I included a Canadian quarter for size reference but had to blot out the centre because coin images are protected by copyright. Canadian quarters and American quarters are the same size. And if that doesn’t help you at all, then I really need to consider taking my pictures next to a tape measure.
Most of these are old pictures because I had actually intended to do this post a year ago (oops). These mini deluxe-sized products came with a full-sized Stay Don’t Stray eyeshadow primer in the Benefit Ready…Set…STAY! Eye Trio.
This set cost $32 CAD, which was only $2 more than the full-sized Stay Don’t Stray primer itself. I always wanted to try Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow and I’m always looking for new primers.
Benefit Erase Paste:
The Erase Paste was in the shade No. 2, or Medium.
I was a bit apprehensive about this concealer – I was sure that the shade was much too dark for me and that the colour itself was all wrong. And “paste” just sounded downright undesirable to use under my eyes. Surprisingly, the peachy (or salmon, as many prefer) colour counteracts the blue and purple in my dark circles very well. It’s definitely not paste-like, but it is quite thick and creamy. Because it is a thicker concealer, Erase Paste is able to conceal acne and hyperpigmentation.
I would never apply this under my eyes with my fingers because fingers would pick up too much product and it would be very difficult to blend under the eyes. Because it’s so thick, a little goes a long way. A concealer brush works well, but I usually like to dab a bit using a round fluffy brush and blend it out under my eyes to get perfect coverage.
Here’s the Sephora Professionnel #46 concealer brush and the e.l.f. Flawless Concealer Brush. I find that the e.l.f. fluffy concealer brush gives a more flawless finish, blending product thinly and evenly, allowing buildable coverage.
My jar contained 0.11 oz of product, which was great compared to the full size of 0.15 oz which costs $32 CAD. I also appreciate the glass jar rather than the full-sized plastic purple jar – it just looks much classier. The full size Erase Paste comes with a little spatula and an instruction sheet.
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow:
The Creaseless Cream Shadow was in the shade Birthday Suit, described by Sephora as “brushed chrome”.
Creaseless Cream Shadow is very smooth and creamy, easily buildable for intensity. It’s easier to work with than Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Creams because it’s easier to pick up, whether with your fingers or with a brush. It also takes a little longer to set so you have a bit more time to blend.
The Creaseless Cream Shadow lasts all day on my lids and is almost as good as the MUFE Aqua Creams at keeping my eye makeup smudge-free. Because of this, it’s great to use as a base for powder shadows, too. I still use an eyeshadow primer underneath my cream shadows because I have severe problems with creasing and smudging, but those with less-oily lids could probably go without.
I love that Birthday Suit is a very natural shade that I can wear alone or use as a base. I usually use my ring finger and application is quick, easy, and buildable. I love taking this with me when I’m on the go. My jar is also 0.11 oz, compared with the 0.16 oz full-size that costs $24 CAD. I do love Benefit’s new glass packaging for the Creaseless Cream Shadows, though.
Left to right:
- Benefit Erase Paste in No. 2 Medium (0.15 oz for $32 CAD)
- Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit (0.16 oz for $24 CAD)
You can see that the Erase Paste is quite orangey, but that’s exactly what helps to cover up the blue in the dark circles under my eyes. Birthday Suit is a shimmery nude that looks very natural on the eyes.
Here’s a FOTD with the Erase Paste and Birthday Suit. I don’t know whether or not I’m wearing any other makeup because it was so long ago haha.
(Image source: blog.benefitcosmetics.com, sephora.com)