Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow


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?


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  1. Ik vind hem wel erg mooi! Zelf zou ik denk ik alleen ook liever een duurder oogschaduwpalette kopen dan een mono; sowieso heb ik bijna geen mono's omdat ik paletten veel praktischer vind ;)

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    1. Ik ben het er helemaal mee eens :) zo heb je ook kleinere paletten (Sleek bv) die makkelijk mee zijn op reis (of mijn Tarte Travel Bag) of nog kleinere paletten van o.a. Catrice of Essence die erg goedkoop zijn en zo in je tas kunnen, mee naar waar dan ook :)

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  2. Gewoon afgaande op de kleur en het resultaat vind ik het echt wel een mooitje hoor!

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  3. Ik vind de kleur mooi bij je staan! HIj valt inderdaad niet superfel op bij je huidskleur maar is ideaal voor overdag!

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

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  4. That's a great natural color on you. I have a lot of eyeshaows that feel dry to the touch, but are wonderful to work with. It's not always a good indicator. I find the uber creamy shades to be sometimes a crease fest (I'm looking at you urban decay!)

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    1. Thank you, Judith! You're quite right about that.. though it was dry to the touch it works amazingly well. Hm, I shall pay close attention when trying out my new UD Naked 3 palette!

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  5. Thanks a Latte is one of the shades I've been eyeing since these new eyeshadows came out! I know what you mean though. I am the opposite. I never use big palettes often, so I stopped buying them. I prefer to use a single eyeshadow I really love as a wash with a matte shade in the outer third/crease nowadays. It's good that you have figured your preferences out though! That way, you can at least resist SOME temptation!

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    1. Hi Sunny! Well, in that case you should definitely try it out. It certainly is a beautiful color and would look far more intense on you than it does on me. Yes, luckily I do resist temptation that way :-) except for those couple of.. too expensive single eyeshadows lying around. Oh-oh.

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  6. Wat een mooie kleur! Staat je prachtig.

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  7. Heb hem zelf ook, super mooi! Maar ben net een tikje meer van de powder shadow in de kleur Quick, Look Busy. Matt & blend prachtig!

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    1. Oh, dat klinkt spannend. Ik zal hem bekijken!

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  8. Onlangs besloot ik geen mono's meer te kopen maar sindsdien kom ik de prachtigste mono oogschaduws tegen..zo stom, nu weer! haha! Ik heb nog nooit oogschaduw gehad van Benefit maar ik vind het er erg mooi uit zien :)

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    1. Oeii, ja dat maakt het leven weer wat moeilijker. De mens wilt altijd wat die niet mag/niet kan krijgen. Stom is dat, he? Ja, tot nu toe ben ik zeer tevreden over die ene oogschaduw van Benefit haha :) x

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  9. Debbie Downer lol, that's a new one, ahaha. The color looks lovely though may keep it in mind.

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    1. Well, thank you for noticing :') you should look up the phrase!

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  10. That is one seriously beautiful shade, thanks for sharing!!!


    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

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  11. Moest ik het kleurtje in de winkel zien liggen, zou ik hem niet kopen.. Zo bruin is maar meh gewoontjes hé ;) maar hij staat wel prachtig en ik ben er aangenaam door verrast, maar ik heb zowat de zelfde opinie als jouw, voor een palette kan ik veel geven aangezien ik gewoon palette makkelijker vind in gebruik ;)

    Liefs,
    Karlien

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    1. Ik vind hem er ook totaal niet speciaal uitzien zo in zijn houdertje, maar de swatch is ongelofelijk mooi en ook op mijn ogen komt die er goed in uit! Maar je hebt gelijk, paletten zijn inderdaad een stuk makkelijker in gebruik. :) x

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  12. Beautiful :) http://outsidefashioncatwalk.blogspot.com.es/

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  13. What I love about it though is that it's more of a natural color suited for day to day look.. I wouldn't be comfortable putting too much color on my face everyday especially at work :D I think that using it would look natural on me as well..

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    1. It is indeed! I do think this would be a perfect color for you as well for during the day. Perhaps slightly darker, but definitely not too dark. Just perfect :)

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  14. Ik vind het een mooi kleurtje, zulke aardetinten vind ik ook altijd erg mooi om te dragen :-)

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    1. Ik ook! Maar ik geef er niet graag grote bedragen aan uit.. tenzij het mooie paletten zijn, maar dan hoef ik ook niet veel van te hebben met alleen bruine kleuren.. dan wordt het ook snel saai! Variation is important :)

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  15. Fijne review! Leuke verpakking ook :)

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  16. its a beautiful color esp on your skintone but i wouldnt buy this also cause of its actual packaging --- its too simple and such a downer too compared to its box which is really cute :)

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    1. Yeah, I agree with you on the actual packaging!

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  17. I too don't go for single eye shadows, it always have to be in a palette because I forget that I own them and they never get used.

    I love the colour though, not a fan of sparkles and glitter, they tend to travel on my face :)

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    1. Me neither, Naaj! Luckily this eyeshadow does not have a lot of fall out, so it is easy to work with :)

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  18. Ik vind het ook een erg mooi kleurtje, maar ik prefereer ook een palet. Die mono's geraken altijd zoek of door elkaar en voor je het weet zeul je er 50 mee. Ik ga sowieso voor paletten, want ik heb graag zoveel mogelijk keuze haha :D

    Liefs,
    Marlies - Golden Mirrors & Pink Bows

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    1. Ha, precies! Een palette is ook gewoon handiger :)

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  19. Ik vind dit in elk geval een érg mooie kleur. Go Benefit, go!

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  20. Ah, deze staat je écht heel erg mooi! Wat een gave verpakking ook;-)

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