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Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer

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Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - box and product
It’s here! Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer!

When I first heard that Benefit was coming out with a 15-hour primer, I knew I had to get my hands on this. You see, I work 12 hour shifts (which sometimes can end up being 13 or 14 hours!) and the chance of my makeup staying on that long was practically non-existant. I have no time to reapply my makeup at work, so if there’s something out there that can help me last longer than 4-5 hours, I’m totally up for it.

 

The Packaging

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - front of box
Front of the box – such cute packaging!

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - left side of box
Left side of box – some facts

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - right side of box
Right side of box – pretty text

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - back of box
Back of box – blurb and how to use

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - tube
The primer

I’d never tried a primer in stick form before, so this would be an interesting experience. In true Benefit form, the packaging is super cute with a retro feel to it. The polka dots on the cap are so cute and the black, matte tube makes it look sleek.

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - top of tube
Top of the cap 

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - protective cap
Inner cap

I like that there was an inner cap covering the actual product. It felt air tight so as to not dry the product out. If you plan on using your product daily, you can probably toss this inner cap away. However, if you’re using it once in a while, it’s probably best to keep the inner cap so as not to dry it out. How awful would it be to pick it up to use only to find that it’s dried out and unusable?

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - cap removed
Inner cap removed

And there it is! The primer in it’s glorious stick form. You hold the white part and twist the bottom black part counter clockwise to advance the primer upwards.

 

The Product

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - the product
Stay Flawless, all ready for action!

To apply, you use circular motions all over your face. This is what activates the product, and causes your foundation to stick to the primer. I usually draw circles all over my cheeks and forehead, and a couple of dabs at my nose, then blend it quickly with my fingers. Then, immediately put your foundation on. It will feel a little sticky and tacky, which took a little while for me to get used to, however it made my foundation cling to it like glue.

Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer - swatch
Swatch

You can barely see the primer against my skin. Except for a slight glow where you can see it, it blends seamlessly. The light flesh colour looks like there’s a colour payoff, but on my skin, I don’t see it at all.

After applying my foundation, my face is matte and looks like a dream. Now fast forward to 6 hours into my shift. My face is still matte and looks like a dream. Fast forward to the end of my 12 hour shift. My face is still fairly matte with an ever so slight glow to my forehead. I’ve now used this for an entire month and I can honestly say, it consistently works every time.

When I tried this out on a non work day and spent the whole day outdoors in the humid heat of the mid 30s (that’s 90s for you US people), it worked just as well and my face looked pretty much exactly as when I had left the house.

 

The Verdict

For those of you who work long hours and/or need your foundation to stay put, this is the only magical thing you need. If this can last me my entire 12 hour shift (sometimes going into 13 or 14 hours too), then it can totally last regular business people who work 9-5.

 

Where to Buy – $38 CND | $32 USD

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Written by Jessica

August 23rd, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Posted in Beauty,face