January 7, 2010

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Review and Swatches

Benefit Stay Don't Stray 1

You ever find yourself completely ignoring Benefit’s color cosmetics and just really concentrating hard on their base line? I do this all the time. They make so many incredible, must have base products I completely forget they have color cosmetics available too!

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eye Primer can definitely make me forget everything very easily. Loves it!


Benefit Stay Don’t Stray is pretty much a multitasking primer as it works 360 degrees, all the way around the eye to prep and primer for not only eyeshadow but concealer as well….and heck in some cases you can even use it as a concealer.

Benefit Stay Don't Stray 2

First off it will never ever replace Benefit Lemon Aid for me. Just wanted to throw that out there. Lemon Aid is my go to prep for upper lid work and I don’t see myself trading it in for this anytime soon.

The formula is a light slightly watery texture in a transparent flesh color. If your eyes are slightly red or you have tiny veins visible on your lids (lighter skin tones do) or even general dullness this works at concealing the entire lid and brow area for a more awake, refreshed look. Of course as it conceals it’s also working at prepping your lid for crease-proof shadow wear. You can go ahead and take it an extra step and prep under your eye as well with the product to create a smooth canvas for concealer. Or if you happen to need little to no concealer you can easily get away with using this as your concealer.

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It pretty much keeps shadows long wearing throughout the day with no creasing. I don’t really like using it to prep for my concealer though as I’m a bit too old in the eye area and prepping plus concealer on top…bit overkill as I begin to look like I have alot of makeup on. However, on weekends or when I’m just running errands I can easily get away with using it as a little fresher-upper under my eyes sans concealer.

Now it does suffer the same woes as Fresh Absolute Concealer in the fact that the pump distributes way too much product. One pump and you’ll end up with way too much product so it’s a bit of a waste. The key is to pump slowly but keep your hand on the depressor so the product eases out and you can quickly lift your finger so you aren’t left with a gob of primer. It takes a little practice but using it daily you’ll get a knack for it.

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I’m a creature of habit so I can’t say that Benefit Stay Don’t Stray will take the place of my beloved UDPP but it does come close. It multitasks in several ways to not only act as a simple shadow primer but also to conceal and prep the entire area and honestly UDPP can’t yet say that now can it?

Likey alot!

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  • Gemma

    Hi Muse
    Sounds interesting although i already use udpp and lemonaid, i would like to try this anyway due to the cute bottle and name etc lol. I wonder how it would work with the benefit creaseless cream eye shadows i am a big fan of those at the moment.

  • Sheila

    UDPP is coming out with/already has a matte/flesh coloured primer! I think right now its Sephora exclusive but apparently you can use it as concealer too =D

  • Hailee

    Ahhh! I’ve been waiting for this review!! I’ve been waiting
    to buy primer to wait for this review, so should I go with this or URban decay? Wouldn’t use it as concealer FYI

    • the Muse

      ooo hard to say Hailee hard to say lol. I’d go with UD if you never tried it as it’s my HG

  • Kristina

    I’ve only tried this a couple of times and don’t have the hang of pumping it so only a bit comes out. So far I like it as a primer but I wish this was a little bit lighter though so it would work better as a concealer. I’m very fair and it’s a bit too dark.

    • the Muse

      Kristina it’s hard to explain but you have to slowly push down while holding it so you are almost preventing yourself from pumping it. It’s weird but it works ๐Ÿ˜€ bit too dark? interesting. So far on me almost a perfect match. how about blending it out more?

  • jess

    hi Muse,

    thanks for the review. I found this way too dark for me (NC20) and I dont find the hold to be as nearly as good as Trish McEvoy eye base essentials. I also found the formula to not be as good or as silky/sheer, in fact I found this to be a like a cheap cream. No likey!



    • the Muse

      Hi jess!

      mm nc 20 is very light I can see why it would be too dark! I love the eye bases from TM but they are a tad drying on me sometimes but I ordered one in the Winter so maybe the formula morphed a little bit on me when it shipped.

  • Robyn

    i think ill wait till i read reviews on urban decay new primer potion i dont have that much of a problem with creasing but sometimes when i know its going to be a busy day (or a long drunken night lol, new year ahh my makeup vanished!) i think i could do with a primer and something that combats dullness sounds even better only thing is do you think it would be to dark for pale tones? as in extremly pale im concerned it would look orange

    • the Muse

      hey robyn sorry for the delayed reply ๐Ÿ˜€ by now you read my review on eden ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL! go see eden and get back to me on this hehe!

  • Ciambella

    UDPP saved me from eschewing eye makeup altogether; I’ve been using it on my lower eye since I got my first bottle to keep my eyeliner from running, and now that I’m developing dark circles, it helps to keep concealer in place, too. I LOVE my UDPP!! But this BeneFit primer…is very, very tempting. Will you be doing a side-by-side comparison?

    • the Muse

      I have to say Ciambella I’m with you! UDPP is my savior! ๐Ÿ˜€ mmm they are so different I didn’t think to do a comparison really, the products are different colors, textures, formulas, etc…so I didn’t think to compare. Maybe in the future ๐Ÿ˜€

      Did you see UDPP eden!?

  • jackieg02

    I want to try it but I can’t stray away from my UDPP.

    UDPP has changed my life, really. I should have a t-shirt that says that, like the t-shirt I have that says “Jager bombs changed my life.” (True story, really do have that shirt)

    • the Muse

      me either jackie, fond fan ๐Ÿ˜€ LOL!!!!!!! great shirt! we need the UDPP changed my life shirt!

  • JenniferZ

    About Lemon Aid – don’t you love the new retro-style packaging BeneFit came out with a couple of years ago? I’m tempted to buy it every time I see it. And your rave review makes it very tempting!

    • the Muse

      yes very much so jennifer :_D YOU NEED it in your life. seriously love lemon-aid it’s a fav of mine!

  • gio

    Thanks for the review. This sounds like a great multi-tasking products but I think the color would be to dark for my very pale skin ๐Ÿ™

    • the Muse

      aww gio sorry doll seems for once benefit created something too dark as I am getting alot of complaints about the color not being too fab for alot of folk ๐Ÿ™

    • the Muse

      mmmm julie a bit bigger in size but I think you get more with the undercover lover hun. It’s a taller bottle but less product inside but don’t quote me on that have to compare the official size

  • Nia

    When I saw that it could work as a primer for concealer I was all ears! But I am an NC15, so I am afraid the whole thing will be too dark for me as well…
    To bad.
    And I use UDPP as a way to get rid of my veins, damn see-through skin!
    Thanks for the review, I stick with UDPP for now.

    • the Muse

      mmmm Nia yes I think it could be a bit too dark hun! Now that UDPP is available in eden maybe that will be even more helpful ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Connie

    your review is tempting me! I’ll keep this in mind the next time I have to shop for a primer. thanks!

  • del

    hiya musey! how do you think it would hold up for those with oily lids? seems kinda liquidy =translate= more work than UDPP

    • the Muse

      mmm del a bit mattifying but not crazy matte so oily lids may need a bit more prepping hun!

  • Jayne

    Hi there,

    I have been waiting forever to this come out, I am going to New York next week and thought I would treat myself to it. But I’ve looked on Macy’s website and Bloomingdale’s but can’t see anything. Do any of you by any chance have an idea of where I could get it from? Also, as it’s a primer for eyes, do you think that I could use it for my blusher aswell? Or would it not work? I have a bit of a problem being pale and keeping it on.


    • the Muse

      hi jayne. Macy’s and Bloomies prob doesn’t have it as of yet since they are the last to get Benefit releases in my experience but Sephora may already have it so head there. Blusher? No. It’s meant for eyes only. Hope this helps!

  • nadia

    hi muse

    I am a benefit junkie and im so glad i found your site!!!

    very ahppy benebabe

    • the Muse

      hey nadia! Me too! ๐Ÿ˜€ happy to have you hear hun! I’m gonna review a new benefit product tomorrow so stop back!

  • Jane

    Has anyone really found something to beat Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, Personaly I don’t think there is such a thing. I can wait for this to come from benefit. Benefits Base line of products are amazing but I don’t think I could ever forget about their crealess cream eyeshadows or their silky finish lipsticks, they are two of my favorite products by benefit. I am also hoping their eyeshadows are going to be good thats the one thing I have over looked from benefit so I took the plunge and order a couple that benefit did a look with on their website. But I can’t wait to try this product out but I am with you I don’t think this is going to replace my UDPP, I just hope the first time i go to use it I don’t press down to hard and have product going everywhere.

    • the Muse

      lord no jane ๐Ÿ˜€ this is nice but won’t replace UDPP for me ๐Ÿ˜€ the velvet shadows are quite nice ๐Ÿ˜€ oh believe me you will! just be extra careful when pumping that’s the pain in the butt part about this, a big gob comes out the first time ๐Ÿ˜› grrr! Takes a little bit of a learning curve to get it right!

  • plue

    izzy dear, was wondering erm… can udpp help concealer to stay in place?

    like as in i pat on UDPP, den concealer and den only eyeshadow? cuz my norm is usually concealer, udpp and then only eyeshadow ๐Ÿ˜›

    i got frigging dark circles on my lids! most concealer couldn’t cover it but they cover my dark circles on my lower lids well ๐Ÿ™ wonder if lemon aid would be good for me? i got oily lids btw ๐Ÿ™

    • the Muse

      mmm hey little sis not really doll. best thing to do is transparent powder on top applied with a fluffy brush. That waterproofs my concealer and makes it wear very long. The skin food salmon brightening powder works a treat at this.

      Lemon Aid may help or UDPP Eden is good as well! ๐Ÿ˜€ I use these and they conceal well for me or you can also try the trish mcevoy base essentials, that works great at concealing the lid!

  • plue

    I’ll go check out Lemon Aid den! Too badd UDPP Eden only found in SG’s Sephora, otherwise I’d take a look too!

    why is foundation/ concealer so hard to make them stay? ๐Ÿ™

    • the Muse

      hey little sis it’s fab, think you’ll like aw that stinks. I have a package for you, which I hope to get out soon, so I’ll snag an eden from Sephora for you as well ๐Ÿ˜€ so you can try it. Foundation is my biggest woe, oxidizes super fast on my skin!

  • Ivy

    Do you know how compatible this is to the F.Y.Eye primer. I loved that and I haven’t found a good replacement yet. I’ve tried Too Faced shadow insurance, but I’m thinking of getting this or UDPP now, which would you rather recommend?

    • the Muse

      udpp ivy. ๐Ÿ˜€ it’s my HG! I never tried FYE so can’t compare ๐Ÿ™ sorry!

  • Mrs. Budz

    How do you apply it on yourself? Do you use your finger or use a concealer brush … I tried putting the primer on plus the concealer but it my under eyes don’t look “freshened up.” Any ideas?

    • the Muse

      hi mrs bud. you aren’t putting concealer on your lid are you? I find a single small drop patted on my lid and under my eye works perfectly. perhaps you are using too much. Or you can do what I did and forgo concealer altogether using this as your concealer ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mrs. Budz

    Muse: I do not put concealer on my eye lid. I have tried putting concealer under the eye on top of the primer … it looked too cakey, so I’ve tried using the primer as my concealer. It looks better.

  • Hanson fan

    I’ve had this for a while now (i’m aware i’m trolling and this is a long ago review!)
    i didnt have much luck with UDPP and am a little surprised when everyone says they love it, see when i have make up on, i have a very smoky eye. as in UD Black Dog smoky eye, and the bain of my existance was a massive crease of black eye shadow below where it should be underneath my lids.
    Stay Don’t Stray didnt work entirely well either but combined with UD’s primer mist, OMG. not entirely the same as the beginning of the night, but so much of an improvement that i’ll take it!
    Though do feel free to give me any helpful tips =)