August 26, 2009

Benefit Matterial Girl Review and Swatches

One of my client’s came into my office today and said he heard on the new that it was the hottest day of the year. Honestly, it’s sticky outside yes and it’s about 85 degrees or so but I wouldn’t call it the hottest day of the year.


But it’s good enough weather to test out Benefit Matterial Girl Matte Finishing Powder.

Jump for it.

Let’s start by saying that Benefit always has these small little releases that simply kill it. Posietint and Coralista just to name a few. These items become instant cult classics. I love Benefit for this reason. It’s not a big collection release, it’s not 20 limited edition shadows, it’s simply one solid release ever few months or so that rocks it.

Benefit Matterial Girl slipped by me this time and I just came across it on the website recently. Of course, I couldn’t wait to test it out for myself. Did you know it’s not on counter yet or at Sephora and also that’s it’s an Asian Exclusive that was available on Asian counters for a good while before popping up here in the states.

What is it?

Nothing huge, nothing crazy. It’s simply a mattifying loose powder for setting makeup. It’s for all the oily skin chicas who feel like their face is melting off. Mine isn’t necessarily melting off but I can tell you that even my dry skin takes on oily and shiny with the best of ’em.

As always Benefit reigns the realm of cuteness with a sweet little package. The powder comes housed in a pale pink and white topped jar with a clear base and surrounding bows around it. This alone makes it worthy of a pick up.

A few readers asked for the ingredients list and most important of all it does contain talc but no cornstarch. Talc is commonly known for causing me to itch terribly but lucky enough this hasn’t made me suffer in that direction. The secondary main ingredient is Mica.

The powder is soft, silky, and applies flawlessly. It’s transparent for the most part but manages to even out my skin tone a fair bit, sets my makeup, and most important mattifies my skin.

What better day than the hottest day (supposedly) of the year to try this out? I set my makeup with it and did a few runs today around town with it on. Post Office, Bank, drop off dry cleaning, etc……I did a fair bit of walking about as well. So far my face is remaining in tact minus oil and shine. I haven’t touched up yet and I’m going on about four hours of use so far, not bad for a loose powder.

So far so good.

Overall, I’m liking it. Cute packaging and shine free skin, what more could a girl want? If you’re a lover of Benefit you’re going to want to indulge. It’s available now from

But don’t buy it right now. It just launched. Wait a few and I’m positive Benefit will slip a free shipping coupon into your mail box shortly as they always do with new releases.

Are you wanting Benefit Matterial Girl?

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About the Muse

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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  • Elvia Barrera

    Yo compre Hello Flawless y no me gusto espero que este este mejor

    • the Muse

      hi elvia

      I sadly don’t speak spanish? Sorry 🙁 You’ll have to comment in English.

      • Bianca61

        Hi Muse! Elvia wrote that she bought Hello Flawless and she did not like it. She hope this one is better.

        I bought this before my trip used it once and left it with the make up artist at my daughter’s photo session. I guess it was okay… I am going to buy Mac blotting powder today.

        • the Muse

          hi bianca I really liked hello flawless and enjoy this as well 🙂 Two great powders. I guess it depends, different strokes for different folks ;-D!

  • CC

    I’ve been looking for this everywhere – has it already been discontinued?

  • 17 Stars

    I’ve been searching for this and no one seems to sell it. I did a google search and came across this site and other reviews but nothing else.
    I ended up emailing and they told me that it was out of stock but I still don’t understand why it’s not even listed as a product on their site.
    I went to Ulta and the girl said they were going to be getting a new loose powder from Benefit soon but she didn’t know the name of it….most likely this is what it is. It’s just strange that it kind of disappeared from everywhere.

    • the Muse

      hi 17 stars I noticed it had disappeared off the site quickly. I’ll see if I can get some info for you! it was really a limited run and I noticed it ran out very quickly! I’m sure they will stock it up again but perhaps they are in the middle of introducing spring 🙂