Thursday, 17 October 2013

Benefit Luv It Up Palette for Christmas

Benefit are giving us a staggering 17 different gift sets for Christmas this year.  There are cute tins with a selection of Benefit's top sellers, and makeup kits - one of which I have to show you today.  This is Luv It Up, which is the "cutest nudist makeup kit".

Before I show you the actual product though, please allow me to indulge in a small rant about how annoying I find it when people deliberately mis-spell words because it's "cute".  It's not cute.  It's really annoying.  Okay, end of rant, let's move on.

Inside the prettily printed outer cardboard sleeve, you'll find another prettily printed metal tin.  It's a sturdy piece of kit - it's not massively heavy, nor is it too lightweight, but it does protect the makeup inside nicely, and once you've finished the makeup, you can remove the insert and use the tin for something else.  Which is handy, assuming you can bear the deliberately bad spelling.  Or that you ever finish makeup (I've never finished anything that wasn't a mascara or a brow product).

Anyway.  Inside the tin, you get three shades of eyeshadow, a dinky little cream eyeshadow, and a mini Dandelion lipgloss (this one's 6.5ml, with the full size being 10ml).

All the shades are of the subtle, neutral variety.  The three eyeshadows allow you to create a contoured, nude eye, and the cream shadow is just as good a highlighter as it is a cream shadow.

top row:  r.s.v.p. Creaseless Cream Eyeshow; middle row: Call My Bluff, Nude Swings, Thanks a Latte; bottom row: Dandelion lipgloss
When I swatched the products in the tin, I was a little surprised to find that the eyeshadows are all actually quite close in tone and shade.  In the pan, Thanks a Latte looks a fair bit darker than it looks on the skin.  That said, the four eye shades work together to make a polished contoured eye, and the gloss is pretty and wearable, even if it's not really setting the world alight.

Those of us with large makeup collections might find that there's nothing really stand out compared to the nude shades we already have, but this little tin would make a lovely gift for someone who's just getting into makeup, or someone who doesn't already wear neutrals.  It's a mere £19.50, which is a great deal for the amount of product you get in the tin.  Find it now at Benefit counters, and via their website, now.

Disclosure: PR sample

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