Benefit Fake Up

Benefit have a new wonder product on the market – a hydrating concealer that promises to stay put all day long. Some big claims as generally it tends to be the ‘rule’ that with a hydrating product it doesn’t last, or a long-lasting product tends to dry skin out… so to have something that promises to hydrate AND stay put… I have high, high hopes…

When I tweeted about this, and the fact that I was so excited to use the product that I was going to actually use it BEFORE I had taken photos (hence why the light shade looks a little more worn than the other two) I got a few comments saying mixed things, some have tried and loved it but a few have found that whilst it’s certainly hydrating, it maybe wasn’t living up to the claims of not creasing. So along with swatches I have also included a photo taken at the end of a long work day in front of the computer to see how it lasted and if there was any creasing!

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Above you have pictures of the product, plus swatches of each shade – the three shades, Light, Medium and Deep can be used in isolation to conceal with a shade that matches your skin tone. Or if you’re more confident with contouring than I am, you can use the deeper shades to add shading/contouring.

For me, the light shade is a good match right now but I suspect by Summer I’ll move up to medium shade (fingers crossed for some sun!). I have been using just the light shade so far – and you can see from the eye shot above it matches pretty well. As before, this shot was taken at the very end of a long work day, and I felt the eye area still felt really fresh. For me, for it to have not settled into lines is a major plus point as I do have a few fine laughter lines around my eyes. The hydration element is a HUGE deal for me – as the fine lines on my eyes tend to show so much more prominently, and I definitely find that the moisture element of this really counters that and keeps my eye area looking fresher than other concealers I have tried.

A couple of things that I think are important – I do find I need to pop a little bit of setting powder on top of the concealer to keep it in place. When I went to apply some liner after the concealer, where I put my fingers on my under eye area I found it left a mark as the concealer doesn’t really ‘set’ on it’s own. For me to have it in place and last all day, I need a touch of setting powder. Obviously only lightly or else would totally defeat the point of the moisture element.

Application wise, I tend to apply to the back of my hand and pat on with my ring finger. I find this avoids any creasing as it blends as it applies and avoids it going on too thick.

Overall, I have to say I am impressed. It certainly won’t be for everyone – but if you have a dehydrated eye area and want something to keep it fresh and avoid having to choose between hydrating or concealing…! For me, this is fab!

Available from Debenhams (£18.50)

PR samples.



  1. March 29, 2013 / 5:50 pm

    Im aching to try this concealer, it looks amazing, i bought the concealer palette from makeup forever and i love it.

  2. Shelley Jessup
    March 30, 2013 / 12:08 am

    When I am next out shopping Im going to go to their beauty counter & get someone to try on me as Ive heard from many bloggers that its really good.

  3. Claire Buckley
    March 30, 2013 / 12:46 am

    I don’t often buy benefit makeup, simply because I don’t always have the money. However I may just have to after this post. Definitely need some hydration under my eyes.
    Thank you for a really insightful review 🙂

  4. Sana Sadiq
    March 30, 2013 / 10:53 am

    Medium suppose to be my shade!!!! I so want to try it xx

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