When it comes to getting ready every morning, I’m a fan of keeping things simple. If I’m not headed anywhere special, chances are a tinted moisturiser and some bronzer, and I’m good to go. As well as saving precious minutes in the morning, it means I can throw a lip balm in my bag and I’m ready to head out and about.
Benefit have made it even easier than grabbing my makeup bag in the morning with their new(ish) Complexionista Palette. Comprising of two concealers, two bronzers and two highlighters all packaged up in a handy booklet complete with mirror. It’s perfect if you’re setting off on holiday, or if you just want to streamline your makeup for summer. Obviously the only downside about the palette is the tone of it – if you’re skin anything deeper than tan, this isn’t a palette which is going to work for you.
The top two products in the palette are shades No 1 and 2 of Benefit’s Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealers. Both shades are a touch darker than expected – I can use No 1 to hide any blemishes etc, but it’s a bit dark to use around the under eyes. No. 2 is too deep for me to use, but I’m sure it will be a perfect fit when I’m tan. Both concealers have a creamy consistency which just melts into skin, leaving it looking flawless.
The next two pans hold Benefit’s Hoola Lite and Hoola – their iconic bronzer. Hoola Lite is my Holy Grail, go-to, never without bronzers. It’s a perfect shade if you’ve got pale skin which needs a little warming up, without the orange cast others can give.
The original Hoola formula is similarly faultless formula – giving skin a believable hint of glowy bronze – it’s perfect for creating a summer glow.
The last products in line up are highlighters, and the perfect finishing touch for any makeup look. I’ve been dying to try Benefit’s Watt’s Up!, so when I saw it in the palette, I was pretty much sold. The second option is the shimmer Dandelion Twinkle, a finely milled powder which imparts a subtle shimmer. For day I pat a little Watt’s up onto temples and the top of my cheekbones. It doesn’t leave any metallic or greasiness, instead you just get a natural sheen which looks like you’ve been living on green juice.
All-in-all, the Complexionista palette, although it doesn’t cater to all skin tones, is a perfectly portable collection I’ll be reaching for all summer.
Benefit’s Complexionista is priced at £26.50 and is available here.