Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Review - Benefit Erase Paste in No. 1 (Fair)

I wouldn't have purchased this, if it hadn't been used on me to great effect by makeup artist supremo Katy Messer when she made me over a couple of months back. We discussed how surprised we'd been to discover that underneath all the over-pushy sales patter, Benefit had some really genuinely excellent products. Katy rates Erase Paste among them, and I was glad to take her advice.

At £18.50 for a 5ml jar, it's not cheap, and my first experience of it (overapplied by an SA in a Benefit store) was not good. But I've since found a place in my heart for Erase Paste, a thick and creamy concealer that sells itself as "brightening camouflage for eyes and face".

What sets it apart from its counterparts is its consistency. Where other concealers tend to be slightly chalky and highlight dry patches on the skin, Erase Paste has a thick emollient texture that feels more like a balm or face cream than a makeup product. The shades tend to run cool (despite the yellow appearance of the swatch above, IRL the No. 1 Fair shade is quite pink toned). Coverage is very good, and despite the oily/greasy texture I haven't had any particular problems with this moving around or settling in lines.

A glance at the ingredient list on the box explains the texture thing right away. Top of the list, two effective moisturising ingredients - one natural (Lanolin - from sheep), and one mineral (petrolatum, close relative of the much-maligned Mineral Oil). There are also additional oils, waxes and a bit of Vitamin E in there.

The presence of Petrolatum (Vaseline to you and me) makes me very hesitant to use this for covering blemishes. It's an effective occlusive moisturiser, which means that it creates a barrier over the skin and to my mind that's not something you want where pores are already clogged and inflamed.

However, for undereye concealing and general skintone-evening, I think this product is a great choice, providing you can find a suitable shade (always an issue with Benefit - there are a grand total of three colours to choose from.) It's definitely something I'll be reaching for more as the cold weather dries my skin in the coming months.

Erase Paste is £18.50 and is widely available. As usual, I suggest purchasing from Boots to get the Advantage Card points.


  1. I bought this after seeing great things about it online but alas it settles in my under eye fine lines really badly so sadly, its not for me. :(

  2. I have the same problem with Erase Paste as Charlie (above) - it really settles into and highlights the fine lines under my eyes (I'm 26). The coverage is great though and as you said, the pink tone counteracts blue-ish undereyes. Used very sparingly it can work.
    Kat x Click&Make-Up

  3. Ooh, that's great to find that Erase Paste works for you, dear! I haven't tried it myself, might check it out ;) Great review, by the way. There sure are some things we wouldn't've purchased if it wasn't introduced to us and used to great effect. hehehe

  4. This product is in my make up kit - I only really use it under peoples eyes and use a different concealer to cover other imperfections in the skin. I would repurchase and have all the shades so it isnt a bad product!

    Its incredibly thick in consistancy so i use an angled eye shadow contour brush to buff it in!

  5. I had no idea it was so emollient/creamy, I imagined just from the name that it would be thick as hell XD


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