My online friends usually get confused as to where I’m from or where I live. You see, I used to have a dorm in Cavite, our house is in Laguna and I often spend my vacation/weekend in Las Pinas so I get why they’re confused. The down side on my part is that whenever I decide where to stay for the night or for a couple of days, I have to bring along with me my things. Sounds easy but, I assure you, it’s not for this includes my skincare products, makeup and clothes so there’s always a tendency for me to forget one thing or another.. this pushed me to buy a handy complexion kit. At least now I’ll just grad this box, a couple of color products and I’m done packing my makeup. ๐Ÿ™‚

But what forced me to buying THIS complexion kit instead of the Smashbox one is the packaging. It comes in a hardbound book-like box like the secret book in movies where the lead actor/villain hides the antidote or something. It’s really cute and did I mention it’s travel-friendly? This way, I won’t forget my concealer like I usually do. And oh, once you finish up everything, you can remove the cardboard inside and use the box! ๐Ÿ™‚
Another thing to like about Benefit Cosmetics How To Look The Best At Everything set is that you get to try the products first before committing to buying the full-sized ones as this kit contains deluxe mini samples of the brand’s most coveted products: 0.25 oz The POREfessional, 0.23 oz Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow SPF 25 PA+++ in “I’m so Money!” Honey, (2) 0.05 oz Boi-ing in 03 and 04 and 0.14 oz “Hello Flawless!” in “Iโ€™m Cute as a Bunny” Honey for the medium kit. This flawless complexion kit only comes in 3 shades (light, medium and dark) so if you fall somewhere between the 3, well.. too bad. I wish they could add 1 or 2 more shades in between the current ones to be able to cater to those with slightly different skin color. I’m NC 35, by the way.

Inside is a step-by-step demonstration on how to properly apply the products.
The idea of putting together a flawless complexion kit that contains all face makeup needs is great especially when you plan to go out of town. But the kit as a whole is a huge letdown for me. Being my “supposedly HG” to-go kit, Benefit Cosmetics How To Look The Best At Everything didn’t rise up to the challenge. However, it will be unfair if I leave it at that so I decided to review each product individually to give you a sense of what and why it didn’t work out for me, what eventually did and which of the 4 items are actually worth trying. Now, hold on to your sits for this will be a lengthy one. ๐Ÿ™‚
SWATCHES:

The POREfessional – HIT!
BC says…
Quickly minimize the appearance of pores & fine lines for smoother-than-smooth skin! Apply this silky, lightweight balm alone, under or over makeup. Translucent, oil-free formula complements all skintones and helps makeup stay put. Contains a Vitamin E derivative, known to protect skin from free radicals.
I say…
Texture- and consistency-wise, I’d say that it’s almost a cream of some sort but a bit drier than normal creams and with small, almost unnoticeable, granules that eventually breakdown and feel soft when applied. These granules become the “fillers” for the nooks and crevices of the face to create a smoother canvas. It also has wee bit of beige tint that aids in blurring out light imperfections on the face. Based from my experience, POREfessional helped very little in keeping my makeup intact which is a bit disappointing. Fear not, this is not an absolute waste for it’s still amazing in keeping oil at bay all day long despite the friggin’ summer heat.Yup, no oil/grease on my T-zone for more than 6 hours without retouching!
Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in “I’m so money” HONEY – a definite MISS!
BC says…
Hello…it’s flawless time! Our new oil-free brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion you can believe in. It’s you…just more luminous & healthy looking.

broad-spectrum SPF 25 PA+++ protection
 oil-free formula
natural finish
hydrating benefits
light-diffusing properties
I say…
I hate to say this but Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation is a complete nightmare to use! First things first, it has a runny consistency, non-sticky and lightweight formulation that isn’t too far from ordinary drugstore brands like Revlon. It doesn’t have pungent smell to it nor does it cause any major breakout.. and that’s about it for this foundation. Those are its only redeeming quality which I think are too insignificant considering that this is an HG foundation!


Why I actively hate it: It doesn’t offer much coverage, it’s not really buildable since it becomes super heavy after 2 layers and it oxidizes super duper ultra fast! All foundations are expected to oxidize or darken after a while but this one puts the “O” in oxidation! Give it 10 minutes to set and see how it turns from NC30/35 to something darker than NC42. Mind you, I’m in no way acidic. And the worst part is, not only does it melt off after a couple of hours but it becomes extremely patchy before completely disappearing! Oh, it doesn’t stay on for more than 4 hours and it accentuates dry areas like your skin is decaying. I tried reading more about this product and as it turns out, a number of users also experienced the same. I badly wanted to love this product but it looks like it’s simply not for me. Boo!
Boi-ing Concealer in 02 & 03 – HIT!
BC says…
This award-winning concealer camouflages dark circles, minor imperfections and discoloration without creasing or fading. Even betterโ€ฆthe industrial-strength formula is now available in FIVE shades, with a full range from light to deep. Now all gals can be imperfection-free.

I say…
Boi-ing 02 is a peach/salmon-like shade that is best for brightening whereas 03 is a medium beige with a more yellow undertone which I use for concealing. Both shades are creamy but a bit “hard” for my preference. Hard may be a weird term to use to describe a concealer but allow me to elaborate. Normally, concealers are advised to be applied using our clean fingers because the heat naturally coming from our fingers melt down the product thus lessening the need to tug or pull on the area around the eyes when evening out the concealer. That’s not true for Boi-ing; the heat from my fingers or the intense summer heat proved to be too weak to melt this to a smoother consistency. It’s hard, thick, heavy and difficult to spread but it does offer amazing coverage! Another thing to like about this is that it stays put for hours and doesn’t make drying pimple more obvious. <3
A closer look on Boi-ing concealer,

Hello Flawless in “I’m cute as a bunny” HONEY – On the fence about it.. LOL!

BC says…
This famous powder cover-up glides on naturally sheer and layers beautifully for customized coverage. Perfect for any skin type, the silky formula comes with a newly designed brush AND a sponge for any degree of coverage you desire.
I say…
Hello Flawless powder is a finely-milled powder pressed into a square compact that tends to fallout and create a mess in the box during use. It feels really soft against the skin and it gives a flawless dewy, not too matte, finish which is prolly better during cooler weather as it tends to lean more on being oily when it’s super hot. I’d say that it doesn’t last as long as Maybelline Clear Smooth All-in-One powder (Read review HERE) but it does have a decent staying power of around 3-4 hours. This powder came with a thin, soft brush that’s not ideal for applying powder. It does a nice job in setting the concealer under the eye because of its size but it’s too small to use on the entire face. With this brush, it takes me about twice as much time in setting my makeup so I prefer using big fluffy powder brushes instead.

Price: $30 (USD)
Available at: Sephora
Woo! It’s good to finally finish my review (read: rant) on this kit.
Have you tried this or anything from the brand before? If not, let me know what you want me to try and review next. See you on my next post! ๐Ÿ™‚