Monday, January 18, 2016

First Impression: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow

Hello dears!

I would just like to share my first few impressions about this product. Why not a full review? Well... I lost the foundation after three times of using it. When it comes to foundations, I usually apply the product around 7 to 10 times in different days so I can give a fair and accurate review. Since I've only used this a few times, I would only consider this my "first impression."

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow

I really find the name of this foundation funny. My officemates and I are fond of doing the Doge impressions for more than a year now and that "wow" at the end just reminds me of the memes. Haha!

Anyway, the shade I have is "Cheers to Me" Champagne. This foundation is available in 10 shades according to the website.

The one I have is the deluxe or sample size. This only holds 5ml while the regular size has 30ml. The sample's packaging is pretty close to the regular-sized product and it also is a pump bottle. It's pretty handy when you're traveling. I like that you can see how much product is left from the transparent packaging and the design is just really pretty—something I expect from Benefit.

Below are the important details on the labels:

And more info from the website:

Our brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion you can believe in. It's you...just more luminous & healthy looking.
  • Oil-free
  • Hydrating benefits
  • Broad-spectrum SPF 25 PA+++ *
*Our foundation’s superb protection, explained: SPF stands for the protection grade of the UVB filter. PA refers to that of the UVA filter. The stars indicate the level of protection with three-stars being the highest.

Okay, so on to my thoughts about the product. First of all, I like that it has SPF 25 and PA+++. That's something that I like seeing when it comes to products for the skin because sun protection is always a must for me so if a product has it (SPF 25 is pretty decent), then that's always good news for me. 

I also like that they have warm shades. Although it's not shown on my hands as seen on the photo because that's actually my palm and my face is pretty warm so this shade is actually pretty close to my face (my face is a little darker compared to my body because it is exposed to the sun more often).

The coverage is light but buildable to a medium. Having to deal with a lot of pimple scars would be a problem though because this foundation cannot conceal them alone and that is why I rather get foundies with thick coverage as to fasten the makeup application process. 

The consistency is not really watery but not thick at all so it glides on skin pretty easily. Spreading it on the face would not be very hard so you can easily get that even application. It's super lightweight too!

The finish is a bit dewy—something that I am not a fan of because of my oily skin. My oiliness can easily make any matte makeup dewy in a matter of an hour so dewy finishes aren't very desirable for me. I go for foundations that help lessen the shine. :P

For the few times I used this, I didn't get any breakouts nor skin irritations. I actually liked the foundation when I applied it because of the warm shade and the feeling that I am not wearing foundation at all because it is so lightweight. But after around 4 hours, the product is caking on my face and it happened on all three days that I used it. I dunno why. I thought that this being oil-free can prolong the wearing time, but it did not for me. So oh well.

As for the skin benefits, I can't comment on that because... well, I only used it three times! :P

And those are my thoughts about this product. If you've been using this longer, do share your experience! I'd like to know if I should give it a second chance. :)



  1. I haven't tried anything from Benefit but this one looks like a really promising product! Too bad it's not for oily skinned gals. I fall under that category, unfortunately. Maybe it will hold better on cooler days? I'm actually appreciating light foundations now but can't seem to find one that's good for oily skin. Maybe you can recommend me some? xx

    1. I was thinking that myself (on the cooler days thing).

      Hmmm... I think you should check out foundations or BB Creams that are water-based, like Holika Holika's Aqua Petit Jelly? Or maybe go for tinted moisturizers like Laura Mercier's. :)