“Hello Flawless” is a lightweight foundation powder from Benefit Cosmetics.
Hello Flawless is a matte powder foundation that you can use alone as your primary foundation or you can use this as a setting powder over liquid foundation if you want a more heavy coverage.
The packaging is something that you might expect from Benefit. The powder comes in a small compact, though it is bigger than some and some people might find it too large for a small makeup bag. The outside is white with a nice whimsical black design. The middle of the top describes the name of the product in red lettering.
Upon opening, there is a mirror that takes up the whole inside top and your foundation is in a little compartment that can lift up. Underneath the foundation sits 2 product applicators.
The 2 applicators you get are a convenient feature which makes this a good product to take with you in your purse, or perhaps on vacation when you do not want to carry too many items.
The brush that it comes with could be of better quality. It is quite stiff and hard and is okay for touchups, but it doesn’t seem like it would be good for blending.
The sponge is much more effective. It is also easy to clean and you can always buy another sponge at the drugstore to put in the container if you would like.
The coverage is buildable, so it is nice for touching up during the day.
You don’t seem to get much wear out of the powder though. Although it does seem to cover well, you will probably need to touch up during the day and you will often go through this powder foundation more quickly than you would another brand.
It is also quite costly and even more expensive than other high end brands.
You get 7 grams or .25 oz of product for $34.
The range of colors that this product comes in isn’t the best either.
I have found that Benefit really lacks in the colors it carries.
The foundation comes in 6 shades.
The lightest shades are “never settle” (petal) and “me, vain!” (champagne); the medium shades are “I’m cute as a bunny” (honey) and ” all the world’s my stage” (beige); and the deep shades are “it’s about me, me, me!” (toffee) and “why walk when you can strut?” (hazelnut).
The shade names are quite cute, but honestly are confusing if you aren’t sure what color you need. I think they should have just stuck with something simpler, like the description of the name itself.
All of the colors seem to have a dominant undertone to them. Most seem too yellow while the lightest shade appears too pink, especially on the website. While some women might actually have a strong undertone, I have noticed that foundations that look too pink or yellow often make me look like I am wearing a mask. I usually go towards something that is more neutral than cool or warm.
It also seems the light colors are still not light enough and the deep shapes aren’t dark enough.
I once again am disappointed with Benefit for not allowing their products to reach more women in various shades. Not all women have a caramel tan.
This foundation does come with an SPF rating of 15, so if you can find your perfect match, this would be perfect for use outside.
It claims to be natural looking and it is supposed to leave a matte finish. I suppose that if you can find a shade that matched your complexion, this might be true. Be careful if you have very dry or sensitive skin as it might have an overly drying effect. This might be great for oily areas but can dry out normal skins too much.
The powder does seem to be finely milled and is soft, but I think you might be paying for packaging and cute names in this product.
If you are an everyday makeup wearer, than you might “hit pan” in this product fairly early on with all the touch ups it requires and because you get so little product for the cost.
Overall, I am not sure if taking the plunge to buy such an expensive powder that is easily used up quickly is such a good investment, especially when it might be hard to find your perfect match.