I’m Sweet on Benefit’s New Spring 2010 Velvet Eyeshadows

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Ugh, my sweet tooth is throbbing! It must be the six new Velvet Eyeshadows ($18) the Benefit babes made for makeup desert.


The limited edition shades remind me of Valentine’s day candy hearts! 🙂

Today I played with four of the six — Buns, Fancy Pansy, Mermaid and Nice Melons (ha!). Don’t you love the names?

From left to right: Buns, Fancy Pansy

From left to right: Mermaid, Nice Melons

A few notes on…

Buns: If you dig neutrals, you may fall in love with this shimmery peach (it has just a hint of brown). I tried it with a bunch of my staple MAC neutrals like Sable, Saddle, Soft Brown and Soba, and it played well with ’em all. I bet it rocks with a wide range of browns, peaches, plums and golds.

Fancy Pansy: Of these four, it’s the sheerest of the group — a shimmery medium purple that flashes from violet to blue! Really, I don’t mind how sheer it is. As a matter of fact, if you’ve been wanting to try purple or blue shadows but haven’t had the courage to tackle that much color, a light wash with Fancy Pansy might help you overcome your fears. And girls who long for more POP from their purples can also layer it above a shimmery purple like Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow in Flyin’ Down To.

Mermaid: LOVE this shade! The mix of khaki green and cool gold leads to a complex, rich look for lids. Pair it with a shimmery, peachy golden cream like Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow in Samba-dy Loves Me to really turn up the awesomeness.

Nice Melons: If you feel like you’re constantly fighting the good fight against tired eyes (I feel your pain, sista!), pick up a pan of this shimmery golden peach. I really think it brightens my eyes, and (SIDE NOTE) I always “Ha! Ha! Ha!” whenever I say the name out loud.


From left to right: Buns, Fancy Pansy, Mermaid, Nice Melons

What do ya think of these colors so far? Has your fancy been struck?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. The shimmers look great on your hand. I don’t think I have ever used an eye shadow by Benefit before. Fancy Pansy looks like it could be a great color for perhaps a party. I am not sure I would wear any of them to work however (corporate environment).
    .-= Deconstruction’s last blog post… Product Review: Kiehl’s Creme de Corps =-.

  2. Shivotra says:

    i want fansy pansy and mermaid <3
    .-= Shivotra's last blog post… Preity Zinta at Stardust Awards Break-down =-.

  3. Annie024 says:

    Mermaid looks gorgeous and Nice Melons is pretty too!

  4. Rae says:

    I just can’t get as excited over spring collection shadows 🙁 Lippies, on the other hand… ahhh!

    The only colour I’m liking here is Nice Melons, just for the hilarious name 😛
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… theNotice wants… =-.

  5. Steph B says:

    Mermaid, please! And I giggled just reading Nice Melons. I want to work at a Benefit counter just so I can push the color on people.

  6. I saw these at Macy’s but didn’t gt a chance to swatch them. I like Nice Melons the best
    .-= Cindy (Prime Beauty)’s last blog post… News Flash-Beauty Bargins! =-.

  7. Paris B says:

    I like how Mermaid and Nice Melons look – am I the only one laughing at Nice Melons? 😛
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… There’s Benefit to being Sugarbomb-ed =-.

  8. Solé says:

    I heart them all! Oh fresh new spring makeup, why must you torment me so?

  9. leslie says:

    fancy pansy is sweety!

  10. noemii says:

    those are some nice melons …
    couldn’t help it .
    sorry .
    Mermaid and Fancy Pansy are my favs .
    dammit but i do need a job ..
    boo .
    you are one lucky lady !
    hope you have a good week 🙂

  11. Vanessa H says:

    Fancy Pansy and Mermaid!!

    Thank you for swatching these 🙂
    .-= Vanessa H’s last blog post… Dream Shopping… =-.

  12. Smiley says:

    Fancy Pansy looks so different on paper! I think I like it the most though. Haha Pansy reminds me of a childhood nickname I had.
    .-= Smiley’s last blog post… Recent Haul Part 1 =-.

  13. Tammy says:

    Mermaid and Nice Melons (lol!) are gorgeous!
    .-= Tammy’s last blog post… theNotice Asks: How Much Is Your Face Worth? =-.

  14. Christy says:

    Mermaid & Nice Melons 🙂
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… NOTD: Sephora by OPI Too Good For Him Nail Polish Review & Swatches =-.

  15. Karen B says:

    I like Nice Melons (hahaha) and Mermaid the best colour-wise. I really want to play with these the next time I can. One of my priorities for when I get to Lille again to play (along with the OPI Alice in Wonderland collection)

  16. Vonvon says:

    I like Fancy Pansy and Mermaid! Somehow beginning to move away from pinks, though I still like them a lot, but wanna try more different colors. 🙂
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Succumbed To Temptations…..My Small Haul From Truly Beaute 2010 =-.

  17. amy says:

    All the colours are so cute and the names are very cute too. I like buns, mermaid and fancy pancy.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Lorac Double Booked Limited Edition Full Face Collection Product Pictures =-.

  18. nice melons is really gorgeous, looks like the perfect pick me up
    .-= Makeupmorsels’s last blog post… Nivea…I Had Such High Hopes =-.

  19. mill says:

    Shamrocker! one of the things i love about MBB is its HUGE BeneFit coverage! thanks again, karen! ps. fancy pancy reminds me of stars and rockets.

  20. Ashley says:

    OH EM GEE. I want them so badly now. They look sooooooo pretty!

  21. marisol says:

    Mermaid looks like such a fantastic color. And the names rock!
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Tequila & I Are Still Friends =-.

  22. Dasha says:

    I think that Fancy Pansy is very similar to Mac’s Stars’n’rockets! I loooooooove nice melons 🙂

  23. These colours look so pretty and definitely remind me of spring. The names are cute too. I think my faves are Nice Melons and Mermaid.
    .-= SoVeryFabulous’s last blog post… MAC All Ages, All Races, All Sexes Collection Haul and Review =-.

  24. molly says:

    hmm, fancy pansy looks lovely. i’m pretty sure it could do great things for my green eyes:]

  25. JJ says:

    I don’t know… I don’t really fancy Benefit’s velvet eyeshadows. I much prefer their silky powder shadows. Unfortunately, just when I found the silky powder shadows, they start to discontinue them!

  26. Lisa says:

    Must have Mermaid and Nice Melons!

  27. Toni says:

    Love ’em all! Too bad my hubby really got on my case about my makeup obsession (which translates to the fact that I am spending too much money! LOL!). I might be able to get 1 or 2 of them, because my excuse will be that I have no spring/summer colors to wear. Pretty, pretty, pretty. Maybe the Easter Bunny can bring me some!

  28. gio says:

    Thanks for the swatches. Fancy Pansy and Mermaid look so pretty!
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Product Review: Estee Lauder Hydra Complete Creme =-.

  29. Glosslizard says:

    Gah! No fair! These are gorgeous!! Mermaid will be mine, and I like the look of Fancy Pansy and want to personally meet n’ greet some of the others! All this and I’ve been dying to try out the new Stay Don’t Stray eye primer…. Benefit is gonna be rakin’ in my dough! 😉

    Just got back from Tahoe (fun, but exhausting), how’re you?

    • Karen says:

      Good! I woke up really early to thunder… it’s storming pretty bad up here at the edge of the earth. LOL! How was Tahoe?

      • Glosslizard says:

        Tahoe was fun, but unfortunately there wasn’t a lot of snow… until we were trying to drive back over the mountain! The kids still had a blast sledding and making Calvin-and-Hobbes-style snowmen! 😀

  30. lexi says:

    I like Mermaid and Bo Peep looks cute – I’m trying to find a nice pink shade that would actually show up on my lids! Nice Melons is cute too but I would only buy it so I can tell people the name of my eyeshadow!!

  31. Marina says:

    Hi Karen!
    Thank you for the pos,t Mermaid is even beeter than I thought.It’s worth getting it.
    .-= Marina’s last blog post… My Top 3 Favourite Dresses from the Golden Globe Awards =-.

  32. Holly G says:

    Fabulous!!! I want to try.

  33. Rebecca says:

    I love Buns and Nice Melons… and feel very weird about typing that sentence xD
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Golden Globes – the gorgeous and the… not so much =-.

  34. Pansy says:

    Yay!! There’s an eyeshadow with my name in it!

  35. sindy says:

    These are pretty! i just got my order in the mail today. I’m loving their creaseless cream shadows and the full finish lipsticks!!!!!!!
    .-= sindy’s last blog post… BLOG SALE #2 =-.

  36. Kymberlee says:

    Nice Melons looks like UD’s “X” in the case to me..

  37. Astrid says:

    HUBBA HUBBA Mermaid and Buns! Oh, I want. I’ve never tried Benefit’s eyeshadows before, but I’m addicted to Browzings and High Beam. I find them a bit hit and miss, but these look perfect to wear as a sheer wash for spring!

  38. Kim says:

    I want Fancy Pansy and mayybe Nice Melons. I love spring collections! So many pretty and soft colors. I wear veryyy few neutrals, so it’s nice to have COLOR in a way that’s not too over the top.
    .-= Kim’s last blog post… Hi Fi Cosmetics =-.

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