powder from Benefit so if you’ve been lusting after it (or have always wanted to give it a go!) maybe this is another reason to pick up the kit! It’s a beautiful peachy pink blusher with golden sparkles. I’ve duped this HERE if you’ve been wanting to try it but don’t want to buy the whole kit!
HOOLA: A cult favourite in the beauty community, I’m sure you’ll agree. As I’m so pale it’s often difficult for me to find a bronzer that doesn’t make me look tangoed – not to mention that I can be heavy handed – so I love that this bronzer is nowhere near orange but would still suit everyone, from very pale to very dark. It’s also matte so it’s ideal to contour with.
It’s actually well and truly dried out now but I kept the tube so that I could include it in this review, but whilst it was still going I remember absolutely loving it. It gave me good volume and brilliant length too. To be honest, I seem to remember being blown away by They’re Real and I’m not feeling like that with Rollerlash yet!
I’ve duped They’re Real here if you want a cheaper alternative.
THAT GAL: This primer had it’s ups and downs for me. As a brightening primer, in theory, it would have been ideal for me as I love dewy skin and a healthy glow. However the glow it gives is very subtle so I found myself using more than I really needed to – and the sample’s only small and I didn’t want to finish it up within a few uses! So although I can’t really use it beneath foundation I do like it on no-makeup makeup days, when I’ll literally use a dab of concealer and mascara as it gives life to the areas of my skin that aren’t covered.
THE POREFESSIONAL: Quite possibly Benefit’s most well-known products EVER. Everyone into makeup’s heard of it, and I was so excited to try it out! As I have very dry skin I didn’t really find it to make much of a difference in terms of the longevity of my makeup, but I found it excellent to smooth out my pores and my foundation applied so much softer on top of it.
And last but by no means least is a little skincare bonus thrown into the mix, and it’s the It’s Potent Eye Cream! Supposedly it fades dark circles, but I’m guessing that you have to use it religiously to see results like that and the sample jar’s only small. I personally love this eye cream for days when my undereyes are feeling puffy and tired, and I pop it in the fridge before I apply it so I get that refreshing, cooling feeling that I crave sometimes.
Overall I can’t get enough of this set! I love pretty much everything about this and I definitely think that it’s up there with the best kits that Benefit sells.
What’s your number one product find from Benefit?