Shade: Spin The Bottle (Light Beige)
Continuing with my Benefit kick, I was in the market for a spot concealer and my eyes landed on this cream-to-powder formula; with a silky, satin-matte finish, it’s an all-in-one product where according to the Benefit website, you can use it as a concealer, foundation and powder; normally, I like to use loose powder to set everything afterwards so this powdery effect is a way for one to use less loose powder afterwards as the formula dries to a fine powdery finish.
In terms of the packaging, it comes in a travel-friendly metal tube that seems to be able to take a bit of a beating when I throw it in my makeup bag or travel bag and it still looks unscratched 🙂 I chose the lightest shade for my NC 15-20 complexion; I noticed though that the majority of the shades in the playsticks series are on the lighter side with a warm undertone. Therefore, if you have a cool undertone or darker skin color, this might not work well and I would suggest that you give NYX (concealer or foundation) or Bobbi Brown a shot instead 🙂
Onto the product’s texture, as a cream stick foundation it is emollient and easily glides across the skin, making it a dream to apply and blend. In addition to not feeling heavy or cakey, even though it’s such an emollient formula, it may feel a little sticky during application but it will not feel greasy or give you a shiny oily appearance afterwards because like what I noted earlier, it quickly dries to a matte-but-not-flat powdery finish. I would like to note here that it’s important to blend the concealer well when you use it after putting on your foundation, otherwise there’s a chance of it oddly standing out from the rest of your complexion as it has already dried to a powdery finish before you dust some loose powder to set the rest of your face. Interestingly enough, perhaps it’s because my cheeks are drier than the rest of my face, I didn’t have any issues with the concealer transferring as my skin held onto the product quite well.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with this product and with one tube, it’s going to last quite a while as I mainly use it as a concealer 🙂 Once I do finish up using it, I’m going to repurchase this without a doubt <3