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      03.09.2012 11:39
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      To add a gorgeous glow to your skin try Dallas, not just a blusher and not just a bronzer - but both

      Being 'Summer' I have been wearing darker make up than I usually care to wear. I never really noticed before but my pale pink blusher is very bright and with a fair complexion I can get away with it and file it under the English Rose look, but with a tan I find I look too over done and doll like. It was time to find a darker blusher, this is harder than it sounds, as most darker blushers tend to be brown on a dark coral which did not suit me I wanted a dark pink and was about to give up when I discovered the Benefit Dallas by chance while nosing in Boots!

      The packaging actually caught my eye and drew my over to it, I love all of the Benefit Box's as there has been so much thought been put into the design which I love. This particular one is shaded with two different colours to make it look like a sky - gorgeous golden orange at the top with a soft pink at the bottom, both with white colours separating them throughout to mimic clouds. In front of the sky is a large silhouetted image of a galloping horse behind a gate - depicting the choice of name Dallas, as we immediately think of the American State in Texas and cowboys, and what do cowboys ride? Exactly. I really love the packaging and was overly pleased when I lifted the lid off and noticed that the shade was the perfect one I wanted - a lovely dusty dark pink!

      Benefit claim that Dallas is the perfect mix of a bronzer and a blush that will give your complexion a healthy looking glow whilst making it look vibrant, younger and fresher. I love the shade so much that it has replaced my bronzer and blusher for the time being as it is perfect to wear on its own, plus my face doesn't look caked or with too much make up on - it's brilliant. The best way I could describe the colour is a mid toned pinky blush mixed with a light brown blusher, there is a very, very slight shimmer which I don't usually like but with Dallas I love it!

      To apply, I use the brush that comes with it which is absolutely brilliant, all the box blushes and bronzers that Benefit do come with a brush and I really love them because not only are they made with natural bristles that are so soft and easy on the skin, but they are also arranged in a straight line rather than a circle which ultimately makes it much easier to sculpt and create cheekbones! The bristles are white so you can see how much product you have picked up, so you can tap off any excess.

      It is so easy to blend in and makes my skin look so much fresher! I have worn this without fake tan and it still looks great against my pale skin, so I think this is a real all rounder and would suit any skin tones.

      You can purchase Benefit Dallas at Boots or Boots.com, all good online make up stores as well as the Benefit website. Also any department stores that have a Benefit counter. It is quite expensive at £23.50 however you have to take into account that it is a bronzer, a blusher and a brush all in one so how much would you spend on them individually?

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      08.07.2012 14:02
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      A natural blusher which makes you look sun kissed and healthy

      I love Benefit and I own nearly all of their bronzing products. I am not the biggest fan of blushers as I do have the tendency to blush quite a lot naturally and I don't want this accentuated. I do however still like to have a bit of rosiness on my cheeks and so I bought Dallas.

      What does the product do?
      The product promises to give you the rosy glow of someone who spends a lot of time outdoors even if you spend most of your time working inside. It claims that it will give your skin a natural glow that will make you look young, healthy and vibrant. It should give you a all over radiant looking complexion.

      How do you use the product?
      The product is to be applied using the soft bristled brush which is included. You need to sweep the brush across the powder and then sweep it across the cheeks, forehead, (at the hair line) nose and chin. You basically need to apply the product wherever the sun would naturally kiss you. You can wear the product alone or as a finishing touch to your make up.

      Packaging and Price
      The product comes in the standard Benefit boxes would are cute and sturdy. The front of the box is orange with a girl riding a horse and Dallas is written across the front in gold letters. Inside you get the free application brush which has a brown wooden handle.

      The product will cost you around £23 to buy and it is available from department stores which have a Benefit stand and also from a variety of online websites. The price is fairly steep but the product will last you well over a year so it's all relative.

      Colour and Consistency
      The product has a definite baby pink colour which gives your rosy cheeks. It does have a natural appearance and it is the colour that you would get in your cheeks if you were working outdoors. The product has a powdery consistency and it's not creamy at all. It has a subtle sheen to it.

      Application
      The product is simple to apply using the included brush. The powder is packed quite loosely and a lot of product is released when you sweep the brush across it. You need to be really gentle when sweeping the brush to avoid wastage and you need to give it a blow before applying it to your skin. It is easily applied to the skin and you only need to sweep once to get the desired coverage.

      Performance
      The product is noticeable on the skin and it leaves a definite colour behind, although as promised, it does appear to be natural. It makes you look like the healthy outdoor type without making you look like you've been sun burnt or that you're embarrassed. The product is quite long lasting although you may find reapplication necessary by the end of the day. It has never caused my sensitive skin any discomfort or caused any blemishes to appear. It feels silky and comfortable on the face.

      Conclusion
      All in all, if you are looking for a healthy and subtle glow then this product is right up your street. It won't be enough for those who like the heavily made up look but it is pretty and makes you look healthy in a natural way. I really like this product and it's going to be a long time before it runs out so I can justify the cost in that way!

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        23.04.2011 02:20
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        A great blusher at a price.

        I recently attended a beauty night at my local debenhams store where the big makeup counters such as Elizabeth Arden, Clinique and Benefit gave away free make overs, gave free drinks and gave you raffle tickets to prize draws. Benefit products always feature heavily on my christmas wish-lists and in my makeup bag, I have never bought an unsatisfactory product from their range either which is a credit to their brand.

        Having had a make over at the clinique counter I was very impressed and was very close to purchasing a clinique apricot blusher however I'm glad I waited for my Benefit make over as this blusher is fantastic, a dream for anyone who loves good quality makeup!

        The blusher comes in a square box with a lid that fits over the top. The design is very retro which fits in with Benefit's ethos. It is made of very strong cardboard so it is hardwearing and it is the perfect size to fit in my handbag on nights out.

        The description of the colour is 'sunset plum' which probably describes it perfectly. On first appearance it does look quite dark and like a deep bronzer however once it is evened out on a brush and applied properly it gives a really nice glow all year round. It looks excellent when it is applied on the cheekbones and lightly applied across the chin and forehead. Only a small amount is needed so the Benefit Dallas lasts a long time, I've had mine around 8 months and would estimate I still have at least 3 months use out of it!

        To touch the blusher is like silk, it feels really soft and smooth so upon application it isn't heavy it just sits on the surface of the skin. I have also noticed that it stays on for most of the day but if your going from a night to day look its advisable to top it up just to ensure you keep that glow!

        I paid around £21 for the blusher which does sound like a lot of money to be spending on one item but as i've said the product does last and I haven't found a better one on the market so, in my opinion, it's better to pay a little extra and not be disappointed than spend £5-£6 a time on cheaper blushers that don't work as well!

        The main advantages to this product are the enduring results and the deep glow it produces. The only improvements that could be made is to have this product available in a softer apricot tones for the summer to enhance a real tan or to use without foundation in the hot months. Another improvement could be to produce this as a cream blusher to give consumers more choice.

        The only disadvantage I can think of is the price. At £21 for one pot it is definitely a luxury item for most of us and especially students like me who are ofter subject to tight budgets!

        Overall, I would recommend this product to a friend but I would suggest they scoure the internet in search of the product a little cheaper! All-in-all I award this product 4 stars for the brilliant packaging and product but it loses out on a star just to the price.

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          10.04.2011 19:29
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          If Dallas, Texas is half as good as this product, I'm emigrating!

          Benefit - a San Francisco make-up brand created in 1976 by the Ford twins, is now a worldwide phenomenon, with it's retro girly packaging, and brightly coloured counters.

          This product Dallas did won the 2008 award from Bride's Magazine beauty awards for the best bronze/ blush. I think this is one of Benefit's less popular box of powder but also one of the more versatile.

          PACKAGING - Square cardboard box with a lid that lifts right off, so you can apply with one hand. It lacks a mirror sadly, unlikely their most recent release Bella Bamba. The colours on the box consists of a sunset: oranges, pinks and golds, and the blush itself reflects this colour scheme. Well I admit to owning this blush for over 18 months and the box, looks badly beaten around the edges, but the product inside hasn't been damaged in any way. Now I come to the complementary brush. Why? It comes in a little plastic tray and fits neatly inside the box. It is flat rectangular with a small wooden handles, and stiff bristles. It causes the product to pick up too densely leaving a muddy looking streak across your face. I find the bristles slightly irritating to the skin. So the first thing I recommend to do with this product is BIN THE BRUSH and pick up a cheap blusher brush, if you don't already have one. Yes, Benefit didn't make your new cheap brush will probably apply the product a lot better.

          THE PRODUCT - many describe this as a bronzer/ blusher. I would actually put it in the blusher category with a bit of shimmer bronze. The main colour is plum with a brown hue, with gold glitter. This glitter is more sheer, not chunky, so is fine for daytime. Pigmentation is good. This is a powder blush, but you are not left with a lot of loose powder in the bottom of the box, which is a good thing, so you can't waste product.

          APPLY, WEAR, REMOVAL - application - go easy too much and your face will look dirty. I would stick to the apples of the cheeks and sweep back to the temples, no more than two sweeps per cheek, then blend, to make this appear natural. To the rest of the face I would apply a bronzer to suit your skin with an equally light shimmer to help complement and blend in. This immediately peps up the face, makes me look a lot healthier most mornings.
          Wear - I don't prime my face or wear any foundation/ tinted moisturiser and get between 4-6 hours wear. I know when I use a heavy moisturiser on my face Dallas goes on heavy and gets closer to 6 hours plus.
          Removal - Any soaps, washes, wipes, make-up removers. It comes off easily.

          WHO SHOULD WEAR DALLAS AND WHEN?
          Dallas is not a blusher you can safely put on as much as you want, and not have to worry too much about the outcome like Sugarbomb.
          I would say it suits light medium to dark-medium skin tones, works well when tanned. (I'm a light-medium with dark features who tans easily).
          I prefer to wear this blush in the winter, it would also look good in summer, but I think it suits evenings better in this situation with a fresher looking blush for summer daywear.

          COST AND AVAILABILTY - £23.50
          Too expensive I hear you say? Well no.

          Dallas gives you 12 g of product per pack this is quite a lot most blushers come in between 5-7 g per pot. Watch though this varies Dandelion is 10g, Bella Bamba is signifcantly less than Dandelion. For Dallas this works out at £20/ 10 grams. So I thought I'd compare it against some of the brands it is sold alongside, i.e. those department store counter make up stands. (These are all their standard powder blushes, no limited editions, gimmicks or pan only)

          No 7 - £18/10g
          Dallas - £20 /10g
          MAC - £28/10g
          Clinique - £32/ 10g
          NARS - £40/ 10g
          Lancome - £43/ 10g
          Clarins £46/ 10g

          For value for money Benefit is way ahead of the game, I'd rate quality as better than No. 7, on a par with mac, not as good as NARS.

          Available online on Benefit's website, in larger Boots stores, and in a number department stores including House of Fraser and Debenhams

          Hope this helps.
          On the right skin tone, this can be used all year round, so I give this product a BIG FAT FIVE STARS!

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            04.10.2010 22:00
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            a great blusher!

            A few years ago I bought a "Powder Pop" (which Benefit don't make any more - gutted!) which contained Hoola, Dallas and Dandelion.

            My most favoured shade of each of these powder blushers was Dallas. Against my pale skin it gave off a warm rosy colour that looked very natural and even better in photos.

            As I was getting married in early 2009 I really needed a subtle bronzer (although I believe this is more of a blusher than a bronzer) on my face and so I used it again! I adore Benefit products - I truly believe they are far superior to most other make-ups on the market, just wish I could afford the premium price tag!

            Packaging: comes in a square box with a silhouette of a woman riding a horse against the backdrop of a Gone with The Wind-esque sky. Inside the box is a little brush - which looks not too unlike a shaving brush. These brushes are fantastic! They are soft, don't lose their hair and are the perfect size for a bronzer/blusher brush. Under the brush is the powder which is rosy/bronze in colour. Sweep up the powder you require and apply a few strokes onto the cheeks - remember to blend in with the rest of your skin or you'll look like Pikachu! (with red cheeks).

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            02.10.2010 02:06
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            An 'outdoor glow for an indoor gal'!

            Benefit is a premium American cosmetic brand that sells cute makeup in funky retro packaging. I really like the range and a few months ago bought the 'Powderazzi' box of face powders, containing Dallas, Hoola and Coralista. While Hoola is a bronzer and Coralista a straightforward blusher, Dallas is something of a combination of the two. Described as a product that provides 'an outdoor glow for an indoor gal', the packaging for Dallas as an individual product continues the theme with a picture of a rearing horse against a sunset. I'm certainly an 'indoor gal' so I was intrigued to try this face powder!

            Being an 'indoor gal', I am very pale so I did wonder if this powder would be too dark for me. It is dark brown with something of a purple tinge. I did like the colour in the packaging. It is a bit lighter than the Hoola bronzer (and presumably any bronzer). The powder is matte but has a few slight glittery bits.

            To use the powder I dab the brush very lightly onto the surface of the powder and then dab it very lightly on my cheek. I only need to use a tiny bit as I am so pale! The brush included with my Powderazzi pack is small but good quality - the bristles don't come out and they are soft and hold the powder well, and I imagine the brush included in the Dallas package is similar. I tend to dab the powder on my cheeks to create contours and help give my face some shape.

            When I have applied the powder - so long as I haven't applied too much! - I look healthier and more 'made up'. As I am so pale I feel I should refrain from using the powder all over my face as a bronzer, although this is something you could consider if you have a darker skin tone. I tend to use the powder of an evening when I am going out as the purple tone gives a more 'made up' look and goes well with the smoky eye makeup I like to wear.

            Overall I do like this blusher, even if I use it less for the purpose it was intended - to provide a healthy glow - and more for glamming up on a night out. The individual blusher costs £23.50, which is certainly a lot of money, however it is an excellent quality product which goes on well, provides a great effect and lasts on the skin all day. The amount of product you get is quite a bit and it seems like it will last for ages, especially if you're pale like me and only need to use a tiny bit! I do recommend it if you're looking for a slightly darker blusher.

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              27.08.2010 22:07
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              Another good product from Benefit!

              When it comes to staff hassling you in shops I tend to do my best to avoid them, however when it comes to Benefit I tend to hover around the counter until one of the assistants ask if I want to try something, resulting in a full on trial of a range of products that sets me up looking nice for my shopping day (kinda sad I know, but it's Benefit! what more can I say!).

              Quite a while ago now, this is exactly what I did on my shopping day. The assistant sat me down on one of the stools and did my make-up for me using a range of different products and talking me through it. As usual I was impressed with the look. She had used one of Benefit's newest poducts 'Dallas' a bronzer/blusher and I immediately fell in love with it. So I treated myself.

              As with all Benefit's products the packaging really caught my eye. It comes in a little box with a brush. The box has a peachy/orangey tone with a silhouette of a woman and horse. Quite appropriate seens the product is called 'Dallas'.

              When I got the product home I couldn't wait to try it. So I dusted a small amount over my cheekbones and was suprised that the small amount had taken a good effect. You certainly don't need to put much on the brush for it to make a difference. It gave me a natural glow and blended in well with my other make up. I have quite pale skin so I was worried this bronzer/blusher would be too dark for me. I would say it's fine for people with pale skin aslong as your careful not to over do it and put too much on.

              I bought my Dallas from debenhams for £22.50, which is for a 12.0g box that comes with small brush. A little pricey but a good product that lasts a very long time.

              Thanks for reading.
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                01.05.2010 18:52
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                i like it

                I ave recently purchased many of Benefit products and one of them is the Benefit dallas. This is a combination of bronzer and blush.

                Benefit never fail to impress as far as packaging is concerned. You can see the benefit counter a mile away when you are in a department store as it always has bright coloured peachy counters and not forgetting the packaging of the products which vary in colour but always have vibrant cases and pretty pictures.
                The Dallas powder is packaged in a box which is similar to hoola which i also bought that day. The picture on the front is a woman riding a horse in the sunset. The packaging is very pretty and feminine it almost has a retro feel to it.

                Benefit dallas gives a gorgeous "outdoor glow ". It makes you look really radiant and alive even if you're really tired and feel ill you are bound to trick people into believing you are healthy with this product as it gets rid of any signs of dullness and gives a nice natural glow
                Benefit recommend that you sweep the Dallas brush across the powder a few times and blow off any excess. Dust on to the apples of the cheeks, across the forehead near the hair line, down the center of the nose, and finish with a quick whisk across the chin.
                The brush with the powder looks really funky it has white bristles and has a wooden rectangular handle. The brush is very similar once again to hoola I'm very sure the products are very similar however this has tones of red in it as it is a bronzer and a blush unlike hoola which is just a bronzer.

                The brush is good to say it just comes with the bronzer. However, it can make a mess of the powder if you apply a lot in one go, it can look quite blotchy. I recommend building the colour up rather than putting a lot on the brush as it can leave streaks on the skin which is never a good look.

                The powder is £23.50 which is expensive but it a little amount of this goes a long way so I can see it lasting a good few months before I have to purchase another.
                The powder gives a really nice healthy glow without looking like I am caked in make-up.

                Overall, I really like the Benefit Dallas, it brightens my face and makes it look so much more radiant. I would definitely recommend it despite its big price tag.

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                  06.02.2010 11:13

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                  This was the first benefit blusher i owned and I did like it but it didnt wow me, however my opinions have changed as my make up bag got better. This is my 2nd fave blusher (coralista 1st, georgia 3rd!) but i think it is one that has to be work in the summer with a tan, like the coralista you dont need much one sweep and the colour is there. Awesome quirky packaging which i love and think it makes any make up bag intresting lol!!

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                  11.12.2009 23:47
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                  Dallas bronzer blusher Great

                  As I have said in prev reviews I love benefit poducts and have so many of them, I bought dallas a while ago and use it as a blusher bronzer I used to use it all the time but now just use it in summer time for that extra summer glow. I use hoola by benefit and just a wee touch of dallas on top of my cheekbones its a deeper colour than the hoola and again comes in nice box with the little brush which i dont use, I prefer my own brushes. Dallas just gives that bit of extra glow but still looks very natural and not over done or over the top but you need to be careful with the dallas as I said it is a bit darker than the hoola and you can look a bit orange if you over do it so you need to be carefull. Dallas is around £22 and you can buy it from Benefit beauty counters in big Boots stores and department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser also online Benefits own website I have signed up to theirmailing list and reg get discounts sent in emails so its worth it to sign up and see if you can get a bit off.

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                    23.10.2009 11:39
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                    Benefit Dallas Powder

                    Whizz11 does Dallas!!

                    Benefit Dallas

                    I am definitely a Benefit convert. Having tried quite a few of their products recently I have been won over and now like to treat myself to a few of their products now and again.

                    Benefit is an America cosmetics company founded in 1976 by twin sisters in San Francisco. The girls are called Jean and Jane. Their vision was to create makeup with a whimsical candy store type theme. Nowadays the brand has over 1,000 makeup counters in more than 25 countries.
                    What first attracted me to the Benefit counter was the brightness and girly prettiness of it all. Their range looks so fun and quirky and exciting that I had to try it. I had also heard so much about it in the beauty press and magazines and from friends that I knew it had a great reputation already and so wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

                    I have now tried a number of the cheek blushers and the BADgal lash mascara. I have to say that I will now never change mascaras as I love it so much and the cheek blushes that I have tried so far are of such a good quality.

                    My everyday powder blusher that I have been using is the Dandelion. This has a lovely light pink colour too it and really makes you look nice and refreshed and awake and with a really pretty glow. However for the evening and when I wanted to dress up a bit I wanted something with a bit more glamour and wow about it, rather than just giving me a pretty look so I decided to try their Dallas blush.

                    Dallas is described on the BeneFit website as the "perfect combination of bronzer and blush. This is exactly what I was looking for as it would add an extra bit of colour and give me the made up look I was hoping for. Benefit say that this will give your complexion a natural-looking glow that will leave you looking younger, healthier and more vibrant. Perfect!!

                    The Dallas powder comes in a little cardboard box like all the rest of their blushers with a lid that slides over the top of the box. The picture on the front of the box is amazing and I have to say looks great in your make up bag. There is a silhouette of a girl riding a horse with the sunset in the background, very Dallas in my opinion and very cool. Inside there is a brush that is pretty much the size of the box. It has a long surface area which I find is really useful is applying the powder. It has a handle at the end too so you have something to hold onto. What's great is that the brush stays in the box all the time so you don't have to find or use another brush in your makeup bag to apply this powder.

                    To apply, Benefit recommends you brush across the powder a few times and blow off any excess. Then you just dust onto the apples of your cheeks, across the forehead and down the centre of the nose. I have to say that I generally just stick to my cheeks to give me a natural look as I find this works best for me. This powder goes onto my face beautifully. It gives my cheeks a great hint of colour.


                    The box weighs 12g and costs £22.50. A bit pricey yes, like all their products in my opinion but it's a good quality product and the powder will last for a very long time.

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                      03.09.2009 20:20
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                      Benefit does it again!

                      If there is such as concept as too much choice, then it definitely applies to Benefit blusher. They have loads of different ones! Therefore, when I wanted a new blusher for my wedding, I went to the Benefit counter at my local department store for advice. I told them I wanted to go for something not too pink that I could use on a daily basis afterwards but that would also go with tanned/slightly bronzed skin.

                      They recommended Dallas which is described as a mix between blush and bronzer. I was concerned that it looked too dark in the box. However, once it was applied I was really pleasantly surprised at how nice the shade was on the skin, giving colour without looking too artificial and unnatural. I suppose I would describe it as a dusky pink with bronze elements.

                      The pack contains 12g of product but at £22.50 instore, I'm not going to pretend that it isn't expensive!

                      The packaging is nice, with a funky picture on the front of the box befitting of the title, as you would expect from a Benefit product. The box itself is nice and sturdy, therefore not likely to leak. Thus far I have not noticed any breakage of the product, which sometimes happens when blusher kits get bashed around/dropped. Also with it being in a box, no hinges are there to be broken.

                      It is packaged with a plastic divider and a brush within. I would advise you keep this plastic bit, flimsy though it is as long as you possibly can so that it can be kept separate from the actual product, thus protecting both from damage and waste of product. The brush has a wooden type handle which is rectangular and relatively flat but still easy to hold. The bristles are also formed in a rectangular shape and are soft but sturdy and pick up just the right amount of product, whilst still allowing you to build up the colour with more product as you see fit.

                      It is easy to apply, the shape of the brush encourages a sweeping/contouring motion of application rather than concentrating too much in one area which is good. As alluded to before, I would recommend that you go sparsely at first and then build up the colour - after all wearing too much blusher is a major but common beauty faux pas. If you do apply to much in one area it is quite easy to blend for a powder blusher if you rub in the edges with your finger tips. However, this should be reduced by tapping off any excess back into the box before application.

                      All in all I would recommend this product, but would advise anybody wanting a Benefit blusher to talk to someone at a Benefit counter in order to get the right shade for their skintone.

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                        This really will define your cheek bones!

                        After running out of my usual cheaper brand of blusher and as Christmas was becoming nearer I decided to buy the Benefit Dallas - a combination of bronzer and blush. Before purchasing this product, i had also thought about getting the benefit dandelion which is more of a soft perky pink. Like all the Benefit blush and Bronzers, the Dallas comes with its own brush which conveniently comes in and fits in the box on a small plastic tray. You really don't need to apply much and I found with just one swoop the dallas will be able to define your cheek bones and give the impression of a light tan on your forehead and chin, without looking orange!! Its quite a bit darker (than many of the pictures shown) and than my usual cheaper brand which made it more noticeable and all the more worthwhile! and I haven't come close to running out of it! This is another product thats gonna have me raving about just how brilliant benefit is! £22.50 in boots!

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                        07.02.2009 19:15
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                        A big disappointment for Benefit

                        As I have mentioned in an earlier review, I am very lucky that my family all know exactly what I like and so for my christmas I received quite a few new Benefit products. This Dallas powder was one of the products I received and have used a few times over the last month. I will mention that up until I received this I was using the Benefit Georgia powder.

                        Benefit describe this Dallas powder as being "the perfect combination of bronzer and blush". They also claim that the powder will give your complexion a "natural-looking glow that will leave you looking younger, healthier and more vibrant". These are pretty big claims, but having been pretty impressed with most of the Benefit products I have tried, I was looking forward to giving this a go.

                        The powder comes in a square sturdy cardboard box. If you have tried any of the face powders that Benefit do, the boxes are all pretty much the same. The same size and style, just different decor to the lid. When you remove the lid, there is a plastic tray that sits over the product itself. This is to protect the powder and also house the brush which is included.

                        On first glance this powder does look very dark. For something that is supposed to be the perfect combination of bronzer and blush, this looks far darker than any bronzer I have previously used. Still when I tried the Georgia for the first time I thought it looked very orange, which it doesn't when worn, so I didn't let this put me off. I did however proceed cautiously.

                        The instructions suggest you "Sweep the brush across the powder a few times and blow off any excess. Dust on to the apples of the cheeks, across the forehead near the hair line, down the center of the nose, and finish with a quick whisk across the chin".

                        I wouldn't say my skin was fair, but it's not the darkest, it's probably a very average medium colour. If I had to say whether I was fairer or darker, I would say my skin was slightly on the fairer side. With this in mind and the colour of the powder in the box still looking hell of a dark to me, I decided not to "sweep the brush across the powder a few times", but instead to give it one little sweep before applying only to my cheeks. Well what a mess!! I looked like my one year old had slapped me with a chocolate coated hand. I hadn't put a lot on so I decided to give it a little rub. Now with the Georgia powder, I often get a very defined line when applying and with a little rub it blends in nicely. However with this Dallas powder a little rub just wont do, but when rubbed quite vigorously it does eventually blend in to give quite a natural, blushed look.

                        I have to say, I didn't even attempt to move onto the next step of using it on my forehead, nose and chin. I think it looked quite natural (eventually) on the cheeks, but I definitely wouldn't be able to create the same effect on these other areas of my face.

                        The Dallas powder costs £22.50 and can be ordered direct from Benefit on their website or in store at bigger Boots stores, Debenhams and other large department stores. I guess the fact that you have to use so little of this would make it last an absolute age. I use Georgia every day and have only just made a little indent in the powder in 5 months. I use it generously, so I guess if you used Dallas as sparingly as I do it will last a very long time indeed, making it extremely good value for money. However, I never seem to stick with the same product for that long, so I can't even begin to imagine how long this is going to be lying in my make up bag.

                        Obviously if your skin is a darker tone, this powder may actually look really great on you, but it's certainly not for medium skin tones and definitely not fair tones. I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone I don't think. If we put the colour aside for a moment, the powder itself wasn't particularly smooth going on and it felt a bit cakey, which is strange considering the tiny amount I used.

                        I will use this because of the fact it was a gift and I have it there, but it definitely wont be used daily and I certainly wont be buying more when (or if) I ever run out. I'd rather stick with the Georgia or give a different powder a go and would recommend that anyone thinking of trying Dallas has a good look at what else is available first.

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                          18.01.2009 17:47
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                          Benefit Bronzer at it's best

                          The Benefit pressed powders - along with almost everything in their range - are absolutely fab! Dallas certainly belongs in this category - and easily earns its place as the best blush / bronzer out there at the moment.

                          A golden blush that can be used across the face, Dallas has the tone of a bronzer and pink blusher combined - This results in 'an outdoor glow for an indoor gal' as claimed on the packaging.

                          Used in a T formation on forehead, nose and chin - Dallas produces a really natural look. For the summer it also looks great on the cheek, but I prefer a pinker, rosier blush for the winter for a more natural look.

                          While the reasonably dark tone of the powder might put of some people with a light skin tone, the shimmer and pink tone of the powder really does produce a naural, tanned look for most skintones - I find it great for a pale but freckled complexion. It also helps to tone down blemishes and marks due to the mixed tones.

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                      • Product Details

                        The perfect combination of bronzer and blush / Give your complexion a natural-looking glow that will leave you looking younger, healthier and more vibrant / This sheer wash of color dusted across your cheeks, forehead and chin gives any complexion a healthy looking radiance / it's a glow that defies even Mother Nature / Tips and tricks: Sweep the brush across the powder a few times and blow off any excess / Dust on to the apples of the cheeks, across the forehead near the hair line, down the center of the nose, and finish with a quick whisk across the chin /