Benefit Erase Paste – Some thoughts

by Paris B on · 8 comments

in Concealer,Musings

Ever since Benefit Cosmetics came out with their new Erase Pasteicon concealer I’d been wanting to try it. Is it really as good as they tout it to be?

Benefit says that it is a brightening concealer for the eyes and face. Some early reviews I’d read on it had nothing but good things to say about Erase Pasteicon and what a wonderful godsend it was as a concealer, so naturally, when I saw it being sold here in Kuala Lumpur, I leapt at the chance to test it out.

Just to be clear about this. This is not a review of Benefit Cosmetic’s Erase Paste per se. It is just my thoughts about the product after having tested it at the counter.

Erase Paste comes in a little plastic pot. It is supposed to be a concealer for under eyes and has lightening properties. There are 3 shades available and I fall into the #1 Fair.

First off, the pot. It is really little and I did not like digging into the pot to get at the concealer. I find it unhygienic, which is why I suppose a little spatula is included. Thumbs up to Benefit Cosmetics for thinking of that! The plastic feels a bit light and cheap though which is a pity as the translucent purple is quite pretty.

The cream concealer however, feels very tacky and sticky to the touch. I found the only way I could spread it was to dab at it. Leaving it for a little while to warm up on your skin before dabbing at it helps a little to make it spread more easily. Some have found it too sticky and tacky but I did not think it overly so. Perhaps those would dry skin might find this one useful as opposed to those with oilier skin.
It seems to cover and conceal well and is water resistent. I tested it on my hands and went to wash them a short while later. The patch where I had tested the Erase Paste had water balling up like how water balls up on contact with wax. So, I reckon its a good thing as it won’t run on contact with sweat.

Unfortunately, for all my interest in Erase Paste, I had to pass on it, as I could not find a proper colour match. Shade #1 Fair was light enough, but I found the tone too pink. Shade #2 Medium was a little too dark for me. I thought I’d be able to pull the fair concealer off, but after walking around for a bit, I looked again at the patch where I’d tested Erase Paste, and found that I could still see a light salmon pink patch where it had been applied. I did not quite relish the reverse panda effect (light circles around the eyes).

I can imagine that this Erase Pasteicon concealer would be a pretty decent cover up if you can find a colour match in the 3 shades available. I’m not sure that the light pink tone will suit many asian skin tones though. Erase Paste retails in Malaysia for RM129 or so and is available online at Benefit Cosmeticsicon for US$26 (RM83). Gosh! The mark-up!

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Monstro June 9, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I tested this at the counter too! Found the medium colour to work for me-pretty good match actually. At the end of the day, there was minimal creasing, but I didn’t care for the texture as it made my eye area look a little cakey, therefore aging me!! :-( A good concealer for covering up dark circles though.


reeka June 9, 2008 at 3:14 pm

the mark up is crazy here for benefit cosmtics. that’s why i stay away from it LOL.


June 9, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Now I’m very convinced that buying Benefit online would be a big savings! :)

But how come they only did the concealer in 3 shades? Surely they can’t expect a few colors to fit all?


June 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm

I found the Erase Paste far too sticky for my liking. Also couldn’t find a shade that suited me. It was either too light or too dark. This is one product I’m not sad to not buy :p


Sesame June 10, 2008 at 11:27 am

Good thing then that I did not ordered this. I was thinking about it but I sort of knew it would be something that I probably end up not using. On a related note, I also don’t know what to do with the High Beam.


Sesame June 10, 2008 at 11:28 am

Good thing then that I did not order this. I was thinking about it but I sort of knew it would be something that I probably end up not using. On a related note, I also don’t know what to do with the High Beam.


ParisB June 10, 2008 at 3:06 pm

Monstro: Yes I noticed it settling into the lines on my hands too. Cover up is great but points get docked for the settling.

Reeka: Try to get it online. Lots cheaper.

Rinnah: Yes, substantial savings online! I don’t know why they only had 3 shades. Maybe its not meant for the Asian market?

Tine: Ditto!

Sesame: I was thinking of getting it online earlier too. Lucky I didn’t. I don’t know how High Beam works either! But then I don’t know how to handle Benetint either 😛


izzie March 14, 2009 at 11:38 pm

I’m asian, no2 works for me, should go on the website and see the instruction, it take a little practise to use it right.


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