“Hello Flawless!”
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

NOTE:As of Summer 2015, we were informed by our readers that there has been a reformulation of this product. We appreciate your patience while we take the time to thoroughly update this review!

This pressed-powder foundation includes an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen, so it does double duty and makes an excellent adjunct to your liquid foundation with sunscreen. It has a smooth, dry texture. Applied with a brush (but don’t use the one included in the compact; it’s awkward and applies powder unevenly) you get sheer coverage; applied with a sponge you get medium coverage and a soft matte finish that looks quite natural. If you’re using this to beef up the sun protection your foundation or moisturizer provides, it’s best applied with a sponge, and you can use a brush to dust off any excess powder. The shade range includes options for light to medium skin tones. The synthetic sunscreen actives may be a problem for use around the eyes, so use caution and don’t apply to the eye area if there are signs of irritation.


Active: Octinoxate (6%), Titanium Dioxide (1.59%), Oxybenzone (2%), Other: Talc, Silica, Mica, Nylon-12, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Isononyl Isononanoate, Lauroyl Lysine, Aluminum Distearate, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Methicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Alumina, Polymethyl Methacrylate, BHT; May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Carmine, Iron Oxides.

Brand Overview

Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare products could use more innovation (many contain potentially irritating fragrance and have bland formulas).

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.

Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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Ingredients Have Changed..

Just got a new compact of this today and the ingredients have changed from those listed above. mica, boron nitride, ethyl methoxycinnamate, silica, titanium dioxide, phenyl trimethicone, nylon-12, benzophenone-3, octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, pentylene glycol, lauroyl lysine, stearic acid, isopropyl titanium trisostearate, sodium dehydroacetate, talc, alumina, aluminum hydroxide, caprylyl glycol, sodium lauryl aspartate, zinc chloride, bht, may contain: red 6, red 7, red 7 lake, yellow 5, etc

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Beautypedia Team Response

Hey there!  Thanks for reaching out to us.  We confirmed your updated ingredient list via an a trip to Sephora yesterday.  It looks like they've also since removed the SPF 15 label -- too bad!  We'll work on getting this review updated soon.  Thank you for the information!

Best Beauty Buy!

This is a great product for oily/acne prone skin!

Reviewed by
Shivakami R.
Love this!

Hello Flawless was the first powder foundation I'd used. I discovered it at Sephora and have been a faithful user for about 4 years. I'm 64 and the powder continues to go on smoothly. It's light yet covers well. I love it!

Reviewed by
Katie W
my favorite!

This is my favorite powder foundation! The texture is silky smooth and I use it over a tinted moisturizer if I need more coverage.

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