I do so remember the first time I purchased a Benefit Boxed Powder. Do you remember yours?
I first heard of BFTE from YouTube videos. After I heard the name once, it seemed to be dropping everywhere in cyberspace. I shrugged it off at first…until I saw Tangerine and Lemon. I had been looking for the perfect vibrant yellow and orange. And there they were, at $6.50 a pop.
Ordering was simple, and the products came fast. The hard part was choosing from over 250 colors. It was my first experience with any mineral company, so I researched how to apply them, and what colors were favored.
I ended up ordering ten for $50, and the Color of the Week, which retails for $2. The colors I purchased were Tangerine, Lemon, Dragon, Mermaid, Peacock, Kou, Fire Dancer, Grape, Atlantis, Whisper, and Big Island.
Some were a hit, and some left a little to be desired.
The duo tones were, and still are, my favorites. I love the idea of having two shades in one. The color reflexes work well with each other and create a beautiful shades and contoured look without even having to try. Those shdes were Dragon, Mermaid, Peacock, and Whisper–the first three being my favorites out of the entire purchase.
Next, I sampled the Hawaii collection. These are all PACKED with shimmer. Though it isn’t glitter, it still IS a mineral shadow, and it will fall out with these. They are beautiful colors, but do dull down as time wears on. It is noticeable when they are applied wet. The vivid appearance loses it’s light. These shades are Fire Dancer, Kou, and Big Island. I found Fire Dancer to be a gorgeous color, but not the right shade for me. I’d recommend it for blue eyes.
Though not matte, Tangerine, Atlantis, Grape and Lemon are neither glittery, duotone or all that shimmery. They do have a slight sheen. Tangerine and Lemon are both very pigmented, but ended up not being the perfect shades I’d thought them to be. Tangerine is bright, but it isn’t a true orange. It leans more towards orange-aid. Lemon has a metallic-like sheen that makes it appear almost light green on the lid. A friend of mine even asked me one day, “are you wearing green and orange eyeshadow?” Grape is a nice color; it’s wonderful for lining or as a crease color.
Overall the shadows were a good buy. I would have switched some colors looking back, but it was a good first experience. They are all highly pigmented, so they are perfect for the girls who love intense and bright shadows. I suggest applying them wet for the most extreme effect, especially the duotones. They blend well and it is very easy to create winning looks with the amount of selection available.
I have not tried them as nailpolish. I have, however, tried Fire Dancer as a sparkling, pinky-red lipcolor and it looked amazing!
These are for the adventurous makeup lovers who want to stand out. They do require some cleanup if you’re using a shimmering or glittery shade, but that’s pretty average with mineral shadows.
I have tried a lot of foundations from different brands… this is THE ONE for me..I am so glad I have found this
-easy to blend
-gives good coverage without needing to pile up a lot
-the finish is more of creamy ( makes my face glow?? ) after I put this on my skin feels so moisturized and healthy
-they have reasonably wide range of color selections : I think they have 9 ( maybe more ) I wear CF204.5 and it suits my olive NC35-40 really really well
-it doesn’t come with pumps so you need to use a spatula but that doesn’t bother me
-kinda expensive : in UK it is around £30 so it is not exactly cheap but I think it is worth it and I bought it on ebay and cost me around US$15 only
-it doesn’t control oil really well so you will need to use a primer and set it with powder… I don’t really set it with powder in winter since my skin is dry during winter
-it has mineral oil ( I don’t really care…but for those who does this might not be one for them )
overall I think this is a really great product since it gives really nice glow finish and my face doesn’t look like I have applied a lot of foundation ( some ppl didnt know I have foundation even lol )
It was only a matter of time before Avon caught the tinted lip bug craze. Not everyone is up for dishing out $22 or more dollars on a sheer lipstick so if Bobbi Brown Lip Treatment and NARS Sheer Lip Treatment just aren’t in your beauty budget right now, have no fear, Avon is here to save the day!
Anyone check out the Victoria’s Secret Safari Makeup Collection yet? It has some seriously nice pieces! Lucky enough, yours truly somehow resisted its evil allure and only ended up with a single little little gloss plus I paid .81 cents for it ha!
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