My eyes light up when I spot Benefit product packaging. Their product development team is certainly talented and creative—consistently telling me that it’s okay to go ahead and indulge in my beauty dreams and fantasies. Even if it’s something of theirs I already own. My logic quickly deteriorates once I see their sets and I hear a voice inside my head telling me, “It’s okay! You don’t own it packaged like that.”
I think most of us have been there. When I opened their upcoming August release, Peek-a-Bright Eyes Eye Illuminating Kit, my beauty-loving heart kind of exploded, like all of the little holographic fireworks on the packaging. Cute, huh? I’m over the hump of my mid-30′s and I still gush over Benefit like I did when I was 23. I also like hearts, unicorns, the color pink, the Sanrio store, and other female profile cliches. While my mid-30s won’t last forever, I think these things will stand the test of time with me. (No judging!) And that’s one of the things I love about the brand. No matter how much more ‘mature’ I get, I still feel right at home.
Let’s take a peek at Peek-a-Bright-Eyes…
Benefit Peek-a-Bright Eyes Eye Illuminating Kit
Swatches, photos, and more details…
Peek-a-Bright Eyes is a little bit bigger than a palm-sized palette, packaged in darling holographic material and graphics. It contains their famous Eye Bright instant eye brightener, palette-sized applicators, and three eyeshadows; a base, contour, and highlight shade.
- base — buff satin
- contour — chocolate pearl
- highlight — pink pearl
You’ll also find a quick little tutorial inside—but you won’t need it for long. You basically just apply these shadows like you would assume, and apply the Eye Bright to the inner and outer corners of your eyes. Eye Bright is a cool, pink brightening pencil used for creating contour—in which the principle is simple. Light brings features forward, while darker colors recede. I loved Eye Bright for this over a decade ago, and once I went through the pencil, I never repurchased and now I’m left wondering why. It’s a little friend I’ve forgotten about, that I’m tempted to bring back. When placed accordingly and blended, it’s almost like a panel of light bulbs on my skin.
The shadows felt like pretty signature Benefit shadows to me, with the exception of a little bit of tugging on the buff toned base shade. It wasn’t anything horrible, but I wanted it to be noted. One of the things I like about Benefit shadows is that they aren’t so bold, that you need to be a makeup artist to know the correct techniques of blending to get them to do what they are supposed to do. YAY for simple, but functional.
base shadow, contour shadow, highlight shadow
Quick & easy look with Benefit’s Peek-a-Bright Eyes Eye Illuminating Kit (Sorry for the mascara smudge—but I did say “quick & easy!” Ha!)
Eye Bright, base shadow, contour shadow, highlight shadow
This kit is certainly cute and I LOVE the packaging. Benefit rarely disappoints me in that department! I felt maybe this was a tad over-priced—for what it was. (And I went back and forth on that in my head, a few times, actually.) Are these bad shadows? Absolutely not. I find them to be pretty smooth with just a little bit of tugging on the paler base shade, but totally workable. These seemingly neutrals pulled really cool on my skin tone, so if cool tones aren’t your thing—you might want to do a swatch test on your own skin in-store first.
Price & Availability…
August 2012—$32, benefitcosmetics.com