Before the new limited-edition Benefit Femme Metale Precious Metals Eye Makeup Kit entered my life, the closest I’d come to metallic greatness was the time James Hetfield and I shared a sidewalk.
For $38, you get three full-size Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows and three large sample-size pencil liners in the Sephora exclusive kit — a headbang-worthy bargain (insert sign of the beast [HERE]), considering the Creams usually go for $19 a pop.
Femme Metale’s gilded metallic shades, new but limited edition, give the kit an almost steampunk vibe, and all six colors apply with shimmer to spare.
I’m a Creaseless Cream die-hard, and Taupe-Aztic (the shimmery golden tan), Platinum (the shimmery white) and Plum-ing For Gold (the shimmery plum) are just as pigmented and long-wearing as Birthday Suit and Skinny Jeans, my go-to faves from the permanent line.
Texture-wise, though, I think they’re a little different. These Creams feel fluffier and less dense to me — Cool Whip vs. Country Crock — which seems to make ’em easier to spread and blend.
I wonder if Benefit plans to expand the whipped texture to the rest of the permanent Creaseless Cream line; if they are, I’m totally on board! I find the texture easier to use.
The three liners are also new to Benefit and remind me A LOT of Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils. Like those, they practically glide on my skin, depositing plenty of pigment, and don’t smudge once dry.
Clockwise from lower left: Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows in Plum-ing for Gold, Taupe-Aztic, Platinum
Plum-ing for Gold
Liners from lower left: Steel Her Date, Gem-n-eye, Blinged
Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow Swatches from left on NC35 skin: Taupe-Aztic, Plum-ing for Gold, Platinum
Liner swatches from left: Steel Her Date, Gem-n-eye, Blinged
Additional products used in this look: Benefit Sugarbomb blush on my cheeks, Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in No Competition on my lips
With fun colors, smooth textures, excellent staying power and a fantastic price ($38), Benefit’s Femme Metale kit’s a star.
Sephora will launch Femme Metale nationwide this October, but New Yorkers won’t have to wait. The kit’s available now at the Sephora store on 34th Street! Sephora Beauty Insiders can also get it now. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Today I can’t help but reflect on the events of another September morning nine years ago. It was one of those defining moments in time, clear and precise, and even though years have passed, I still think about it often. Take care of yourself today. Talk to you soon.