I’m sure by now you know that Benefit is one of my favourite brands of all time. You can see my previous purchases from them over here. I was lucky enough to be sent their Hello Happy foundation which is a new addition to their range. I’ve been testing it out extensively and I’d like to share my thoughts with you on it.
The bottle of the Benefit Hello Happy foundation is definitely different from what we’re used to seeing. Housed in a square plastic container, it looks smaller than regular foundations. Fear not, it still contains the standard 30mls of product.
The heart smiley face is just so endearing and makes me want to reach for it. The bottle is light, compact and perfect for travelling.
The coverage on the Hello Happy foundation can be considered sheer to medium. It creates a soft wash of colour to even out skin tone and blur imperfections for a more natural look. It contains optical blurring spheres that diffuse light and create a soft focus effect.
Due to the fact that coverage is sheer, multiple skin tones can get away with using the same colour. There are 12 shades available from very fair to very deep. I am in the shade 7 which is described as medium tan warm.
I also compared it to a few of my other serum foundations and between these 4 the Hello Happy is my favourite. The NYX Total Control requires way too much product to create an even base across the skin and it is less than half the size. The Ordinary Serum foundation is fuller coverage so you need to add additional products on top of it to create some dimension. The Stila Aqua Glow is one I still enjoy using but it doesn’t dry down and needs to be set with powder.
The foundation dries down to a semi-matte that is not tacky or cakey on the skin. It is suitable for all skin types but I do find that it clings to dry patches. I would suggest using a hydrating primer or moisturiser beneath your usual one.
The Hello Happy foundation lasts the entire day on me even when it’s been hot outside. It doesn’t break apart or separate during wear but if you do accidentally wipe it off, it’s not very noticeable.
The main downside for me is the top of the packaging. Since the formula is quite thin and runny, it tends to spill around the rim wasting product. I usually just run my Beauty Blender around the top to absorb the excess product but I hoped it would have a stopper for more control.
The Hello Happy foundation retails for R435 for the 30ml bottle but if you want to test it out first, there are 5 mini shades available for R175 (6ml).
Where to Buy
The Hello Happy foundation is available online at Edgars or at selected Benefit counters in-store nationwide.
This has become a foundation that I reach for often and is perfect for the no-makeup makeup look. It blends easily, looks effortless when I’m in a hurry and lasts for hours on my skin. Two of the main factors for me is that it dries down completely so I don’t have to worry about it transferring when I hug my friends or touch-ups during the day and it feels weightless on the skin. I do feel it is a bit steep in price but for the soft blur effect and convenience, I would repurchase this time and time again.
Before you go, did you know I’m running a huge giveaway over on my Instagram page? Head over to @belleblushh to check it out and to tie in with today’s review, I’m revealing which Benefit products I’ll be adding to my giveaway.
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