Saturday, February 18, 2012

AMW Reviews: Benefit Stay Don't Stray

The first time a friend of mine pulled out Benefit Stay Don't Stray from her bag and applied 3 dots above and another 3 dots below the eyes and started blending with her ring finger, I was continuing the story telling at the same time staring at how her eyes magically transformed from "stressed" to "pulled up".  I took a good look at what she's holding and it was the Benefit Stay Don't Stray.

When Benefit cosmetics arrived late last year, the first few products that I had in mind was this and I'm glad to finally test it on my own!  I have used this product to both myself and clients!  It helps that the packaging is hygienic!

Benefit Stay Don't Stray says ---

This dual-action power primer works 360° degrees around the eyes to make concealers AND eyeshadows STAY PUT. Concealers don't crease, eyeshadows stay vibrant and'll wonder how you ever lived without it! Comes in a neutral nude shade that is universally flattering and a custom airless pump that is sooo easy to use - just a dab'll do ya! Sodium Hyaluronate hydrates and fills in fine lines. Vitamins C & E help fight signs of aging.
Size: 10.0mL 0.33 US fl. oz.

AMW says ---
  • Pump packaging which is God's gift for make up artists like me.
  • Gives a super nice, bright-eyed look even without eyeshadow.
  • Light salmon shade which works best to counteract darkness under the eye making the eyes appear brighter and livelier.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Finishes light, powdery feel.  Not heavy at all.
  • Shade is universally flattering.
  • Can make the shade of your eyeshadow more vibrant.
  • Concealers can blend easily as compared to not having this underneath.
  • A little goes a super long way!
  • Though the pump is God's gift, it is a bit difficult to control the amount of products that comes out and it's usually more than needed.
  • Creases on the exact area where your eye folds, but the rest of the shadows are still intact and okay.
  • No creasing on the under eye area.
A wonderful eye brightener!  May work as an eye primer in other countries with colder season but down here, it does crease even on its own.  (only on the folded area)

from Benefit
  • Gently pump a small amount onto the back of your hand. 
  • Apply 3 tiny dots under your eyes with fingertips & blend. 
  • Next apply 3 dots on eyelids & blend.
  • Let set, then apply concealers and eyeshadows as usual.

from AMW
  • Since this creases a bit, I use this as a concealer, eye brightener and eye makeup base instead of a lid primer!  It helps to use your favorite eyeshadow primer still.
  • Always apply with clean fingers or tools.
  • Other people would like to use their fingers for application, I enjoy using a brush as the product fills into the lines easily with an eye blending brush.
  • After application, "set" the product by gently "dabbing in" the product with the use of your clean finger.
  • At first application, product may end up looking too light around your eye area but give it a couple of seconds for the product to set and it will look more natural afterwards.
  • Always set with your favorite powder or powder foundation.
  • Once allergic reactions occur, STOP usage immediately!
  • Feel free to add them up on Facebook.  They do have contests and promotions once in a while.
Will I repurchase?
Yes.  As a concealer and eye brightener especially for mature clients!

To whom do I recommend this to?
Anyone who likes BENEFIT Lemon Aid but the effect of Lemon Aid is too obvious for them, Benefit Stay Don't Stray is the perfect alternative.  Easier to blend plus the shade counteracts eye darkness.

Where to purchase and how much?
At Benefit Boutique, Greenbelt 5 for Php1,400 (approx $32.55).

Product details on packaging

Light, creamy feel
A small pump would come up with this much product

Easy to blend, gives a lighter appearance
upon blending

Sets in and blends into the skin
 a couple of seconds after

A bit too much amount was applied on my eye  giving a lighter appearance even some of the product went to my lashes!  Don't worry, it creates a nice base prior to mascara application!  My lashes look thicker!  :)

See the line on my eye that creates the "crease"?  That is the ONLY area that creases once I applied Benefit Stay Don't Stray.  Again the rest of the eyeshadow on other parts of the lid stays with Benefit Stay Don't Stray.

To show the effectiveness of the product in terms of eye brightening, a left and right eye photo was taken.
Check mark - with Benefit Stay Don't Stray
X Mark - without

Have you tried Benefit Stay Don't Stray?
What's your current eye brightening product that works?

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

(Product received as gift.  Reviews 100% mine.  Please purchase at your own discretion.)


  1. Creasing - big no no! I think that Benefit's products are a bit on the expensive side, too!

    1. I know, but I can't wait for sales! and they do have star products that are worth the price! :")

  2. super agree. i love the pump but i always let out a shock when i use it cause i only need very little of it but it always pumps out more than enough! it's a great primer though :D

    1. hahahah well I'm now an expert! I get the right amount na! After several tries! hehehe :D

  3. Wow, you can really tell the difference with the before and after. Your eyes look so much brighter :) x

  4. Thanks for the review. What a shame it creases where the eye folds, I think I'll pass..

    1. :) thanks for your thoughts too! It works for eye brightening though so I still love this :D

  5. i have this and i really like it. :) it doesn't crease on me hehe.

  6. Great review! Oh no, I have oily lids and I hate creasing...but I am looking for a good undereye concealer base cos my concealer fades so easily so I look like a racoon at the end of the day I might check this out :)


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