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June 4, 2014

Benefit Boi-ing Concealer Review

I purchased the Benefit Boi-ing in my last Birchbox points haul, and I've been using it everyday I do my makeup so I wanted to review it for you all! I got the shade 01, which is the lightest shade they have and depending on what face makeup I've got going it's almost a touch too dark for me.

Here's what the packaging looks like, and I thought at first it was a pressed powder type deal, but it's not it's very slightly creamy, and almost difficult to pick up on my concealer brush. It's a little cakey and would probably be best applied with a finger, but I prefer not to touch my face as much as possible when applying my makeup. But they suggest warming it between your fingers before applying to make it more creamy. To me, that just seems like an extra step that's unnecessary.

I applied a little over a freckle on my hand to see how well it faired over something very dark and noticeable, and you can still see the freckle, and you can tell the Boi-ing is a little too dark for my skin tone. On my face it's ok once I've applied my powder or foundation, it's not as dark looking, but if not blended very well you can see it.

I've been using my Coastal Scents Concealer Brush to apply it over my powder (bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation Shade Fairly Light N10), which is what I've been using lately because powder actually tends to give my face a glow, where as my foundation (Clinique Superbalanced Makeup Shade Breeze) tends to look too matte for the summer. Weird, I know, but everything else being equal on my face, I just like the dewy look powder gives my face in the summer better than how my face looks with the foundation. Then I set everything with the bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25.

I've been using it under my eyes, over blemishes, and around my nose where some redness occurs. My blemishes tend to dry out as they heal, so I have to be careful to apply a little bit more moisturizer to them, otherwise the Boi-ing clings to the dry spots and is more noticeable. But when applied correctly, and blended out, the Benefit Boi-ing definitely hides my under eye circles (which aren't really that bad, just a little gray), and my blemishes well. I like the look of it when paired with my powder and moisturizer underneath, as it covers everything nicely, and makes me look like I actually have blemish free skin.

I do find that the Boi-ing shade 01 is too dark on my chin. Maybe my chin needs a little more powder there because it's a shade or so lighter than my cheeks, and where I tend to breakout the most. Covering them with the Boi-ing just means it needs to be carefully blended out, or else it's noticeable.

I also have the Benefit Fakeup Hydrating Concealer, so I'll also eventually review that.

Conclusion: I would say try it, I don't think it's a must-have, but it might be your thing. I just wish it was a little more creamy, and easier to apply with a brush.

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  1. I got a sample of the Benefit Fakeup which I was super excited to try. Glad I did because it just wasn't the coverage I needed. I got the samples from Sephora. I'll stick to my Stila Perfecting concealer and dab Elf Tone Correcting Concealer as a brightener.

    1. I haven't tried the Stila or Elf but I'm still looking for a good concealer that doesn't make my dry patches worse. Even the Fakeup doesn't quite do it. I think I'm going to try the NARS next.


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