I know i've been incredibly MIA lately, and i want to apologize - i also want to thank all of you who have stuck by me & this blog even though i haven't been able to blog as much as i would like. I don't feel like handing out a bunch of excuses to you guys, but i honestly have been focusing on other things - eg. school, exams, getting through driver's ed, etc. After this week is over (i have exams this upcoming week & it's also my last week of driver's ed & when i will hopefully be getting my temp's), i'll try to get back into the swing of things. If you want to keep up with me in the mean time, feel free to follow me on Twitter :)
Another quick thing before i get onto the review, i have switched up a few things with my blog layout, all my links (to Formspring, ThreeWords, etc) & my email address are now in the right sidebar, just a little FYI as some people seem to be confused!
I was first introduced to Benefit's Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows/Liners by Gemma, she was always raving about them & one of the shades (now discontinued) was one of her go-to products. I'll admit that the packaging helped draw me in - it's gorgeous! - but i was interested in trying these anyway since i'm always looking for ways to cut down the amount of time it takes to apply makeup in the morning (applying a primer, then an eyeshadow over that? I'd rather have a two-in-one ;).
I figured i'd do a review on the product since a few of you seemed interested in it when i featured it in one of my 'haul' posts & i haven't done a review in a while!
I'll start of with the packaging - it's both gorgeous & practical. It's easy to open & close, get the product out, and see the shade of the product. The color itself - i have the shade RSVP (swatch below :) - is one of my favorite shades to wear all over the lid, but it is a bit frosty. One of the downfalls to Benefit's CCS range is that they all come in one finish - frosty. I think MAC Paint Pots have the upper hand in that they have a variety of finishes & they also have more shades for a lower price (Benefit: $19, MAC $16.50).
The product itself is quite creamy & easy to apply, but i find it dries quickly so blending can be made a little difficult. Since i have oily lids, i thought there was no way this would stay without creasing sans a primer, but i really haven't had too much of a problem. After applying one layer then letting it dry, i apply another layer which builds a more opaque finish as well as helps prevent creasing.
I wouldn't say this has the staying power of say a primer + a powder eyeshadow on top of that, but it's nice for those days you just can't be bothered to go through the whole process. Just slick this on your eyes with a bit of mascara & that can be it for your eyes :)
|Swatch of RSVP - both without flash|
Overall, i'm glad i tried one of the Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows as i think it's a nice thing to have in your collection, but i don't think i'll be repurchasing it when i run out. Nothing against Benefit as a brand, but their products are a bit out of my price range & more of a once-in-a-while/treat sorta thing. But i think if i'm interested in purchasing a product similiar to this, i'll be going for a MAC Paint Pot.