It took me longer than I anticipated to write this review, for two reasons:
1) I bought a bunch of products, so it took time to try them all; and
2) I was underwhelmed each time I tried a product, so I didn’t know if I needed to even bother writing about them.
But, since I bought the products, and I know that some of you may enjoy reading about inexpensive beauty hauls, I figured, why not write about it?
Confession: I love trying cheap/inexpensive #makeup . The thrill of possibly finding a gem for a steal is so tempting! Tonight, I stopped by a Dollar Tree and saw a bunch of makeup by “Beauty Benefits” (no doubt designed to mimic a couple of well-known makeup brands). I bought a bunch of stuff to try out; we’ll see how it goes. #makeupjunkie #funwithmakeup #dollartreefinds #bargainbeauty #wintershenanigans #thebronzedbutterfly #thebronzebutterfly #bronzebutterfli
Initial excitement about the products soon turned to apathy LOL
I enjoy using super-luxurious products that deliver BIG on their promises. But I’m also intrigued by bargain brands. I know, for a fact, that many exclusive brands use the same manufacturers as the companies that can be found in a local drugstore. So well-made products can be had at any price point.
However, Beauty Benefits is not a maker of those products. I overwhelmingly disliked the brand but there were a few items that I enjoyed and will use until they are used up.
Here’s what you need to know about Beauty Benefits:
- The products are CHEAP. Each product cost $1 at a local Dollar Tree store.
- The cost correlates to the quality. That isn’t the case for all cheap makeup, but for this brand, it applies. Overall, they don’t apply that well and the textures are subpar.
- The powder products that should be matte actually have quite a bit of reflective ingredients in them, so you get a little unintended shimmer. That may be find for eyeshadow or blush, but foundation powders shouldn’t sparkle on your face.
Let’s talk for a moment, beloveds. I don’t expect miracles from cheap makeup. Low investment = low expectations. But note that these were the deepest “foundation powders” offered by Beauty Benefits. The lighter shade, Tawny, isn’t so bad: it’s neutral and could work as a setting powder on my complexion. But the deeper shade, Carob? #trash I’ve not seen such a gray foundation shade in years. It makes a good contour color, since it wouldn’t match any living person’s complexion. And WHY do these companies insist on adding sparkles to pressed powders for the face? It doesn’t look dewy: it looks cheesy. Oh well: it was $1 per powder #yougetwhatyoupayfor #cheapmakeup #bargainbeauty #thebronzebutterfly #thebronzedbutterfly #bronzebutterfli
That moment when your pressed powder is shimmery and you have to speak up about it
- The shades aren’t labeled on the products, so once you throw away the packaging, you won’t have any way to recall the name of the shade. I used some stickers to keep them straight, but that’s a bit much for such an inexpensive product: would it really have hurt the manufacturer to put the shade names on the actual product, instead of just on the exterior package?
The blushes before I opened the packages
#Lordt these powdery blushes with next-to-no pigmentation … I had to layer the color to get them to show up on my skin. I really want to review these Beauty Benefits blushes, because I love #dollartreebeautyfinds but they’re so bad 😂 I will persevere and review them in a few days. The shades are (left to right) Bubblegum, Crimson, Flamingo and Merlot. #beautygram #beauty #reviews #beautybenefits #thebronzebutterfly #thebronzedbutterfly #bronzebutterfli
Blush swatches (with color details in the caption)
- The eye products are surprisingly good. I really enjoyed the eyeliner (the applicator brush isn’t very thin, but the product applies smoothly, albeit with a touch of shimmer. I also liked the lengthening mascara, though it doesn’t “length”. It did a good job of defining the lashes without clumping. Avoid the volumizing mascara: it doesn’t have an interior “rim” to wipe excess product off of the wand before applying to your lashes. You’ll end up with a ton of mascara on your wand EVERY. TIME.
- I also liked the lip liner. It applied smoothly and is VERY pigmented. I’d purchase it again.
- I also enjoyed the lip glosses. Shiny, not too sticky, easy to remove (which also means they need frequent reapplications, but that is normal for lip gloss), and doesn’t stain the skin.
With and without flash. (Top to bottom) Lip liner in Red, lip gloss in Terra, Rouge (yes, rouge is basically clear), Geranium, Berry and Ballet
- While I disliked the brand overall, these actually make really good “intro to makeup” products for young girls. These are great to gift to your daughter, niece or goddaughter, when they want to play in makeup but aren’t responsible enough for the more luxurious stuff.
So, while I disliked the powder products from Beauty Benefits, the liquid liner, mascara, lip liner and lip gloss were okay. And since each product was only $1, I’m not mad at this minimal investment!
Do you all enjoy any bargain beauty brands? Let me know all about them in the comments below!