I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. I certainly can't complain. I spent Friday in good company and went to not one but two happy hours. In between that, there was a period of chatting and banana hot cocoas and off we went for more food.
I'm very excited to show you guys the new line of foundations from Benefit Cosmetics --
Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW with SPF 25 PA+++
I was really excited to be able to test them out since I'm a huge foundation junkie. This is an oil-free brightening foundation that features the use of SPF protection in the form of PA+++. Usually we don't see that type of rating in American cosmetics, but they've added that extra protection and that is a huge plus for me. To clarify, SPF is the protection grade for UVB filters, and PA is the protection grade for UVA filters. PA+++ is the highest level of protection in that form.
This oil-free foundation is lightweight, buildable and has a watery texture. There are 9 shades to choose from, all of which have surprisingly good coverage. I thought the watery texture would immediately make it a very sheer formula but it's quite the opposite.
Some of the things I really like about this foundation is:
+ Coverage is great, gives a "glowy" look
+ Dewy, satin finish
+ Hydrating formula (watery texture)
+ The brightening effect is significant from the dewy finish
+ Lightweight and oil free
+ Contains sunscreen
Some of the things I didn't like are:
- Limited amount of shades (only 9)
- The formula sometimes enhances dry skin on me (dry patches)
- Can get a little oily after a few hours
Here are swatches from all 9 shades:
Ivory, Petal, Beige, Champange, Honey
Nutmeg, Amber, Hazelnut, Toasted Beige
Overall, I found that I really liked this foundation. I liked that it's breathable and has a wet texture. It feels moisturizing and nice on my skin without feeling heavy. The wet texture is similar to my MAC F&B foundation but with more color.