From Left to Right: Stay Don't Stray, The Porefessional, Some Kind of Gorgeous Foundation in Medium, Benetint, and Girl Meets Pearl
Benefit Cosmetics is known for the adorable kits they release, they generally include a good amount of mini versions of their popular products. I’ve been wanting to try several Benefit products, but with mixed reviews (I always do my homework before high-end purchases) it hasn’t been worth the splurge. I am one who would rather try out samples before investing in a high end product! Primping with the Stars ($32) is well-rounded and includes the all-time greatest “fake-its” kit for face, cheeks, eyes, and lips that'll make them all starstruck. Here’s what this kit includes:
Stay Don’t Stray (0.08oz)
A dual-action eye and concealer primer-- keeps your eyeshadows in place all day long and under-eye concealer from moving around. The sample comes with an easy to use wand that makes dotting around the eye for application very easy, however the full size does come in a pump dispenser. I love the wand but like the fact that the pump will keep the product more hygienic. The consistency is thin and liquidy, and the color is a light natural beige. A little goes a long way because the thin consistency.
The Porefessional (0.25oz)
Primer and pore-minimizer-- this translucent balm can be applied under or over makeup to minimize the appearance of pores. The silky product applies a soft focus like effect to skin for a smoother pore-less effect. I wouldn't say that my pores vanish, but they definitely minimized. I'm not a big fan of primers, but I did enjoy the soft silky texture if left on my skin. I also liked that it was lightweight!
Some Kind-A-Gorgeous Foundation in Medium (0.12oz)
Cream to powder foundation--a really light, easy to use foundation! After applying my moisturizer I dip my Sigma F80 directly into it the foundation and apply it to my skin (*Note-I wouldn't recommend this, but since its a samples size I'm okay with it for short-term). It blends in effortlessly to my skin, and applies a light coverage. If you had any blemishes you would need to use a concealer to cover. Its great for complementing your natural skin and not covering it up. On my dry skin I get about 6 hours of wear before I need to touch-up. I've really been enjoying this foundation for everyday use, and would recommend it to anyone with mostly clear skin for a very natural look!
Benetint Rose (0.13oz)
Cheek and Lip Stain--resembling the look of a nail polish! The stain has a light, watery texture. When blended into skin it revels a subtle flush. I like to apply about three strokes to my cheeks and then blend quickly with clean fingertips. You have to work quickly before the stain sets into cheeks. For lips, I lightly dab the product on for a tinted pout. My lips get dry quickly with this product so I usually apply a clear lip balm over the top for more moisturized lips.
Girl Meets Pearl (0.25oz)
Liquid Highlighter--contains light-reflective pigments to give skin a pearly shimmer. This liquid highlighter gives a beautiful warm golden-pink glow to my complexion. I reach for this product when I want my skin to look extra luminous and dewy. The smooth, light-weight formula blends easily into the skin and does not feel heavy or sticky. I like to apply this with my beauty blender for an even application.
They’re Real! Mascara (0.1oz)
Benefit’s popular mascara--a highly raved about mascara from beauty-lovers! This mascara offers it all- length, volume, curl and separation! The formula is creamy without being to wet, and does not smudge or clump throughout the day. One coat if fab, two coats is enough drama for a night out. Great mascara! The only con would be the spider effect it slightly gives lashes, but way more moisturizing then other spidery-like formulas (MAC Zoom and L'Oreal Telescopic).
Another nice aspect of this kit is it includes instructions on how to use each product to get the best results. I would completely recommend picking up this set or a similar set from Benefit! I love the fact that these samples last a few weeks-and some longer (Benetint may last forever) to get a good idea if I really want to purchase the full-size! I absolutely love everything in this set, if I repurchase any of the product I will follow up with a more in-depth review :)