The wonderful "The Tarte of Giving" beauty travel bag is not the only cosmetic product found in my beauty box from the States (what an understatement), but somewhere in there I also found this small and cute-looking box. Looking at the name I guessed it would be an eyeshadow. Let's find out more.
I am rather new to the products by Benefit, but so far everything that I have tried has been very pleasing to me. I am in love with the Cha Cha Tint en find the Magic Ink rather curious. Thanks to my kind cousin I was able to try another product by Benefit. Its Longwear Powder Shadows come in a beautiful and colorful packaging that caught my eye right from the start. For some reason it reminds me of a holder of jewelry from centuries ago but dipped in new paint (literally). When you open the little colorful box you will find a piece of paper in there that will give you directions of use. Also, you will obviously find a single eyeshadow in there and its actual holder I find a tad bit boring in comparison to the beautiful box it came in.
The color I received is called "Thanks A Latte", and it is a golden brown powder eyeshadow that is supposed to stay on your eyelids for a longer period than regular eyeshadows. Hence the name. This product comes in 12 different colors and in three finishes: sheen, satin and matte . "Thanks A Latte" has a satin finish, but I found the product not to be as soft as I had expected when I touched it with my finger. However, when I swatched it on my hand I saw how truly beautiful this brown color is. I mean, usually brown colors can be boring to me because they usually tend to look nude on my skin, anyways. But really, when heavily applied the golden shine creates a beautiful frosty glow, if that makes sense. The first picture beneath is in darker light and the second is with outdoor light shining on my arm.
When applied with a blending brush the color is much softer and lighter, but you still really notice the frosty metallic glow, which makes the eyeshadow seem lighter and more golden than brown. Am I making sense? The soft golden sparkles are really intense. On the picture above it is applied on my eye lids. I think this is a wonderful and multifunctional color. I can use it on my outer-V, but also over the whole of my eye lid. It would look lovely if applied heavily on my lower lash line, but a soft glow would look beautiful as well. I can imagine so many different looks with this color if I want to be creative. The color stayed on my eyes throughout the day lasting up to 6-8 hours without creasing, but I should also add that I was wearing a primer underneath.
The lighting indoors made shadow appear on one side of my nose.. now it looks crooked! Like I have been boxing a bit too much, ha! Unlikely. Back on topic: you can get the Benefit Longwear Powder Shadows for €19 at douglas, $20 at sephora, or £15,50 if you're in the UK. The eyeshadows are 3.0 g or 0.11 oz. Though I personally have expensive single eyeshadows lying around, I usually do not think they are worth the money because I tend to use them way less than I do the eyeshadows in a palette. Nor have I found a single eyeshadow that I am madly in love with and would use everyday for the rest of my life (also, how boring would that be?) so I tend to lean towards budget single eyeshadows if I were to buy them.. and I would rather invest more money in expensive eyeshadow palettes. These are the only reasons why I probably would not purchase "Thanks A Latte" myself, not because it isn't is beautiful, looks good, stays on long and is of great quality. No, just because it would not work with how I use my products and that would be money unwisely invested, hm? But I am not being a Debbie Downer, because I am really happy with this beautiful golden brown eyeshadow and it will definitely become part of one of my many daily looks. What do you think? Do you like this color? Would you like to try one of the twelve Longwear Powder Shadows by Benefit? And do you prefer (high-end) single eyeshadows or eyeshadow palettes?