Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Am I Blushing?
Member Name: sparkle1004
Advantages: Gives a natural, pretty colour to the cheeks
Disadvantages: The price
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.
Summary: A lovely blusher which adds a flush of colour to the cheeks