Benefit Stay Flawless

Saturday, 22 June 2013
Benefit Stay Flawless
prosecco - a blogger event essential
cute cushions
canape time
Stay Flawless demo
my prize!
cocktails at Dragonfly
outfit of the night - all primark!

A few weeks ago I went along to my first Benefit Cosmetics blogger event at Hemma Bar in Edinburgh.  I've always been quite jealous when I've read other bloggers posts about Benefit events as they look like so much fun, and this one didn't disappoint!  The Benefit girls are all so friendly and lovely, and they know how to keep us bloggers happy - plenty of Prosecco and lots of makeup chat!

So why the occasion?  Well following the success of the Porefessional they are launching a new primer - Stay Flawless - and this one claims to make your foundation stay in place for a whopping 15 hours thanks to its magnet-like technology.  We each got one to take home and try, along with a bottle of their Hello Flawless foundation which had been colour matched for us on the night.  I'd actually been planning on buying the foundation anyway as my current fave (Chanel Vita Lumiere) is about to run out - so that was some brilliant timing!

As well as introducing us all to Stay Flawless (including a demo from makeup artist Lisa) there were also a few Benefit quizzes to see how well we had been paying attention and I managed to get my hand up quick enough for one question and won one of the makeup kits (including minis of some of my fave products like They're Real mascara and That Gal brightening primer).  

It was a really fun night - one of the main things I love about blogging is that you get to meet up with other people who share your love of sitting around chatting about makeup and all things beauty, and we certainly did a lot of that!  Afterwards Gillian and Laura and I weren't quite ready to end the night so we went out for some cocktails at Dragonfly along the Grassmarket (they were amazing - considering my love of cocktails I can't quite believe I'd never been there before!).  Bring on the next one!

Stay Flawless Review


So as I said we all received a full size Stay Flawless primer in our goodie bags at the end of the night, and given its 15 hour staying power claim I thought I'd put it to the test one day and take photos throughout to see how it performed.  So coming up, lots of close up shots of my face (taken on my iPhone so the quality isn't perfect I'm afraid).

Stay Flawless Test #1


The first time I tried the primer I applied it to my face directly with the stick in circular motions (as advised during the demo) before quickly applying foundation with my fingers.  I then used my trusty Collection concealer under my eyes and around some other areas of redness before setting with Chanel loose powder.

As you can see from the lunchtime photo my face looks pretty much the same as it did in the morning apart from the fact my blush has faded and my lipstick has rubbed off.  So far so good.  

Once I got home from work I did notice though that my foundation had started to rub off on my t-zone leaving my skin a bit shiny and makeup had started to settle in my pores  (although you can't really tell in the photo so I've put a close up below - excuse the brows, I've been getting HD brows done and I was warned not to touch the tweezers!).  


To be fair though, it usually looks a hell of a lot worse than that so I could definitely see that Stay Flawless had given my makeup a bit more longevity than normal.

Not entirely convinced by the day 1 results I waited a week and did another test.  This time I took a slightly different tact and after applying the primer in circles I blended it in with my fingers (particularly around my nose and chin) before applying my foundation with my trusty Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

Stay Flawless Test #2


Again by lunchtime my makeup still looks pretty good (although there was a bit of shine on my chin but I put that down to my greasy panini lunch).  By the end of the day however most of my foundation had rubbed off and my nose and t-zone look pretty shiny.  

For me I think this is a good product but unfortunately it just doesn't give me as long lasting a finish as the 15 hour tag promises.  Whilst my makeup stayed in place most of the day I think if I was going out after work I'd definitely still need to reapply my base (or at the very least reapply powder).  I think this has a lot to do with my oily skin type though as the product has quite a waxy feel to it so even after applying powder my face still had a bit of a tacky feel to it (even though it looked matte).  If my skin wasn't so oily though I can see this working much better - damn my tricky skin!  

Benefit Stay Flawless is in shops on the 29th June and retails at £24.50.  I was given this product for free however I was under no obligation to write a review and all opinions are completely honest.


  1. ahh looks like a fab event and a really good product! I'm not sure I've ever had a product last 15 hours though so I think I'd be happy with those results!

    Hannah xx

  2. I went to this event in London, I haven't had a chance to get my review up yet but I have similar feelings to you with it! I may have a go at using my fingers as well! Also AMAZING outfit! x