Last year I missed out on the Benefit Advent Calendar and I knew for a fact that I was not letting the opportunity pass me by again this year. As soon as I heard that Debenhams were taking names for the sets, and that only 18 were arriving in Ireland, I hottrotted over to the Benefit counter in Debenhams to sign up. I got the call yesterday to tell me that my calendar would be waiting for me today, and I went ALL the way to Henry Street today to pick it up especially. The reason I was so eager to try this is because I have soooo much makeup, but very little Benefit makeup. I was a huge fan of the Benefit Bad Gal mascara and Eyeliner back in the day, and Georgia was my favourite peach blush but it has now been discontinued rather annoying! For whatever reason (but I blame old age!), I stopped buying into Benefit. However, I have heard great things about Benefit in recent times, and I thought the calendar would be a really good idea to trial out some products before forking out for the full size versions.
First things first, this calendar is absolutely MAHOOSIVE. It is made of cardboard and it has 24 little doors behind which you can open a variety of different products. The box itself feels really strong and sturdy, and the doors were perforated to make opening them a I couldn't wait another month to open them, so I just threw caution to the wind and opened them all today!
All in all, in order of opening from no.1 to no.24 I got:
Stay Don't Stray Concealer
It's Potent Eye Cream
Ultra Plus Lip Gloss in Dandelion
Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in A Lister
That Gal Face Primer
Bad Gal Waterproof Eyeliner
Total Moisture Facial Cream
Bad Gal Lash Mascara
Ultra Plush Lipgloss in Sugarbomb
Girl Meets Pearl Luminizer
Ooh La Lift
Ultra Plush Lipgloss in Coralista
So what is my opinion of this Advent Calendar- well I am on the fence on that one! I love the packaging and the idea, but for €75, I think it's too expensive in all honesty. None of the samples are huge, and there are three dud prizes included- the crappy hair clip, bracelet and necklace- I would much have preferred three more Benefit samples to try out. That said, there is a nice cross section of products in the box- from concealer to mascara to lipgloss etc.
All in all, I think this would make a lovely gift to a makeup enthusiast, particularly one like myself who does not have alot of Benefit products to hand anyway. I would love to know of any other up and coming advent calendars from different brands so please let me know in the comments below!