Benefit Cosmetics Holiday 2011 review

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A look at Ticket To Glossytown, the Crescent Row Set and the I’m Glam…Therefore I Am palette

Benefit Cosmetics collectionphotos: we heart this

It’s that time a year again. Christmas in retail brings us stampedes, pepper spray and Wild West worthy shootouts as competitive shopping becomes dangerous sport. I don’t condone that sort of thing and, therefore, I would like to suggest heading to the makeup counter of your favorite laptop to do your holiday shopping.

Ticket To Glossytown set

No doubt this is a safer, prettier option for us all, especially since the season also brings us many beautiful collections and palettes from some of our favorite makeup brands. And at the top of the Holiday Collections Christmas Wish List this year should be Benefit Cosmetics with their to-die-for gloss and perfume collections as well as an all-you-need face palette.

Ticket To Glossytown lip gloss set

Benefit makes shopping for that hard-to-buy-for lady on your list a one-stop Winter Fun-derland. Who doesn’t like lip gloss? Forget the Panda Express this year and buy your favorite gloss addict a Ticket To Glossytown lip gloss set ($24).

Six fun size glosses range the gamut from purple to pink to nude to coral with varying degrees of sparkle and pigmentation. These thick—but not sticky—glosses are a great way to keep that pucker soft and shiny when it cold and windy outside.

Nudie-Tude, Life On The A List So Frisk Me, Spiked Punch, Foxy Lady and Kiss You swatch Nudie-Tude, Life On The A List So Frisk Me, Spiked Punch, Foxy Lady and Kiss You

The complete range of hues are:
Nudie-Tude – creamy nude with gold and silver glitter
Life On The A List – light milky pink with silver shimmer
So Frisk Me – medium pink with pink and silver micro glitter
Spiked Punch – bright milky and shimmery coral
Foxy Lady – bright berry with blue shimmer
Kiss You – milky grape with magenta shimmer

A closer look at the swatches…

Nudie-Tude, Life On The A List, So Frisk Me swatchNudie-Tude, Life On The A List, So Frisk Me

Spiked Punch, Foxy Lady, Kiss You swatchSpiked Punch, Foxy Lady, Kiss You

When Benefit introduced their Crescent Row perfumes I was dying to own one before I even took a sniff.

Crescent Row perfumes with different design packaging

The cocktail shaker designed bottles and arty wallpaper-like labels are enough to love, but of course the scents are loveable, too.

Garden of Good and Eva

From fresh and floral like “Laugh With Me Lee Lee” and “Garden of Good and Eva” to the deeper, lustful scents “My Place or Yours Gina” and “Ring My Bella,” it’s all good. What to choose?

Crescent Row Set

You won’t have to since perfume collection has a new holiday Crescent Row Set($34) containing all four scents in adorable mini bottles.

Crescent Row Set

What a wonderful option for the sometimes-I’m-good-sometimes-I’m-bad girl! Much better than a lump of coal, for sure.

Finally, the ubiquitous holiday palette takes a Benefit-al turn again this year with “I’m Glam…Therefore I am

I'm Glam...Therefore I am palette

Cheeky names aside, Benefit always has great products and adorable, suitable for gifting packaging. This year’s all-you-need-set offering is no exception.

I'm Glam...Therefore I am palette

Housed in a box/compact nearly identical to last year’s “Celebutante,” this year’s collection is even better…

Inside you’ll find nearly full-sized, removable tubes of the legendary “Bad Gal Lash” mascara, a pinky peach “Life On The A List” lip gloss and for a glowing complexion “Girl Meets Pearl” a liquid pearl shimmer and highlighter.

a liquid pearl shimmer and highlighter

I'm Glam...Therefore I am swatch

I'm Glam...Therefore I am palette

Additionally there are four velvety smooth ice-colored shadows, Pink Fancy (pale pink), Icy Lilac (silvery light mauve), Posh Amethyst (soft plum) and Precious Pewter (steel gray), that make this a palette that will last longer than the leftover roast beast.

Pink Fancy, Icy Lilac, Posh Amethyst and Precious Pewter swatchPink Fancy, Icy Lilac, Posh Amethyst and Precious Pewter

There’s a small duel-ended sponge shadow applicator that will do in a pinch, but I went with my trusty brushes when using these shimmery shades.

I'm Glam...Therefore I am palette

Finally, no Benefit set would be complete without a face powder. Here we have a blush/bronzer hybrid with the pretty Glamming for a soft rose/ peachy pink sheen. There’s an small brush included, similar to those found in the boxed powders, that does the job just fine.

Girl meets Pearl highlighter, Glamming Powder, the four shadows and Life on the A List lip gloss swatchesGirl meets Pearl highlighter, Glamming Powder, the four shadows and Life on the A List lip gloss

So ladies, why risk life or limb this gift-giving season when the perfect Benefit present is only a click away? The real question is: would you like to put one of these under the tree or are these on your list to Santa?

Shop Benefit at Sephora and receive a Free Holiday Sample Kit with any $25 purchase! Code: PREPKIT

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  • sherrishera

    Sherri is a writer, dog lover, old movie fanatic, history detective, political junkie, fashion pundit and social media consumer advocate. “A fancy dinner and expensive champagne are better than writing a rent check any day of the week.” skin tone: NC 25 skin type: oily/sensitive favorite beauty product: anti-aging anything


  1. nice colors, i like them all! my favorite would be the glam-box, which contains the most important things for a holiday party:)

  2. I just got the “I’m Glam…Therefore I am”
    set for mt birthday. I LOVE IT. The colors are great and I am head over heals for this collection. Every single item is very wearable for day or night. It comes with an instruction booklet–which makes it a great gift for anyone who may want to recreate the Benefit looks.

    five stars for me.

  3. Any one of these under the Christmas tree would make me a very happy girl indeed, @sherrishera ! I think Ticket To Glossytown is going on my must-have list first. Great range of colors!

  4. These sets are all for me but I’m definitely going to grab the Ticket To Glossytown and break up the set as gift toppers. I love that aspect of gloss sets. To do that individually would make very expensive toppers!

  5. I with the other ladies, these sets would make a lovely gift to myself! Hah! Not too many of my friends are makeup types, so that means I get to hoard all the goodies to myself. I’m pretty sure that Christmas morning I’ll have a few giftcards burning a hole in my pocket, and then “I’m Glam, Therefore I Am” will be mine!

  6. I’m glam therefore I am by Benefit is really cute! I just got this from @stef to check out cause the colors are perfect for me.. This kit contains:
    girl meets pearl deluxe mini liquid pearl for face – which is really pretty on your check bones for a great heathly look .. I’m alive!
    it has glamming face powder with powder brush though small really works to apply powder. It has a pretty but has a funck scent – the ultra shines lip shine in life on the A list (bubble gum pink)- did you know most of this product is made in France? Learn something new every day! I really like the a little bit BADgal lash mascara – huge brush for fast application. and the best was the eyeshadow palette
    and a lovely double ended sponge applicator! That’s a mouth full!

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