The queens of cute packaging are at it again with the launch of the new Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer Stick ($32 USD / $38 CAD). This adorable stick primer comes in a glue-stick type packaging with a a black and white polka dot design. The twist-up balm glides onto skin smoothly and promises to lock down makeup and keep it looking fresh & flawless for 15 hours.
The product itself feels like a traditional silicone primer, and actually applies very thinly and evenly to skin (considering you really do apply it like a glue stick). I swipe it over my face lightly, then blend it in with my fingers. You can’t see it, because it’s clear (even though it looks tinted in the tube), but you can feel where it’s going as it has a slightly cooling feeling to it- nice and refreshing actually! It feels velvety smooth with a natural matte finish- definitely a different method of application, but it’s not too hard to get the hang of.
Pores look smaller, shine is reduced and skin feels super soft and ready for foundation. I’ve tried a few different foundations on top (cream stick, liquid and powder), all with fairly good results. They blend nicely on top (especially thick cream foundations- it really helps them to blend nicely) and look fresh for quite a long time. I don’t know if I would say it made my makeup look flawless for 15 hours, but it definitely helped to make keep it looking fresher for longer than it would without (I really feel as if that depends on your foundation as well, not just the primer).
It doesn’t give me that vibrancy I get from using my favorite primer, the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, but I feel like this one is definitely great for daily wear.
The only problem I really encountered with it is with the cap- sometimes it would pop off, or not close completely, and I’d be sitting there for a few minutes just trying to get it to close. Not sure if that is a common problem, but I ensured to roll the stick down and I still encountered the same problem- so just make sure it’s actually shut before tossing it back into your makeup bag.
Cute and effective- high five, Benefit!
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[tab id=1]$32 USD / $38 CAD
- Amount: 0.54oz / 15.5g
- Value: $59 USD per oz / $70 CAD per oz
[tab id=2]Permanent. Available now at:
[tab id=3]Available in one shade only (clear).
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[tab id=4]Isododecane, Water, Polyethylene, Polydecene, Silica, Nylon-12, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Heptahydroxystearate, Paraffin, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Galactoarabinan, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phytosterols, BHT. [+/-: CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].[/tab]