Review | Benefit Erase Paste

Benefit_erase_paste I hadn’t been looking for a new concealer when I picked this up. I had been using Benefit’s Boi-ing, which I was perectly happy with, but hey, if Benefit release a new product you can guarantee I’ll be all over it like a rash, which is perhaps an unfortunate choice of words when you’re talking about a beauty product, but true all the same.

When I bought this, I hadn’t even been in the US for 24 hours, and my face was showing the signs of not just jet-lag, but of the stressful few weeks I’d just had immediately prior to my vacation. (Taking a break can sometimes feel like more stress than it’s worth when you’re self-employed, sadly). To say there were bags under my eyes would be an understatement.

Anyway, I bought my Erase Paste, choosing the palest shade possible (“fair”) to match my pearly white skin, and that night, as I was getting ready for dinner, I decided to try it out…

Snap Judgement: All I can say is that as I looked in the mirror, I was reminded of what it looks like when you Photoshop the dark circles out from under someone’s eyes. Ummm, not that I’ve ever done that myself, you understand…

What is it?

From the Benefit website: “Signs of stress & fatigue are a thing of the past with this innovative formula. This concentrated, creamy, blendable concealer instantly brightens & camouflages all-in-one. The three brightening neutral shades give every gal correction perfection. ”

Application:

Erase Paste comes with a small platic applicator, which I ditched after the first couple of uses, because I just couldn’t see the point of it. I apply it, like most of my makeup, with my finger…

What I thought…

This instantly became my favourite under-eye concealer. I like it better than Boi-ing because it seems a little creamier to me, and the coverage is better. Because this is designed to brighten as well as conceal, I find it particularly good for the under-eye area, which is a particular problem area for me, thanks to my dark eye bags. Lovely.

I won’t say the coverage is perfect – I am still occassionally having to use Touche Eclat over the top on particularly bad days, but it’s the closest I’ve ever come to one-step eye-bag concealment and for that, I love it.

It’s also good on blemishes, but when I tried to follow the instructions that came with it, which tell you to use it on the sides of the mouth to create a sort of “instant facelift” effect, I didn’t see any difference at all.

Rating: 4/5 – not quite a Holy Grail product, but almost. Definitely my new go-to concealer. Sorry, Boi-ing, but your reign is over…

Buy: Benefit Erase Paste, $26