The situation: The My So-Called Life marathon you hosted last night was a BIG success, but it went all night long, and now you have just 10 minutes to do your makeup before you meet your Jordon Catalano lookalike for brunch. What to do! what to do!
Yes, it’s totally unfair that dudes get to just pull on a plaid shirt and call themselves “date ready.” Life is cruel that way, but thank goodness for palettes that facilitate fast makeup like the new Benefit Sunday Funday The Maggie Collection palette for eyes, lips, face and cheeks ($38).
This cutie pie (isn’t the packaging to die?) comes with a nice mix of neutrals and breezy pops of color perfect for easy, natural-looking makeup looks in almost no time flat.
Exclusive to Sephora, it’s one of two new limited edition palettes by Benefit Trend Artists Maggie and Annie Danielson, the daughters of co-founder Jean Ford. The color palettes are the first from Maggie and Annie, but they won’t be the last, as the duo also plans to launch a Benefit holiday kit and future seasonal kits going forward.
One thing I’ve always admired about Benefit is their sensibility when it comes to choosing the colors for their palettes; they just make sense to me. I think the colors in Sunday Funday go well together, and the palette itself offers a practical mix of powder and liquid products that should lead to some very pretty looks.
What comes in the Benefit Sunday Funday palette
- Hoola bronzer: a warm matte bronzer for the face and cheeks
- Benetint: a rose-tinted liquid stain for lips and cheeks
- Shimmering Rose Lip Shine: a non-sticky, sheer and shimmery rosy peach gloss with a light fruit punch scent and taste
- Shimmering Bronze Eyeshadow: a warm and shimmery copper-bronze powder shadow
- Pink Satin Eyeshadow: a shimmery, peachy pink powder shadow
- Light Champagne Eyeshadow: a cool and shimmery golden yellow powder shadow
- Pretty in Plum Eyeshadow: a shimmery plum powder shadow
- Toasty Liner: a warm and creamy brown pencil eyeliner with a matte finish
Benefit spiced up a base of gold, brown, pink and bronze neutrals with a purple shadow and rose tinted liquid blush. Color-wise, I think the total package suits a wide range of skin tones.
Swatches from left to right: Benetint, Hoola, Toasty Liner, Shimmering Rose, Shimmering Bronze, Pink Satin, Light Champagne, Pretty in Plum
And the packaging scores big points from me. I think London-based illustrator Nikki Farquharson, who does some really crazy, colorful work, did a great job dressing Sunday Funday in bright, cheerful colors and wild patterns. Beyond the fact that looking at it makes me smile, I think it rings true for Benefit and really fits their style.
Oh, and on a more practical note, yay for big mirrors! The one here is HUGE, which means not having to squint when I’m getting ready, and the individual products are spaced far enough apart to prevent too much color “cross pollination,” which can happen sometimes (a big issue I have with Urban Decay’s Face Case).
Of course, Sunday Funday isn’t the sleekest palette in town — it is a little bulky at about an inch thick — but it’s not gargantuan. I bet I could still squeeze it into my carry-on bag…
If you’ve been thinking about giving the Benefit line a try, Sunday Funday might be a good place to start. It’s a flexible, practical palette capable of complete makeup looks, and the fact that it looks so cute doesn’t hurt! Available online now and in Sephora stores next month. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
You might like Benefit Sunday Funday if…
- You’re a fan of neutrals but not averse to little pops of brighter color
- You like having all of your makeup in one convenient place
- You want a fresh-faced look you could wear to the office or out on a date
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,