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Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

betsygrn's picture
Written on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Pros: a great buy, adds depth to look, blends easy, easy to apply and remove, essential to have in makeup bag, feels good on my skin, handbag size, long lasting, no creasing, quick to apply
Cons: a bit costly, bad packaging, brown shadow isn't strong enough, could have more in package, no protector over concealer so shadow gets in it

big beautiful eyes kit
big beautiful eyes kit

I am a fan of eye makeup, and I am also a big fan of the Smokey eye. I have watched endless tutorials on how to create the perfect dusky eye, like all the celebrities and makeup fanatics alike; I too wanted to create the perfect look.

I have struggled to find a good eye shadow pallet perfect for daywear to give that sultry and sexy look, its very easy to find kits for very dramatic eyes and night time/evening looks but no so east to find a product for the day time, which is why Big Beautiful Eyes by benefit was such a pleasant find. This product has managed to remain the no.1 selling other eye makeup item in the UK for the last 3 years.

contents of the eye shadow kit
contents of the eye shadow kit

Firstly, what caught my attention about this product was the instruction leaflet. The kit contains a very easy to follow set of instructions describing exactly how you can create the perfect contoured eye. The instruction leaflet contains a great set of illustrations, which anyone can follow.

This great little pocket-sized kit contains everything you require to perfectly line, define and contour your eyes exactly like a professional would. It also comes with shadow brushes and a concealer brush too making it ideal to travel with or simply pop into your handbag for convenient touch ups throughout the day.


The box contains a thick, and I must say, very effective concealer, a lightly shimmering dusky pink base shadow, a very pale brown (a little too pale in my opinion) contour shadow, dark chocolate brown liner shadow, two brushes for easy or on-the-go application and a superb set of illustrated instructions.


The shadows don’t crease even after hours of wear which is a huge benefit to this product, and it goes on very smoothly and provides excellent coverage. Because of its neutral colours this product can be worn by all skin tones and all hair colours.  Once you have applied this look a few times with the instructions, you will find you no longer need them and you can then apply your eye shadow like a complete professional. It really does make your eyes pop no matter what colour they are.  The lighter brown shade can also double up as eyebrow filler as well which is a great extra benefit to this product.


A small, but significant flaw in it's design is that the shadows get in to the concealer so it can get a little clogged up and go a bit of a musky colour so you have to take very careful precautions to ensure this doesn’t happen by wiping clear your palette and brushes every time after usage.

shadow colours
shadow colours

The concealer is quite thick and is in a universal shade, which consequently makes it a little bit dark for the paler skin tones, so if this is the case for you than the concealer may not be useable.

To finish off this look to really make your eyes pop, I use great mascara and apply a few layers and also a thin line of liquid eyeliner to emphasise the look further. In conclusion this is a fantastic makeup set for beginners and makeup professionals alike, you really can achieve that professional look from your own home.

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Type: Eye Shadow
Brand: Benefit
Category: Make-Up
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