Thursday, 3 April 2014

Benefit Lemon Aid review

Benefit's Lemon Aid is a yellow-tinted colour correcting eyelid primer. It helps to reduce the look of reddy-purple dark circles around the eyes and can be used alone or under makeup as an eyeshadow and/or concealer primer.



Benefit - Lemon Aid



I suffer from dark circles. I'm a mother - sleep is a rare blessing! Any product that claims to help reduce the appearance of that tired, sleepless look is going to catch my attention. What better type of product to discuss on a blog that provides beauty reviews for mums and busy women?

So what's the claim?

Benefit say that this primer will “wake up your eyelids” and that “in a snap, eyes look refreshed, frisky and ready for fun.” 



It comes in a small black pot with a lid that contains a mirror on the inside. The pot is then packaged in a small yellow box.



Benefit - Lemon Aid

Benefit - Lemon Aid




How do you use it?

To use you simply need to use a clean finger to dab some product (not much is needed! A little goes a long way!) around your eye where there is any redness or purple.

Alternatively you could use a concealer brush.




Benefit - Lemon Aid



Time added to routine?

Barely any time at all, but that depends on how much you're covering. I'll explain more about that in a moment!

Verdict:

Why haven't I used this stuff sooner!? I have been eyeing it up (see what I did there?) for a while but just simply kept telling myself that I didn't need it. I have some Stay Don't Stray (also by Benefit) and concealer so why would I need this?

Well I'll tell you now - I can't be without this product now I've tried it. Within seconds the dark circles around my eyes disappear when I use this. 





Benefit - Lemon Aid



In fact, because of how well it worked, I then decided to try out a different, non-advertised use for this product; how would this work as a blemish colour corrector? At first I was a little hesitant after taking a look at the ingredients list and seeing oils listed (I suffer from oily, blemish prone skin so I normally avoid products containing oils that will be used on my cheeks or forehead), but I figured that there was no harm in giving it a go.

I applied it underneath foundation and concealer and the results were amazing! The amount of both foundation and concealer that I needed to use was significantly reduced, too.

So let’s take a look at how this cream works on my eyes and red marks on its own...


Let's start off with a cheerful no-makeup (except for Benefit's Porefessional primer) and no-glasses selfie to see what we're working with:




See those bags? BEAUTIFUL!

So now we have photos of one half of my face so you can see the results a little clearer. On the left I am wearing no makeup, on the right I am wearing just Lemon Aid:




Can you see the difference?

One thing to keep in mind is that this isn’t a concealer, so do not expect it to act as one. It helps a considerable amount, but depending on how red your eyes/blemishes are a concealer will still be needed for extra cover.

However, I rather like how my eyes look without the use of concealer when I use this. They really do look brighter and more awake! I need to apply foundation to the rest of my face though to blend out the yellow edge. Can you see the circle of where I applied the product on my eyes?


When it comes to the cons of this product, I dislike how you have to use your fingers in the pot. I have tried with a cotton bud but it results in using more product which feels like a waste. Using your finger in the pot spreads bacteria, which is not cool.

I have also found this product to settle into the creases of my eyelids. It's such a shame that it happens as it's supposed to be an eyelid primer and you don't expect that kind of thing to happen. 



Benefit - Lemon Aid



Another thing to keep in mind is that this isn't a colour corrector for the entire face. When I used it on blemishes, I only used a small amount on the blemish itself to reduce redness and aid within concealing them. I didn't use it over every tiny piece of my face to do a full colour correction. For that I use my foundation to even out my skintone. I use this primarily where it is supposed to be used - the eyes.

If you are looking for a colour corrector base, I read an article over on Mummy's Beauty Corner about the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Cream which may be of interest to you!

If you are interested in trying out Lemon Aid, I picked mine up from Boots for £16.50.

I fully recommend this to all of the sleep deprived mummies out there! 

Have you tried Lemon Aid? What do you think of it?
Let me know in the comments below!


4 comments:

  1. The results in your before and after photos are crazy good!

    Kristen xoxo // www.everybeautytalks.com

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    1. And that was all before foundation and concealer! I was honestly incredibly amazed!

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  2. Great review! This seems to be really good product. I might give this a go some time soon as I battle with my dark circles all the time. Ps.thank you for mentioning my blog:-)

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    1. It has honestly become my holy grail product!
      & No worries! :D I very much enjoyed reading your post!

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