Benefit Hello Happy Foundation Review
BY SOPHIE CHUNG, GEORGIA BURT & REBECCA DIEUDONNE
Sheer, summer formulas. We tested Benefit’s Hello Happy Foundation for a lightweight option over the warmer months.
9 SEP - 2018
‘Hello Happy’ is the a light-medium coverage foundation you’ve been waiting for.The soft-blur formula hides imperfections - without hiding your skin.
I hadn’t tried any of Benefit’s foundations before – but as a fan of some of their cult favourites like Hoola Bronzer and Porefessional Pore Minimiser, I was looking forward to giving it a go. Normally a lover of medium-full coverage formulas, I’ve found myself drawn to lighter foundations as we approach the warmer weather. It’s refreshing to wear less makeup on the weekends too, seeing as I wear so much during the week at work.
My closest tone is ‘1’ - although, it is a little too light and pink for my liking. *I make a mental note to add a bit more bronzer later.*
As for the formula, it’s quite sheer (think tinted moisturiser), and has a matte finish that blurs my pores. My skin looks instantly smoothed and any redness has been softly reduced. I would suggest exfoliating and applying a good moisturiser prior to using this foundation. I had a small amount of dryness around my nose and the product tended to grab a little here.
I applied two layers, concentrating on where I needed more coverage. I would say you need to use a lot more product to build to true medium coverage. This product is definitely intended to provide sheer, natural cover – allowing your skin to breathe and feel comfortable throughout the day. While I applied the product with my fingers – using a primer and beauty blender/flat top brush may give you greater coverage.
The texture of the foundation is lovely - water-light and spreads easily. It has a squeeze tip applicator and it blended seamlessly along my jawline.
I would say this foundation is best for people with oily to normal skin, I’m guessing the matte formula will not agree with dry skin types. I can see oilier skin types enjoying this for a day at the beach where you want a feather light application for a no makeup, make up look. With some cream blush, pop of liquid highlighter and some mascara it would also be perfect for the low maintenance gal on the go. I would recommend applying sunscreen prior though, if you are spending the day outside as although the foundation has SPF 15, this won’t be enough to protect you for 4+ hours in the sun.
Pros: Water light and comfortable to wear, blurs pores and smoothes skin. Cute packaging and is small enough to keep in your handbag. Doesn’t cake or set so you could re-apply throughout the day. Absorbs quickly for a ‘second skin’ feel.
Cons: It would have been great to see more diversity in the undertones, especially in the fair shades. May not be suitable for dry skin types, or those looking for blemish coverage.
Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation is a gift to my skin - and not to be corny, but it literally makes me happy. I have dry and easily irritated skin so usually, I don’t like to wear thick foundations that require lots of powder to set. As I typically choose foundations that are lightweight and semi-matte, the first application of Hello Happy Foundation felt more like a BB Cream than a foundation. Yes it starts sheer, however it really surprised me with how buildable it is. I was not immediately convinced that it would give me enough coverage for a pepperoni pimple that had decided to grace me with its presence. But applying another dot to the areas that required a little more TLC, it proved to keep my complexion natural instead of cakey, and also helped reduce the look of my annoying imperfection. To complete my daily work makeup, I used a light dusting of translucent powder to set the foundation and some bronzer and highlighter.
After a full day running around after 5 and 6 year olds that included working on their art projects, doing lunchtime duty and dodging kids trying to touch my face and plait my hair, I was pleasantly surprised to see that my face still looked relatively presentable (depending on your standards hah!). Granted, I had wiped some makeup off parts of my face from general daily wear but the majority still looked even, had not oxidised and was still sitting on my face rather than in it. I've found with some other foundations that after 10+ hours of wear it seeps into my pores which, a) doesn’t look good at all, and b) is how I tend to get my pepperoni pimples! Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation was able to withstand my day at work, only needing a slight touch up if I was going to extend the wear into the night (luckily my plans that night only included Netflix and a glass of wine). It kept my skin tone looking even and smooth, reducing redness and dark under eyes until I got home and was able to wipe off the day.
For people who need a full coverage foundation this is probably not for you. Unless sometimes you want to go for a light, breathable and ultra natural makeup look. My skin definitely prefers lighter foundations, so this is a product I would purchase again. The Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation retails for $54 which is reasonably affordable, although the bottle contains only 30mls of product. It would be really great if there were larger bottle options for people who go through their makeup rather quickly (me). Thanks Benefit for a lovely feeling foundation!
This product does exactly what it promises to do - a light-medium coverage liquid foundation with SPF 15 PA+++ that "looks like skin and feels like nothing at all." For anyone who's got 'good enough' skin that requires a touch of airbrushed enhancement, this will be your go-to until the end of time (or at least until you want an updated formula in a year or two).
With soft-focus optical blurring spheres, this formula evens out skin tone and creates a visibly smoothened finish that looks inexplicably natural. This factor is why I've fallen in love with Hello Happy. Best described as a blurring primer and BB cream in one, the texture has a very fluid and light viscosity that makes it perfect for an easy and speedy application with your fingers.
When my skin is tired and looking dull, I apply a colour-correcting peach hued primer to brighten the base and then go in with a layer of Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation. My skin looks like it's been blurred on photoshop with an opacity a large brush at 8% opacity. If you know, you know.
Then, I usually go in one more time (or twice, depending on the deepness of my freckles) on my cheeks and under-eyes to build coverage in those areas. If I want more coverage, I then go in with the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach Bisque under my eyes and a drop of MAC Waterweight Concealer in NW20 on my cheeks to hide the freckles.
There's 12 shades in the range - it should be relatively easy to find a shade to suit your skin tone as it's sheer and and melts into your skin. Shade 2 blended seamlessly into my skin and visibly brightened it. It's currently my go-to for an everyday look that's quick and no-fuss. It works really well with both cream and powder products on top.