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Sneak Peek: Benefit's Fall 2012 Beauty Library Makes a Girl Want to Study

It's back-to-school with Benefit -- can't wait to hit these beauty books. Three new complexion kits, in Light, Medium and Deep, and three new lip-and-cheek kits, too, in co-ordinated Dandelion, Coralista and Sugarbomb colour collections.
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Benefit Flawless Complexion Makeup Kits_Light_Deep_Medium_exclusively at Sephora

Does anyone do cute-but-capable makeup kits better than Benefit Cosmetics? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

Benefit Flawless Complexion Makeup Kits_Medium_Light_Deep

Six adorable new sets -- three for skin (above) and three for lips and cheeks -- are launching exclusively at Sephora in August. I particularly like this book-smart packaging; it reminds me a bit of Kate Spade's charming trio of etiquette books.

Benefit Complexion Kit_How to Look the Best at Everything_medium_open

Each How to Look the Best at Everything complexion kit ($36 at Sephora) includes a mini tube of Benefit's The Porefessional Pore-Minimizing Balm (AKA primer), a mini bottle of the brand's new Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Liquid Foundation, two shades of Boi-ing Concealer for custom blending as needed, Hello Flawless Powder Cover-Up in either a light, medium or deep shade depending on the skintone for which it's intended, and a generously sized flat powder brush. Each item is arranged in order of application.

Benefit Complexion Kit_how-to guide

Handy-dandy, well-illustrated instructions are included, as they are with all Benefit's clever little sets.

Benefit Complexion Kit_How to Look the Best at Everything in Medium_open_mirror

The how-to fold-out tabs are detachable; behind them is the usual mirror on the lid's interior. By the way, you can remove the product and cardboard insert and use the box for other fripperies.

Benefit Complexion Kit_back of box (I know-but it's cute)

Yep, Staff insists I include a photo of the back. of. the. box. *sigh*

Benefit Lip & Cheek Kits in Go Tropi Coral_Sugarlicious_Feelin' Dandy_Sephora

Now for the Benefit multiple-choice test: the three Lip & Cheek Kits ($32 each at Sephora) are harder to choose from than the book-style complexion kits. A light-medium-deep selection is possible, but all these shades look pretty on the entire range of Benefit's skintone demographic (fair to medium/dark). And all include the usual clearly illustrated application-tips booklet.

Benefit Lip & Cheek Kit in Feelin' Dandy

A) Feelin' Dandy sets you up with Posietint Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain (looks pretty on a range of skintones, especially fair), High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer (champagne pink), Dandelion Face Powder (peachy-pink powder blush) and brush, and Ultra Plush Gloss in Dandelion. (The Ultra Plush Gloss collection launched recently; how many do you already have? *grin*)

Benefit Lip & Cheek Kit in Go Tropicoral

B) Go Tropicoralincludes Chachatint Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain (mango shade), High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer (same champagne pink as the Feelin' Dandy kit), Coralista Face Powder and brush, and Ultra Plush Gloss in Coralista.

Benefit Lip & Cheek Kit in Sugarlicious

C) Sugarlicious contains Benetint Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain (rose -- this one likes freshly moisturized skin for easy blending), High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer (same shade as the other kits), Sugarbomb Face Powder and brush, and Ultra Plush Gloss in Sugar Bomb.

So, what do you think? A, B or C?

Staff insists the answer is D -- all of the above.

One more time to make sure the lesson sinks in: available exclusively at Sephora.