August 13, 2015

Benefit Air Patrol Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer

The new Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer ($29) takes to the skies for Fall 2015 with a formula that preps, primes, and protects lids (Yes, it has SPF!). Benefit Air Patrol was formulated as an eyeshadow primer yes but they also created this formula as a hydrating complex that protects the delicate skin around your eyes with an SPF 20.

Let’s take a look!

Benefit Air Patrol

Benefit Air Patrol comes housed in a chubby 0.13 oz click pen with an attached cushion tip that Benefit markets as being “softer than your pinkie”. As you can see the packaging has whimsical touches that Benefit is known for like a winged cap and colorful font and lettering!

Benefit calls this a “BB Cream’ for your eyes that has a broad-spectrum SPF 20 and a EnviroDefend complex which is known to help protect your eyelids against sun, smoke and pollutants. But that’s not all it does! This also preps lids with a soft light lemon beige shade which brightens your lids up and helps extend the wear of your shadows so they don’t crease, fade, or smear away.

I’ll be the first one to say I was skeptical about this formula at first. I’ll also be the first to say I disliked the runny consistency. It’s creamy yet it is thin and quite runny. I was a little put off by this but as I blended out I started to enjoy the lighter texture. It sets to soft, satiny finish and plays nicely with both powder and cream eyeshadows on top. Their claim that the cushion tip is softer than your pinkie is totally true. The applicator is made from a soft, squishy plastic which feels quite lovely and gentle on lids. I still needed a finger to blend but the applicator is quite nice for dotting onto my lids and spreading the primer out should I like!

Benefit Air Patrol4

First click I got a little worried that this would have a glow-y or shimmery finish as the shade looks slightly glowy. But once blended I was every so grateful that it contains absolutely no shimmer or glow. The color is a light lemony beige that brightens up eyes quite nicely so if you’d like to use it all by itself to give your eyes a little perk that’s completely fine! Plus let’s not forget you also get the benefit of the SPF that’s built into the formula. I wouldn’t say it would take the place of my beloved Benefit Lemom Aid as it runs a little sheerer. It does however, do an excellent job prepping eyes and giving them a nice smooth, even tone. The shade looks very natural on my lids and does offer excellent color correction and the tiny visible veins in my lids are concealed, and my overall eye look is brighter and more awake.

Benefit Air Patrol swatches

Benefit Air Patrol Swatches

I’ve worn Air Patrol with both cream eyeshadows and powder ones. Both times it was a fairly hot, humid day and on both occasions it did well keeping my shadow from creasing and keeping color from fading for a solid 10 hours of wear.

Benefit Air Patrol has a lot going for it. Used alone, used in combination with eyeshadow, used to protect lids, Benefit Air Patrol does it all. I do so love an eyeshadow primer that I can use on its own or with my favorite eyeshadows and this indeed is a little multitasker!

Benefit Air Patrol launches September 1st and will be available on counters and at your favorite stores like Sephora,, Ulta,, or online at


This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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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  • Brian

    I am so glad this got Muse Approved! I really want to try this now. Wish it came in a wand packaging though.

  • inatay02

    Hey Muse, consistent follower here! Love your blog! just wondering if this could prove useful under the eyes? maybe the way smashbox has their under eye primer?

    • Isabella Muse

      mmmmmm…not really! This is more for lid use. Smashbox’s under eye primer is dramatically different in texture compared to this! I’d stick to using it as a primer on your lids. Not really quite great for under eye use imho!

  • Renu

    From the tip down to the runny, slightly sheed formula, this reminds me of Bourjois’s 123 Perfect CC eye cream. I adore that stuff, so am sure I’ll like this. Will buy!

  • Nanners

    Hi Muse~ how does this one’s consistency compare to UD Primer Potion?

    • Isabella Muse

      Mmm Urban Decay is thinner in consistency plus completely transparent where as Benefit’s formula is thicker and runnier with more pigment!

  • Katherine T.

    Since my lids are oily, I’m always on the prowl for eye primers. I found 2 that work, but I always look for more, just in case they get discontinued or stop working. This is a weird looking one, but I’m giving it a try

  • Orla

    Hi Muse,
    What would be the best eyeshadow primer benifit stay don’t stray or benifit air patrol?