“Hello Flawless” Oxygen Wow Broad Spectrum SPF 25 Brightening Sunscreen Makeup

by Benefit  
Price:
$36 
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Category:
Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:
2/28/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Thankfully, this fragrance-free liquid foundation with an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen has several "wow" factors that have nothing to do with oxygen. Using products that increase the skin's oxygen level (which the claims for this imply) is a bad thing, because oxygen causes free-radical damage, inside and outside our bodies—and cumulative free-radical damage is a leading causative factor of aging. The whole concept of using antioxidants is all about reducing the oxidative damage caused by oxygen and other types of free radicals.

Oxygen claim aside, this foundation has a slightly moist but silky texture that feels light and is easy to blend. You'll get light coverage and a soft, natural-looking matte finish that's best for normal to oily or combination skin.

The shade range offers workable options for very light to dark skin tones. Both "Cheers to Me" Champagne and "I’m So Money" Honey are slightly peach but still worth testing. All told, save for those shade missteps, Benefit has produced an excellent foundation with reliable broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Note:Although this foundation provides broad-spectrum sun protection on its own, you must apply it liberally and evenly to get the stated level of protection. A sheer or spot application will not provide the amount of sun protection the label indicates. If you’re not likely to apply this foundation liberally, we recommend applying it over a moisturizer with sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater and setting your foundation with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightweight yet hydrating texture is fragrance-free.
  • Sets to a natural-looking soft matte finish.
  • Some great neutral shades.
Cons:
  • None.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 5.49%; Titanium Dioxide 2.37%; Other Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, Pentylene Glycol, Maris Aqua (Sea Water), Phenoxyethanol, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Silica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Alumina, Tocopheryl Acetate, Propylene Carbonate, Prolinamidoethyl Imidazole, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, BHT. May Contain: Aluminum Hydroxide, Ultramarines, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

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. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.

Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which 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 skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.

Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. 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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It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. 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.

Member Comments

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  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

    2 / 4 Average
  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    1 / 4 Poor
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

    1 / 4 Poor
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  1. JENNIFER M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 21, 2014
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    did not like
    • I first liked the way it smoothed on my skin. But even with a primer, it pooled into my pores and separated on my cheeks. It never seemed to "dry" and seemed oily on my skin, even with powder on top. I have an oily t-zone with larger pores on my nose and on my cheeks around my nose. I have rosacea on my cheeks with just a little bit of dryness. I have tried numerous foundations of all price levels and this did not impress me at all.

  2. JULIE M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 03, 2014
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    No staying power
    • This foundation is very underwhelming. I bought it due to all the positive reviews, but I have no idea what all that hoopla was about! I wanted a hydrating foundation for the winter months because my skin gets so dry then. Unless your skin is dry like the Sahara, you will not like this product. It vanished from my T-zone in a few hours (with my other makeup right along with it) and made me look like a total grease monkey.

  3. NICOLA S.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 07, 2014
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Hell no flawless
    • I was really exited to try this after reading the reviews. I bought this in summer as I was looking for something lightweight with SPF. To begin with it looked good on my slightly oily skin but after just a couple of hours it was pooling on my t-zone and looked cakey on my cheeks. No staying power at all far from flawless. Very disappointing I even tried it with the hello flawless powder on top - same result. Also very expensive

  4. djf
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Natural Finish
    • Very natural finish. Not dewey, velvet, matte, but natural. So natural that I wished for a bit more elegance if I'm going to wear foundation.

  5. Peggy F.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 19, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Not for me either
    • I can only echo the same comments of the previous 2 members. I even had Sephora consultants helping me! This promptly went back after 2 failed attempts.

  6. Laura M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Shade issues
    • I have to agree with Olivia F. I really wanted this to work since I'm looking for a replacement for a recently discontinued foundation. I'm fair, but not ghostly, with a neutral skin tone. The first shade that I tried was yellow, the next very orange.

  7. OLIVIA F.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 25, 2012
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    not what I'd hoped..
    • I love the formula and finish of this foundation but am disappointed with the funky color selection. I was excited about this foundation but none of the colors worked for me, all of the colors are very yellowish, orangey or peach looking. And the thing is I have pretty neutral skin with a slight golden undertone (not pinky at all). I also tried to use this on numerous clients (I work in the cosmetics dept. in a drugstore) and they never seemed to match. Perhaps this would be good for asian women or darker skin tones.

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