Falling into the category of “I don’t know what all the fuss is about” , Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation (£25.50) is the much-hyped new base from the American beauty company.
Described as a “sheer-to-medium coverage foundation”, it has been designed to even out skin tone and blur away imperfections with its use of soft-focus optical burring spheres. It comes in 12 shades, and has a natural finish.
So why was I not impressed? Well, Benefit Hello Happy just didn’t do any of the things I expect of a foundation – or live up to its own promises. I can’t say I noticed any blurring of soft lines or wrinkles, and it certainly didn’t even out the redness in my skin. But even more annoyingly, Benefit Hello Happy didn’t seem to last very long and my skin looked shiny disappointingly quickly.
As for the shades, I found that the palest shade of Benefit Hello Happy was a little too pale even for me so it was the second palest that I tried – which is a little on the yellow side.
Overall, I reckon that this is an overpriced foundation which works best over a primer which will do the jobs that Benefit Hello Happy is supposed to do (blurring lines, evening out skin tone) and will make it last longer.