I recently won a whole heap of Benefit makeup thanks to a competition we were running in work – it couldn’t have gone to a more appreciative person! I was really excited as despite how infamous they are as a brand, they are not one that I have really delved into. Because of the competition I own my first of their box blushes – yes, I am THAT behind. Let us not get started on how I still haven’t tried They’re Real…
My interest was immediately piqued when I saw Lemon Aid amongst my winnings. This is one of the first Benefit products I ever remember seeing when, at the age of about sixteen, I ended up with one of their product magazines and read it cover to cover. The idea behind Lemon Aid is a little new to me, despite being a product junkie. It is a colour correcting eyelid primer – something I haven’t heard of from any other brand although (colour!) correct me if I’m wrong.
Needless to say, the packing is very cute. What else would you expect from the brand?! The bright, appropriately lemon-yellow box reveals this sleek black compact with the logo on the front. What struck me was how thin it is, perfect for travelling without taking up too much room.
Inside is a lemon-yellow cream and a full size mirror which is always handy, although I do wonder about its necessity. If this is an eyelid primer, how on earth would you be touching it up throughout the day?
It is branded a colour correcting cream to hide redness and discolouration on the eyelids. I can often have rather pink lids but a dab of foundation or concealer does the trick to hide that. I applied this with my fingertips as it just seemed like that type of product before later learning that this is actually how they advise you to do it.
Here is a before and after picture of the product in action. As you can see a light layer applied with the fingertip cancels out all redness and discolouration. Benefit claim that the one shade suits all complexions and I must agree that although I have incredibly pale skin, this does not look in the least yellow or dark on me. I would wonder about those with darker skin though…
Benefit also point out that it can either be worn alone or under makeup but ten minutes after application, this happened…
Crease city! I have no idea how you would be able to wear this alone with such awful creasing. Ain’t nothing natural looking about that. I don’t even suffer from oily eyelids and this is literally taken about ten minutes after application so I could only imagine how worse it would have gotten throughout the day.
I added quite a substantial amount of powder before applying my eyeshadows and it didn’t crease at all after that so a bit of powder would probably do the job if you were to wear this alone.
I feel so completely ‘meh’ about this product. Yes, it does what it is supposed to but then again so would any concealer/foundation/cream base and probably at a much cheaper price point. For €24, this product just seems, to me, completely useless!
What do you think? Would you be interested in a product like this? And most importantly, why?!