A small selection of my Benefit stash; I have even more back at my parents'!
You may remember back in September I posted about all the cosmetics in my make-up bag, well the time has come to tell you about Benefit Play Sticks...
These beauties are cream-to-powder foundation sticks available in 4 shades (I am 'Jump Rope') that blend seamlessly into the skin leaving a matte, yet natural, finish. If like me, you prefer a dewy look, they happen to work brilliantly as concealers, effortlessly covering uneven skin tone, pigmentation and blemishes.
Credit: Benefit Cosmetics
Most concealers contain horrible comedogenic (pore-blocking) ingredients, which tend to aggravate acne - pretty much the exact opposite of what you want a spot-covering cosmetic to do! Play Sticks contain extracts of green tea and chamomile that soothe and calm redness - so this product essentially makes your skin better, whilst also covering blemishes... how many concealers can claim to do that?!
I find Play Sticks are best applied using a foundation brush (I use this one, obviously!) and really worked into the skin. Now, I'm a little unconventional in my make-up application, and apply concealer before my regular tinted moisturiser - most make-up artists advise you to do it the other way round, and whilst I certainly am not one of them, I always think it looks better my way! As Play Sticks have a matte finish, the concealer 'sets' itself without you needing to apply powder.