Sunday 23 March 2014

Not So Flawless | Benefit Stay Flawless Review

 I am a sucker for good packaging, and sometimes this can get the better of me! I always used to be a Benefit fan, but now, not so much. However, I still hold a special place for it in my heart as it was the first brand I ever bought! 

I haven't done a negative review yet however this needed to be done. Since November last year I have gone through 4 of these. I would like to add that I only purchased the first one and the rest have been replacements from the store. 

I am at my wits with this and I think I've given this a fair enough trial to be able to give you some valuable feedback. 

What Benefit say about this product - 'Hello 15 hours of flawless! Benefit's invisible PRO-long primer acts like a magnet to instantly lock-on your foundation. This innovative stick formula makes your favourite hello flawless make-up looking fresh, hour after hour.Go longer. Stay flawless! Glide this innovative primer stick directly onto skin, then immediately apply foundation, blending together on face.'

So let's start with the pro's.

1. The packaging. It really is lovely. I love the polka-dots! 
2. Formulation - This really does work well. It stays on for hours and does not shift, however not the 15 hours it says it does. Lets say about 8-10.
3. Concept - I like the idea of having a primer in stick form, that you can just roll up and down like a lip balm. 

Unfortunately that's it for the pro's.


1. The packaging - I know I mentioned this as a pro - however this also goes for a con too as this is packaged in such a way, it is too bulky for my make up storage & takes up a lot of space. 
2. With each one I've tried the lid popped off quite a lot and you really had to shove it on with a bit of brute force. 
3. Practicality - the shape is not right for the product. As a cylinder shape you can not apply this into the nooks and crannies of your face. You can try and get close by using the edge of the stick but this can assist in making it crumble.
4. Formulation - This is a soft, creamy formulation in a stick form, so I found that after several uses the damn thing just crumbled on me. I was so annoyed by this as I expect a product to be functional and this just wasn't. 
5. Price - For the eye-watering amount of £24.50 I expected a lot more from this product. I don't mind paying big bucks for a products so long as it works and in this case it wasn't.  
6. My 2nd try at the product lead to mould! I couldn't believe that it had turned a greenish colour, so a that point I took it back to the store and they gave me another one to try. I unfortunately didn't take any photos of this as I hadn't started blogging yet!
7. The twist up motion kept on breaking!

Uh-Oh - Crumbled AGAIN!!

In the end, I contacted Benefit's Head Office and spoke to their customer care department. They were very friendly and once I had explained my issues, they told me to send it in to them and they would have a look at it. Once they received it, they emailed me to confirm that there was indeed an issue with this product and that if I wanted I could have another one. I declined this offer (as like I said above), I'd given this a fair enough trial, so instead they told me to choose a product of similar value and they would send me that instead. 

I'm still currently looking through and deciding on what I want as I'm quite tempted by the new Gimmie Brow...however I'm not committing yet until I see a few more good reviews about it!

Have you tried the Gimme Brow?

Overall, my plea to Benefit is when it brings out new products; spend more time on the actual product than the way it's packaged!

I hope you've enjoyed my post today and lets hope the next Benefit review I do will be a positive!

Have any of you had this issue? Let me know in the comments below!

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As always, It's been a pleasure!




  1. I really didn't get on with Gimme Brow and returned it. Benefit is so expensive for what it is. Alice xx

    1. Humm, this is one I'm going to have to take a gander at in store before committing! Thanks xxx

  2. OMG that is awful quality product! The Gimme Brow is good. I don't usually give in to hyped up products but I tried this in work one day and as soon as I did, I knew I had to have it!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

    1. Such mixed reviews!! I shall be trying this out before I buy! xxx

  3. Yeah I wasn't a fan of this either xxx

  4. That's a bummer...cute packaging always draws me in to. At least customer service was helpful and is allowing you to try another one of their products instead of just sending you another one of these....although after what you have been through with this product they should be nice to you! haha :)

    1. hahaha too right hun!! I'm always willing to give products a real go - I definitely did in this case and just wasn't impressed.xxxx

  5. I love a good nitty gritty review! I'm so glad there letting you exchange it, imagine what it would have done to your skin if it kept going mouldy :o don't get gimme brow, its just as bad as the hello flawless! Is it just me or are some of Benefits newer products just know where near as good as the golden oldies? Great post :) xxxxx

    1. Haha! Looks like I'm back to square one. Might just get something I know I like - how frustrating! Grrr :( xxxxx

  6. I love benifit products using high beam all the time and girls meets pearl. The failure of this product is definitely wrong design for the product one hopefully they can easily sort. Good luck picking an item Lucy

    1. I hope they can fix it too Lucy! I'm going to a benefit counter in the next few weeks so will be trying some of these out. xxx

  7. My primer didn't crumble however I thought it was crap. 15 hours my eye! I tried it and within 2 hours I was shiny, I know I have oily skin but at £24 I really expected something good xx

    1. Yep, load of crap! Especially for the price - tut tut xxxx


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