Benefit is a brand that is very hit-or-miss for me, in an extreme way. Either I absolutely love the products (The POREfessional, They’re Real Remover) or I hate them (Benetint, Erase Paste)- there’s really no in-between. Their packaging is super cute, but it is also very bulky, so if you prefer streamlined products, look elsewhere. My biggest complaint is that their products seem a little pricey for what you get, but I still keep buying them. And they make really cute sets that allow you to try out different products and colors. One of my recent purchases was the Benefit: World Famous Neutrals kit. Benefit makes three different World Famous Neutrals palettes: Sexiest Nudes Ever, Easiest Nudes Ever, and Most Glamorous Nudes Ever. Each set includes four shades of their Longwear Powder Shadows and two Creaseless Cream Shadows, all in deluxe sizes. They come in cute cardboard boxes that look like books. They have a strong magnetic closure and include a mirror and a “Tips and Tricks” instruction booklet. The Benefit: World Famous Neutrals are sets that would be good for travel and you can even remove the shadows and use the box for keepsakes.
I purchased the Benefit: World Famous Neutrals Sexiest Nudes Ever, a combination of soft, feminine shades. This set included four Longwear Powder Shadows in Milk It!, Raincheck?, Pause for Applause, and Blingo!, as well as two Creaseless Cream Shadows in Bikini-tini and Holy Smokes! I was initially just looking for a single silver shadow, but after falling in love with Blingo! and realizing I could get five more colors for only a few dollars more, I decided to upgrade and get this set. Usually palettes contain a couple of individual colors that don’t quite work, but Sexiest Nudes Ever is a great combination of colors that all look nice together. It’s easy to create a variety of looks for day or night with this set.
Milk It! is a pearly white that’s not too opaque. Usually I find white shadows to be too extreme, but Milk It! is a pretty shade that works well as a base or a highlight color. Raincheck? is a shimmery, smoky amethyst. I like to use it in my crease and outer corner for a soft, romantic look. Pause for Applause is a pretty mauve-pink with just a hint of shimmer, but it isn’t very pigmented. I really like the color but it’s hard to get it to show up on my skin. Blingo! is a fantastic silver shimmer. It’s a versatile shade that can be used sparingly to add some shine to a look, or it can be built up easily to create a metallic eye. Bikini-tini is a very pretty oyster pink cream shadow. It’s a shimmery pinky-nude color that’s perfect for a base or highlight shade, and I like putting a dab of it in the middle of my lid for some added shine. Holy Smokes! is a smoldering charcoal that balances the lightness of the other colors well. It can be used as a liner for everyday looks or to create a smoky eye for going out. The colors in this Benefit: World Famous Neutrals set really do work well together and are so easy to use.
I was a little disappointed with the Longwear Powder Shadows in the set. They aren’t as pigmented as I would like (with the exception of Blingo!, which is wonderful). I can work with Milk It! and Raincheck?, but Pause for Applause is pretty difficult to use. The Creaseless Cream Shadows have a much better formula that glides on smoothly and doesn’t crease once dried. My Holy Smokes! came a little dried out and I had to add some oil to make it easy to use, but Bikini-tini was perfect. I’m really happy with the colors in this set but I wish it was a little cheaper. If all of the Longwear Powder Shadows were as pigmented and easy to work with as Blingo! and if my Holy Smokes! wasn’t dried out it would be worth the price. The Benefit: World Famous Neutrals Sexiest Nudes Ever is $30 here.