Monday, June 8, 2009

Product Review: Benefit F.Y.eye!

At a Glance:
Price: US$22 / RM95
Weight: 7g / 0.25 oz.
Made in: USA
Likes: Really does work to keep eyeshadows on! :D
Gripes: Balls up when you rub too hard, a little hard to blend
Repurchase: Probably no!
Jenn's Rating: 4 Stars! It does work! :D

Cyclomethicone, French Chalk, Filtered Mineral Oil, Nylon-12, Natural Clay of Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Beewax, Tribehenin, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, PEG-4 Diheptanoate, Emulsifier of Sorbitan, Sesquioleate, Aluminum Myristate, Emollient of Dimethicone, Isopropyl Titanium, Trisostearate, Fragrance, Anti-Bacterial Agents of Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl & Propyl Parabens, Natural White Titanium Dioxide, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides.

Product Description:

The Ultimate Eyeshadow Base.

The eye primer to prevent greasy, creasy eye lids! Stop eye shadow sliding with this apricot souffle primer. It locks on shadows and leaves a smooth satin finish so you look perfectly put together all day.

Actual Product Pic:

Color & Pigmentation:

In the pot, it's appears as an orangey beige, but it goes on almost nude on my lids!

This base does not make colors pop! In fact, i think it did mattify the color a little!

As you can see, the frosty sheen in the shadow kinda disappeared with this base. To overcome this problem, just dust on another layer of eyeshadow, and it should be fine! :D

Texture & Scent:

This eye base feels a little "siliconey" on. It's a little thick and hard to blend, so warming it up on your skin prior to applying this will make it a little smoother to blend. It DOES goop up when you rub too hard though. A little goes a looong way when applying this product! I don't like the scent of this one - it smells like an old lady's perfume! Thankfully we're applying this on our lids which is kinda far away from our noses so the scent can't be detected once on! lol!!


This eye base comes in a little glass jar with a screw on lid, which i don't really like for hygienic reasons!

The box it came in:

Time Test:
Other than very minimal fading, this eyebase really did make my eyeshadows last the whole day! :D

Price & Availability:
This eye base is priced at US$22 / RM95 (not sure if they have raised the price or not), and should be available at all Benefit counters as well as the Benefit website! :)

I apply this prior to applying my eyeshadows.

My $0.02:

I bought this base to try after a friend's rave! She has pretty oily skin, and she swears by this eye base to keep her eyeshadows on the whole day. I was primarily using Silkygirl shadows at that time, and while they're really pigmented, they do not last even 6 hours on me! So i decided to give this a try and see if it solves the problem for me!

And solved the problem did it! This makes them last the whole day at work for me! :D To be honest i haven't really used this in quite a while ever since i became a MAC addict switched over to using MAC eyeshadows, which are really amazing in terms of lasting power (you'll see that later)! :)

Here's a little test i did with this base. Unfortunately i no longer have my Silkygirl eyeshadows (or any other drugstore brand eyeshadows), so i used my MAC ones. Hence let me clarify and say that this "test" may not be very accurate because:

1. I'm currently in Bangalore where the weather is pleasant (about 25-27C in the day) and dry (not humid) unlike home.
2. I do not have oily lids.
3. MAC eyeshadows do last quite long on me...
4. My tub is almost 2.5 years old, so maybe it kaput (disintegrated) abit already...

So here goes:

This is freshly done at 10:43am (FOTD here):

This is 6 hours later (and i did take a stroll outdoors to the mart nearby):

As you can see, both sides have faded a little (just a little i promise! It was cloudy when i took this photo hence the different lighting!) compared to the first picture, but there's no visible creasing! Although both sides look pretty similar, if you scrutinize, you can see that the highlight color has faded more for the bare (right) eye than the one with this base (left). At this point, i don't know whether to feel happy because MAC eyeshadows do last that long on my lids, or to feel sad because this base seemed a little pointless for me... -___-

And this is 12 hours later at 11pm:

This is where it "shines" a little (pun not intended, lol! Sorry about the shiny face, had to use flash because i can't seem to get a clear shot without it at night!)! lol! As you can see, the shadows on the right (especially the outer corner) faded a little more as compared to the one of the left. It also did creased a little at the midcrease for the bare eye while for the one with this base, the shadows are still pretty much intact! So *phew*, this one does work! :D

And just for fun, i did a little "rub test" - i tried rubbing it hard about 3x and see if it holds up:

The one with this base does hold up a little better! :D

And let's see if it lasts through water:

Not bad at all - both are still pretty intact!! :D

Let's rub it a little in water and see:

While both have visibly faded, the one with the base holds up a little better! :D

And finally, let's bring on the soap! I used the Dettol Sensitive Handwash!! lol!

Both are almost gone now, but if you squint, you can see that there are still traces of shadow that was "stuck" in the creases of the base!! lol!! :D

So the conclusion is, it DOES really work to keep shadows on! I will not repurchase though because i don't really like the texture and the the fact that it's a little hard to blend. But do give it a try and see if it works for you or not! :D

Credits: Product photo from


  1. oh! you are in India! I thought you are based in Malaysia. :) thanks for the review!

  2. i wonder if this compare with UDPP and TFSI how wud it fare?

  3. alicia: ahaha... Malaysia will always be home! Hopefully i get to go back soon lah! :)

  4. plue: i mei you TFSI, but i got UDPP!! I did the test already, so stay tuned! ;)

  5. hie there. have been reading your blog as a silent reader and really love your blog! :)

    your pictures are always really clear. what camera do you use?


  6. Hi Max! Thank you for your kind words!! :D

    I'm using the Fujifilm F100FD compact! It's a great camera!! :D

  7. Excellent review and comparison! But I've used this one before and didn't like it :( It was too dry my my lid and the cannot tahan the goopy goopy thing la. I'm happy enough with UDPP. I've read marvelous things about the Smashbox primer and I'm kinda itching to try it! More so that TFSI :D but $20 >.<

  8. Icic... i personally prefer UDPP too!! :D

    Yeah... i'm kinda itching to buy the smashbox one too after reading Vanessa's review on it!! :D :D

  9. cnt wait to read more of your comparisons. my lids are crazily oily and eyeliner almost smudges immediately and eyeshadows never stay properly longer than 3 hours. sigh.

  10. icic!! Have you tried other eye bases before?? Maybe that'll help!!

    I only have UDPP to compare... really paiseh!! hahaha!! :D

  11. Such a great clear review!! TY! I found this one balls up too easily...

  12. You're welcome fuz!! Yeah this one doesn't have the best texture there is out there... >.<

  13. Wow!!! A very comprehensive review with all the tests done. Sounds very scientific Reminds me of experiments I used to do back in school and uni. ;)

  14. Ahahaha... not very scientific la!! I did all those tests just for fun cuz i wanna see what it can "withstand"!! This happens when you spend months confined within the four walls of your house!! lol!!

  15. hi Jenn,
    i just bought one FY eye online but the product seem not full in the jar, may i know is it normal ? cuz i went to the counter to check with the sales ppl and they say they have no idea how much is the amt when it's new =(
    thanks ~

  16. eh.... i forgot to mentioned it's only half of the jar ....


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