Over the past three months, i've been using this nearly every day. Its a gorgeous cool toned blush, with just the right amount of sheen for me.
The blush itself costs 23.50 so it definately isn't cheap, but I do feel it is worth the money. The packaging for example is beautiful. A heavy cardboard box with a picture of what I feel dusk looks like when the sky decides to be utterly beautiful. Opening it up, you get a small fluffy brush and then a beautifully pattered powder underneath. It has 8 different sections, in a swirl pattern, with 4 different shades (two of each). I also find it smells pretty great too
I've actually never used the brush benefit provide, preffering my own fluffy brush, which when swirled around the box picks up exactly enough of the powder for my cheeks. I find that it produces a beautiful subtle natural pink and makes my cheeks look very defined.
The blush is easy to blend, with fingers or a brush (I use my brush for convenience sakes) and it doesn't come out patchy nor leave my skin irritated or cause breakouts. I've also found using a small brush in the pale sections produces a beautiful highlighter which works incredibly with the blush.
For me this blush is going straight into the rebuy pile
This blusher isn't cheap. It's £23.50!
The blusher comes presented in the most adorable packaging and you get a free brush inside the box. The brush is nothing special and it's flat in shape. The bristles also lose their grip on the brush so after a few uses they either fall out or droop to the side. This effects the results so I would recommend using a better quality brush when you use the blusher. This often results in a long lasting effect.
The blusher contains four different shades that when mixed together create one look. The shades are all lovely. They're a mixture of pinks and roses and there's also a nice light colour in there as well. You can use the blusher in two ways. You can either swirl all of the colours around to make one colour or you can focus on individual colours and use a SMALL brush to apply them. You can then use the colour on your eyelids to make an eyeshadow, so you don't have to use this just on your cheeks. You can also use the colours as eyeliners.
The blusher smells nice, it has a subtle scent to it that I would describe as quite sweet. It lasts ages too. I had my Bella Bamba blusher for well over a year before I used it all up. It keeps well too and the box is strong and sturdy.
Overpriced - Yes. Good quality - Yes.
This review is centred upon the Benefit's blusher called 'Hervana'. I have a few Benefit products in my makeup bag but I can't really afford to buy them with my student loan which is why I was extra greatful when my sister purchased this product and then realised that she didn't like it as the colour was too bright for her and she isn't used to wearing much makeup and found this blusher too overwhelming. I have the Texas Benefit face powder and use it all the time and it lasts for ages so I had high expectations for this powder also.
The blusher comes in such a cute blue/purple box. Underneath the lid is a handy compact mirror which is good for if you are applying this on-the-go! The blusher also comes with it's own brush. The style of the brush is a proper blusher brush but I find that the bristles are not the right texture to get an even amount of product to apply to the cheekbones. I also find that the bristles fan out too much and the powder ends up all over my face which is never a good look.
Inside, the powder is seperated into three different colours. One is a dark purple/pink colour, another is a peach colour and the final colour is a paler peach colour. The idea is that the colours can mix together to create a natural looking blush. I think that the paler of the three colours i.e. just the peach and the paler peach colour would make a much better colour without the deep pink as I think it is too overpowering and takes over the lighter tones instead of mixing with them and complementing them.
The powder itself is very soft and it not heavy so it does apply quite nicely when using the correct brush but in my opinion the colour just is not natural and is not worth the full price of £23.50 that my sister paid for it. I have had much better blushers for less than half of the price of this one which offer natural colour tones and even come with better brushes!
I'd say that the best thing about this product is the cute packaging complete with the halo graphic on the top of the box otherwise I'd say that this product is quite poor and that much better ones can be found for a fraction of the cost
I am a little bit afraid of blusher because I blush so much naturally when I am embarrassed or flustered. I bought Sugarbomb by Benefit about a year ago because it seemed like a more subtle way to add colour to your cheeks, rather than just full on pink. I'd been getting along swimmingly with it but then got distracted by Benefit's new creation called Hervana.
What does the product do?
The product is described by Benefit as being a Good Karma face powder for those who are seeking a flush of enlightenment. Put more simply, it is a blusher which has been created using four different shades of pink which blend together to create the perfect blush on your cheeks.
The Shades and Aroma
The four different shades have each been given a rather cute name and these are Lucky Shell, Divine Peach, Heavenly Rose and Berry Delight. When the shades are blended together, they become an Orchid Blossom Blush. An aroma isn't always necessary in make up products but it is something that Benefit like to add. This one has a floral aroma as I think Benefit are going down the rose theme. It is quite strong in the box and although you can smell it as you apply the product, you can't smell it once it is on the skin.
How do you use the product?
The product can be worn alone to add a flush of colour to the face or it can be worn as finishing touch to your make up. I use it as the later on top of my foundation and mattifying powder. Using the brush, you swirl the colours together and then sweep the blusher across the apple of your cheeks and along the cheekbones.
The powder comes in a little square box which is the same as all the other bronzers and blushers by Benefit. This box has a cosmic sky scene on it with some clouds and it has been created using dark colours and pinks. The box has a mirror in the lid which means that you can apply on the go and the lid is a flip top rather than one you pull off so you don't need to worry about it coming off in your handbag.
Inside the lid there is a lovely soft little brush which has a purple base that you can use to apply the product unless you have one of your own old faithful applicator brushes. The bristles are slanted in order to achieve a more even application. The blushers are set out in a similar way to Sugarbomb, except this time the colours have been split in half to leave eight swirls of colours with each one being opposite their 'twin.'
The product isn't cheap as it comes in the same price range as the other blushers and bronzers. It will cost you around £23 and it is available from any large department store which has a Benefit stand and also from a variety of online websites. Although this is expensive, if my other similar purchases are anything to go by, then it will last you well over a year.
I really like using the included brush for my Perfect 10 bronzer/highlighter because you use a different technique with it. When I use the included brush on this product then I twist the brush around in a full circle but I have found that this kicks up some powder and it leaves lots of loose powder in the pot. I prefer to use one of my own rounded soft brushes as I feel like I'm getting a better mix of the colours.
If you give the brush a gentle blow after swirling, you'll find that you won't get any dustings of colour on your clothes or where it shouldn't be on the face. The colour appears instantly so you won't need to work too hard to get the desired results. You can use your fingers to blend in the colour so that you don't get harsh edges. The colour lasts all day long although the handy packaging means that you can reapply the product easily if you are moving from day into night without going home. The product hasn't caused any irritations or blemishes on my spot prone skin and it is easily removed with my usual face wash or, if I'm being lazy, face wipe.
The product gives more colour to the cheeks than Sugarbomb but it isn't as full on as Coralista. It gives you a definite pop of colour but one that remains natural looking and that blends into your skin tone quite well. You can over apply the colour as it does build up with applications so take care and don't go overboard. The colour has a matte finish and isn't shimmery so it makes it perfect for day wear.
The overriding colour on my cheeks is the Heavenly Rose. That being said, I do seem to have a slightly different shade of pink with each use, depending on how I've mixed the colours, and it also looks different on my friend's skin tone. Another one of my friends who has skin much darker than mine found the product had little impact on their skin so this isn't a product that will suit everyone.
All in all, this product is a midway point between those who love to blush and those are afraid too. It won't be strong enough for you if you love a truly evident colour but there is more than enough colour for me. It is buildable and long lasting and the packaging means it can be applied on the go. It is definitely there but still natural enough for me to love it. This is another lovely product from Benefit.
Today I am reviewing beneFits new boxed powder - Hervana
I love the box design of this, it's very spiritual and heaven-y which I guess makes sense since its called Hervana. I got this in america and I'm not quite sure whether it is out in the UK yet, I'm pretty sure it is though so you can get it at any place that sells BeneFit cosmetics so, Boots, Debenhams and other department stores for the price of £23.50 which goes for all their boxed powders too.
Now I have a bit of an issue with benefit cosmetics as you will know if you have read any of my other benefit reviews. They have some AMAZING products, e.g tints, perfumes, creaseless cream eyeshadows etc. But they also have some products that are to be honest, totally and utterly useless.
Hervana is similar to beneFits boxed powder called sugarbomb because it has a mixture of colours in, to create one blended together colour for your face. Like all beneFit powders it does come with a brush. Now these brushes are OK normally, but I do not tend to use them as I don't like how they actually apply the product onto my face. But what is different about the hervana brush is that it is actually a lot softer than the other brushes that have come with previous powders. If you're travelling, it's handy because it fits neatly in the box and doesn't take up any extra room.
This powder is also one with the new style of box, I really don't like this style of packaging, I just hate it ! I wish they would go back to the original style of packaging, it was so much better !!
First thing is they have included a mirror !! Woo hoo !! I've never seen myself in a mirror before !! I'm joking. Yeah, it's fine they have included a mirror but to be honest, I don't need one that is this useless. It's tiny for a start and when you swirl the brush in the powder all flies up and lands on the mirror which is more than annoying. Also, wherever I am I generally have a mirror, I'm either at home in my bedroom, in the car, or out somewhere where I can go to the toilet and they will have a mirror in there.
Also, when you are closing it, the sides sometimes end up in the inside of the box and gouge really horribly into the powder, pretty much ruining it. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it so much !!
According to beneFit - 'Achieve hervana! Swirl these blissful shades together & sweep on your cheekbones for an enlightened flush.' Interesting description ?!
Whats also new is that beneFit have actually named the individual colours in the powder which is very surprising to me personally. Firstly is lucky shell which is a very sort of beige/white colour rather than a shell, the next one is divine peach which essentially is a very warm peach with some brown tones in it. Thirdly there is heavenly rose which is a muted rose shade and the last one is berry delight which looks more purple than berry toned. They all have shimmer and the shell colour looks to have larger pieces of shimmer but on my face it's pretty much the same. The pigmentation of these is very sheer and the overall effect is a very soft, slightly warm tinted pink. I really like the colour but I don't think it is uniue enough in an extremely saturated market. It's slightly different because it is not a straight up, solid colour but the actual effect reached, I can probably find a similar colour in the drugstore.
It's great for spring because the colours are light and soft and slightly shimmery. Another great thing is the smell, they smell like iced tea !! Overall this is a really nice glow giving powder but it's not something that when I run out, I am going to have to go and get a new one straight away. But I do really like it though.
Seeking a flush of enlightenment? Swirl on Benefit Hervana Good Karma Face Powder! Four complementary shades: Lucky Shell, Divine Peach, Heavenly Rose & Berry Delight / blend together perfectly for an orchid blossom blush / What goes around / comes around / Directions for use: Achieve Hervana! Swirl these blissful shades together & sweep on your cheekbones for an enlightened flush /