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The Oxygen Network

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Oxygen facials peaked on spa menus a few years back, promising to make skin dewy and plump with mists of the refreshing, pure molecule. Despite hype and devotion from celebs (read: Madonna), dermatologists were skeptical of the lasting benefits. Now it seems oxygen is poised for a comeback—this time in the form of elixirs, creams, and even makeup infused with that atmospheric element. But the question remains: Do these O2 fixes improve your skin’s health in the long run? We tested out the latest offerings, asked the pros for their opinion, and discovered some surprising results.

The Product: Philosophy Oxygen Boost Daily Energizing Oxygen Elixir, $50, www.philosophy.com.

The Claim: A companion product to the brand’s popular Oxygen Peel (which is meant to mimic the results of an oxygen facial at home), this lightweight lotion contains a veil of oxygen that aims to clarify, detoxify, and energize the skin.

The Expert’s Take: “Overall, I think the Philosophy oxygen collection is good, but I’m still skeptical of oxygen as an ingredient that does anything beneficial for the skin,” says Washington, D.C.-based dermatologist Elizabeth. “I don’t think it’s harmful in any way, just useless.”

The Experience: We can’t say for certain if it was the O2 or the blend of botanicals in this formula, but the lotion went on with a perfect velvety texture and gave our skin an amazingly moist, morning-dew-on-petals effect. Hard science aside, we’re sold.

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Benefit Stands By The Power Of Powder

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Benefit’s Box-O-Powders are the stuff of legend. Since launching Hoola, a matte pressed bronzer that was the first of the series, back in 2001, the San Francisco-based beauty giant has slowly rolled out a collection of seven similarly packaged complexion enhancers, including celebrity favorite Dandelion—a pink-tinged finishing powder—and CORALista—which is so popular, a stack of all the animal-print boxes of rose-hued pigments sold in a single day would be as tall as Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Cristo Redentor statue. True story! This coming Monday, Benefit will introduce the latest member of the Box-O-Powder family in a one-day-only flash sale on Benefitcosmetics.com, Sephora.com, Ulta.com and Bloomingdales.com. Hervana, as the new four-colored orchid blossom blush is called, comes housed in a package adorned with heavenly images of clouds and halos that is meant to pass along good karma with every swipe of its finely milled contents. Multitasking makeup, at its best.

Photo: Courtesy of Benefit

Benefit Lets The Bright One In

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It’s been a big year for Benefit Cosmetics. In addition to branching out into skincare with a full-scale line of cleansers, toners, moisturizers, and mists, the San Francisco-based brand recently opened its first New York flagship, replete with a museum-style installation that showcases the original bottle of its storied Benetint, the universal lip and cheek stain to end all lip and cheek stains. It appears that founders Jean and Jane Ford have decided to keep the revolutionizing going through fall, with the release of Watt’s Up!, a dual-ended brightening stick that features a sponge-tip applicator on one side to help seamlessly blend the luminescent pigment on the other into a barely-there buffed finish that can be worn over or under makeup. For lovers of Benefit’s other brighteners—High Beam, its best-selling liquid highlighter, and Girl Mets Pearl, the twist-up click stick that features a rose gold fluid—Watt’s Up is a slightly more subtle, easier-to-wield adaptation: Its cream-to-powder formula glides onto cheek and brow bones with one simple swipe. Back-of-the-cab makeup artists, this one’s for you.

Photo: Courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics

EXCLUSIVE: The Original Benetint: Look, But Don’t Touch

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When news first broke last month that after 35 years in the business of creating cult-favorite products with a sense of humor Benefit Cosmetics would be opening its first New York flagship, we commenced celebratory fist-pumping. As anyone who has ever been to one of the San Francisco-based company’s free-standing concept stores knows, the experience of buying classics like its Badgal Lash mascara and Highbeam luminescent complexion enhancer there is vastly different then going the department store route. First there’s the upbeat, signature pink glam furnishings that lull you into the brand’s kitschy, feel-good ethos; then there’s the signature services, which include everything from brow shaping and lash tinting to waxing and airbrush tanning. The new Soho outpost at 454 West Broadway will be similarly equipped, boasting 2,000 square feet and two levels of makeup mayhem—with crystal chandeliers and Cabriolet leg tables to boot—but it will also feature a very special element that’s exclusive to the New York location. To properly celebrate its best-selling Benetint lip and cheek stain, Benefit founders Jean and Jane Ford have created a museum installation, on view for the first time here, to house the original bottle that catapulted them to fame back in 1977.

Created for an exotic dancer who was on the hunt for a product to make her nipples more rosy and perky, the long-lasting scarlet fluid made from a secret concoction that includes steamed rose petals quickly transcended the strip club scene and hit the fashion scene hard when renowned makeup artist, Kevyn Aucoin, stocked it in his makeup bag circa 1986. Ever since, it’s been well-loved by a coterie of celebrities, designers and models—not to mention regular paying customers; one bottle of Benetint is sold every sixty seconds amounting to over a half a million units each year. Needless to say, the first-ever bottle is an incredibly important piece of Benefit history—which is why it was driven via armored car from San Francisco to New York this week (no joke) in time for the store’s official opening on September 27. As an added security measure, two armored guards will be posted up alongside it next Tuesday as it sits in the window for all to see. Just keep you paws off.

Photo: Courtesy of Benefit

Benefit’s New Groove

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Benefit’s classic Benetint would likely make it onto many a beauty devotee’s desert island product list. Created for an exotic dancer in the 1970′s (the better to redden her nipples with), the classic liquid berry-hued tint is just as useful at imparting a rosy wash to lips and cheeks. The creamy, bubblegum pink Posietint followed some years later, and now Cha Cha Tint joins the pack of pretty multitaskers. If this punchy coral pigment looks more like a nail polish at first glance, have faith; a few blended dots on the cheeks and a swipe across the pout adds an appealing mango-tinged color that livens up complexions both wan and sun-kissed. A warm-weather essential, it’s slightly more seasonal than its predecessors. But seeing as how the summer solstice is next week, it’s quickly becoming our favorite of the bunch.

Photo: Courtesy of Benefit