I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch on the new (and first!) Benefit liquid foundation, Hello Flawless. I'm a massive fan of the Hello Flawless powder so I was pretty excited to get my paws on this.
As you're probably aware, I really like Benefit products. The quality is great, it's fun and the packaging is always great. I absolutely love the packaging on the new Oxygen Wow foundation and I know a lot of you agree. It's fresh, original and cute.
The event was great fun, Benefits makeup artist Lisa demonstrated how to use the foundation and then matched us all up. I was matched to shade "I'm Pure 4 Sure, Ivory" which is the perfect match for me. This is a "neutral porcelain for fair complexions".
I've been wearing the foundation for about a week now and I really love it. The coverage is great - medium to full buildable coverage without looking heavy, the coverage is dewy without looking oily and the finish is really natural yet flawless. The foundation really is very thin, I was surprised by how "liquid" this really was, but I do think it makes it easier to buff in to give a better finish.
I usually wear Estee Lauder Double Wear which is a 'Stay in Place' foundation, so I was keen to see how Hello Flawless would compare. Overall, I think the lasting power is pretty good. I do have to apply powder and maybe touch up during the day but this is what I'd expect from my normal/oily skin type.
I find that on days where I applied too much without properly buffing it in, it did gather on dry areas, around my nose etc. so I think in future I need to use less and buff more. I think with foundations like this, application is key.
I did find that by the end of the day, the foundation had separated slightly but this may have been because I hadn't buffed thoroughly.
Overall, a great first liquid foundation from Benefit. I'm really pleased with the coverage, but I think the lasting power could be better. The finish is gorgeous and really does give such a natural glow to the skin.
Will you be trying this foundation?