In the Mirror

Stay Don't Stray

By Charlotte on August 22, 2011 9:04 AM

Undereye circles can be a real challenge. Lightening them has me constantly applying and reapplying creams and concealers, especially if I'm going out at night. So after hearing that Benefit's Stay Don't Stray eye makeup primer "locks on concealer," I just had to give it a try.
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What the Experts Say

This dual-action formula works 360° degrees around your eyes to hold concealers and eyeshadows in place. It preps, protects and perfects your skin, keeping concealers from creasing and eyeshadows from fading. Sodium Hyaluronate adds moisture and fills in fine lines. Vitamins C and E help fight signs of aging (Yes!).



What I Tested

I tried the .33 oz "custom airless pump" bottle of this clever base.



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Stay Don't Stray gives me a double dose of color correction because it lightens my eye area before I put on concealer. It also keeps my concealer AND eyeshadow looking I-just-put-it-on fresh all day so I can go out without touching up.  


You don't have to choose a color. (Is my skin Light or Fairly Light? Who can tell?) Stay Don't Stray comes in a nice neutral nude shade that's designed to flatter everyone.


I was surprised by how little I needed. A little bit of this thin cream really does the job. Per the instructions, I put a dab on the back of my hand then placed three tiny dots under my eye and three more on my eyelid, blending with my fingertips. Although getting just enough from the dispenser can be tricky at first, practice a light touch and you'll soon get the hang of it.



On the Shelf

Available at the Benefit Pop-up Shop at Napa Valley's Cake Plate Boutique until September and Benefit.com





Stay Don't Stray was provided courtesy of the Cake Plate Boutique, one of Napa Valley's premier designer destinations. Owners and style experts Lindsay Kroll and Paige Smith added a Benefit Pop-Up Shop to the store for summer 2011.

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The Benefit Bar

at Napa Valley's

Cake Plate Boutique

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