Thursday, 23 January 2014

Benefit's Playstick Review

Benefit Play Stick Foundation in Tea Party - £26.50

As happy as I am with my beloved Double Wear foundation from Estee Lauder, I do very occasionally feel the need to dabble in other foundations to see if any of them compare. For me, foundation is all about coverage and longevity. I like my foundation to give my skin a flawless, matte look that lasts all day, and doesn't transfer onto my clothes. The only foundation I've ever found to be like that is the aforementioned Double Wear, but that doesn't mean to say that there aren't others out there too. 

I've always been intrigued by Benefit's Play Sticks. I remember a few years ago looking over at the Benebabe at my local counter and seeing how totally flawless she looked, which then lead me to ask what foundation she had on. 'The Play Stick' she said. Bewildered as to what she was talking about, I went on to look online at the illusive Play Sticks and uncovered that they are simply that - pan-stick type foundations that supposedly work as concealer, foundation and powder all-in-one. 

Why I didn't buy one way back then, I'll never know. It's only recently that I decided to bite the bullet and invest, after getting well-and-truly back into Benefit. For £26.50 this foundation is almost up there with the Estee Lauders and Armanis price range, only coming in slightly under. So, is it worth it? Well, I'm still undecided...

This foundation is great if you're looking for coverage. It's seriously easy to apply - simply scribble a few bits here and there on your face and then blend in with a brush. I also really, really love the finish this foundation gives. It describes itself as semi-matte, which I completely agree with. It leaves my skin looking matte but not flat - there is a hint of dewiness that translates luminously on the skin. My skin definitely looks more 'alive' with this on than it does with Double Wear.

Too good to be true? Well, yes. Whilst this foundation looks amazing on and gives phenomenal coverage, and actually does last pretty well, there is one big gripe that I have with it. It transfers terribly. Now, I'm not just talking a little bit on your collar in the changing room - no, I mean full-on, touch-your-face-get-it-on-your-hands syndrome. It just feels a bit tacky when on and that never dries up, even if you use powder. It's really disappointing as I adore how this foundation looks on, but I'm not sure I can handle just how much it transfers throughout the day. 

If it wasn't for the fact it transfers such a lot I would be ridiculously impressed with this foundation, but, as it stands I'm not sure it's one I'll be choosing over my Double Wear any time soon. It is, however, a very good concealer, which I have found myself turning to more often than not. It just won't be winning foundation of the year any time soon!

Have you tried Benefit's Play Sticks? What did you think?


  1. This was one of the first foundations I ever bought, and in all honesty, I hated it. I loved it when it was applied at the counter, but then after a few more wears, I couldn't stand it. It was too cakey, transferred everywhere and it didn't blend well on my skin. I've obviously forgiven Benefit since though, as I do love the brand haha xx

  2. I hate foundations that transfer so I probably won't be buying this! This was such an interesting, in-depth review!

    Christina | Passion Obsession | New Year Giveaway

  3. I am obsessed with Benefit and had never heard of this product until reading your review! I can't believe I missed it! It's a massive shame that it transfers so badly. x

    Lola & Behold

  4. It does look really pretty on so it's such a shame it transfers so badly! I hate the feeling of foundation sitting on your skin :/

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

  5. I probably couldn't get over the transfer either! Glad you put the warning out there though!
    Aimee x

  6. So Tempted to get this now!
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  7. I actually love this as a concealer as well but I'm fairly certain they're discontinuing this in the US because all of our stores (Sephora, Macy's, etc.) all stopped carrying it and now it's only online. I hope they don't discontinue it because I love it for defining my brows and lips and also for concealer touch up throughout the day!

  8. I was quite surprised that there's actually a Benefit product that's not talked about on every blog and youtube! It's such a shame this transfers so much, perhaps why it's not quite making the cut.
    Talking about foundations that get everywhere a lot of mine seem to go on my hands and I end up with little orange finger prints on bits of paper at work - yuk! xo

  9. It looks really nice in your skin but yeah it sucks if it transfers that much!
    i'm tempted to try the Double Wear foundation from Estee Lauder, i've seen so many people rave about it!

  10. woah such a shame that it does that :( xxxx

  11. I've never heard of this foundation or seen it before! I thought it was a new release. Disappointing, I hate it when makeup gets everywhere xxxx

    Verity | Life of Verity

  12. Such a shame it transfers because it looks beautiful on you!

    Charli | Secrets Behind The Closet Door

  13. SUCH A SHAME about the transferring, it looks so awesome on you! Does it settle into fine lines after a day of smiling and that? I imagine it to be like Max Factors pan stick, which looked awesome.. For about an hour! xxxx

  14. I was about to say how wonderful it looks (and it does) but the transferring just sounds awful. At least you'll get some use out if it as a concealer!
    Lovely Notions


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