Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Benefit Perk Up Artist Complexion Correcting Palette Fall 2012 Swatches and Review

Here's Benefit's newest complexion-enhancing palette: the Perk-Up Artist.  It has three color-correcting shades that can be used alone or custom blended to meet your concealing needs.

Benefit Perk-Up Artist Custom Complexion Correcting Palette
Correct is a light yellow concealer, good for counteracting redness and discoloration
Cover is a medium peach concealer, good for hiding dark circles and blemishes
Brighten is a light creamy pink concealer, good for adding brightness without adding shimmer

What I liked:
  • The palette itself is small and compact, comes with a mirror and a very good brush, and has lids that snap over each compartment.  Excellent design.
  • The concealer formulas are smooth, creamy, and blend into skin flawlessly.
  • The pink really is great for brightening around the eye area.
  • The yellow makes a good eyeshadow base in a pinch.
What I didn't like:
  • My skintone is somewhat fair and the peach Cover concealer is sometimes visible if I haven't blended enough.  However, blending too much decreases coverage.
  • The texture of the concealers stays a little creamy/sticky and must be set with powder. 
  • Not ideal for heavy-duty concealing due to semi-sheer, creamy formula.  Best for slight color correction (brightening in corners of eyes, around nose and mouth, adjusting dark circles, lessening the look of small scars or hyperpigmentation).
  • The palette is rather small and each product is only 0.05 oz, so $30 seems a little steep.  A full-sized Erase Paste is $26 and better for heavy-duty concealing, a full-sized Eye Bright pencil is $20.
Overall, I like the size and design of the palette and the texture of the concealers.  It's very handy for some quick color correcting and light concealing.  If you're looking for something with a little more coverage or need more than just color correction, I'd recommend the Confessions of a Concealaholic  set instead, as it comes with two shades of Boi-ing, a mini Erase Paste, Eye Bright, That Gal and Lemon Aid for only $36.

And I was also thinking... that goofy "Perk-Up Artist" on the front of the palette kinda reminds me of someone else. 

Benefit's Perk-Up Artist palette is $30 and is not limited edition.

(This was sent for review.)


  1. is that frank zappa?!?? on benefit cosmetics??

    1. It's not actually him on there, I just thought the resemblance was too hilarious not to mention XD

  2. When I got mine I thought he looked a little zappa like too :-)

  3. i say zappa too & that's so funny

  4. i think zappa too & that's so funny

  5. Great review as always. I love benefit, but this set doesn't seem to be the right one for me. My extreme acne needs extreme concealers 😊

  6. Take about an hour on the tower of power? Sadly Zappa looks nothing like himself anymore :( I have the sort of skin that's always the wrong shade or type for these kind of palettes, but I'd like it for the cover art :)

  7. Yikes, that "artist" looks like a creepy 70's porn star. Not quite the image I want on my makeup! Lol

  8. If you are an FZ fan, you just became even cooler in my book!! Wowie Zowie!

  9. If you are indeed an FZ fan, you just became cooler in my book!

    Wowie Zowie


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