Concealer, Make-up

So good yet so bad – Benefit Boi-ing Concealer

I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Benefit Boi-ing concealer. I bought one a few years ago and used it up, to be honest at that stage I was a little indifferent to it. My skin has changed a lot since I last tried it.

Enter pic from Benefit website (since I don’t own one!)

I passed the Benefit counter in Dublin airport recently and decided to have another look at it. The sales assistant encouraged me to try some on so I happily smeared some over the blotchy areas. It was creamy, easy to apply and had fantastic coverage. It’s pitched as an industrial strength concealer, which I wanted. It’s expensive enough though (€20 in Dublin airport / £16.50 / $18) so I wanted to be sure.

I popped off for something to eat having decided that if it looked good after an hour I would go back and buy one. But when I went to check how it looked before my flight it had disappeared on some parts of my face, smeared on others and caked over my blotchy areas. I looked a million times worse than I had when I first approached the counter.

The result was probably down to my skin type and the fact that I was wearing Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation underneath (I doubt Bo-ing would set over a foundation of that consistency without powder if you have any oiliness). I reasoned that the coverage was great initially and that I just needed powder so I boarded my flight and settled on picking one up when I reached the US.

It wasn’t to be.

I landed in O’Hare airport only to find my face was covered in spots, an allergic reaction I presume. The reaction took at least 48 hours to die down. I was not a happy bunny!

This may be a fantastic concealer for someone with normal or normalish skin. The oils in my skin ate through it in one hour without powder. I also have sensitive skin that is prone to over-reaction (the one downside to making YouTube beauty videos and being a beauty blogger) so other people are probably unlikely to end up spotty after using it.

This one is definitely not for me. I have used Benefit’s Erase Paste and quite like it so I think I’ll stick to that for now. I find it very surprising, and annoying, that Benefit concealers only come in three shades – light, medium and dark. With the difference in skin undertones and enormous variation in skin colour I can imagine that many people do not fit into three categories.

Have you tried Bo-ing? Are you a fan?

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