I was lucky enough to score an invite to a Benefit Make-up Party (in Clearwater) with Mascara & Mimosas at Red Square.

Benefit Cosmetics Counter-1Since Benefit Cosmetics relaunched in SA I’ve been umming and aahing about trying it. I like my make-up, but always complain about the price…just to buy it again when I run out. Plus these last 2 years I felt that any change might just be too much for me to handle.

At the Benefit Make-up Party I got to try the make-up for free (and got a little goodie bag with extra samples to try at home). The biggest surprise was the GIMME BROW. Now if you have ever seen a photo of me you will know that I barely have eyebrows and that I don’t fill it in (because I secretly like them that way). Anyway, they gave me brows. Looking in the mirror, those brows had me scared – it is not normal to have such ample browage when you have never had any. So if you need a little extra brow – get Benefit GIMME BROW.

I usually spend max 10 minutes on make-up for work, because I would rather sleep in the extra 10 minutes that doesn’t really make a difference. My make-up consists of foundation, Kajal Kohl eyeliner, something on the lids, big lashes and lipgloss. I skip using primer because my skin is really even (mostly) and I can live with my freckles. However at the Benefit Make-up Party they added a little POREfessional – and it makes a HUGE difference. It actually gives you that airbrushed look without having to actually do photo editing. Not joking.

The other product that they used on me, that I actually bought afterwards, was the Benefit POSIE TINT (for lips and cheeks). I have never used a tint on my cheeks – but plenty on my lips – so this was something new. In case you don’t know how to apply, just take your foundation blush and blend onto those cheeks. It looked like a healthy blush on my cheeks and like a delicious strawberry colour on my lips.

I know you want to know what was in goodie bag, so here it is:

  • Benefit The POREfessional primer
  • Benefit Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer
  • Benefit They’re Real Beyond Mascara
  • Benefit Triple Performing Facial Emulsion

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Benefit Cosmetics Counter-1If you walk around and you spot a make-up counter in these vintage colours, stop, look and try. The counters stand out from other make-up brands as they use soft vintage pastel colours and images. So cute.

I know that you are worrying about what things may cost, so here is the truth. It is more expensive than you run of the mill cheap cosmetics from a drugstore, but much better priced than your top-end cosmetics.

Would I buy this? I am actually seriously considering changing brands – that is how much I loved my experience with Benefit Cosmetics. I am planning to finish my current cosmetics (just opened) and then try Benefit Cosmetics for a time.

As I’ve mentioned I have already bought the Benefit POSIE TINT & BALM. It came in a box with another tint set that my bestie wanted, so we only paid R325 for a set of 4 items. Making it R162.50 for the Benefit Posie Tint & Balm. My “expensometer” tells me that my purchase wasn’t that expensive.

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Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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