Thursday 5 July 2012

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Liquid Foundation - Review and Swatches

One of the make up products that I am a little obsessed about is foundation. I feel that when you get the base right, everything else just sits nicely in place. Ever since that first Cover Girl sample when I was aged 15 was placed in my hands I have been trying and buying foundations. Each year the cosmetic companies have been feeding my addiction by launching new ones, improved formulas, your skin but better, dewy, matte, long lasting, you name it there is something for everyone.

I particularly favour liquid formula foundations, I think they suit my normal/combination skin the best and are super quick to apply.

Recently, I was very kindly sent Benefit's new liquid foundation to try - Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow!

As I was unsure as to which shade to go for I was sent two shades  - Ivory "I'm pure 4 sure" and Champagne "cheers to me"

Benefit say 

Our new oil-free brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion you can believe in. It’s you…just more luminous & healthy looking.

Broad spectrum SPF25 PA*** protection (the highest UVA filter)
Oil-free formula
Natural finish
Hydrating benefits
Light diffusing properties

My thoughts 

Looking at the two shades in the box I thought I would be a good match for the Ivory, the Champagne just looked way too dark. So I opened Ivory first and although it seemed a little paler than I would normally use it was ok. However when I opened and tried Champagne, although again it wasn't a perfect match it was definitely not as dark as I had imagined and felt this was actually a much better match for me, particularly in the Summer months. I have included pics below which demonstrates what I mean.

Reading that the coverage was light to medium concerned me a little as I need decent coverage to cover the rosacea on my cheeks. However, I was pleasantly surprised, although this foundation is runny and light to apply, when on it provides nice, even coverage. I tend to apply foundation with my fingers and this was really easy to use and blend.

My redness and any flaws were covered but my freckles still came through. So in essence, it looks like my skin but nicer and with a lovely bright, healthy appearance. I really love this foundation.

As to how long it lasts.. I used this without a primer and it gave a good 6 hours before my nose started to shine and it faded evenly. This foundation really suited my skin and I found it so incredibly light that I didn't feel that I was wearing anything.

As you can tell this is a bit of a foundation rave, it has a high SPF, is light and leaves skin with a satin like finish. Benefit have wowed me with this foundation.

You can see Ivory looks quite pale against my wrist but the Champagne is a closer match

Here are the pics where I am wearing the foundation. I look really ghosted out with the Ivory. What do you think?

Excuse the lack of make up in the eye area, I have been suffering terribly with my hay fever in the eye dept that I decided not to wear any bar waterproof mascara..

Benefit Flawless Oxygen Wow in Champagne "cheers to me"

Benefit Flawless Oxygen Wow in Ivory "I'm pure 4 sure"

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow! Liquid Foundation costs £24.50 for 30ml and is available in 9 shades.


  1. Thank you for this review! I have been wanting to try this foundation for a little while, but had heard so many mixed reviews about it! I think I will give it a try! :) Have a wonderful day!

  2. i have been very curious about this foundation. thanks for sharing!!


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