For me Benefit is a brand that delivers 99.9% of the time so it's been tough to choose my absolute favourite products, but I've managed to narrow it down to 5 essentials. I also just love their fun brand image and their kitschy, tongue-in-cheek packaging.
Including the Cheeky Sweet Spots Set (£29.99, sold out) is cheating a little so I've picked a favourite; Rockateur (£23.50). It was hard to choose between this shade and Coralista but I went for the rose gold colour. It has a small amount of shimmer and just gives a really nice pop of colour to the cheeks. I think it's pretty universally flattering as I've seen people of all skin tones and colourings rock it!
Ok, cheating properly now, as this is a set and the shades are sold individually, but I also love the World Famous Neutrals: Most Glamrous Nudes Ever Kit (£23.50). The pearlescent powder shades compliment each other so beautifully but for me the standouts are the cream shadows which are gorgeous shades and have such a great texture to them. When you throw it all together I just love the look it creates.
No Benefit post would be complete without mentioning the legendary They're Real Mascara (£19.50). It just does it for me! It adds the length, it adds the volume, it doesn't clump...it just does everything I want a mascara to do!
I was a little late to the party on this one but I've been converted to the Porefessional (£24.50)! Personally I just thought it was too expensive for such a small tube, however I got it 20% off and also if you're ever passing a Benefit store they sell a large that's £5 and you get nearly double the product! Otherwise, you really don't need to use a huge amount of it anyway so I can see this lasting. It does the best job out of any primer I've tried at hiding my large pores, making them virtually invisible. It also creates a nice, smooth base for applying foundation and makes your base last that bit longer!
Finally there's the Brow Zings Shaping Kit (£24.50). It's a fantastic product, though I do think you can get something virtually the same for less. However it's still a brand favourite for me. I use the wax to get the tail and structure right and then brush a bit of the powder through to fill in any gaps. It's really easy to create a nice, natural look with this kit.
Sorry these swatches aren't the best - I realised I needed to do some at about 4pm! I'll include better ones in future posts.