Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner: Strut
Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner: Skinny Jeans
Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner: Stiletto

So I've ventured into a new brand. I've never been much of a Benefit gal, their infamous blushes and powders have never interested me, but there I was.. glaring at their website, getting ready to order. See, I wanted to try out three of their Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows. I've originally wanted to get M·A·C Dangerous Cuvee Paint Pot which was released with Cham Pale, but I decided to skip it due to the fact that it's rumored to have a lot of fallout, and I didn't really like the frostiness. Benefit Skinny Jeans (pretty pewter) on the other hand seems to be the perfect base for a darker smokey eye, and I decided to include it in my collection.. together with Strut (smoky denim) and Stiletto (aubergine). From before I own Marry Up (brushed copper) which is just gorgeous!

My order turned up in the mail today, together with the Benefit Talent Brush which is a synthetic-bristle shadow/liner brush. I thought it would be nice to use with these Creaseless Cream Eyeshadows. I ordered from Benefit on February 17th, it was shipped on the 18th, and arrived today March 3rd. Shipping was $14.95 (or about 84,- NOK with today's exchange rate). but would have been free if my total had been $115 or more. My order's value was still above the tax limit, so naturally I had to pay fees and taxes as expected.

These cream eyeshadows are said to be creaseless, meaning that they won't stripe on your eyelids, but after doing some quick research it seems like most people prefer to use them in combination with a primer. I've made a habit of always using a primer underneath my eyeshadow to prevent creasing, but I'll be testing these cream eyeshadows both with and without a primer underneath.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow: Strut, Skinny Jeans, Stiletto

And while we're talking about primers:
If you're experiencing creasing when you wear eyeshadow, I suggest you use a primer underneath your eyeshadow. In case you didn't know, a primer and a base are two different products, even though many people seem to think it's one and the same. It's not. Where some may be good using a base only, others will experience creasing within a short period of time - so if you're like me, be sure to always prime your eyelids before starting on your eyeshadow. For instance, M·A·C Paint Pots which are available in a variety of colors are not primers, they are bases, and they will not prevent creasing if you are prone to the problem. If you're looking for a good primer, then try out Urban Decay Primer Potion which is now available in three different finishes, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Art Deco Eyeshadow Base or even NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (which are a primer and a base in one product).

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