Benefit’s main “thing” at the moment seems to be repackaging their old favourites, with their brow range being first up on the revamp, now followed by their concealer collection. The classic Boi-ing concealer now has four variations, including the new Airbrush Concealer which was released earlier in the year. I’m pretty loyal to my budget concealer of choice, the Seventeen Stay Time concealer, and have been using the drugstore steal religiously for over two years now, so I was interested to see how the new range would fare in comparison.
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The newest addition to the range and an entirely new product, as far as I can tell, is the Airbrush edition of the concealer. This concealer has a consistency that is more akin to being described as whipped, with a lightweight formula that boasts 10-hour wear. This is definitely a lighter coverage than most concealers, being more of the sheer-to-medium persuasion, meaning it’s not quite heavy duty enough for my under eye circles.
I find this works much better for evening out my complexion, and it covers minor scarring really well. I love how the lightweight formula feels like nothing on the skin, making it ideal for low-key minimal makeup days. The formula is super creamy and more hydrating than many other concealers I’ve tried, which makes it ideal for drier complexions like mine, however, I do find that it can sometimes look a little bit too shiny towards the end of the day for my liking.
The newly repackaged version of the original Boi-ing concealer boasts the same great formula as the original, with a full coverage that hides all of my blemishes and scarring. The heavy nature of this formula does make it prone to creasing in my experience, particularly under my eyes, but it’s not drying or chalky so it’s easy enough to re-blend and fix.
Although it claims to have a matte finish, I find it to be more on the dewy side, and a tad greasy. It’s far from sliding off my face but does need a bit of powder to set, which is a bit annoying having to add more product when the concealer is already quite heavy duty. For me, this is best saved for really bad skin days, when the mother of hormonal spots has taken up residence on my chin or the dark circles are out in force.
Brightening concealers are a new love of mine, having recently discovered the joys of colour correction when it comes to concealing redness and hiding my dark undereye circles. Formerly known as Erase Paste, the Boi-ing Brightening Concealer has been a real stand out product for me, with the slight salmon tinge making the dark bags that grace my under eye a thing of the past.
It is a bit warmer toned, so I was concerned about how well this would blend into my ultra-pale skin, but it’s actually a perfect match and blends like a dream. Again, like the rest of the concealers in their range, this has a really creamy formula but feels less greasy to me. It doesn’t crease, which is exactly what I look for in an under eye concealer, and the full coverage formula works some serious magic in my experience.
Fake Up was one of the first Benefit products I ever tried, so I was glad to see that it was still part of their range, albeit with a new name and packaging! The Hydrating Concealer is housed in a hydrating balm enriched with Vitamin E and is perfect for dry areas like my nose.
For some reason, the lighter shade of this is slightly darker than the Airbrush and Industrial Strength variations, which is a tad annoying as it can be a little bit too dark for my skin at times. The coverage is sheer enough that it can be easily blended out to match, so it’s not the end of the world, I’d just prefer a bit more consistency across the range.
At £17.50 a pop, I feel like it’s unlikely that someone’s going to be rushing out to buy the whole range straight away. It’s good to have a range of different products for different looks/different skin days and the range as a whole is great, but I think that if I had to recommend just one to pick up it would have to be the new Airbrush formula as it feels like the most versatile!
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