Benefit workshop and first impressions

Our makeup station

Pink drinks and pink fans!

Happy Sunday beauties! Brace yourselves: This is a long post! I wanted to tell you about my experience at the Benefit workshop I attended with my best friend yesterday. It took place at the Benefit counter in the new Douglas in Eindhoven and it was aimed get to know their product and some tricks from the make up artists there.
When we got there early in the morning (it was 10 am but sure felt early for a Saturday), we were greeted with a fruity drink, candy and an overall girly and pink atmosphere that really fit the event and the brand. 

At first the makeup artist introduced the brand, founded in 1976 in San Francicsco by twins Jean and Jane Ford with its philosophy of makeup for a natural look. Of course she started explaining where all good makeup looks start from: good skincare. The skincare range of Benefit ranges from cleansers, to toners, moisturizers, SPF, eye cream, all paraben free and made from natural extracts. The packaging of these is really gorgeous with glass and ceramic light blue containers with cork caps, we wanted to get them just to decorate our bathrooms! The one I got to try was the Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist, which contains aloe vera and cucumber extracts that really leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated, and it smells divine! 

To start off with the makeup, we primed out skin with a mix of Girl Meets Pearl, a radiance boosting primer, and the POREfessional primer, which instead blurs the appearance of pores and imperfections and mattifies the skin. The trick is mixing these two primers to have both effects without too much product buildup. 
Then we moved on to the eyes, using Stay Don't Stray to prime our eyelids and applying our eyeshadow on top. Both my friend and I decided to go for a bronzy look and used the shadows from The Rich is Back set. The makeup artist demonstrated a few good tricks and gave personal advise, which for me was to bring the eyeshadow higher towards the brow bone to compensate for my hooded eyes. Good tip! 
I liked all the sets that were available which contained eyeshadow, a blush, a sample size of mascara and a lipgloss, but the eye product that most attracted me was the Highbrow pencil. This is a thick crayon which comes in a matte and a pearly cream shade and is perfect to outline your brows and give them a good highlight. Easy to apply and to blend out with the fingers, it was a really good finishing touch.

Benefit The Rich is Back
I finally got to try the famous They're Real Mascara and I really like the wand with the spiky tip which allows you to reach even the tiniest corner lashes. To be honest though, it cannot beat the effect of layering a volumizing and a lengthening mascara, sorry. 
For brows we used the BrowZing, kit containing a powder and a wax, to fill in the brows and the best-selling Gimme Brow gel to set them in place. Good product, not sure if they're worth the money though.

Moving on to the base, we got a crash course in highlighting with the Fake Up Hydrating Concealer, which however really didn't work for me or my friend. I have combination-oily skin and this just clinged to non-existing "dry patches" and wouldn't apply or blend seamlessly. Not for me. Then it was finally time to try the product I've been drooling after since it launched: the Big Easy BB Cream. This is a cream-to-powder lightweight base which gives light coverage and is supposed to stay on and keep you matte all day. Of course this appeals to me! I had it applied once already and had been really impressed with the mattifying effect, but this time, maybe due to the sub-optimal concealer, it didn't blend very well and I wasn't impressed. Sigh.

To get me back to my happy place, I just needed to get my hands on the Hoola Bronzer and do some contouring here and there. The shade is so universally flattering the it fit me and my blond tanned friend (she's just back from holiday *jealous*). For the cheeks we tried the famous liquid tints for cheeks and lips and in particular SunBeam for a golden highlight and the ChaChaTint, which is a gorgeous coral shade. It goes on very smooth and you really need a small amount and quick blending to get a beautiful natural blush on the cheeks. We used it on our lips as well and we were both very impressed with how it sinks in the lips and gives a bright color that doesn't move. 

The Benefit Ipad case
And that was a complete look using all Benefit products, with its hits and misses. Together with the workshop we had the possibility to get a goodie bag if we bought 3 products and a goodie bag plus the new Benefit Ipad cover if we purchased 4 or more products. But as good girls as we are, we didn't pick up anything (sigh).

To summarize it shortly, I was the most impressed by the ChaChaTint, Hoola bronzer and HighBrow pencil, while the Fake Up concealer was a total miss for me. 
Overall we spent a wonderful morning surrounded by makeup and pretty things, what more could we ask! All the girls at the counter were great and friendly and helped me with my occasional hiccup of not understanding dutch by explaining again in English. 

What is your favorite Benefit product?


  1. Oh how great is this! Benefit don't do anything like this over her in the Uk :( My fav benefit produc has to be their They're Real! Mascara hands down! xx

  2. It sounds like great event! I love their gimme brow :) xo's

  3. Wow this sounds like so much fun! I wish there were events like this near my area.

  4. I love their Fine-One-One brightener, but you really can't go wrong with any Benefit product!


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