February 17, 2009

Benefit Hello Flawless! Review, Swatches, and Before and After Photos

Benefit has succeeded yet again and has a big winner on it’s hands with it’s brand new Hello Flawless! Powder.

Fantastically good stuff. Count this Muse impressed!

Jump ahead to hear me rave!

I’ve used quite alot of powders in my day but I don’t think I’ve come across a richly pigmented powder as Benefit Hello Flawless! If you use a powder foundation you’re seriously going to want to give this a try as it truly covers literally EVERYTHING and possibly the kitchen sink too.

The powder is heavily pigmented but manages to remain light and natural on the face which is quite impressive for the Muse. Anything as pigmented as this powder would make me think twice as I’d worry it would appear cakey on my skin but nope, not the case. Flawless is the order of business indeed. The formula is gentle, light, and quite airy. I was a bit worried that my dry skin would look absolutely ridiculous with this on but no problems at all in that area. The powder applies and blends like a dream and creates flawless coverage without any caking, creasing, or flaking due to dry skin. It managed to control my oily forehead and stayed fresh for about four or five hours before I needed to head in for a touch up. Normally I don’t wear powder as a foundation but I did so today and I must say I was looking heavenly as you’ll notice from my photos below. Even my mate Martin mentioned that I was “glowing”!

Benefit Hello Flawless! has alot going for it in particular the fact that it contains SPF 15. Combining sun protection with a mattifying powder plus one pigmented enough to work as a foundation creates a star of a product. The compact is too cute with a “lit” makeup mirror on the cover and the words “Hello Flawless”. Flip it open to reveal a dual compact which has the powder on top and houses the brush and the sponge, yes indeed two applicators, underneath.

The powder gives the Burger King motto a whirl for it’s money! It’s “Have it your way” foundation powder! w00t! The basic concept of the powder is it works one of two ways by 1. using the brush to sweep on a thin layer of powder to combat oil, set makeup, or freshen your face up or 2. use the sponge applicator for full on flawless coverage and to cover spots, blemishes, or dull skin. The Muse tried it both ways and although brushing on the powder is fab for a quickie touch up I actually prefer application with the sponge as I felt like taking full advantage of such a pigmented powder (in this particular case more was less). There aren’t many ways to describe the results…flawlessness is the best way to put it, hence the name right? It seriously covers really well and creates a perfect canvas for makeup. Heck, I even used a tiny bit under my eyes and it covers up dark circles in a snap! I checked the ingredients and I don’t see any Talc which could account for why it wore so well on my face.

The beauty mark test! Now you see it, now you don’t!

Have it your way coverage!

The following photo is a makeup free Muse. As you can see my face is a bit dull, circles under my eyes, tired looking eyes, a few spots on my face, and my skin just isn’t looking amazing.

After a dusting of Benefit Hello Flawless! you can begin to see a bit of better looking skin but a bit more is needed.

After a full application of the powder my skin is absolutely perfect! Spots are gone, dark circles and tired eyes are brighter, the dullness of my skin is left glowing and beautiful!

Overall, I’m truly in love with Benefit Hello Flawless! and quite happy to Muse Approve it for purchase. You seriously need to give this one a try as it’s a winner. I’m looking forward to using this as my primary foundation come the Summer and I’m particularly delighted that even though it’s Winter and my skin is quite dry that I’m still able to take full advantage and look beautiful and gorgeous without any flaky grossness. Any certain dullness was quickly erased and I was left looking flawless.

Who might love this:

  • Anyone who wants perfect, healthy flawless looking skin!
  • Those who use a powder foundation right now but feel like they need something more pigmented.
  • Anyone in a hot climate who needs a powder foundation to combat oily skin with the added benefits of SPF.
  • Those who want a multitasking powder that they can easily apply in sheer or heavier layers!
  • Anyone who wants to walk down the street and hear a greeting from a friend saying “Well, Hello Flawless!”

Loves this one.

The Muse thinks you need it.

Benefit Hello Flawless! isn’t available in store until April but you can get it now at www.benefitcosmetics.com

Give it a day or two and the Muse bets Benefit gives you Free Shipping on it too! Remember kids, Benefit ships Internationally too and is offering Free Shipping for orders over $115 USD so get your friends together and form a spree to grab yourself some Benefit goodies! The Muse knows that many Cozy Cotters do sprees so you might want to check over there. Coupon Code WORLD115 for Free Worldwide Shipping!

Update! Update! Update! Get Free Shipping using code FLAWLESS

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Anna

    Hi! I’ve been an avid fan of your site for a few months now and I can say I love your review on this particular product from Benefit! I have to try this one of these days 🙂 Thanks!

    • the Muse

      Hi Anna! Thank you so much for being a long time reader 😀

      I LOVE this stuff 😀 Gives me such a flawless finish! Stop back and comment when you haul! Would love to hear what you think!

  • Kristen L.

    Hi! I just started reading your blog about a month ago, and have been going back to past reviews. I started using Hello Flawless! about two months ago, and I am AMAZED. Over the summer I survived by mixing “That Girl” primer with my Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer and applying with a sponge, but as soon as September hit I needed more coverage! I still start with my usual combo, but then layer Hello Flawless! over it with either the brush or a sponge depending on my blemish situation at that time. I love love love love love it! I can’t believe we went so long without a product as awesome as this.

    I am starting a review blog for all things including makeup, and I will for sure one day review Hello Flawless to help spread the word of its amazingness!

    Thanks for the awesome reviews!

    • the Muse

      fantastic kristen! I absolutely love this powder 😀 I’m so happy you had such incredible results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 w00t! Awesome. I really love it too and felt it was one of the better powders I’ve tried 😀 Aw thank you so much! It’s great to have a brand new reader :D!


  • Vicki

    I just bought this and I am THROUGHLY IMPRESSED AS WELL! It covered an AWFUL pimple( like took up my whole nose) and kept it covered for an 8 hour day with NO TOUCHUPS-amazing product

    Thank you for your review

  • kirby

    This is the first powder/concealer/foundation sort of product that I’ve ever actually used up and purchased more of–typically I buy something and just don’t like it and move on to something else. I wore this for my outdoor wedding in June and looked fresh throughout all my pictures (and was the only one who didn’t get totally sunburnt). I work in a hospital and during the height of the “swine flu pandemic,” we were going through tons of those disposable respirator masks, and they were completely wreaking havoc on my skin. The area around my nose and mouth was totally red and broken out. My “before and after” Hello Flawless transformation was so drastic, once I put the product on nobody ever would have guessed that I was having such awful skin issues. Love it!

    • the Muse

      kirby how wonderful you are enjoying this so much!!!!!! that’s incredible 😀 I really like it as well and actually I’ve hit pan on it almost which is saying something as I don’t normally use up anything haha!

  • MLeru

    After such a fabulous review I had to get me some of this Hello Fabulous, and the first thing I said when I put it on was “Hello…where have you been all my life!?” Just like you said this provides great coverage. I actually went back to touch up a pesky blemish a few hours after applying this and it looked better than it did when I first put it on! Thank goodness for your fab blog and before and after photos or I don’t think I would’ve tried this product!

    • the Muse

      hi mleru! sorry for the delayed reply 😀 omg that’s such great news so glad you’re loving Hello Flawless it really is gorg isn’t it!? My fav powder of all time!

      I’m SO happy you loved it hun! *hugs*!

  • Lemon

    OK now i want this.. seems fantastic. Daymn i’m totally gonna spend big on Benefit.

    • the Muse

      lol lemon 😀 do come back and tell me whatcha think when u get it!

  • Kym

    I so want this product to try….just looking on the UK website now but I don’t understand the colour names and which would be best for my skin eek?! I’m very pale…are you able to shed any light?

    • the Muse

      hi kym…sadly not sure of a good color rec hun perhaps head to counter and swatch a little to see which is best suited to your skin?

      Hope this helps!

      • Kym

        Thanks for your reply. Might just have to take a little road trip and find out. Just don’t understand why they can’t name the colours properly instead of phrases.

        • the Muse

          my pleasure kym. wish I had better recs for shades and such but I always find shades are best played with and not suggested 😀 tested and swatched in person is the way to go 😀

  • LorraineER

    Wow, another product I would have never looked twice at that I now feel i MUST have because of you, LOL
    No, really though- Sometimes when I’m browsing in Sephora I pass products that I don’t know what they do and they don’t look like much so I pay no attention. If it wasn’t for reviews like this I’d never know if it was something I could really use (or not use)

    • the Muse

      aw shucks lorraine super flattered you depend on my blog like that 😀

  • tracey jones

    Thanks so much for your advice to go out and buy Benefit Hello Flawless……I have really, really struggled to find a foundation that suits me. I am nearly 50 and have a few hormonal blotches plus some sun damage from nearly 10 years of living in Spain but I wanted a foundation that looked “invisible” but covered everything and didn’t look like a mask (bit of a tall order, I know!). I have tried pretty much every brand and the last one I tried was Chanel Vitalumiere (v. expensive!) – which was the best of a bad bunch…..Then this morning I went to the Benefit counter at a local department store and asked the lady to try the Hello Flawless on me. It looked really good but it was a make up girl doing it…. Anyway, I bought it and kept my fingers crossed. When I got home I took all my makeup off and tried to do it myself…….so easy! It really felt so light, like I was putting nothing on at all – but it covered everything. It is a million times better than the Laura Mercier mineral make up that I tried last year….I am a very happy bunny – so many thanks!!

    • the Muse

      aw tracey reading this was so fabulous thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so glad you discovered Hello Flawless! It’s a fav of mine and I truly adore it so it’s nice to hear such great success stories with it *hugs*

  • grace

    heyy i was just wondering, how long did they take to ship to you?
    a week? 2 weeks? Thank you so so much, btw i am seriously loving all ur reviews lol i get so excited when i search for a product and find out its from you, im like OH YES LOL good review :]
    thank yooooooooooooooo again :]

    • the Muse

      few days via ups grace. less than a week. So glad you’re enjoying my babbling 😀 thank YOU for the sweet comment!

  • Marisa

    Thank you for this review! I really wanted to find a new powder and I think I found the one 😉

  • Christina

    oooouuuuuuu!!!!! I don’t wear compact makeup or any kind of powders, but this looks fab! I think benefit once sent me a trial for hello flawless, need to find that 🙂

  • giftzla

    thank you for your review ,it’s help a lot n I think I should buy it !!!

  • Brooke

    I love your blog so so so much! Do you know if this contains any parabens?? Thank you so much!

    • the Muse

      hi brooke, aw thanks! unfortunately yes hun! Most all benefit cosmetics contain parabens.

  • Carly

    Thanks so much for this review! I’m looking into Hello Flawless myself 🙂
    the problem is, I’ve always worn liquid foundations… will switching to a powder foundation be too drastic a change? I hate the cakey look powder so often gives…
    Thanks for your adivce 🙂

  • Denise D

    I noticed you said there was no talc listed as an ingredient. I purchased this (Ivory color) and it does have talc listed as an ingredient on the box. Now I am not sure whether to try it or take it back….sigh…

  • Benefit Cosmetics User

    I’m curious if you’ve noticed a change in the color of this product? I’ve been using this forever and a couple of months back I noticed the color of my Benefit Cosmetics ‘Hello Flawless!’ Powder Foundation in “Me, Vain? Champagne” changed. It is significantly more “orange” looking. This was my go to # one foundation. I visited Sephora to exchange it thinking there was an error in labeling and the first time this happened I was able to get the original shade but now they’re all orange looking in this shade regardless of where you purchase it. I reached out to Benefit but got nowhere.

    • Isabella Muse

      I haven’t purchased it in a while sadly! Sorry I couldn’t say if it has or hasn’t changed!

  • Luciana

    Hi!!. Loved your review. Would you mind me telling if this color its like mac studio fix powder nc30. Thank you.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m not sure, I’m not very familiar with MAC’s range of shades!