I saw, I purchased, I tested. And now I’m about to review Benefit Erase Paste for you! Click here to read my original post about Erase Paste!
So I basically spent $26 to test this new multitasking concealer out from Benefit so you guys didn’t have to! Aren’t I the bestest friend in all the blogging world?
I have mixed emotions about Erase Paste. It’s not particularly working for me but it may work for you. I think it depends on what sort of skin type you’re sporting, what you’re concealing, how old you are, etc….
You’ve already heard me moan, piss, and whine about how my under eye area refuses to cooperate with me lately. I’ve developed dry skin under my eyes plus a bit of puffiness and fine lines which equals disaster for Benefit Erase Paste. I primarily purchased this to use as an under eye concealer but it’s so thick and blends so horribly that it cakes, creases, and ages my eyes. I was hopeful that the texture and formula would be as moisturizing and as easy to blend as Benefit Boi-ing but this is far more thicker and blending is difficult, lots of tugging involved which I’m not thrilled with.
I guess this can be considered moisturizing but the formula feels as if it dries to a powder even though that’s not what it’s doing. It emphasizes the dryness of my eye area terribly which makes me look more older than awake and brightened as it promises. A little goes a long way since the coverage is excellent. It should do a great job if you have dark circles and cover the pesky buggers up completely. I got the lightest shade and it still appears very beige in the jar which I don’t particularly like because it also applies that way. It matches my skin tone well enough but I normally like to go a shade or two below when working on my eye area. This brightens the area up yes but it almost feels and looks like I took my cream foundation (My skin is combo but mostly dry so I use cream foundation) and applied it under my eyes. Very strange!
The spatula it comes with is a god sent. I personally wouldn’t want to dip my finger into the jar for obvious reasons but if you don’t mind, hey some of us don’t which is fine, it’d be terribly difficult to get any product out simply because this stuff is so thick you need to use the tiny spatula to scrap it out of the jar.
I have some mixed emotions about this since it does make my eye area looks some what rested but honestly my other concealers work much better at doing this without aging my eye area, creasing, or caking up plus they are lighter in texture and the color is a few shades below my normal foundation color where as Erase Paste basically matches my foundation in color almost.
The jar this comes in isn’t as large as you might think it is when viewing the promo images. I purposely avoided looking at the size of the jar since I wanted to be surprised at how tiny or large it might be. Turns out it’s about the size of a potted lipgloss. Not so big at all but honestly the product should last you a year or so since you need so little for coverage.
Erase Paste next to my Shu Lip Lacquer for size comparison
My review is based on using this as an eye concealer only. I didn’t try hiding blemishes as I have none and I didn’t try it as a full face brightener as I was wary of applying such a thick cream to my face! You honestly can’t use this on the full of your face in my humblest opinion as it seems like it’ll clog your pores in a major way!
Instruction Pamphlet Included with Erase Paste for different options of use!
People who might find this product helpful would be those girls that suffer with little dryness under their eyes. It might be a dream concealer for those of you with super dark circles and no dryness as it may blend easier without dry bits to worry about!
So far I’ve used this twice. I can’t give it a completely bad review as I do somewhat like the coverage it gives. This morning after major prepping of my eye area it even blended a bit better then it did the first time I tried it and I’m not experiencing as much creasing. If you prep really well prior to application it blends not so badly however still plenty of tugging involved for proper application.
Is it me or do you really hate when people say pat your concealer on? Pat your moisturizer on! I mean seriously in my humblest opinion if I pat on my concealer it looks stupid and if I pat on my moisturizer it pills under my eye! I have to very gently rub with my ring finger and then blot and then pat. I know how bad it is to tug but I do have to gently rub it in to blend correctly! Benefit suggests patting Erase Paste under your eye…ummmm…that isn’t going to work so well! The formula is so thick you’ll look like you’re running around with a layer of beige color cream under your eyes if you just pat and not rub.
Who might love this:
- Girls with younger, fresher eyes!
- Those of you with dark, dark circles you need to conceal and cover up!
- Girls with mild acne that wish to conceal a blemish here and there!
- Those of you who do not have a dry under eye area!
Who might hate this:
- Those of you with older eyes. Fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin beware!
- Ladies that do NOT like tug on the eye area to blend!
I can’t yet give this a Muse Approval for purchase but it’s slowly growing on me. If it’ll ever becomes an absolute staple in my beauty regime remains to be scene but I somehow doubt that! It’s somewhat good but it’s far from being great! I highly recommend stopping at your Benefit Counter or heading to Sephora to test this out prior to purchasing it!
I’ll keep you posted as I’ll be using this for the remainder of the week before I deciding if I’ll be returning or keeping it!
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You may recall that I had was in with all of the Lunasol Geminate Eye Palettes when they were introduced. I went nuts and just said to myself “MUST have all!”
At the time I recall my good mate Iris from Rouge Deluxe saying she liked the Diamond palette the least. At the time Iris had purchased me the Diamond palette and I was in agreement with her that it was probably not as nice as the others plus would be a bit sheer as well! It’s rare I’m in disagreement with anything she says so I was definately on the bandwagon that this particular palette wasn’t as beautiful as the rest of the lineup!
However, I beg to change my opinion! It’s become a fast favorite of mine the times I’ve used it and I’ve created some ultra stunning, shimmery looks with it!
I love, love, love how the colors all just work so well together!
This is what I created a few days ago when using it:
It’s quite nice but it’s a bit of shimmer overload! My fallout was a mess! Oh well I’m still enjoying all the glittery bits and pieces!
What I Used:
MAC Blush in Full Fuchsia
Lunasol Geminate Palette in Diamond
MJ Lash Extender Spring Edition
KATE Loose Eyeshadow in PK1
Kate Loose Eyeshadow in SV1
Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Pink Raspberry
Ettusais Glitter Pink Lipgloss
The looks used in the Sephora Catalog are up with How To’s on the Sephora site! I love, love, love that they do this for the last few catalogs! I’m always generally curious what was used on the model and prior to the last few catalogs you had to play the guessing game! The fact that they put together a quick list of what was used is awesome plus a little “how to” is always appreciated!
Click the picture for details on what was used and how to create it! Happy duping!
I won’t be recreating any of these as I’m definately not talented enough but if anyone does do shoot me a comment or an e-mail! I’d love to see!
Bare Escentuals has a new QVC exclusive kit available for $45 USD entitled Tropical Paradise. This looks interesting although the price is scaring me slightly! You may recall me ranting previously about the slight increase that I’ve noticed in BE as of late.
The set includes 7 items total which are:
- Citron Glimmer
- Beach Goddess Glimmer
- Mineral-Infused Lip Guard Tropical Beach
- Allover Face Color in Tropical Radiance
- Tapered Shadow Brush
- Angled Face Brush
- White Resort Makeup Sunglass Case
Rant, rant, rant goes the Muse. $45 USD normally gets me a hell of a lot more from BE then 7 items but ok I guess. This collection looks promising aside from the price! I’m loving the aqua bluish tint of Beach Goddess and I think it complements the yummie yellow shade perfectly!
Honestly, I’m not bothering myself purchasing the set but I will defintely hound around E-bay in search of the two glimmers as they appear to be the best of the lot of items in the kit!
If you’d like to order it type in Item Number A71589 at QVC.
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Here’s one for the Lestat fans (there have to be one or two of you out there in cosmetic land).
It appears Anne Rice is returning to her roots and giving Lestat some much needed air to breath, he’s been buried up in his tomb for far too long and many of his fans miss him (the Muse does!). Anne Rice spoke to Time Magazine recently and promises one more book for Lestat.
It interests me she’ll be breathing life back into Lestat but I fear for Lestat’s return as from the article’s tone it appears Lestat will be released back into the head storm of Anne Rice’s religious hurricane (I’m an atheist, no I’m not, yes I am, no I’m not!)!
If you’ve been buried under a rock for 12 years or you’re just not a big reader you probably haven’t noticed the lack of blood dripping from Anne Rice novels as of late. That’s simply because Anne Rice is no longer an atheist and “re-found” the catholic church. In short terms, this meant she’d buried the Vampire Chronicles and ‘the evil” it created for her and she’d take on the new adventure of writing about Christ’s life. I can’t make this stuff up it’s all completely true. A lady that was writing about Sleeping Beauty in Bondage a few years ago is now a hardcore Christian…I dunno..whatever floats your boat I guess…stranger things have happened right?
I haven’t been a fan of Anne in a while in all honesty. Her work began a downward spiral a very long time ago and Lestat had long since lost his ability to speak to me since…god…who knows a very long time ago.
I’ve done my duty, as a good fan, and read through everything she’s put out (with much difficulty) over the course of the last several years. Reading Memnoch was at times comparable to root canal surgery with a rusty drill!
I guess we do that from time to time with someone we love reading (King is a good example). We fall under the illusion that the next book out will surely recapture the intense feeling we experienced when we originally read the author’s first book. But it’s never really the case is it?
Lestat’s return won’t happen for a few more years yet I imagine (even the article states as much) but I’ll keep some sort of hope (not a high hope…) alive that he might make a colorful reappearance in her next novel! Who knows maybe Lestat will learn to communicate on the same level with Anne that he used to before Anne went off on her trip to Never Never Land without him.
The Muse looks forwards to the gentleman vampire’s return (even though my gut tells me it’s going to be a very weird trip)!
Cheers Lestat de Lioncourt! High hopes for one last big bang before you disappear off the literary circuit for good.
By the way if you’re really missing the goth you can always appease your hunger by reading Christopher Rice’s dribble…that’s not quite root canal surgery…it’s more alone the lines of brain surgery while you’re fully awake!