Benefit Cosmetics’ Femme Metale kit review

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  • Manufacturer: Benefit Cosmetics
  • Availability: beginning October 2010 through Sephora (exclusive)
  • Contains: three 0.16 oz (full size) cream shadows and three 0.04 oz liner pencils
  • Cost/Amount: USD$38
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Benefit Cosmetics’ Femme Metale kit

I was interested in this kit when it originally came out in late summer 2010, initially available only to VIBs (Sephora customers who had made over $350 in purchases the previous year.) I held off, though, because I was saving for other expenses…and because Aromaleigh was closing, and I wanted to get in on those final goodies, though I’d bought most of the colors I wanted already.

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Benefit Cosmetics’ Femme Metale kit

Benefit hasn’t released eyeliner pencils before, so I can’t compare these to existing products to see if they’re fullsize; but at .04 ounces of product per pencil, they’re on par with Urban Decay’s full-size liner pencils. The cream shadows are all full-size, and since those normally cost $19 a piece, you’re getting three cream shadows and three liner pencils for the price of two cream shadows. It’s a good deal.

This kit contained:

  • Blinged — metallic silver eyeliner pencil
  • Gem-n-Eye — metallic olive-green eyeliner pencil
  • Platinum — metallic white cream shadow
  • Plum-ing for Gold — metallic plum-maroon cream shadow
  • Steel Her Date — metallic chrome-blue eyeliner pencil
  • Taupe-aztic — metallic champagne beige cream shadow

These three cream shadows seemed a bit more pigmented than most of the other Benefit cream shadows, even the new ones. I don't know if that's just because of the "metallic" aspect (which isn't all that pronounced), or something else; but I like it.

The eye pencils were a mixture. Blinged was a bright, rich silver. Gem-n-eye and Steel Her Date both had definite black undertones, and left behind some black when I wiped them off my arm after swatching. Steel Her Date didn't have much blue to it, though, while Gem-n-eye had very nice metallic green effects. The pencils applied easily without my having to use a lot of pressure, so they won't tug at the eyelid; and while I haven't yet tested them for durability, they thus far seem similar to Sephora's Flashy Eye Pencils with a bit more pronounced of a metallic effect.

If you have wanted to give Benefit's Creaseless Cream Shadows a try, this is an excellent kit to get started - both in terms of value and in terms of quality of the cream shadows. This kit is a Sephora exclusive.

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