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Benefit’s Creaseless Creams are a bit of a lie

What it is: Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow/Liner in RSVP

image via StrawberryNet

The shade: RSVP is a really lovely shade, to be honest. It’s described as a “sparkling champagne,” and I think they hit the description right on its head. The base colour is substantially darker than my skintone and about a shade darker than it appears to be on the Benefit site, but the amount of shimmer (which really can’t be described as anything but “champagne”) lightens it up enough that the product makes a fantastic lid colour and inner corner hilight.

indirect sunlight, no flash

The wear: Okay, here’s where RSVP was a bit of a letdown. I used it for a few days just to perk up the inner corners of my eyes, and it looked amazing — but wouldn’t last all day. I’d estimate about five hours of wear before it faded off altogether. And, yes, that’s pretty good, but I wouldn’t pay $24CAD for five hours of wear! The lid wear was even worse; the shimmer would last all day but begin to crease within two hours.

indirect sunlight, flash support

The verdict? RSVP is really, really pretty… but I just can’t get on the Benefit Creaseless Cream train. They work well for a lot of people, but I guess I’m just not one of them. I’ve been told by a few people to layer it over primer, but quite frankly, at $19US/$24CAD, I’d like a product that’s actually creaseless, please!

Online availability: Benefit (if you do some poking around on their site, they have a mini RSVP for $10 right now), Sephora, Ulta, Perfume Worldwide, StrawberryNet (on sale for $17)

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  • Reply dani@callitbeauty

    I AGREE! i owned skinny jeans and it creased within a few hours. people would probably suggest using a primer, but if you're going to name a product "creaseless," then i shouldn't HAVE to use a primer. maybe i'm just expecting too much? i dunno. either way, it's NOT creaseless :p.
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    December 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM
  • Reply Tracy2000

    That's too bad-these last on me no problem! I really like them.
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    December 15, 2010 at 6:24 PM
  • Reply Silhouettex

    Bleurgh I guess I'll be passing on these then, since my lids are oily as all hell
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    December 15, 2010 at 11:34 PM
  • Reply Kate & Zena

    Hmmmm, I wonder why they don't work on you. They're like God to me. If I'm in a hurry, slap on Taupe-aztic from Femme Metale (don't even bother about blending; it's a light shimmery gold) and race my butt out the door. That sucker stays on like Krazy Glue allllllllllllll day.

    They did recently reformulate them from what I can tell from the Femme Metale kit so you might want to try them once the new formula rolls out. I've noticed it sticks better.

    BTW, when you put it on, did you put it on with your brush or your fingers? If you did it with a brush, the creams are averse to them. You must put them on with yo' fingers (and wait 15-30 seconds before you blink so it sets). Before it sets, you may blend it out with a brush, but you may not put it on with a brush. Karen (MBB) and I have the same problem. Put it on with a brush and it doesn't stick; fingers, no problems!

    December 16, 2010 at 12:42 AM
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  • Reply @lipglossspandex

    Aww, I'm sorry that these don't work for you! I have oily lids, and ALWAYS put on eye primer, even if I'm wearing cream shadow. (It's become such a habit haha!) I love the Creaseless Cream in Skinny Jeans.

    December 19, 2010 at 12:05 PM
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