Benefit Play Sticks Review
Play Sticks is another Benefit item (aside from Lip Plump) found from my mom’s boudoir. I can borrow makeup from her when I like, and every so often I find some stuff of hers that I’m intrigued by and try, to see if it’s worth buying for myself. Play Sticks, from what I recall, is not available at local Benefit stores. This sounds like a cool product. Benefit says it’s a concealer, foundation, and powder all in one.
What it is according to Benefit:
A cream to powder foundation stick that helps promote a healthy complexion while giving natural-looking coverage. Scribble in any fun shape and blend for a satin-matte finish. With four silky-smooth shades to choose from, there’s a play stick to flatter most skin tones! Play sticks are perfect for fast, easy coverage: concealer, foundation and powder all-in-one!
I’m glad my mom kept the packaging of this one…it’s cute. It comes in a small, blue cylindrical case made of cardboard that opens in the middle. The product itself looks quite basic though—it’s in a silver-colored, typical stick foundation tube.
Benefit Play Sticks come in four shades. This is the lightest one and it’s called Spin the Bottle (cute name too). To my eyes this is a lightish peachy beige. When I first looked at it in the tube I dismissed it immediately as being too light and beige for my skin tone, but when I played with it and put it on my face, I was surprised that it didn’t look white, or chalky, or obvious. I love that the coverage of it is buildable. It can be applied light and sheer, or with a heavier hand for medium coverage.
Benefit Play Sticks has a soft matte finish on my skin. It’s a cream foundation but it doesn’t really dry to a powder finish, in my experience. It doesn’t remain tacky on my skin, but it doesn’t dry to a powdery or totally matte feel either. I prefer to put it on with my fingers and find it relatively easy to blend applying it that way. It can cake on flaky areas though so moisturize beforehand.
I love how buildable this is, that’s one of my favorite things about it. I can apply it sheer, or use more layers, for medium coverage. However I don’t find that it’s enough to cover pimples or dark circles, though it makes hyperpigmentation and acne scars a lot less obvious.
I also like how light it feels on the skin. It doesn’t make me itch, nor has it given me additional break outs or zits. It does make my skin oil up a little after some hours of wear so I top it off with powder. It wears around five hours on me which I think isn’t too bad. It’s expensive at $34 though I can see a tube lasting a long time.
Benefit Play Sticks – Likes:
- Buildable coverage, from sheer to medium.
- Lightweight feel.
- I don’t find it very difficult to blend.
- Love the soft matte finish. Very natural-looking.
- It has a mild scent.
- The tube is just the right size for popping into a bag.
- Doesn’t oxidize on me.
- I didn’t experience any break outs with it.
- Lasts around 5 hours on me. Could last longer but not bad.
Benefit Play Sticks – Dislikes:
- It’s pricey.
- It can accentuate flaky spots.
- There are only 4 shades to choose from.
- Makes my skin more oily after some hours.
- It may not be locally available.
Why isn’t it available at our local Benefit stores? I really like the lightweight texture of it and she soft, natural finish. Benefit should bring this product to our shores.
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