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I love to wear make up and but I am fairly nervous around the blusher area as I do go red naturally when I blush. I always like how blusher looks on other people though so I have bought a few over the years. Being a fan of Benefit and their blushers/bronzers, I thought I should give Dandelion a try.
What does the product do?
The product promises to add a touch of colour and shimmer to the cheeks to move your complexion from the dull and boring, to the radiant and glorious. It claims that it will awaken the skin with a pop of ballerina pink to leave your complexion healthy looking.
How do you use the product?
The product can be worn alone or on top of make up as a finishing touch. You use the included brush, or your own if you have a preference and sweep the brush across the powder. You then apply the product to the apple of the cheeks and move out towards the hairline. You then blend as needed. The product can be lightly applied to the whole face for an all over glow.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a light mossy green square compact. There is a pretty picture of a dandelion clock on the front which is a similar pink colour to the powder inside. One side of the lid flips open to reveal a mirror inside the lid which makes applying the product on the go an easy task. A brush is included with white bristles and a black rectangle handle. The product will cost you around £23 and it can be bought from department stores with a Benefit counter and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
Most of Benefits products come with a scent which is unusual for make up products. This one has a subtle flowery scent which is really nice although I like the sweeter scents of some of the others. It isn't strong enough to put anyone off using it however, and it doesn't linger on the skin. I like the brushes which come with these products although many of my friends don't get on with them. I find the bristles to be soft and the handle easy to hold.
The powder is packed quite tightly in the pot but plenty of the powder is picked up by the brush as I swirl it around the pot. Not a lot of it remains loose in the pot which is a good thing as you won't get into a mess. The bristles of the brush are soft on my cheeks and they feel smooth on the skin. The powder is not really very pigmented at all and the product just leaves a light, natural hint of pink on the skin. The colour is buildable but not much and so this isn't going to enough for those who like s lot of blush.
The brush does contain shimmering particles but these don't look like sparkle or look childish on the skin. They have more of a highlighting quality than a shimmer and then highlight the cheekbones nicely. They are noticeable outdoors in a sunny environment but this is definitely fine for wearing indoors for work. This isn't in your face enough for an evening out. The product is gentle and it hasn't irritated my skin and it hasn't caused me to develop any blemishes. The product gives long lasting results and it still looks pretty after hours, although sometimes a bit of topping up is required but this is easy to do. The blusher is easily removed with my usual make up remover.
All in all, this is a lovely product for those who want a subtle and natural blush. It isn't very pigmented so it won't be enough for some and the sparkle will put some off although it really is more of a highlighter. It is right up my street however and I like it for day wear. I would happily repurchase this although I expect mine to last me well over a year. I'm knocking off a star for the price.
I'm really picky about what makeup I use as I find some to be too heavy and/or irritate my skin. I "discovered" the Benefit brand from magazine free gifts and was impressed by their quality. When I was recently in a duty-free shop, after a rather problematic journey, I decided to treat myself to the Benefit "Feelin' Dandy" gift box, which Dandelion is a key part of.
Having never worn blusher before, I was careful about the shade I chose as I wanted a natural look and I don't suit coral shades. Some days I can look really washed out (I wouldn't say I was ultra-pale but I've not had a holiday in the sun for a while), especially when I am tired. My skin can also get quite shiny.
This shade is perfect for adding a subtle glow to my face, whilst not shouting "I'm wearing facepaints!" to all and sundry. I brush it mostly across my cheekbones, but also a little over the tip of my nose if it is having an extra shiny day. It's a very delicate pink, which I love, and it really does improve the overall look of my skin.
As with all Benefit cosmetics, the main drawback is the price. However, given how good the quality is, I really do think this product is value for money.
I feel I should admit first of all that I'm no make-up expert - I use very basic make up everyday (foundation and blusher, that's it!), and go to a bit more effort for a night out. In fact, prior to owning the Benefit Dandelion blusher, I didn't even wear that!
Needless to say then, that I like the more natural look, so if you're the same this review will be more relevant to you.
The blusher comes in a pretty, green, smallish sized, sturdy cardboard box. It might be a bit large for those who like to travel light, but I find it's easy enough to carry around. Although the box is made of cardboard, it will stand up to being knocked around no problem, so don't worry about having to keep it at home to protect it.
Inside the box is the brush, which sits on top of the actual product. There is a plastic shelf which you can retain to keep the brush and blusher separate, but it's quite flimsy. I got rid of mine; the brush handle does get a little bit powdery but it's not a big deal.
The application is very simple. Sweep the brush over the powder a couple of times, then tap to remove excess. Apply to the apples of the cheeks and then spread upwards and outwards. I usually pick up more blusher on the brush after the first cheek. Benefit suggests sweeping all over your face at the end, but I have no idea why! I find the effect from applying to the cheeks is sufficient.
WHEN TO USE
I use this as an everyday product, as it always makes me look fresh faced. Unless I'm going for a specific look, I usually end up using it for a night out as well as it's so easy to use.
I received this as part of a gift originally. However I'm going to run out soon and it's become part of my core makeup routine. The Benefit website lists it as £23.30 which I would normally never consider spending on an individual make up item. I'll probably search around to see if I can find it cheaper, see if there are any recommended alternatives and if not, I'll be wincing while I hand over the money!
I don't normally buy Benefit make-up as I'm on a budget and it's rather expensive, but my sisters both use this and have got me into using it as well! It costs £23.50 and you can find it online or at Benefit counters in department stores.
The packaging is really cute but not entirely practical. It's a square little box with a pull off lid and no way to fasten it so that it doesn't come open, so it's no good for carrying around with you for touch-ups. In the box as well as the powder is a little brush whcih is a very neat little size to fit perfectly in the box.
The powder is a pale pink with a slight shimmer to it, and it has a lovely soft floral scent to it, so much nicer than most make-up smells. The brush is not the usual sort of brush you get supplied inside the packagin of blushers, it's kind of square, with half the square being the handle and half being the brush. The handle is a good size to hold and work with, and the brush is also a good size for applying blusher with.
The powder picks up easily onto the brush so you don't have to spend ages just trying to get enough colour on the brush, and the brush feels lovely and soft on my skin when I apply it. The colour transfers onto the skin nicely and doesn't feel heavy. Only a small amount is needed to give a healthy glow to the cheeks, or it can be built up for a more obvious blusher look. As well as using it as a blusher it can be used as an all over face powder to brighten the face, but i don't personally use it like this.
It stays on my skin really well so I don't find I keep needing to top it up throughout the day, though if I was going for drinks after work it would ned topping up by that time.
All in all I think this is a great blush, especially for to give a bit of colour to pale skin. It's just a shame it's so expensive, but it does last ages!
Despite wearing blusher everyday, I tend to go with phases through it. I think it is a hard make up item to get right and wear well, as well as finding the perfect shade for your skin tone. Prior to dabbling with Benefit products, I used to purchase really cheap, inexpensive blushers to test out the shades and find what would compliment my paler skin tone. These blushers were no good, made me look like a clown or simply did not last through the day. After having enough and wanting to try out some better brands, I received the Coralista blusher from Benefit as a gift. I had really got good use out of it and thought it was of a brilliant quality. However, I felt the skin was just too dark on my natural skin colour, therefore I wanted to try out a lighter shade. After perusing the Benefit counter, I fell in love with this 'ballerina pink' shade - Dandelion.
***PRICE AND AVAILABILITY***
The price is quite shocking, which is to be expected from Benefit. The RRP of this blusher is £23.50 which is an extremely pricey blusher in my opinion. In the past I was used to paying around the £5.00 mark, so this really is an investment. However, it does show good value for money in the quality and quantity within the box. It is available in Boots stores, directly from Benefit and throughout various department stores. I got mine for a smidgen cheaper by buying it on eBay, but do be wary of sellers and whether the product is legitimate.
One of the first things that sold Benefit to me was its gorgeous, unique packaging. All of the blushers come in their own little box, which I think is lovely and just adds a touch of quality. Dandelion comes in a green box, with non-surprisingly a dandelion image on the front. I think the packaging is divine and really makes it stand out from other blushers. As it comes in a little square box, you do get a good 0.28oz of blusher within it, which is a lot more in comparison to your average blusher, and justifies the price more. Benefit have recently updated their blusher boxes, so now they flip open and have a handy little mirror located in them to do your blusher on the go. The one I purchased was from the old line, and this just opens up as a box with no mirror unfortunately, so try to get your hands on the new version!
Inside the box, you do receive a lovely little brush, which I think is a really nice gesture and adds to the blusher. The brush itself is only tiny as you can imagine as it fits securely in the box. It is a pinky white shade of colour, but unfortunately I did not find it useful at all. It might work for some people, but personally I found it to be an awful brush, and would much rather use my own brush.
The reason Dandelion stood out to me as the right shade to choose is because it is a wearable, light shade but still a pretty pink. I find more daring shades hard to wear, so this is perfect for people with even the palest skin tones. It is a beautiful dusky pink, and would happily compliment almost any skin tone, however the darker your skin, the more you would have to build this up. Therefore, I would recommend this baby pink shade only to lighter skin toned people. The thing I like most about this blusher is that it is not completely matte. It is more sheer, with a really subtle shimmer to it, making your complexion look healthier, but not being in your face. I recommend this as a perfect, everyday blusher.
As stated earlier, I much prefer to use my own brush in comparison to the one provided with the blusher. I like to use either a kabuki brush or a blusher brush. Simply swirl generously into the blusher box until you have a good amount on the brush, and apply directly to your cheeks. I wear my blusher right on my cheekbones, as I feel it compliments my face most there. Although my skin is quite fair, I would not say it is entirely pale. I will start by saying that this is perfect for those with extremely pale skin who find it hard to find colours to suit them. I did find that I had to build this up for a while, and it often requires me to sweep my cheeks three or four times to get the build up which I need. This is only because the colour is quite light and delicate, but the blusher itself is extremely pigmented. It dusts on to the brush with such ease, and building up the colour just looks beautiful.
I am really happy with this blusher from Benefit. The price tag really does justify the quality of it. Although not my favourite of Benefit blushers, I see this as my go to everyday blusher. The blush does tend to last all day as long as you have built it up enough, but sometimes it does need reapplying. It compliments my paler skin really well, and gives it a healthy but natural glow. Very happy with the results of this blusher, and because you get a generous amount in the box, it means it lasts ages even when used daily! Win, win.
Benefit actually advertise this blusher as a 'brightening face powder'. The only reason I bought this was solely to use a blusher, and I have only recently experimented with it as a face powder. As the colour is so light, you can literally just dust a little across the face rather than build it up, and it gives your skin the perfect glow. I would recommend this for evening occasions and nights out. In a way, it acts a little like a bronzer but for paler skin. It really perks up the face and makes it look much healthier which I was impressed with, and it is worth experimenting with.
Overall, I am really happy with the Dandelion blusher from Benefit. It is a beautiful, dusky pink with a little shimmer and is perfect for those similarly to me who have lighter skin tones. It compliments the skin beautifully and is of a really good quality. At £23.50 however, it is an investment, and this is why I have knocked off the one star. I hope this helps and thanks for reading.
I have very pale skin unless I smother on the fake tan, which if not done carefully can leave me resembling a cross between an Oompa Loompa and David Dickinson - so I try to refrain from doing this! The only way I find I can add a flush of colour to my skin to revive and refresh it is by using blusher - and a good one at that! I usually go for a more rouge and red toned blush as I found it works best for me, however recently I have been swaying for the more pinker side of things! I don't usually pay that much out for blushers as I do not see the point when you can find a near exact shade in a cheaper brand, however I had seen and heard about the Benefit Box Blushes and was so intrigued to try!
I went to the Benefit counter in my local Boots as was greeted with an array of different coloured and different designed boxes of blush - I must say I love all the packaging of the Benefit products but the blushes have to be my favourite as they are not only pretty but practical too. I should also point out here that they are not classed as blushers but 'face powder' - obviously not something you would put all over your face to set your make up though! Back to the point, after searching through a lot of different options I decided on the Benefit Dandelion Face Powder and here is why...
Firstly the packaging drew me over to it - a dusky, khaki green cubic box with a cute picture of a dandelion on the front with a faint pink around the edges. Underneath is the word 'Dandelion' wrote in the typical Benefit writing in a pale white colour. On the back of the box are the ingredients and a little bit of information on the product. To access, you simply lift off the square lid and the deep and dense part of the packaging contains the powder - you also get a really handy little brush which has a black plastic rectangular handle with the natural bristles on top - which are so soft! Being sort of a squared off shape it really helps to blend and sculpt.
Benefit claim that this 'cute little pick me up can go wherever you do so no more excuses for dull skin' - I couldn't agree more! They also state that 'the classic ballerina pink powder takes your complexion from dull to radiant in an instant' - which is why it has quickly become a celeb fave!
I love the shade, at first I thought it was going to be too pale and wash me out but I have to say it is one of the best I have ever used! In the packaging the colour looks a very pale but bright and almost dusky pink, if you swirl your finger around and swatch a little onto the back of your hand it appears to be more of a light 'Barbie' pink. However once you apply to your cheeks and blend in well it takes on more of a flushed, natural glow - without making you look like Baby Jane or the other extreme where it blends in too well and almost disappears!
When applying you can use your own make up brush or the one provided - I alternate between the two depending on where I am and what I am doing. I love the little brush that comes with it as the bristles are in one line (rather than being in a circle) it makes achieving cheekbones super easy! I simply run it across the powder a few times to pick up the product - another thing I love is that the bristles are white so you can see exactly how much you have got on your brush, so there is no awkward surprise once it reaches your cheeks! Then I sweep it across my cheekbones, starting from the apples and working towards the hairline. You can then buff in with your fingers or a separate brush however it is not necessary. I really, really love the effect it gives my skin and my complexion - it is the perfect day time blush as it isn't too bold and over the top but isn't too pale and unnoticeable either! I always apply this after my foundation and dust a light amount of setting powder over the top to help keep it in place - which usually lasts for a good 8 hours or so!
I can't recommend this blush enough, its perfect for most skin tones, however if you feel you would suit a more coral or bronzed blush then do not worry as Benefit cater for all so pop down to Boots and have a look at the vast selection they have on offer! It is quite an expensive product at £23.50, however it has lasted me for ages as a little really goes a long way!
Available at Boots or Boots.com as well as any stores that have a Benefit counter. You won't be disappointed, and neither will your skin!
I have become a big fan of Benefit Dandelion, as it's the most perfect shade of blusher for my very pale skin. I have to admit that having visited the Benefit counter and gushing about how pleased I was with this shade of "blusher", I was told that was a bit of a faux-pas and it's not a blusher at all! The Benefit Gal explained to me that this is actually a highlighter to be brushed lightly over the t-zone... After initially feeling a bit daft and vowing never to use it as blusher again, I'm afraid I've thrown her advice out the window and I'm doing what suits me!
If I'm honest, it seems a bit dark to be a highlighter, and as I'm fairly low-maintenance and like to do my make up quickly, I don't have the time to dust Dandelion lightly enough over my t-zone so that I don't look like a bit of a clown. So, I'm sticking with the blusher idea as I love it and it suits me (hopefully!).
I know that some people aren't a fan of the brush that comes with the packaging, but I like the thin rectangular shape as it's ideal for sweeping over the tops of your cheekbones to apply just the right amount quickly. While I do like Benefit packaging, I find that the Dandelion box isn't as ideal as a compact for throwing in your bag and reapplying later. My packaging is now dog-eared and one side of the lid is on its last legs. This could just be that I don't take enough care when carrying cosmetics around, but I can't be the only one!
At £23.50, Dandelion isn't cheap, but it does last me a long time!
REASON FOR PURCHASE...
I have always overlooked this product since it's not the most eye-catching colour out of the Benefit blusher boxes. At £23.50 it's no impulse buy! I finally own this blush / powder after spotting it for sale on an online beauty blogger's blog sale. The pretty packaging and large size, along with it's excellent reputation, were too much of a draw!
Benefit have redesigned the packaging for their famous blush and powder boxes in the last few years. The boxes are now mostly flip top, and have a small mirror inside. The draw back is that you now get slightly less product, with the powder pan weighing in at 0.28oz. Compared to other blushes on the market, this is still a generous size, and will last you a very long time.
What has always struck me as odd, is that Dandelions aren't pink! However, the Dandelion on this blush box is indeed pink, and the colour inside pretty much matches the colour of the picture on the box. I do enjoy the whimsical designs on all of the Benefit products, although I will say that the fact that these boxes are cardboard, does leave room for wear and tear over time. The boxes always end up with white marks where the colour has scraped off here and there.
Inside, these boxes always come with a little brush. While I wouldn't recommend using the brush as your first choice, but they're handy to have if you're on the go. I would recommend using a more rounded, or even an angled, blusher brush, for a bit more precision. Of course, you can also use this as an all over powder, in which case I'd go with a much bigger brush than a blush brush.
At first glance, the powder did seem quite pale to show up as a blusher. I immediately thought "Ahh. Too pale for blush, too dark for highlighter, and too pinky for a face powder... what am I going to do with this!?".
Luckily, I gave it a good try out and was soon converted!
WHAT BENEFIT SAY...
"Why we love it
This sheer ballerina pink finishing powder with a subtle shimmer takes your complexion from dull to radiant in an instant! To perk up throughout the day, dust on cheeks or all over face. Soft, natural-bristle blush brush included."
To make this work as a blusher, I tried a number of different techniques. If you have very very fair, porcelain skin, I would recommend applying this with a fairly light touch, with a fairly soft blusher brush. One coat should do the trick, then blend from the apples of your cheeks up to your temples.
For skin that is still light, but a touch more tanned, you can still benefit (haha, no pun intended!) from using this blush. But you will definitely need to rethink the usual blusher application process. I would recommend doing what I do, which is using quite a structured / firm blusher brush, and really rubbing the brush on the blusher pan to pick up a lot of product. You may also want to apply more than one coat. You would still want to take this blush up to your temple and blend a fair bit to get a natural look.
I haven't tried this blusher without foundation underneath, but I think it would be even less likely to show up. Foundation generally gives a plain base so that more colours and finishes would stand out. Without the foundation, you're probably going to get a very natural look, with just a hint of a flush.
I have tried this as well as an 'all over face powder'. For me, I felt that this left me looking a little too pink and glowy, although I must stress that it was still definitely wearable (just not my style!). As an all over powder you're best off going very lightly and using as big and delicate a powder brush as you have.
THE FINISHED LOOK
This is a surprisingly wearable every day blusher. Despite being quite a pale pink, there is just enough colour for it to show up and look natural but polished. It also seems to have a highlighting effect, giving you a healthy glow, and making sure that your powder doesn't look 'cakey'. There is a hint of a shimmer or sheen, but nothing drastic - no big chunks of glitter! This looks nice with quite natural makeup, but would also be a good choice if you're going for statement eyes, or statement lips.
The blush will last a good few hours (probably more, but I'm the sort of person who touches their face without realising a lot!). You can always have this one in your handbag with you since the mirror and the brush make it easy enough to reapply when you're on the go.
I probably have around 30 different blushers on the go at the moment, so it really says a lot that this is my current favourite! If you're the sort of person who will spend £20+ on a single item of makeup, I'd definitely recommend trying it out!
If you're more into very bold, statement colours like hot pinks, corals and reds, then this one probably won't get you very excited!
A perfectly natural every day product, a good size, and will last a good while in the pot and on your face!
Benefit Dandelion powder was one of the first Benefit products I ever bought and it is really long lasting. It comes in the usual Benefit square cardboard box which contains 100g of powder and a brush to apply it with.
Dandelion is a really pale pink powder which has a delicate perfume and goes on with a silky feel. This can be applied as a blusher on pale skin tones and can also be applied all over the face to brighten up your complexion. I find that it's a little too pale for me as a blusher and tend to only use it as such when I'm going for a no-make up look.
Although the powder is clearly pink in the box it isn't really highly pigmented so can be applied all over the face as a brightening powder. This really works to perk up a tired complexion.
I'd say this is one of Benefit's must have products and wouldn't be at all surprised if this were their biggest seller.
Benefit is one of those brands all us girls walk past in the shops and can't resist having a sneak sideways look at as we walk past. I say a sneaky sideways glance because of the price tag that comes alongside their products, but the fact we can't resist is because their cosmetics are some of the best and most innovative on the market.
I first started experimenting with Benefit products when I was in my teens at school. We all used to save up our saturday job money and buy the products then each day we would share them so we all got to experience as many as we possibly could! Nowdays I've learnt to be selfish with my make up simply for cleanliness reasons! Well and because I am just very selfish with my make up!
Dandelion was one of the first products I tried and bought in my teens and has remained impossible to replace in my make up bag. It's described as a 'perk me up face powder' in a beautiful ballerina pink shade. My reasons for first purchasing this was to use it as a blusher. Like many people I have pale skin so I have to be careful with blusher in order to stop myself looking like a drag queen or like I'm blushing the deepest shade of crimson ever! This was perfect for my skin tone as a teen, it's soft and subtle and when you layer it up you can deepen it's shade on your cheekbones so it looks very natural and pretty. Ballerina style.
Over the years I've learnt the celeb secrets about this product and it's why I swear by it, along with a whole line of my friends too. This magical poweder has multiple uses. Yes I use it as a blusher for that natural look but also for another reason too. The whole magic behind this product is the fact that it's a radiance booster. I've realised if you don't layer it on your cheekbones with a good two or three dustings then you wont really look like you have any colour on your cheeks at all. So in my experience it's best to do just this, put two or three dustings on and lightly brush across your cheek bones until you acheive the desired shade. Whats great about this powder is because it's so fine and has light reflecting 'shimmer' type pigments you can keep layering it up until you get the sahde that you want. It's ideal because you can have a natural minimal amount for daytime and then more applied at night time for a party look.
The fact that it's a radiance booster also means if you sweep it loosely over your whole face you get that lovely fixed, picture perfect matte look that you see on the celebs. It really is perfect in making you feel very happy with your reflection (skin tone wise!).
My personal advice for using this product is to use it differently depending on the occasion. For everyday wear use two or three dustings on your cheeks and if you are looking to particularly impress then loosely dust your face too. However if it's a special occasion or night out etc then I would recommend a few more cheek dustings and a full face dusting too. I would also then apply two dustings of a bronzer on the cheek bones to compliment the shade. It's simply too pale to really highlight your cheekbones to that 'night out' standard.
The great thing about this product is that it does stay on for long enough. Many products in the cosmetic market quote one exciting claim and often don't live up to standard. This product is very reliable though. I ofetn find if I'm just pottering around at home then I wont re-apply it all day, juts it's initial application in the morning is enough to get me through the day. Although it is gone by later afternoon/evening and has slowly come off over the course of the day. However on a nightout or if I was out for the day and wanted to look my best I would advise a 4 hour re-application. If your shopping though, do be careful because it does rub off on clothes which is annoying!
This product comes in a beautiful little square box and comes compete with face brish on top. When I first used Dandelion I found the brush perfect for application and therefore saved myself some money and used that to apply it. Now though I have realised the benefits in having a proper, good quality blusher brush and now use this to apply the Dandelion powder to my face. I do always keep the brush in the box though in case I ever need it. The fact that the brush is included adds value to the product.
The packaging is sweet and girlie and matches the Ballerina pink shade with pale green for a cute little design. It's always noticeable and I have recognised glances from others when applying it because all girls recognise the packaging!
The price of this face powder is £23.50 and you get 0.35oz. Which doesn't sound a lot for the money but it actually lasts for ages. I would say I get a full years use out of mine, maybe slightly less but still £23.50 for a years worth of use is fabulous in my opinion.
Dandelion can be purchased from all good department stores like John Lewis, Boots etc or visit their website for more details www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk
The only thing I would advise is if your going to visit the make-up counter take your credit card because you will never come away with just the one product! There are simply too many enticing products offered by Benefit!
This was the first Benefit product I bought, years ago. I'd wanted to try the Benefit range for some time and when I saw this on offer on my birthday (so just happened to have a few pounds extra in my pocket) I went for it.
What it says on the box
"Finely spun with delicate mauves and pinks, this exquisite brightening face powder leaves a petal like finish" So we are obviously talking subtle here, not a bright pop of colour. Which is what I would expect as Benefit say you can use this all over your face for a 'perk me up'.
What you get.
A lovely little retro square box in a pretty green with a pink(ish) dandelion seed head portrayed on the box. The box looks lovely and cute on a dressing table or shelf, but is a little bulky to carry around with you. Inside is a sturdy plastic powder protector which prevents the product degrading through prolonged contact with the air, and also keeps any dustiness from escaping to 'decorate' the box or the inside of your make up bag. What I like about this plastic barrier is that it has a little lip around the edges, so the plastic is supported by the box and doesn't rest directly on the powder. This stops the powder being worn away by the little micro-movements of the plastic against the product as it is carried around or jostled about in a drawer. It also means that your brush is always easy to get out of the box staying in the same place no matter how low (or what shape - I always get a dip in the middle no matter how I try not to) the powder gets in the pan.
Nestled on top of the plastic tray is a perfectly fitting brush, it has a good dense soft natural bristle brush a bit like a squared off kabuki brush. I have used Dandelion with another brush, a less dense powder brush, and this works well if you just want a subtle sweep the product all over, but as a blusher I find the brush that comes with it to be perfect. Providing a good shape to get a more precise application of powder high up on the cheeks following the cheek bone rather than the apple. It works well to buff into the apples of the cheek too if that is where you prefer to apply your blusher. It's a lovely size too to use when the Dandelion is all used up to carry in your bag for use with your face powder if you use it, or with other blushers. I've had mine for a long time, and with careful washing and drying (in teatree shampoo, followed with conditioner and rinsed really well) it's as good as new. I doesn't moult and it's as good as a separately bought professional brush (in my opinion).
The Powder itself
On opening there is a lovely scent, a little sweet but not sickly, slightly floral but not overly so, and a little powder. It's quite subtle but very attractive, and this scent has remained throughout the use of the product. I've had it for two years now and still have some left, the scent has faded slightly recently but I'm impressed that it is still there even now. Once applied the scent isn't obvious there is a very faint whiff of it but that fades to nothing within a few minutes, which is good in my opinion as I don't want the scents from my cosmetics competing with potentially contrasting sprays or perfumes that I've chosen to wear. I'm sure there is a recommended length of time to use this as there is with all make up. However it still works well, doesn't smell 'weird' I keep the brush clean so it doesn't seem to have grown any mutant bacteria that make spots pop up or rashes bloom.
In the pan the product is a pretty, delicate dusky pink. I'm not a pink person but it I had to choose a shade to live with it would be this. There appears to be a very subtle silvery gleam within the powder, it's almost not there and certainly doesn't comprise of any visible bits of glitter or shimmer, it just seems to be a natural property of the powder, a bit like the shimmer of young or well moisturised skin. If I stroke my finger across the powder a good colour is apparent immediately showing that it is well endowed with pigment, however the 'gleam' to me isn't now apparent and it looks an alarmingly chalky pink. However once it's spread on the skin the chalkiness disappears but in my opinion so does the gleam to a great extent.
How it looks on my skin
I'm very pale skinned with some light freckles (in summer) so how the product looks on my skin may not be the same as on yours if your complexion is different. So how does it look on a pasty Welsh woman? Not so bad, if I use the brush that came with the product I only need to sweep it back and forth a few times over the block to get enough product to create a nice flush of colour on both cheeks. I sometimes need to add a little bit more, but not much too much and the colour becomes too heavy and looses it's pretty look. For me this isn't a colour to build and add more of for a 'night time' look. It's at its best when used for a natural look, the colour can become a little chalky looking if loaded on. Others say that the colour is too sheer and pale and they need to apply loads to get any visible difference. It all depends on how apparent you like your blusher to be, and the starting shade of your skin. Benefit recommend that if you want to use it to create a longer lasting and slightly more dramatic 'pop' of colour to layer it over Posietint.
I hadn't used the powder all over my face for years, as I think I was a bit heavy handed the first time I tried it and looked a bit puce. However in the interests of this review I tried again both using the brush supplied and a soft (less densely packed 'hair') powder brush. Both methods gave a lovely fresh alive look to my face, I've also used this on my sister who has a slightly sallow complexion and this helps to cancel it out somewhat giving a brighter complexion on her too. If using the provided brush I need to be careful not to overload, and tap off any excess before applying, the powder brush gave a more subtle look more easily.
The overall look whether as blusher or all over the face as a brightener is fairly matt, if you don't overdo it it's a very natural matt that doesn't give a dead flat look.
If you are less pale than me then you may be able to get away with adding more layers until you reach a look you like, my preferred look consisted of one light application. I don't look made up just a bit more perky. Which is fine by me, I've been mistaken for an elderly goth before because of my preference for dark clothes, long dark hair and a complexion that Morticia Adams would think too pale, I didn't mind this gothic assumption, in fact I took it as a compliment, however the healthy pink glow this gives me is most welcome and gives the natural look I prefer.
Longevity on the skin
for me about 3 or 4 hours, so if I want to maintain the look all day I would have to reapply. As my bag is quite capacious there is no problem carrying the blusher with me. If you have a smaller bag or just don't want to lug around the fairly hefty box then perhaps you could load up the brush and take just that (wrapped in some plastic), it's not a perfect solution but it does work if you apply carefully and tap out the brush and blend well once you have the initial shot of colour. To be honest I can't usually be bothered with either and just accept that I'll look more pasty in the afternoon than in the morning.
I can see why this product is amongst Benefits best sellers. It does what it sets out to do, it's not edgy or fashion led, but it's a safe bet that it will make most pale skins look fresh and healthy.
A few details price etc.
The product weighs 10g and costs a whopping £23.50 if bought on the high street, if you source it on the internet then take care to buy from a reputable source as fake Benefit products are rife. If you source this from America or buy while on holiday you will notice that the box is sometimes (confusingly not always) slightly different, in that the lid lifts like a 'compact' design but retaining the deep box format with the whole deep lid lifting, also there is a mirror in the lid. I've not yet been able to source this product more cheaply (from a reliable source) but 'Gossmakeupartist' who is very trustworthy on Youtube recommends Superdrugs range 'Me Me Me' blusher in 'pink' it comes in the same sort of packaging, with the same sort of brush, and has a mirror to boot.
Although I really like this powder there's no way I would pay £23.50 for any blusher/finishing powder. For me blusher isn't an important step of my make up, and I'm just as happy dotting a suitable lipstick on my cheeks and rubbing in as using a more expensive dedicated product. So thumbs up for quality, amount of product you get and final look, but thumbs down for longevity on skin, portability and price. I have seen some decent offers with Benefit so if you really like this it would be worth looking out for these as it can reduce the overall cost significantly, the down side is you usually have to buy other products to qualify for the offers.
I've taken off two stars for the price and longevity. The powder itself for me would get 4.
Okay so being a pale girl (mac C15) I really struggle when it comes to finding the right blush without having that 'over done' look, however this is perfect!
The product itself is a soft baby pink powder with very fine, almost unnoticeable golden flecks/shimmer which looks lovely on paler skin tones, if your darker this powder might not be for you as it might not show up. It also has no offensive smell.
The packaging is a really cute hard card box with a dandelion on the front, the lovely part about it is the brief instructions on the back about how to use it, the cons about the packaging is that as its card it can get quite shabby and scruffy being in a makeup bag. It also comes with a small pink brush that isn't the softest however does apply the blusher nicely and would be ideal for traveling.
I think the price of £23.50 is quite expensive, but it does have 10g of product and will last a fairly long time.
so after all that would I recommend it? yes! :)
I was bought this as part of a set with 'You Rebel' as I have said in my other reviews when I buy makeup I like to look as natural as possible on a day to day basis and I keep the heavier products for a big night out. This powder comes in a square green container which contains 11g of powder along with a small brush to apply it. This powder costs £23.50 from Benefit. You can find Benefit online and in large department stores.
Benefit describe this powder as a 'little pick me up' which will take your skin 'from dull to radiant in an instant'. When you open the box the powder is a very plae pink colour and you can see it has a subtle shimmer. To use you simply run the brush over the powder, dust off the excess and apply on your cheeks or all over your face for a brighter complextion.
I personally like to apply this all over my face. I have quite fair skin and I found that this really brightened my face up. It added a subtle shimmer which was visible under certain lights. It also highlighted my cheeks. I very rarely use blusher as I find that it doesn't suit me. I also loved the fact that the brush in this powder is made of natural bristles it is really soft on the skin.
I would recommend this for paler skins, it does not have enough colour for darker skins. It lasts for ages even when you use it day to day, you get a good years use out of it. It even has a nice floral smell. I would give this 5 out of 5 it is by far the best powder I have tried. It is worth paying the extra for.
****Benefit dandelion ****
Put the words benefit and sale together and you have something I cant resist!!
Benefit is quite a high end makeup brand that is sold in department stores such as Debenhams and online at the official site. The normal price is £22.50 but I got 10% off when I bought it at house of fraisers.
This comes in a small thick green cardboard box with a picture of a dandelion on the front. One thing I really like about this is the fact you get a brush that fits inside the product. I am REALLY bad when it comes to loosing brushes so having it inside means I can use the product and stick it straight back in. As brushes go it is quite good quality compared to the normal type of brushes you get free with makeup sets etc.
This goes on really light and it is great for creating a nce glow to your face. Its not that noticable on (more a highlighter than blush) but I think sometimes that can be a good thing - I know loads of people that would benefit from this!!If I am having a blemish free day(it happens sometimes :P) I even use this on its own just to even out my skintone. This is a great product and I think that it compares well to my mac lustre drops- does the same thing for me,works out cheaper and is not limited edition.
Overall this is a great product-still not my no1 benefit product though-i dont see anything replacing coralista but If you are looking for a nice highlighter than this is it!!
I first came across this product as I succumbed to the sales lady at Kendals in Manchester. I am pale and sickly looking and find it quite difficult to get that natural look without plastering myself in makeup. She suggested that I try this product and boy was I blown away. It gives the cutest pink hue and it makes your skin glow. You can dust it all over your face and collarbone. The pressed powder looks particulary great if you use it on the apples of your cheeks and on your nose. If you end up putting too much on a great tip is to press two fingers onto where you've applied which will take off the excess.
It even smells great, a bit like love hearts and the aroma will last subtly throughout the day.
The only downsides are your have to be really careful when you wash your applicator brush because if you don't dry it properly the black coating on the grip handle will peel and crack when you use it again. So not only do you end up with a healthy glow but you also end up with black flecks everywhere which is annoying. I ended up throwing mine away.
The packaging on this product is not as nice as the other powders in the Benefit range but that is not really a problem.
It is quite pricey but I have yet to find a high street product that comes close to this and for that reason it is more than worth the splurge.
Start your day the 'perk-me-up' way, and keep them guessing how you look so pretty this early in the morning / Dust on our soft, pink, perk-me-up powder for instant radiance and a youthful appearance / It's the perfect shade of pink that brightens everyone's complexion without looking powdery or chalky / Tips and tricks: Sweep the brush across the powder a few times, then tap off any excess / Brush lightly on to the apples of your cheeks in an outward motion / For the final touch, lightly brush all over your complexion /