It’s been a minute since I was a teen (give or take, oh, 25 years), but I’m pretty sure 14-year-old Karen would have flipped out over Benefit’s new Luv It Up eye and lip kit.
For starters, it’s only $25, which means I might have been able to afford it on my meager paycheck, which consisted of what I earned giving piano lessons to the neighborhood kids for $5 a pop.
Second, the sheer nude shades — totally appropriate for a young lady — would have been (and are) infinitely easy to wear (just swish a single shade on your lids and go).
I may even have been able to talk my parents into getting it for me as a Christmas gift, but that conversation would have gone down a little something like this…
MOM: What do you mean you’re going to be a nudist!?
14-YEAR-OLD KAREN: No… I… It’s nude makeup. Not nudist. Nude.
MOM: No daughter of mine is going to be a nudist!
And that pretty much sums up my teenage years.
But enough about that. Let’s get back to the kit!
It contains five pieces of soft, flattering makeup for subtle eyes and lips.
You get three Longwear Powder Eyeshadows in shimmery beige Call My Buff, shimmery pink Nude Swings and shimmery golden taupe Thanks a Latte; one Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in shimmery pink R.S.V.P.; and one Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in sheer pink Dandelion.
All of them are travel-sized, and the entire kit, which comes in a cute tin, almost fits in the palm of my paw.
So, what kind of makeup lover would like this kit? Well, the products are quite sheer, which may turn off hard-core makeup fans, but dolls who dig minimalist makeup looks — looks where they can just swoosh a single shade on their lids and call it a day — could like it a lot.
I think it would also be a good fit for tweens, teens and many gals in their early 20s, in part because of the amount of shimmer in the eye products. While I love how the shimmer makes my lids glow, it also tends to emphasize any wrinkles…and this gal ain’t got no time for that.
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Benefit counters and boutiques, and available now online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,