Friday, 10 April 2015

Benefit Minis | Big Mini Review!


If it wasn't clear enough already, I'm a sucker for mini things. Mini anything. If a brand can show me something I like and then reproduce that in miniature form, I'm pretty much guaranteed to throw my money at them shouting "Yes, yes I'll take it! It's so cute!" And if there's ever a brand to rock it in the miniature makeup department, it's Benefit. Through samples with purchase, Christmas calenders, value sets, and special offers, I seem to always be drowning in tiny testers - produced in replica packaging... so adorable.


 It's Potent Eye Cream & Total Moisture Facial Cream.
So let's dive in with skincare samples. These were both gifts with purchase, and I plan on keeping the pretty little blue pots to refill when travelling or flying. It may look like there's approximately one use in each of these, but both creams are so intensely thick and so dense that a little really goes a long, long way. I love the feel and smell (fresh cucumber) of the Total Moisture Facial Cream and if I had money to burn, I'd consider buying the full size. Next time you're at a Benefit counter, try to ask for a sample - it's great stuff.


Dandelion Lipgloss & They're Real Mascara.
These were both paid for; Dandelion came as part of a set called "Feeling Dandy" and the fabulous They're Real caught me at the counter at Boots. Curse you for putting adorable products at your check outs, Boots! I'm not a fan of Dandelion personally, I feel that it makes my lips dry yet disappears within an hour. It also has a weird not-sticky-totally-sticky texture and smells powdery. They're Real however, I love. I really, really like this mascara, I just find that Maybelline The Falsies gives me such similar results and is half the price.


Tints: Posie Tint, Bene Tint, Sun Beam & High Beam.
Now these guys are little gems that I'd happily splash the cash for. I think High Beam and Sun Beam particularly are worth every penny of their price tag, but if you can, get a sample size (in a set or during a Christmas offer) because they last years. Years people. High Beam is pretty high up the list of my all time favourite makeup, but Sun Beam would do the trick if you weren't, y'know, pasty and practically transparent. #palegirlproblems. As for their cheek and lip tints, they're also fab, if you blend them fast enough - beware of coloured dots on your face! But they'll stay put through the apocalypse and look like your skin, not makeup.


Left Photo, Top-Bottom: Bene Tint, Posie Tint ~ Right Photo, Top-Bottom; Sun Beam, High Beam, Girls Meets Pearl, That Gal
Primers & Bases.
Contrary to the colours suggested on their packaging, That Gal is pink based and Girl Meets Pearl is golden based. That Gal is also sold as a primer for the whole face, and Girl Meets Pearl is sold as a highlighter, however these two are basically sister products and can both be used in either way. I've never gotten much use out of these because High Beam (or Sun Beam if your golden) does a much better job of highlighting I don't favour 'illuminating' primers. I do favour mattifying, pore minimizing ones though, and The Porefessional is great at providing an overall blur on the skin. It smooths things over and doesn't feel to slippy. It's still not quite good enough to charm me into buying the full size, but whenever I get my paws on The Porefessional I enjoy using it.


Minis are a great way to test out products and work out what you're willing to pay full price for. I'd highly recommend investing in a set of the tints and highlighters, they'll really last you forever, and Boots are now offering mini They're Real Push Up Liners too. Let me know what Benefit products you love below... maybe I'll have to collect a few more samples!
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22 comments

  1. omg omg omg they are superrr cute. My motto is ' if there cute, they can just take my money already ' I still cant obsess how cute they are ahh xxx

    Ambra xo | fridaysarefab.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, sounds like me in Boots! "omg omg omg O.O" x

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  2. I'm a complete sucker for their mini products too! I have The Porefessional, Real Push Up Liner and Roller Lash Mascara all in mini! x
    http://whiteshirtchic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I haven't tried The Push Up Liner or Roller Lash! I'd really like to though. x

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  3. Wow :) so many! Love them ALL :) I have also a little kit :Primping with thw stars and I love it ♥♥♥

    www.aishettina.blogspot.it

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    1. I know, I just seem to gather them! Sets are the best way I think, they work out great value for money. x

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  4. Benefit's the coolest! I love their old-school style packaging. Adorable.
    xoxoxo
    Annie
    www.the-lostangeles.blogspot.com

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    1. I know it's so quirky isn't it? :) x

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  5. Their mini bottles are so cute! Wow

    http://industrialbarbie.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know! So much better than a sample in a clear plastic pot or something. x

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  6. Really good post ! http://kasjaa.blogspot.com/

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  7. wow you have so many! love they're real and high beam :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Totally with you Danielle, I couldn't live without High Beam :) x

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  8. Lovely post! I always love to try out makeup so whenever I can I would go for minis that come in different sets and sometimes like with tints minis are totally enough. I have tried They're real in mini size and now it is one of my favorite mascaras so far. And High beam looks so pretty and subtile

    sparklygoddess.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah the tints will last forever - God knows how anyone finishes a big one! If you haven't tried High Beam you totally should, it's a must in my makeup collection at all times :) Thanks for your comment. x

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  9. Omg how adorable are these?! I've got the full size High Beam and definitely agree - it's worth every penny!

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    1. Totally! I'l have no problems purchasing it at full size when my mini runs out... in about 3 years! x

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  10. I loooove how cute these all are! And all I can think about is how perfect they are to take with you on vacation. Adorable post.

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

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    1. Absolutely Naomi, perfect for travelling! x

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  11. I just love this review. I have the They're Real mascara but I didn't get really happy with the results !
    xoxo,

    http://atwednesdaysiwearpink.blogspot.pt/

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  12. Hey Ally! I nominated you for the creative bloggers award here :
    http://eversparkblogs.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-creative-blogger-award.html

    So go check it out! And have fun!

    Everspark xx
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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, I read and reply to every single one! Ally. x

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