Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation ($29) is a new light-to-medium coverage foundation with a lightweight formula that provides a natural matte finish and SPF 15 sun protection which launched in 14 shade selections recently.
Benefit couldn’t release Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation at a better time since the weather is just starting to break in New York and the long, hard days of humid, hot weather are ahead. This is one of the best foundation purchases I’ve made in a while and I’m absolutely in love with the application, formula, and coverage this provides. I can see myself very happily using this all through the Summer.
Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation arrives in a 1 oz square bottle with a needle-nose applicator. The packaging and the formula is reminiscent of some of my past foundation loves like Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Makeup and Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation.
Benefit says the formula provides light-to-medium coverage that blurs imperfections with soft-focus optical blurring spheres without flashback and a natural-matte finish that looks like you aren’t makeup at all.
The texture is a lightweight liquid gel consistency (make sure you shake the bottle before each use as the foundation and pigment due separate) which is absolutely heavenly on my skin. I was concerned about the natural-matte finish but this isn’t drying in the least and for me it sets to a very natural, soft finish that didn’t adhere to drier areas on my face. It blends amazingly well with very little effort and absorbs quite easily into my skin. Apparently it contains shea extract which could account for the reason it feels lightly hydrating when I apply it.
The coverage isn’t quite medium but it has enough pigment to even out skin, brighten, and hide minor imperfections. It’s basically a “my skin but better” finish which I’m all about since my skin is free of blemishes, I have no acne scarring or redness, so all I really want out of my foundation is something to even out my skin tone and ease dullness and that’s exactly what this does and does it perfectly with a smooth, soft finish that gives my skin an airbrushed appearance.
It feels so natural and lightweight on my skin. It delivers the no makeup feel and look perfectly. Benefit aced it and the marketing is spot on for this little guy!
A few issues I did experience….
The shades are a little iffy here. I purchased shades 4 and 5 and both were a smidge too dark for me and the color does oxidize a little bit once applied. I recommend going with a lighter shade just to be safe.
The SPF 15 is useless to me. Why bother? They should have just left it out as SPF 15 offers absolutely no protection.
And finally, the wear time. This does wear a little shorter at around five hours before fading a good deal. You can extend the wear with powder but I typically don’t wear powder all that much.
All in all, Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation was a win for me. I love this stuff. It’s my ideal foundation for the warmer weather (well, really I love this formula anytime in any weather!) with a lightweight, weightless feel that doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all! It looks natural yet it still gives your skin a pretty, fresh, bright look.
Totally worth checking out! Best part you can actually test it out for $10 bucks as Benefit has Mini Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation for $10.
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Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation ($29) is a new light-to-medium coverage foundation with a lightweight formula that provides a natural matte finish and SPF 15 sun protection which launched in 14 shade selections and is 1 oz in size. I’m absolutely loving this formula. It’s lightweight, barely there coverage that provides light to almost medium coverage which blends very easily and provides a natural, soft finish on my skin that doesn’t adhere to drier skin while brightening my complexion and easing dullness!
Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Silica, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Mica, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Squalane, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Seedcake Extract, Sodium Citrate, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
- Ideal for already good skin that needs to ease dullness and even out skin tone but not necessarily a foundation to hide imperfections.
- Anyone seeking a lightweight, weightless Summer foundation that’s breathable and barely there.
- Anyone who likes the my skin but better look.
- Not a great pick for anyone with major redness, darkness, blemishes, or other imperfections they want to hide.
- Very poor sunscreen protection.
- Contains alcohol.
- Shorter wear time.
Anyone who likes super light, natural coverage that doesn’t have a ton of imperfections they are looking to hide should get on famously with Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation.