Benefit BEAUTY SCORE! (plus swatches)


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.

IMG_2728benefit kitsSo 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 Β£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 Β£25 in duty free but if you were to purchase it now in normal circumstances it’d cost you Β£29.50 – not a bad price considering you’re getting 10 minis for it.

I’ll go into detail on the products inside now.

benefit highbeamI’ll start with the liquid tints as the kit comes with four!

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.

benefit hoola As the box powders from Benefit are rather popular I was so excited when I spotted that this kit offered two to try out!

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.

benefit they're realThe kit also came with a sample of the They’re Real mascara; a famous Benefit love until the recent Rollerlash sort of took over…

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.

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I was thrilled to find out that I could try two primers from Benefit in the kit, as the brand’s very famous for them.

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.

benefit it's potentAnd 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.

Swatches:

benefit makeup swatches

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.

If you can get your hands on it, grab it as I think it’s limited edition! You can pick it up right here from Debenhams (although at the minute it’s out of stock, oops) and here from the Benefit site.

What’s your number one product find from Benefit?

sshhbeauty x

35 thoughts on “Benefit BEAUTY SCORE! (plus swatches)

  1. This is such a great set! I love the Hoola Bronzer and the Porefessional! I got to try quite a few of their products a while back when I won their Benefit/Birchbox Contest which included sample sizes and full sizes of products. I wasn’t too impressed with the They’re Real Mascara though. This is a great kit though! πŸ™‚ xo

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    1. I love the set too! Hoola’s a cult favourite for Benefit and I can see why. It’s so good for subtle contouring.
      Did you not like They’re Real? I was a big fan of it! Have you tried Rollerlash? xx

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      1. I didn’t really like the They’re Real mascara. I mean it was more subtle and natural looking but maybe I had a bad batch or something. I just may give it another try. I haven’t tried the Rollerlash but I hear everyone loves it pretty much. The Maybelline Lash Sensational is said to be a dupe for it and I really loved that mascara! xo

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      2. I have to say, masara’s probably the most personal beauty product! Everyone likes their lashes differently!
        And I do have Rollerlash but I just can’t decide how I feel about it. I used to hate Lash Sensational but I’m now obsessed with it and use it every single day! xx

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    1. I’m a High Beam fan, yep. It can be difficult to work with as it can be quite intense at times and once it’s set it’s not budging – I find I can end up with a stripe sometimes; not a good look – but when applied properly it looks gorgeous! So glowy.
      I would say it’s worth it but it’s very expensive for what it is – you can get little kits with samples in kind of like this one which are great ways of testing it first! xx

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      1. You’re so welcome! Glad I could be of any help! Do check it out – Benefit as a brand is one of my favourites actually!
        And I’d love to know if you try it and what you think of it! xx

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  2. Such a good one to get your hands on, definitely! I’d do so ASAP though as it is limited.
    A great way to try out lots of different products for a reasonable price though!
    Glad to have shared it and possibly helped! xx

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  3. Oh gosh, this seems so wonderful, ahhh, I’d really want to get my hands on one of these!

    I actually haven’t tried any Benefit products! * gasp * I know, I know! So this would be just an incredible investment and it’s not pricey at all! (Considering how much you get)

    Lovely post!

    xx

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    1. It’s so good, right? And oh goodness if you haven’t tried Benefit you are definitely missing out – these kits are just perfect to test out products from a new brand.
      It’s not that pricey either! If you like the look of it get your hands on it quickly as it is limited.
      And thank you lovely! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚ xx

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    1. Such a good one to get your hands on, definitely! I’d do so ASAP though as it is limited.
      A great way to try out lots of different products for a reasonable price, that’s for sure!
      Glad to have shared and possibly helped! xx

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