Thursday 29 March 2012

Review: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Foundation

On Sunday on my way back from London (more about that later!) I went to the Benefit Blogger Afternoon Tea at Harvey Nichols in Manchester which was a lovely treat. We were treated to a pot of tea, dainty sandwiches, cupcakes, scones with Harvey Nics Jam & cream, macaroons & lavender cream pastries. There was loads of treats left over so we were given a doggy bag to take home along with a cute postcard travel set in our goody bag. It was lovely to finally meet the lovely Rowena from Cosmetic Candy Blog, Benefit's Digital Manager Jasmine & very briefly Lisa who is Benefit's Head Makeup Trend Artist  - as we have been Tweeting each other for some time!

I was late so missed the talk about the new foundation - 'Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW SPF 25 Brightening Makeup' and missed getting colour matched but I was kindly sent two foundations to test out yesterday. I was sent two in the post today to try: 'I'm pure 4 sure' and 'believe in me' both from the IVORY range, and it was lucky I was send two as neither of them are the perfect match for my skin tone - but mixed together they are! The Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation comes boxed with a little sample of the Pore Professional Primer, which I haven't tried before but am suitably impressed.

I really like the simple packaging in a clear plastic pump dispenser with black pen marker type writing, it's clear to see how much you have left and with it being plastic it's much lighter if you like to cart around your makeup with you in your handbag each day. There are 9 shades in the range with 3 different depths and three different tones - although I found them slightly more towards a yellow tone.

The texture is very runny but easy to blend in with fingers and it blends to nothing but leaves a slightly luminous and healthy glow to the skin - perfect 'no makeup' makeup. It's not cakey at all, and very light-weight but gives good coverage evening out the skin tone and covering any redness. Normally I find oil free foundations too matte and powdery looking on me as I have dry areas but this foundation is hydrating and feels like I am not wearing any makeup! The foundation is brightening, hydrating, contains SPF, Oxygen and an oil free formula and really lasts all day on the skin - perfect for summer, like today it was boiling and I was literally melting in my car but my foundation stayed on - amazing!

The Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Foundation costs £24.50 and is available from 31st March at Boots, John Lewis, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, & House of Fraser

Special thanks to Rowena & the Benefit team for organising such a lovely event up North - we should definitely do another one soon! I look forward to meeting the team again next week when they are launching a new counter in Middlesbrough! So any PR's reading this take note - you should do more events up North!! Contact me if you need any help or ideas :-)

What are your favourite Benefit products?  Have you tried this new foundation yet?


  1. Oh can't wait to try this, was at the Blogger event in Dublin so my foundation is on it's way! Looks gorgeous in the demonstration on the night!

  2. this looks great! and the event you attended looks fun! those pastries look devine :)


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