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Feb 17, 2009

Benefit Hello Flawless! Review, Swatches, and Before and After Photos

Benefit has succeeded yet again and has a big winner on it's hands with it's brand new Hello Flawless! Powder.

Fantastically good stuff. Count this Muse impressed!

Jump ahead to hear me rave!

I've used quite alot of powders in my day but I don't think I've come across a richly pigmented powder as Benefit Hello Flawless! If you use a powder foundation you're seriously going to want to give this a try as it truly covers literally EVERYTHING and possibly the kitchen sink too.

The powder is heavily pigmented but manages to remain light and natural on the face which is quite impressive for the Muse. Anything as pigmented as this powder would make me think twice as I'd worry it would appear cakey on my skin but nope, not the case. Flawless is the order of business indeed. The formula is gentle, light, and quite airy. I was a bit worried that my dry skin would look absolutely ridiculous with this on but no problems at all in that area. The powder applies and blends like a dream and creates flawless coverage without any caking, creasing, or flaking due to dry skin. It managed to control my oily forehead and stayed fresh for about four or five hours before I needed to head in for a touch up. Normally I don't wear powder as a foundation but I did so today and I must say I was looking heavenly as you'll notice from my photos below. Even my mate Martin mentioned that I was "glowing"!

Benefit Hello Flawless! has alot going for it in particular the fact that it contains SPF 15. Combining sun protection with a mattifying powder plus one pigmented enough to work as a foundation creates a star of a product. The compact is too cute with a "lit" makeup mirror on the cover and the words "Hello Flawless". Flip it open to reveal a dual compact which has the powder on top and houses the brush and the sponge, yes indeed two applicators, underneath.

The powder gives the Burger King motto a whirl for it's money! It's "Have it your way" foundation powder! w00t! The basic concept of the powder is it works one of two ways by 1. using the brush to sweep on a thin layer of powder to combat oil, set makeup, or freshen your face up or 2. use the sponge applicator for full on flawless coverage and to cover spots, blemishes, or dull skin. The Muse tried it both ways and although brushing on the powder is fab for a quickie touch up I actually prefer application with the sponge as I felt like taking full advantage of such a pigmented powder (in this particular case more was less). There aren't many ways to describe the results...flawlessness is the best way to put it, hence the name right? It seriously covers really well and creates a perfect canvas for makeup. Heck, I even used a tiny bit under my eyes and it covers up dark circles in a snap! I checked the ingredients and I don't see any Talc which could account for why it wore so well on my face.

The beauty mark test! Now you see it, now you don't!

Have it your way coverage!

The following photo is a makeup free Muse. As you can see my face is a bit dull, circles under my eyes, tired looking eyes, a few spots on my face, and my skin just isn't looking amazing.

After a dusting of Benefit Hello Flawless! you can begin to see a bit of better looking skin but a bit more is needed.

After a full application of the powder my skin is absolutely perfect! Spots are gone, dark circles and tired eyes are brighter, the dullness of my skin is left glowing and beautiful!

Overall, I'm truly in love with Benefit Hello Flawless! and quite happy to Muse Approve it for purchase. You seriously need to give this one a try as it's a winner. I'm looking forward to using this as my primary foundation come the Summer and I'm particularly delighted that even though it's Winter and my skin is quite dry that I'm still able to take full advantage and look beautiful and gorgeous without any flaky grossness. Any certain dullness was quickly erased and I was left looking flawless.

Who might love this:

  • Anyone who wants perfect, healthy flawless looking skin!
  • Those who use a powder foundation right now but feel like they need something more pigmented.
  • Anyone in a hot climate who needs a powder foundation to combat oily skin with the added benefits of SPF.
  • Those who want a multitasking powder that they can easily apply in sheer or heavier layers!
  • Anyone who wants to walk down the street and hear a greeting from a friend saying "Well, Hello Flawless!"

Loves this one.

The Muse thinks you need it.

Benefit Hello Flawless! isn't available in store until April but you can get it now at

Give it a day or two and the Muse bets Benefit gives you Free Shipping on it too! Remember kids, Benefit ships Internationally too and is offering Free Shipping for orders over $115 USD so get your friends together and form a spree to grab yourself some Benefit goodies! The Muse knows that many Cozy Cotters do sprees so you might want to check over there. Coupon Code WORLD115 for Free Worldwide Shipping!

Update! Update! Update! Get Free Shipping using code FLAWLESS

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Anonymous Critty said...

Gasp! Wanting so badly!! You look fabulous without makeup too Musey. If you weren't so sweet I would have to hate you ;)

Bug hugs,

February 17, 2009 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Shefali said...

Holy crap Batman!!! I've gotta get my hands on this stuff ASAP. Thanks for the amazing, thorough review and the before/after pictures. This stuff really is awesome! It's what I've been looking for for so long and just couldn't find! Haaaaaaaaa.... (heavens opening up, me looking with hands in the air, thanking the higher beauty powers that be)

February 18, 2009 at 1:46 AM  
Blogger Wanderer said...

Whaaaaaat? I need to get one!
Muse, how would you compare them with the BB creams? I am BBobsessed these days...



February 18, 2009 at 2:07 AM  
Blogger Thepunkcat said...

Hey Sweetie!
Your no-makeup pic is so cute!!!Hehehe~
And I agree with Martin, you looked great after the full application :)
Oh!I've nominated you for an award! Can you please check my blog for more info?^-^

February 18, 2009 at 4:35 AM  
Blogger Connie said...

Wow! Thanks for posting this. That's great coverage!

February 18, 2009 at 6:21 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

aw shucks thanks critty :-D

it's AWESOME def get some :)

Free shipping too w00t!

February 18, 2009 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Shefali!

It's awesome! Benefit has free shipping too :D tempt tempt!

my pleasure hun! It's deeply pigmented...never ran across a powder so pigmented before!

can't wait to hear whatcha think!

February 18, 2009 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi noemi

quite different hun as bb's are cream and this is powder :) plus bb's have various other multitasking deals that powders don't offer. Two very different products :-D

I like BB's too..this is great though for warmer weather when the oily skin comes out to play ahhhh!

February 18, 2009 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

my pleasure connie :)

really is very good coverage! Simply amazing!

February 18, 2009 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey girl

how are you!?

hehehe thanks!

Aw shucks thanks hun!!!!!!!!!! that's sweet of you :-D

February 18, 2009 at 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Laura R said...

Benefit won't let me purchase (even though all but one colour are in stock). i think their server's overloaded. how long is the free ship good for? i'd love to get some of this!! I'm actually in need of new (and better) powder right now.
you are so KUH-YOOT!

February 18, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger MandyPandy said...

The powder looks nice but why are the shade names in Cockney Rhyming slang?

February 18, 2009 at 11:14 AM  
Anonymous gio said...

Wow, this is amazing! I need to get one! Thanks for the review.

February 18, 2009 at 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Laura R said...

never mind- it's sold out like no tomorrow!
*tear drops*

February 18, 2009 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey laura....hmmmmmm weird!?

What's up with that! free ship will prob be good for at least a week hun!


February 18, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

cockney slang? where? my shade was called petal!?

February 18, 2009 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

my pleasure gio :-D

February 18, 2009 at 12:18 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

wait what laura?!

no freaking way!

The muse broke the benefit site!


Can't be...did you call them!?

February 18, 2009 at 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Laura R said...

i will call when i get home...but yes, the website says they're out of stock. and that was at like 9 am!
you did break it. ;)

the rhyming slang refers the the full names:
05 - "it's about me, me, me!" (toffee)
02 - "never settle" (petal)
06 - "why walk when you can strut?" (hazelnut)
01 - "me, vain?" (champagne)
03 - "i'm cute as a bunny" (honey)
04 - "all the world's my stage" (beige)

February 18, 2009 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger randomgirlrants said...

I've been trying to order online since last night! the benefit website didn't allow for it =/ just posted the items online, BUT everything is apparently 'temporarily out of stock'. what's going on?

February 18, 2009 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

oh whoa...I didn't notice the name ha!!!!! ;-D I was calling mine petal lol!

I'm gonna call them now!

February 18, 2009 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi randomgirl!

damn wth?! I'm gonna call them now....!

sephora normally does the temp thing until the product actually comes in stock that's normal but what's with benefit?!

February 18, 2009 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger randomgirlrants said...

Hi everyone!
Here's what benefit said in reply to my email:

"Thank you for writing to us at Benefit Cosmetics.

We're sorry to hear about the system error you experienced that prevented you from placing "hello flawless!" in your shopping bag.

We are aware of this issue, and our developers are working on a resolution. Often these errors are corrected after only a short time, so please try again in a day or two.

Again, we apologize for this inconvenience. Thank you for shopping at Benefit Cosmetics."

hope that helps!

Laura: I guess it's not sold out! yippee!

the Muse: I just discovered your site and wanted to tell you that compared to the many other beauty sites I prowl, yours stands out in that you speak to your international readers! =) That's so cool - fyi, I'm a Singaporean residing in NYC and used to be a crazy cozycotter =p

February 18, 2009 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I like the concept & I love that it has SPF.

February 18, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi randomgirl!

w00t! Cozycotters unite! :) I'm a cozy girl too!

Thank you so much for visiting me here randomgirl :) I love all my singaporean girls ;) They are the inspiration behind my blog as they made it what it is today :-) Long story but very true!

I love international beauty brands...especially asian ones and I really love incorporating all that into my Musings :)

Thank you for recognizing that ;)

Oh goodieeeee so glad it's not sold out I thought maybe we broke the site hehehehe!

How are you liking NY compared to Singapore?!

February 18, 2009 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

tammy well worth checking out hun! Good stuff :-D

February 18, 2009 at 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Muse... I've been reading your blog for quite sometime, yet I've never got the courage to post a comment :P. Yet this product has got me intrigued, how would you say it compares to Prescriptives All Skins Mineral Makeup? I'm rather interested in your opinion

February 18, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Muse,

What shade would you recommend if I use MAC Sheer Pressed Powder in NC 25?

February 18, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger The Mighty J said...


February 19, 2009 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous

how are you? Thanks so much for the comment and for reading my blog :)

It's quite different as Prescriptives is a mineral foundation and needs to be "buffed" on plus it's loose and not a pressed powder so application is quite different also pigmentation is considerably different as well since Hello Flawless is way more pigmented.

Hope this helps some :)

February 19, 2009 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous

I really can't rec you a powder since I haven't seen the shades in person :( Sorry hun...I've only used Petal and I'm unsure if that might be too light for your NC25 skin or just right...picking the best color would be something you'd know best as your know what looks best on your tone.

Sorry I can't be of more help!

February 19, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi j!

It's AWESOME, one word, AWESOME :D

February 19, 2009 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger AME said...

I am super excited to try this. I normally HATE Benefit's products with the exception of She-Laq but your review has me clamoring. It also looks like the two lighter colors are fairly yellow which is perfect, nothing is ever yellow enough for me!

Great review!

February 19, 2009 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Sher said...

wow this stuff look good! BUT I just got diorskin forever foundation compact and so far so good! I figure ill be needed pressed powder for the hotter months ahead!

February 19, 2009 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi sher!

it's awesome!!!!! very pigmented :-D

glad to hear the dior forever foundation is awesome :-D

February 20, 2009 at 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Asta said...

I just talked to my Benefit chica and she is reserving a special gift for me when I get Hello Flawless in early March. It's a huge stash, so call your SAs and find out if your stores are getting them! (This is the Benefit counter in Macy's.)

February 21, 2009 at 1:32 AM  
Anonymous fluffychicken said...

wow, i bought this as soon as i finished reading the review haha, sooo excited

who can resist benefit products anyway? they are too damned cute!

February 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM  
Anonymous fluffychicken said...

by the way muse, you are flawless even without makeup!

February 22, 2009 at 1:23 AM  
Anonymous bec said...

wow, what a helpful review! thank you!
your skin does indeed look flawless! i'd love to get my hands on this, my only concern is that it may be too yellow-toned for me. i have yellow and pink tones in my fair skin (i'm eurasian), do you think i should give this a go? by the way, i LOVE your eyes. you have the prettiest doe eyes. they subtract ten years from your actual age as do the other wonderful facial features and peaches and cream skin you've been endowed with!

February 23, 2009 at 4:02 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

ooo awesome asta wish I got a free gift with mine :-D

thanks for sharing with us!

February 23, 2009 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

LOL fluffy I feel special I convinced you :-D

February 23, 2009 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

aw shucks fluffychicken *hugs*


February 23, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi bec!

Umm I think you should be ok hun...I have a bit pink undertone as well and it works fairly well. But def go to the counter to swatch a bit and try it out :)

aww thank you so very very much I appreciate the lovely compliment *hugs* you flatter my ego hehehe :) You're lovely, thank you so much!

big hugs!

February 23, 2009 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you have both the Me Vain? Champagne and the Never settle petal? I was just wondering what the difference was between them, thanks. I have very fair olive skin.

March 19, 2009 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi anonymous

I only have one shade? Not all three no. Sorry.

Maybe go to Sephora or to your Benefit counter to compare? :D

March 26, 2009 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

THANK YOU so much for this info and review!!! I'm a sucker for compact foudnations (powder foundations), and I really can't await to check this out!

We'll see, when it will be launched here in Austria. ;)

April 1, 2009 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi jess!

my pleasure :-D You really need to try it. It's incredible :-D

Hope it arrives soon!!!!!!

April 3, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger kristadior said...

Benefit already had these powders a long time ago.. they brought them back since 1.) Customers complained that they were gone 2.) They didn't have a full coverage powder to begin with. This is just simply a repacked version of what they had before. I don't exactly remember the name of the product, but I know one of the colors was called Champagne. I loved them and really never could figure out why they discontinued it.

April 8, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi krista

whoa really? news to me. I've been collecting benefit for 10 years but the only thing I seen like this was the "get even" compacts. I never seen full coverage like this from benefit. As far as I knew it was a brand new product.

Interesting! Thanks for sharing.

April 9, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
Anonymous SonjaCovets said...

Wonderful review and great pics! Love this foundation, too. <3

June 1, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that GET EVEN was a great powder, but when I started using Hello Flawless in Honey i was astounded at the results!!! not only is it my exact skin tone it really does stay on for a long time and i live in San Antonio where the weather is currently 102 degrees. this stuff doesn't melt off my face! love it love it love it. I go from corpse to flawless just patting this on in the morning. Thanks for posting this and anyone itching to buy it it's so worth the money.

July 3, 2009 at 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i bought this right after reading this and at first i was quite annoyed even when using the sponge it seemed to flake all over the place and for the money i thought it just wasnt worth it so i left it but the other morning i picked it up and just put a layer of it over moisteriser and as i got into it more it didnt flake half as much as it used to and boy did it sort out my skin no redness,no freckles,no spots and no sleepyness :)
i love it.

July 8, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey anonymous

awesome thanks for your reply :-D I like get even but hello flawless is way better great stuff so glad you are enjoying it as much as I do!

July 14, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

fantastic anonymous :-D

I understand how you feel as sometimes I ditch a makeup item almost immediately but later on when I pick it up for the second time I'm delighted with the results :-D

July 14, 2009 at 11:37 AM  

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