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Review: Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation

When you are a beauty junkie, it’s hard to say that you have a single favorite brand. Sometimes I’m obsessed with a Dior mascara, while other times I’m in love with the latest Chanel polish. That being said, one of the brands that works its way into my makeup routine almost everyday has to be Benefit.

I’ve loved almost all Benefit products I’ve tried, including the Coralista and Bella Bamba boxed blushes, Bad Gal and They’re Real mascaras, Boiing concealer, Cha Cha tint, and High Beam highlighter. This is why I was excited to know they finally released their collection of liquid foundation – the brand new Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow (HFOW) brightening makeup.

The launch of this product was done in a rather quirky manner at Emirates Towers a few weeks. Like with all Benefit products, HFOW comes in cute packaging and thus the venue was decorated with the theme of blasting off into space.

The HFOW also comes with a coordinating powder cover-up for the best effect.  After some swatching with fellow blogger Luanne, I figured out I was a match for the “Honey” shade.

Since the event, I’ve been using HFOW in various combinations: on it’s own, with/without the Benefit POREfessional primer, and with/without the powder cover-up. And I can attest to the fact that I’ll be buying this product again! I usually use Tinted Moisturizer on a daily basis because I don’t like using a heavy base, however TM’s tend to fade away by the end of the day especially with the heat and humidity.

Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow applies seamlessly onto my skin. The texture is very light and almost like a souffle so even the most lazy application looks good. I found the best result when applying with MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush or just using my fingers. For an airbrushed look, prep the skin with the POREfessional primer and finish off with a light dusting of Make Up For Ever HD Powder. This way, at the end of the day, my face still looks fresh enough for evening events.

While I love HFOW, it doesn’t provide me full coverage needed for special events or photoshoots – I’ll be sticking with Chanel’s Perfection Lumière. Also, the Hello Flawless powder didn’t sit too well with my combination skin.

With summer coming up, I highly recommend you try out the Benefit HFOW line. Even those new to wearing foundation will be able to use this product easily and face each day with a flawless face!

What: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup
Why: Benefit’s first liquid foundation
Where: All major retailers including Faces and Sephora
How much: AED 165
Pros: Lightweight, natural wearing formula
Cons: Doesn’t cut it for special occassions
Rating:  4 stars

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