Benfit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation ($34) is a powder foundation that can be used for light or full coverage. One of the big selling points of this powder is the flexibility in how it can be customized for the coverage that you prefer. Hearing raves about this powder, I had to try it out for myself!
Usually I can choose my shade quickly, but it was a little tricky with this powder. Ultimately, I chose “Me, Vain? Champagne”, which is a neutral shade for light skin tones. The texture of the powder is incredibly soft and velvety, similar to MAC’s Careblend formula. It is housed in a bulky, boxy container and comes with a brush and a little sponge applicator. The size of the mirror is generous and the lid stays closed during transport since it is magnetic, which makes it easy to open and close. I can’t stand when I can’t get a product open!
I prefer using this with a Real Techniques powder brush and usually wear it over tinted moisturizer. It does not oxidize on me, but others have reported this product oxidizing into a more orange shade on their skin. It lasts about four hours before I need a touch up, so it isn’t terribly long lasting on me. Normally I wouldn’t mind this, but one of the major drawbacks of this powder is that there’s VERY little product here for how fast you go through it. For $34, you’re only getting .25 ounces of product. After three uses, I had a pretty large dip in the pan.Typically, if I use Maybelline Dream Matte powder every day, I go through one compact every three to four months, maybe somewhere in between. I don’t imagine this would last very long if I used it every day, particularly multiple times.
Here are some other powder size comparisons and prices:
MAC Careblend Powder: $24 for .35 ounces
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder: .32 ounces for $7.50
Physicians Formula Super BB Powder: .29 ounces for $13
Wearing Hello, Flawless! over Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
This powder does have good coverage and it is buildable as it claims. As mentioned already, I love the texture of it, but I wouldn’t buy it again, as I believe it is overpriced. MAC Careblend powder is similar to this in coverage, maybe a little less. It also performs similarly as the Physicians Formula Super BB powder, which is an affordable drugstore option.
All in all, a nice product, but not a repurchase for me!