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Benefit Some Kind-a Gorgeous Foundation Faker Review

I’m a huge Benefit Cosmetics fan. There are very few of their products that I don’t love – Boing Concealer being the only one. And even though it didn’t suit my skin type I had to admit that the coverage was amazing.

Well, I now have another product to add to that list, unfortunately. Some Kind-a Gorgeous…

I bought a Benefit sampler  kit at Sephora in December so that I could try this product but also for the mini Hoola bronzer that came with it.


Shade – Medium

Smell: Not great!

Texture: Smooth, velvety

Finish: Cream to powder formulation. Matte, powder finish.

Packaging: Very cute

Coverage: I expected medium coverage based purely on my experience with similar products. It’s lighter than this. It does even the skin tone which is a foundations main job after all. I needed too much concealer afterwards.

Staying power: It doesn’t last long on my combination skin. After a few hours it felt like I needed to powder, yet on application this products left a powder finish on my skin. My chin was oily by lunch and there was no product left there, although it did cling longer to the normal areas of my face.

Price: Expensive. I also think I would fly through the standard pot.I would recommend using your fingers instead of a sponge to make it go further.

Shade range: Awful. Only three. I never complain about Erase Paste only having 3 shades because Medium suits me perfectly. But if you aren’t lucky enough to fit in to the three shades you have to make do being a little off or mix products.

Other issues…

  • The product seems to oxidise on my skin after application. It’s not really a problem if you’re prepared – applying evenly and not being too heavy handed.
  • Came off on my shirt and was hard to wash out
  • Seeped into fine lines – fine lines I hadn’t noticed until I tried this :(

It has to be said, some people really love this product! Maybe it’s just not designed for my skin. Would love to know if you have tried it and what you think.

If you can get your hands on a Benefit sampler pack in Sephora I would recommend trying before buying. For those of you on this side of the water, ask the artist at the Benefit counter to apply some for you and wear for the day before you buy.

Have you tried this? Do you like it? Thoughts on cream to powder foundations?

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  • Salon Products

    Same disappoints for me, but if like me you are a benefit fan and willing to give them another go in this area and want to try an alternative, try – hello flawless! Its fab! It can be applied with sponge or brush and coverage is great. Also there is double if not triple the amount of shades available!

  • Toni

    Hey Amy,
    Brought this product after been shown it by the sales lady being told its fab for combination skin. And I was told to use it in conjunction with porefessional (which is amazing for large pores I love it makes them disappear on me!) but as for the product your talking about, I found amazing for the first 2 weeks. Then I returned to work at a hairdressers and the product was practically melting off my face! Was not a great look for the rest of the day! Won’t be buying again!

  • Bianca

    God, how much I hate that product…..I really tried very hard to make it work. Stupidly, I bought it right after the SA had applied it to my skin because I couldn’t believe how wonderful my skin looked right after application. Half an hour later I looked into a mirror in the shopping centre and my face was an oxidised oil slick! I tried to make it work so many different ways, different powders (even bought the benefit powder), and the dr feelgood primer that they do. With the primer it seemed to work well and I was happy, for three days, when I noticed that this combo caused my usually oily skin to flake off of my face!!! I was so freaked out, I finally gave up on the product!!
    I think you need try skin and must not be fair in order for this to work.

    • Amy

      My experience was similar. I heard a few dry skin girls say it clung to their dry bit. Must be for the normal skinned ladies among us!

  • Julie

    I was silly enough to buy this in the lightest and middle shade before trialling it first, ignoring low rating on makeupalley. Big mistake! Same issues that you mention – no longevity with 3-4 hrs on a cool dry day, oxidisation, got oily after an hour or so, coverage got patchy as the day wore on etc. It also transfers super easy which is not a good thing in the the office and your trying to keep a polished look for the entire day! For reference I have combination skin, normal to dry cheeks with an oily t-zone. As we don’t have return policy in Australia I’ve had to keep these for winter days where I’m running a few errands and none of the above matters too much. Definitely one for dry skin types and even then I’m not so sure I would recommend it.

    • Amy

      We have the same crappy returns policy here. I hate holding on to products in the hopes that there might be a day I might use them. I wish we could return products we’re not happy with! Seems simple

  • Emily

    I have this and must say I rarely find myself reaching for it. I too have combination to oily skin too, I used to find this extremely drying. Might give it another shot though over some light foundation.

    Emily x

    • Amy

      I wonder what it would be like over a foundation actually – off to try. Thanks for the idea :)

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