Product Type: Benefit makeup
Newest Review: ... 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. ... more
A subtle, wearable blusher that gives paler skin a healthy glow!
Member Name: debbie41176
Advantages: mirror and brush for applying on the go, large pot, very pretty and natural
Disadvantages: quite expensive for what it is, not ideal for very dark skin tones, the packaging wears easily
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!
Summary: A very natural, pale pink, every day blusher. One of my all time favourites!