Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer ($32) will be available this July and you guessed it, it promises 15 hours of flawless foundation wearing. That’s a hell of an awesome claim.
According to Benefit’s marketing Stay Flawless Primer will help foundation last longer. The interesting thing about Benefit Stay Flawless Primer is the fact that it comes in an unconventional design, it’s a stick primer.
You read that right above I said that Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer is a stick. I don’t think I’ve every used a facial primer that came in a swivel up stick before this and I don’t think I want to go back to traditional primer after this. I actually love the idea of this and love the way it applies. Who knew stick primer was so incredible?
This comes in a chubby swivel up stick which you can apply directly to your face from the tube. Simply swipe it on and blend out with finger tips. I’m not sure why but I love this. It applies so easily and blending it out was even easier. I didn’t have issues with pilling, I wasn’t uncomfortable with the texture, I didn’t have to deal with a messy liquid or silicone primer…it was just easy to use.
The formula has a moisturizing yet mattifying feel, I know talk about a contrast right? It applies with a hydrating feel but as you blend out it goes matte. I’d liken the finish to that you’d get with Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube. It blends easily and blurs minor visible pores I have on my nose but don’t expect it to fill huge pores in. It’ll blur minor imperfections but not major ones. The matte feel isn’t uncomfortable to my dry skin and provides a breathable semi-matte finish that’s very weightless without being powdery or clinging to my drier areas. After using it my skin feels very smooth and refined, basically it creates a great canvas for makeup. Although it is a nude fleshy color it applies transparently.
Now if you’re extra oily I don’t think this will keep shine and oil at bay for too long. However, drier and combo skin will probably be more than happy with its mattifying abilities. I wouldn’t say I remained flawless 15 straight hours though. I tried it with a BB Cream, CC Cream, and a regular foundation product. Since my BB Creams and CC Creams last all day for a solid eight hours I had not a hiccup with this worn under those products. My makeup was fresh, flawless, and had excellent wear throughout my day.
The real test would be with a regular foundation product as typically foundation fades quickly for me. Without this my foundation would last three hours but with a regular primer of my choosing I could go five to six hours if I was lucky. With Benefit Stay Flawless Primer I was looking at eight hours in a cooler environment, not to shabby! Outdoors in a warmer climate I noticed shorter results with foundation showing some fading at hour six and my skin needing a touch up at seven.
My skin is drier so I based the results I experienced on that skin type. I imagine on oily skin you might see far different results as this isn’t as mattifying as one might need with super oily skin thus resulting in your foundation wearing away faster.
I gotta admit I like this stuff. If nothing else the unconventional design really sealed the deal for me and hey, it does a pretty fine job of keeping my foundation on a fairly long time as well, that’s a complete plus.
Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer will be available in July at benefitcosmetics.com
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This one deserves a spot on the Muse Approved list.