Bene-Babes Who Like Stripped Down Looks Will Luv It Up! Benefit’s New Holiday Kit Flaunts Nude Colors for Eyes and Lips

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Benefit Luv It Up Holiday Kit

Wearing Benefit’s new Luv It Up kit on my lips and eyes

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.


Benefit Luv It Up

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…

14-YEAR-OLD KAREN: Mom, could you get me this kit for Christmas? I really like nude makeup.

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.

Benefit Luv It Up

But enough about that. 🙂 Let’s get back to the kit!

It contains five pieces of soft, flattering makeup for subtle eyes and lips.

Benefit Luv It Up

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.

Benefit Luv It Up

Benefit Luv It Up

Benefit Luv It Up

Benefit Luv It Up

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Benefit Luv It Up booklet 2

Benefit Luv It Up booklet 3

Benefit Luv It Up booklet 4

Benefit Luv It Up booklet 5


Benefit Luv It Up booklet 6

Benefit Luv It Up Call My Buff Swatch

Call My Buff

Benefit Luv It Up Nude Swings Swatch

Nude Swings

Benefit Luv It Up Thanks a Latte Swatch

Thanks a Latte swatch

Benefit Luv It Up Dandelion Swatch


Benefit Luv It Up R.S.V.P. Swatch


Benefit Luv It Up

Wearing Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in R.S.V.P. and Longwear Powder Eyeshadow in Thanks a Latte on my lids

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.

PRICE: $25
AVAILABILITY: Coming soon to Benefit counters and boutiques, and available now online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Jamie says:

    Bahaha, love the last line of this post. I agree, this palette looks like it’s more for the minimalist/getting started bunch. I’m slightly tempted because I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to eye makeup. But alas, I don’t think I’ll be getting it because I have so many neutrals. The majority of my eyeshadows consist of these types of colors… I have a problem.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jamie,

      It’s true though, right?! I love me some shimmer but not when I have to deal with drawing attention to fine lines.

      I know what you mean about neutrals. Seems like I can never say no!

      What neutrals are your favorites to wear? I do a lot of MAC: Shroom, Soft Brown, Cork, Soba, Texture, Arena, Brown Script…love me some neutrals!

      • Jamie says:

        You’ve made me want to add more to my huge list of MAC shadows that I want (only have 2), but I just haven’t taken the plunge because the majority of my shadows come from various palettes. I was just reading your last post about hoarding them… I’m a semi-hoarder. I’ve put myself on a no-buy for shadows… and lip products…

        I’m not really worried about my fine lines. I have one eyelid that scrunches up when it’s open. The other folds but looks like a monolid when it’s open. So you don’t notice my lines as much as you notice that my eyeliner is smudging all over one eyelid and not the other. *sigh*

        My go-to neutral “eyeshadows” are Maybelline Natural Smokes quad (only the highlight and liner shades), Stila Kitten, theBalm Insane Jane, MAC Glamour Check, Hoola bronzer… I received it as a sample and I don’t really care for it much as a bronzer but really like it as an eyeshadow!

  2. Laure says:

    I love nude-ish looks so this sounds like my cuppa tea. 🙂
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  3. Chris25 says:

    I agree. I can see this working for people who need conservative makeup looks.
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  4. camille says:

    OHMYGOSH! My mom would totally say the same thing! Hahahha!

    Thanks for this review! I would/will buy this! I’m a make up newbie, so this seems like the best starter kit for me. And you can’t beat the price!

    Now, I just have to (eventually) get to the MAC counter at the Boulevard Mall to buy my first eye shadow brush! MAC 217!

    Oh, poop! I just bought these Hello Kitty brushes! They got good reviews on Sephora, so I’m hoping they live up to the reviews! I might just buy the MAC, for good measure 🙂

    Happy Cat Day!

  5. hanna says:

    These all seem so sheer.
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  6. Lauren says:

    I do have to say the one shadow from Benefit I loved was ‘thanks a latte’ 🙂 Glad they included that and the RSVP creaseless cream in this set as they’re both favorites of mine!
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  7. Chelsea says:

    The colors are right up my alley, but it’s a little sheer, and I would never use the lip gloss. Cute set though, great for a beginner!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chelsea,

      Maybe just snag RSVP on its own? It’s one of those lovely bases that is super flatting on lots o gals.

      Hope you are having a nice week so far. It’s cold and clear here today in the North Bay Area…

      • Chelsea says:

        It’s been very nippy here in Southeast Michigan! It’s warming up a bit (my parents live in Northern Michigan, and were expecting snow for Halloween – as a kid, my costumes always had to fit over a snowsuit, which made me throw fits because princesses don’t look that frumpy!) for this week though…

        I have my VIB 20% off (and I just made a F&F order 20% off…) so I’m sure I’ll need to go in store and play around. I already bought two of my eyebrow pencil with F&F, but I’ll probably buy a new concealer for blemishes (undecided on brand, I’m thinking MUFE might be good, but I’ll take whatever’s pale enough!) and a backup NARS eye primer, and maybe a new setting spray. I need some colorful eyeshadow though, I own all neutrals. I don’t want to get too crazy in colors, because they don’t look great on me, but I need a little bit of oomph.

  8. Stephanie Smith says:

    I think I love your Mom!!!

  9. Sylvia says:

    I love RSVP with Thanks a Latte, the perfect nude eye!
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  10. Amruta says:

    The packaging and products are way too gorgeous !!
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  11. Fabulous palette you look smashing in those colors!!

  12. Danielle says:

    This definitely seems like a cute set for someone who does not have a lot of makeup or needs help putting looks together.
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  13. Such gorgeous packaging! Don’t think the shades would work for me though, I need a little more color to look alive!
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