July 29, 2019

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation (All shades)

A year ago Benefit launched their Hello Happy Soft Blur Liquid Foundation, but did you know that the brand also came out with two other Hello Happy foundations? Available in 12 shades, the Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation provides medium coverage and a natural satin finish. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, photochromic pigments and flower acids, this lightweight foundation hydrates and brightens skin in any lighting!

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Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation Review Photos Swatches Before After All shades MAC Equivalents

This foundation has a luminous satin finish. On my oily skin, the finish is significantly more dewy after an hour (which I don't mind, I love that look!). I need to use a few blotting sheets throughout the day though, because my skin looks very oily after 3 hours.

The coverage is medium and slightly buildable, although it doesn't look as good (a bit cakey) and tend to settle into fine lines if I apply a second layer.

If you need more coverage than that, I would suggest to look for another foundation as this one looks best if you only apply one layer to achieve medium coverage. It can be sheered down with a damp Beautyblender as well, if you prefer sheer coverage.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation Review Photos Swatches Before After
Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation (without powder)

This foundation doesn't break down, it begins to look cakey after 10 hours but it's not visible from a normal viewing distance.

I would say that the lasting power is surprisingly good for a luminous foundation, especially if I consider the fact that I tried it during a heat wave and my skin is very oily! I always set it with a bit of loose powder and my Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray though.

By the way, this foundation is fragrance free!

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation Review

In comparison to the Hello Happy Soft Blur foundation, this one provides more coverage and lasts much longer on my oily skin (12 hours instead of 6 hours). The Soft Blur foundation is more luminous upon application, but they both have a similar finish after an hour.

I love the light consistency of the Soft Blur foundation and it has such a beautiful natural-looking finish, but I rarely use it because it doesn't last a long time on me. For this reason, I prefer the new Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation!

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation Ingredients

I tried this foundation on a 'normal' summer day too and loved it, it didn't feel sticky at all and it still looked good after 12 hours.

But I would love it more in the cooler months, as the hyaluronic acid feels a bit too sticky on a hot and humid summer day and it makes my skin look quite oily.

I usually prefer matte foundations during the warmer months! In fact, I haven't used any of my favorite luminous foundations lately because they are too heavy for me at the moment.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation Swatches 1 2 3 4 5 6 MAC NW15 NC15 NC20 NC25 NC35 NC40
Swatches on fair skin (NC15)

1 is darker than NW15 (but lighter than NW20) and has peachy pink undertones.

2 is lighter than NC15 and has yellow undertones.

3 is darker than NC20 (but lighter than NC25) and has peachy yellow undertones.

4 is darker than NC35 (but lighter than NC40) and has neutral, slightly golden undertones.

5 is similar to NC40 and has neutral golden undertones.

6 is similar to NC40 and has golden undertones.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation Swatches 7 8 9 10 11 12 MAC NC42 NC45 NW45 NC50 NW50
Swatches on fair skin (NC15)

7 is slightly lighter than NC42 and has warm yellow undertones.

8 is lighter than NC45 and has caramel undertones.

9 is a bit lighter than NW45 and has neutral, slightly warm undertones.

10 is slightly lighter than NC50 and has warm golden undertones.

11 is similar to NC50 and has golden undertones.

12 is a bit lighter than NW50 and has warm red undertones.

Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation MAC Equivalents

The Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation retails for $40 CAD for 30ml and is available at Sephora and benefitcosmetics.com.

(I received these products in order to evaluate them and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial. This post contains affiliate links.)

4 comments:

  1. I wish this had a little bit more coverage but good to know it has a long lasting power! I can't wait to try it out!

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  2. Hi, was just wondering what shade(s) you used for the before & after picture? We’re complete skintone twins!

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    1. Hi!

      I used the shade 1 because the shade 2 is a bit yellow for me at the moment (my skin is more pink-toned in the summer because of the heat), but normally I would use the shade 2!

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