Trapped behind enemy lines, miles from base and cut off from reinforcements, I crawled the distance to the freestanding Benefit store under cover of darkness…
Not really, but I did stop by the Benefit store after work this afternoon to conduct recon on their new Powderflage powder concealer ($28).
It didn’t take night vision goggles to appreciate the cute outer packaging.
What can I say? I got a thing for camo and pink.
Each cutie pie camo can contains a wee lil’ jar of highlighting powder and a small fan brush.
Benefit claims Powderflage’s pink, shimmery powder (it contains mica) disguises dark circles and fine lines under the eyes. Well, I got some real deal Holyfield dark circles, so Powderflage had its work cut out for it.
First, in the store, I removed all of the makeup under my eyes (trying hard not to scare the store patrons in the process).
With the area clean, I dusted a few layers of Powderflage under my eyes using the included fan brush. Right away, I noticed a subtle but sparkly pink tint, but that’s not all I saw.
I still saw my dark circles.
I asked the Benefit gals what they thought, and they told me Powderflage wasn’t designed to conceal heavy duty dark circles (ouch!). For that, one would use a liquid or cream concealer. They suggested that for dark circles like mine I use Powderflage on top of something else, and not by itself.
There are other under eye highlighting powders on the market. Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder ($22) works in a similar fashion but comes in a larger, less expensive jar. Mind you, it doesn’t come with the cute camo packaging or a brush, but you get more product for the price.
One interesting note about Powderflage: it left my skin touchably soft. Checking the ingredient list on the back, I noticed that it contains several silicones, somewhat controversial compounds often used in cosmetics and beauty products to make skin feel soft and smooth.
While I passed on Powderflage, this afternoon’s trip to the Benefit store wasn’t for naught. I managed to finally snag a pot of Skinny Jeans Creaseless Cream Shadow, yay!
Anyhoo, if you’re ever in southern Marin (ya never know) the Mill Valley Benefit store is worth checking out. It carries the entire line; plus, they played the *best* music while I was there, alternating Abba with Wings tunes. “Live and let die!”
I saw this dude getting his brows and lashes tinted. I wonder if he noticed me taking his picture.
I snapped this picture walking out of the store. I really liked how the light filtered through the leaves. Pretty, yah?
Gah! I can’t believe today went by so quickly. I don’t know about you, but I’m hella ready for dinner (split pea soup and salad).
Have a groovy night!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,