Benefit Hello Flawless Custom Powder Cover up in 'I'm cute as a bunny' Honey - review


As mentioned a couple of weeks back, I decided to make November 'Benefit month' because I had this kit and the Go Tropicoral kit sitting there, ready to be opened on a rainy day.

I'll review each product from the kits in turn and then do an overall review of each kit. What I've been doing these past two weeks is focusing on one product from each kit (the face powder from this one and Coralista from the other) and really getting a feel for each.

Eg for this powder, I've been trying it with different primers, BB/CC creams underneath, on its own etc. I've been doing this to test each product on its own merits, but I'll also look at how they work in concert.

Benefit claims/product details:
  • Custom powder cover-up with SPF15
  • Silky 
  • Glides on naturally sheer and layers beautifully 
  • Perfect for any skin type
  • Buildable
  • RRP $34US for 7g ($55AUD for 7g)
  • Available here (Benefit US); and in Australia at eg Myer. I would definitely be looking at buying items from Benefit's US wesbite if you want a few things - it'll end up being cheaper

To apply: for a sheer, natural finish, sweep on with a brush. With light, quick strokes, blend from the centre of your face outward. For full coverage, apply evenly over entire complexion with a sponge. For spot cover-up, pat gently and blend over any areas where you want extra coverage.

As you can see it's a nice medium brown that pulls a little yellow (it does on me, anyway). 

While the powder is a good-enough colour on me for now, unfortunately I've become too brown for the corresponding liquid foundation in the kit since I got it, so I'll have to save that for winter. I'll still review it for these purposes in the next couple of weeks though.

Swatched above on my wrist in natural light. You can only JUST see the powder, and I had to put a heap of it on so it would show up. 

It's almost a better match for my wrist than it is for my face (which is darker), but I can get away with it for now.

Below is my clean face:

Here I am powdered up (below). You can see it evens out skintone and covers well. I've applied enough for a medium coverage.

Below is my face in direct sunlight, and here's where this powder loses out a little for me: you can see that I'm wearing powder and I look a bit grainy. 

While it's finely milled, it's not as good as my Bodyography powders (which you can't see at all).


This is a good product and I'm definitely glad I asked for Benefit's How to Look the Best at Everything kit (in medium) for my birthday in June this year - I'd been wanting to give Benefit products a go and now I have.

It's a decent powder that's finely milled, applies and blends well, and does a decent job of covering up imperfections.

As mentioned, it's unfortunate that this and the liquid foundation in the kit are now a little pale for me (they certainly weren't in June), but the powder is darker than the liquid and so it's fine for the moment.

If you read this blog, you may remember that I'm using this product as a trial product in my 'How long does it take to finish...?' series of posts. Judging from how the pan is looking today, this 4g travel size will last at least two months. I'd expect the full size to last four plus months, depending on how much you use it and the coverage you're after - so I think it's worth the investment.

Having said this, this isn't the best powder I've used (that prize goes to Bodyography powders, as mentioned above) and while I'm enjoying using it, I'm looking forward to going back to those once I've finished this product.

I should also note that I'm not a powder foundation person: my skin leans towards dryness and most powders dry my skin out and make me look more wrinkly than I am. The only powders I've tried that don't do that come from Bodyography and Hourglass, plus Revlon's Nearly Naked pressed powder is a cheaper option that's also less drying than most.

Benefit's Hello Flawless Custom Powder isn't the most drying powder I've used, but it definitely dries me out a bit and means I need to moisturise throughout the day if I don't want my wrinkles to look pronounced.

A decent product overall, and one that lasts well throughout the day with no need for touch-ups.

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