Happy face: Benefit Cosmetics Hello Happy Air Stick Foundation
I have a million and one foundations, but when it comes to foundations in a stick format, I have one.
Well now, technically two since I just got in Benefit’s new Hello Happy Air Stick Foundation (C$44).
I’ve never tried Benefit’s original Hello Happy foundation but I’ve always really loved the super cute packaging, which features an adorable happy face right on the container. This new version features the same adorbs motif and is a weightless medium-coverage stick foundation.
Available in 12 shades, this foundation is aimed to give you a natural finish and is good for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin. Benefit sent me three of the 12 shades to try out and I was quite surprised with how different these shades are considering the numbers are 2, 3, and 4. Typically with foundation shades, there really isn’t that much of a difference between the lighter shades, but with these, you can really tell that they are not similar at all.
When it comes to stick foundations, I usually go through a phase with them. Although with that being said, I think the only one in my collection right now is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation. I like the fact that it’s compact and makes it easy to travel with. I also really like how you can use it lightly or heavily since you control where it goes and how much to apply. Put it right on your skin from the stick or use a brush or sponge to apply it. No matter what you do, you’ll be left with a lightweight and glowy application.
I applied this foundation straight from the tube and then used a brush to blend it. The first brush I used didn’t do a good job at all, so I went in with one that was less dense and found it did an incredible job of blending it so it looked natural on the skin (as opposed to streaking, which was what happened with the first brush).
This doesn’t look or feel cakey at all, and thanks to the formula, which includes soft, lightweight powders and shea butter, it feels really nice on the skin. The foundation also includes chamomile and botanical extracts (chamomile, green tea, and Ginkgo biloba), meaning it will also nourish and calm the skin when you wear it, plus the lavender scent means it will also calm the senses when you apply it.
Since it’s almost officially summer (although we’ve been having summer weather here since last month), i feel like this is going to be on repeat all season long. I’ve been pairing it with the brand’s famous Hoola Bronzer (C$40), which is a matte bronzer that is designed to give you the perfect sunkissed glow.
Although this bronzer is now available in four different shades, I love the OG version since I find it gives you the perfect colour and doesn’t make you look too orange or brown. It gives you nice, natural colour, thanks to the finely-milled powder, that blends perfectly. Like all of Benefit’s cheek products, it comes housed in a little box with a built-in mirror and a powder brush to apply it.
Like I said, these items will definitely be on rotation all summer long and although I don’t typically reach for stick foundations, I feel like I’ll probably use this guy up quite quickly since I like how handy it is. You can also use this as a concealer, spot treatments, you name it. The more I’m writing about it, the more I see that it really is a great product to add to your collection (plus so great for travel since it won’t accidentally explode in your bag! When we can travel again of course…).
Have you tried Benefit’s new Hello Happy Air Stick Foundation?
Please note, product provided by PR. All opinions are my own.
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