BenefitBoo-Boo Zap
0.2 fl. oz. for $16
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Boo-Boo Zap contains an unknown amount of salicylic acid and has a pH of 2. The pH encourages exfoliation, but coupling the salicylic acid with the alcohol and camphor in this product makes this exceedingly irritating to skin. Benefit’s directive to apply this “several times a day” is akin to repeated slaps in the face.
Last Updated:05.02.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Zaparella's potent blend of salicylic acid & camphor helps fight the evil boo boo with lightning speed. Dab this quick drying zapper onto trouble spots several times a day to help take the red out... even through makeup!
Water, SD Alcohol 39-C, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Camphor, Salicylic Acid, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate
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Benefit At-A-Glance

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco, circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.

Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun and its product arsenal is centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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