Despite having being blogging about beauty now for just over two years I had never until recently had any experience of trying anything from Benefit other than the free sample of the They’re Real mascara from a magazine earlier on last year. A few weeks ago I was kindly sent the Benefit Longwear Powder Eye Shadow* in the shade Nude Swings to try which finally broke the Benefit barrier.
Having tried so little from Benefit I was really unsure what to expect, therefore when it arrived I was completely taken aback by the packaging. The eye shadow arrived in a rather sturdy circular cardboard box that has a really pretty design on it, this protects the actual eye shadow and adds a nice extra touch; overall the presentation in my opinion is really quite lovely and makes the product that extra bit special. Inside the little box the eye shadow can be found along with a tiny little leaflet that provides a few tips on how to get the best out of the product.
The actual eye shadow itself is in a plastic little pot with a clear lid, this is handy if you decide not to keep the box as you will easily see which shade is which if you have a few of them. Having said I can be sure that my solitary eye shadow will be remaining in the box; it’s far too pretty not to. Nude Swings is described as a soft rose gold by Benefit which I do agree with when it is observed within the pan, I’d also be tempted to argue that there are hints of a champagne tone within it which lightens up the overall appearance of the shade.
Once applied I found that this eye shadow blended out really well however it looked quite sheer on me when I used it alone. Pairing it up with a darker eye shadow and then using this to create a lighter look in the corner of my eye worked and looked much better therefore I will continue to use it in this manner. As I mentioned I found that on my eyelids the eye shadow was quite sheer, more so than I had expected yet I could still see the soft rose gold hues coming through. Combined with a primer I found that the eye shadow started to crease on me after roughly five hours which I guess for a powder eye shadow isn’t too bad. I have to be honest and say that for £15.50 I did expect the eye shadow to be a bit more buttery, yet I find myself being able to overlook this somewhat because of how pretty it is.
I had a look to see if I had anything similar to this eye shadow within my collection in order to compare it to something however it would appear not. A month or so ago I had quite the make up clear out where I dramatically reduced the amount that I had therefore my eye shadow collection now consists of just three palettes and one cream eye shadow. I have to say that having tried Benefit Nude Swings I’ve found that it has become a welcome addition to my much smaller collection. I’m really pleased I’ve been able to try something from Benefit and can feel myself wanting to delve into the brand further. If you’re a fan do you have any recommendations for me?