Benefit Velvet Eyeshadows: Swatches, Pictures and First Impressions

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benefit velvet eyeshadows

Sometimes I like to take stock of the random things I dig…



Like, lately I’ve been hooked on wedding magazines, even though my wedding was three years ago.


And when I haven’t been pouring over cake designs and bridal flower trends (mini-cakes and lotus pods are “in”), I’ve also been into trying different stress relief teas (highly recommend Get Relaxed red tea by The Republic of Tea).


Speaking of stress relief, I’ve found that chewing gum helps me to relax and have been chewing vast quantities of Orbit Gum while reading about how to grow Heirloom tomatoes…


And on the makeup front, I’m loving Benefit’s new Velvet Eyeshadows ($18).


Benefit designed the nine shimmery shades for easy application.

They arrive in June, but I’ve tested six of the colors, and first things first: I can’t believe how silky and non-gritty the powders feel.

Their intense pigmentation and shimmer reminds me of Shu Uemura’s Eyeshadows but in cheekier, more lively packaging.

benefit velvet eyeshadows bikini line
Bikini Line Velvet Eyeshadow

benefit velvet eyeshadows dandy brandy
Dandy Brandy Velvet Eyeshadow

benefit velvet eyeshadows gimme some plum
“Gimme Some” Plum Velvet Eyeshadow

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Leggy Velvet Eyeshadow

benefit velvet eyeshadows like what you sea
Like What You Sea? Velvet Eyeshadow

benefit velvet eyeshadows where theres smoke
Where There’s Smoke Velvet Eyeshadow

benefit velvet eyeshadows swatches bikini line dandy brandy gimme some plum
Swatches from left to right: Bikini Line, Dandy Brandy, “Gimme Some” Plum


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Swatches from left to right: Leggy, Like What You Sea?, Where There’s Smoke

I think these are so pretty and cannot wait to layer ’em on top of some Creaseless Cream Shadows!

What do you think of them so far?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. cloudburst says:

    The packaging is identical to Shu’s (except for the colours), I’m really surprised at how Where’s There’s Smoke looks swatched it dosen’t seem to match the one pictured at all. They look promising though!

  2. Stacie says:

    Ooh, pretty! I especially like Where There’s Smoke and Like What You Sea? I love Benefit’s products. Hmm, maybe I’ll wear some creaseless cream shadow to work tonight…

  3. Citrine says:

    I “like what I sea” so far…
    and that smoke!

    Citrine´s last blog post..Nivea Tinted Balm and Avon Glaze Wear Lip Color

  4. Jessica says:

    If they are as silky as the powder eyeshadows they have right now I’m going to be in love!!!

    Jessica´s last blog post..3-Step Oily Skin Saver

  5. Emily says:

    Oooh I really like those eyeshadows. The first four, especially.

    I also got that Knot mag in the mail for some reason. I got married last year and somehow can’t fathom going without my wedding blogs. I’ll just have to throw another big party… 🙂

  6. Stef says:

    Love ’em. Really rich looking and totally beautiful. It looks like great color payoff too.

    What the picture with all of them? Is that a tester or is there a palette with all of them?

    Stef´s last blog post..Kate Somerville Exfolikate & Line Release review

  7. Kate & Zena says:

    The six shades of stunning. When are you going to swatch the other three? Dandy brandy is a stunning brown/gold/bronze. It’s beautiful.

  8. Shiny says:

    Those are pretty nice, I will for sure check them out! Some of the nicer Shopper’s Drug Mart’s here in Canada have started carrying Benefit.

    I like the mini list of things that interest you, tea and heirloom tomatoes could use a post of their own! 🙂

  9. Trendqueen says:

    I was married 2 years ago and I still read wedding magazines. I love the eyeshadows can’t wait until they come out in June.

    Trendqueen´s last blog post..Charles David Warehouse sale

  10. Marisol says:

    Those colors look gorgeous!

    Marisol´s last blog post..I really want to go to this show

  11. Arianne says:

    WOW! Where’s the smoke = LOVE. I’ve always wanted to try those teas from the Republic of Teas. I think perhaps “Get Gorgeous.” We could all use a little gorgeous in our lives, don’t we? 🙂

    Arianne´s last blog post..Red Hair is High Maintenance.

  12. Glosslizard says:

    They’re very pretty (I’m drooling a little thinking of layering Where There’s Smoke over Skinny Jeans), but I wish Benefit would take on some really bold colors like they used to! These are all very safe and low-key and I think I already have similar colors to all of these! 🙁

  13. Marissa says:

    Those eyeshadows are gorgeous! I can’t wait for them. That is too funny that you posted a picture of Strawberry Mint gum…I bought that this morning at the grocery store! It’s good stuff.

  14. Tanya says:

    My jaw is on the FLOOR!! Those look absolutely gorgeous!! Where There’s Smoke definitely looks like the winner of the bunch. Oh, and looks like they’re resurrecting Buckle Bunny!! I remember that came out a LONG time ago with a Cowboy/Cowgirl-themed collection.

    Tanya´s last blog post..Happy Easter!!!

  15. Vonvon says:

    Wow! I think the Benefit velvet eyeshadows are awesome. But if you will be only getting them in June, then I don’t know when they’ll arrive in Malaysia?? I like them all esp Bikini line, and like what you sea?

  16. Jeanne says:

    Oooh, beautiful! I dig Leggy and Where There’s Smoke a lot.

    Also, growing tomatoes is so much fun — I grew several different types last summer from little $1 or $2 plants I got at the farmer’s market, and I had delicious organic (because I was too lazy to spray or feed them) tomatoes all summer long. There’s almost nothing better than fresh-picked tomatoes all warm from the sun!

    Jeanne´s last blog post..Rose tint my world – colorful glasses frames!

  17. Rachel says:

    I’m chewing Orbit’s Sangria Fresca. It doesn’t help me relax like classical music does, which I rediscovered recently, but I do love the taste. I really like ‘Like What You Sea?’ I’m going to have to try not to buy that. Ha!

  18. lexi says:

    yeah leggy and where there’s smoke may have permanent rotation in my makeup case this summer! right now i’m loving pink and grey shadow maybe it’s a throwback to my favorite nikes when i was a kid – grey nikes with a pink swoosh…

  19. Gloria says:

    Leggy and “Gimme Se” Plum please!! I think my eyes would like those eyeshadows on them. =P

    I haven’t had my wedding yet (married in civil ceremony), but it’s been a while, and I don’t think I can handle that sort of stress! The “omg I must lose weight to look good in my gown!” to “WHO PUT THOSE 2 AT THE SAME TABLE? THEY HATE EACH OTHER!”

    Not something I want to think about yet.

    Gloria´s last blog post..Homicidal Watermelon

  20. Catherine says:

    Oh man, Where there’s Smoke looks so nice! I keep seeing the Get Relaxed Tea on campus at the Sunshine Market. Maybe I’ll pick it up next time. =)

    Catherine´s last blog post..Yesterday’s Mermaid Eyes FOTD

  21. Paris B says:

    Uhoh… these are looking really really good! Benefit here raised its prices but I can always just get them online. Where there’s smoke is definitely on my list!

    Paris B´s last blog post..Pink-ing of the Shu Uemura Pink Collection

  22. dimpy says:

    I.m loving it…………..they are so cool ,cant wait for them….

  23. dimpy says:

    btw love your sense of humour ,girl u r so funny………..

  24. Nicole15 says:

    I REALLY REALLY like these. I too, am a Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow fan and totally see using the cream as a base & these shadows on top. They are beautiful & swatch really well. Definitely good pigmentation. I am totally digging “Gimme Some Plum” Oohhh la la!

  25. Amanda says:

    🙂 I love that you still love wedding mags-I do too, I’m just too embarassed to buy them, LOL. (the wedding was 7 years ago). But oh how I love anything “wedding planning”. 🙂 These eyeshadows are pretty, and I’ll say again how much even the packaging reminds me of shu….the square shape and flip top….just make it clear instead of the doves/black and you’ve got yourself a shu e/s!

  26. Rachael Williams says:

    I’m coveting me some Dandy Brandy & Leggy eyeshadows!

  27. Michelle says:

    Oooh I can’t wait ’till these come out! I love Benefit 🙂

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