Happy late mornin’, ladies. Here’s some good news to go with your afternoon tea or coffee — the makeup world’s latest gift to oily gals, Benefit Matterial Girl ($24).
Previously only available in Asia, it’s a loose, blendable mattifier — an ultra-sheer beige powder to camouflage even the greasiest patches (I use it on my forehead and nose) and create a fresh, matte look for use from dawn till dusk.
Cutie pie packaging
The pink bows on the jar had me at hello…
For starters, I love how compact it is (it fits in my palm) and that it doesn’t take up a lot of space in my makeup bag.
This bad boy takes me back…
I remember dancing to Madonna’s Material Girl (I had that shizz on tape) as a kid, rewinding for DAYS. I still hold out hope of one day being carried across a stage in a pink dress, le sigh.
Although it comes in just one shade, it was developed to flatter a rainbow of skin tones. I’d call it a sheer beige tint. I bet it’d work well for most gals, but I’m guessing pale-to-medium skinned beauties will be able to rock it hard.
But if your coloring is similar to mine or darker, well, you may have to get a little creative with how you use it.
Consider ditching the washable puff applicator that it comes with. The thing deposited WAY too much product on me, resulting in a noticeable and heavy beige cast on my skin.
I found that applying Matterial Girl with a fluffy powder blush instead, using an uber-light touch, seemed to minimize the cast in both flash photography and daylight.
The bottom line
So far I’m really liking Matterial Girl. It hasn’t broken me out (knock on wood!), tames oily shine and looks flawless when applied with the right tools and technique.
For now Matterial Girl’s a Benefit online exclusive, but I’ll let you know if/when I hear anything otherwise. Hopefully Benefit pushes it out to counters soon. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+
I’m feeling much better today than I felt yesterday, thanks to some tabby TLC, a bucket o’ Haagen-Daz and a few precious extra hours of sleep.
I’m amped about new playlist too. So far I’ve got Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder, Breathe by Fabolous and Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz (hot!).
I hope you’re having a great Wednesday so far. Let’s keep on keepin’ on!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,