Review: Benefit Fake Up
I have bad luck with concealers. By the end of the day, my undereyes usually have so many creases it looks like my tearducts are leaking concealer. My usual solution is let the undereye circles stand. And, when I get sufficient amounts of sleep, this is usually sufficient. I am lucky to have relatively minor dark circles.
But DAMN sometimes I just want something that works.
When Benefit cosmetics came out with their newest product, Fake Up, they promised that it would be a “crease-control concealer”.
‘Eh,’ I figured. ‘I’ll give it a try’.
The formula is in a lipstick-like container, which is a bit more elegant than a traditional tub of gunk. It’s also more portable. I don’t use a brush to apply this concealer, so you can just throw it in your bag, which is really convenient.
If you look at the product head-on, you can see that it consists of an inner section, which provides the color, and an outer ring, which provides moisturizing benefits.
Like most Benefit foundation-products, Fake Up comes in three colors: Light, Medium and Dark. This will probably work for a large chunk of people, but anyone with very dark skin should try to swatch in person, since the “Dark” shade is not particularly dark.
I bought “Light”, which was a great color for me.
|Swatch of Benefit Fake Up in Light|
To test it out, of course, I needed to apply it to my face.
|Before Benefit Fake Up|
To use this product, I just swiped it under my eyes and used my fingers to blend it in. I noticed a really significant difference in how my eyes looked.
|After Benefit Fake Up|
If you can’t see the change above, this closer view photo shows my eyes before and after:
|Before and After Side by Side|
Even better, I didn’t find any creases, even after many hours of wear. Because I have never had any dryness below my eyes, it hadn’t occurred to me that a more moisturizing formula might help prevent these problems… but it seems to be very handy for that purpose!
This product is on the pricey side, however. At $24 for 0.12oz, it comes in at a whopping $200 per ounce. For comparison, theBalm’s Time Bomb is only $18 for 0.25oz, making it $72 per ounce. (If you can’t justify the price but you still end up with undereye concealer creases, I recommend running a Q-tip across the creases as they show up. This will remove the excess product. This method works especially well for people who tend to see creases before they even finish their makeup. If you get creases throughout the day, this would take substantially more vigilance.)
Overall, I would recommend “Benefit’s Fake Up” to:
- People who have problems with their concealers creasing, especially if those creases happen generally throughout the day.
- People who are within the relatively narrow skin tone range that Benefit tends to cater to.
- People who have mild to moderate dark circles.