Are you a practitioner in the ancient Art of Concealing? Are your hands considered concealed weapons? If so, you may be interested in Confessions of a Concealaholic, a new concealing kit from Benefit ($38, arriving in February).
The nine-piece kit’s a prime example of something Benefit does well — putting together perfectly packaged, affordable makeup kits that feature all-star products from their permanent line.
It comes with generous mini-versions of Benefit concealers, brighteners and brushes, as well as a primer and how-to booklet.
That Gal: I adore the subtle glow I get when I wear this shimmery pink makeup primer beneath foundation or powder.
Erase Paste in No. 2 Medium: A light-coverage, peachy pink concealer to cover and brighten the area under your eyes. NOTE: If your dark circles are more purple than Prince, Erase Paste may not pack enough punch to cover ’em up. You may have to use a second concealer on top.
Erase Paste in No. 2 Medium
Boi-ing Concealer in 01 and 02: Use these two creamy concealers to cover dark circles and disguise pimples and redness. The 01 shade’s a pinkish beige, while 02’s more of a darker peachy pink with faint yellow undertones. Both are a bit too light for me, but they should work nicely if you’re not quite as tanned.
From left to right: Boi-ing in 01, Boi-ing in 02
Lemon Aid: Benefit created this creamy yellow to brighten and prime lids; I love what it does for lighter-skinned babes (makes eyes look wide awake!). If you’re around my shade or darker, however, then you might want to skip it, as it actually turns gray on my lids (I’m guessing due to cool beige undertones in the product). That said, I still like using it to cover lip pigmentation before applying a very pale pink lipstick or gloss.
Eye Bright: Apply this pale pink brightening pencil around tear ducts to illuminate and lighten the area. NOTE: I like, but don’t love, Eye Bright. Again, I think it’s a tad too light for my skin tone. I do have friends, though, with lighter skin who swear by its brightening powers.
About the kit overall? I’m a fan. It provides a reasonably-priced chance to try some products from the line. Buying full-sized versions of everything in the kit separately would cost $112, which makes $38 look like a total steal.
Benefit’s face products tend to come in a limited range of shades, and I’d love to see them create something similar for girls with darker skin. All in all, I think the kit’s a good deal, which means “Good job, Benefit,” especially if you have light-to-medium skin. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,