“ Brand: Benefit / Powders / Type: Foundation / Subcategory: Powder „
Powderazzi, a collection of 'famous face powders', is a product made by the American cosmetics company Benefit. I'd never heard of this particular product until reading a review on Dooyoo, but once I'd read the review decided I simply had to get hold of it. I had a good excuse - my one blusher, a 17 shade I'd had since I was about 16, was finally giving up the ghost, and although I use Benetint most days, I like to have a blusher or two to give me some variety.
I found that when searching for Powderazzi online, I was unable to obtain it at either Boots, Debenhams or the Benefit site itself. Not wanting to make a purchase from eBay, for fear of ending up with a fake, I went straight to the American Benefit site, where I managed to obtain the product for the dollar equivalent of around £25. The product took longer to arrive than it would had I ordered it from the UK - quite a few weeks in fact - but I got a couple of little samples too, and as I ordered another item alongside it I also ended up with a free eyeshadow.
The Powderazzi box is square and made of thick hardwearing cardboard. As it contains three powders plus a little brush, it is larger than your average blusher, being nearly 3" or 8cm square. To be perfectly honest I'm really not keen on the design: it is quirky and unusual, typical of Benefit, but unlike many of the other products in the range, which have a bit of a retro or vintage feel about them, this packaging is a bit chavvy, with a pink metallic cushion effect alongside shiny gold. The box carries the name of the product and the Benefit brand alongside the names of the three face powders included in the set: Dallas, Coralista and Hoola.
Inside the box, there are the three face powders, each just over 3cm or 1" square. In the fourth space there is a little soft brush. I'll say now that despite initial misgivings, I've found the brush to be perfectly adequate when applying each of the powders - lessening the need to carry a blusher brush around with Powderazzi. The brush, despite being little, is obviously good quality and never sheds any bristles. The powders are lightly perfumed, which perturbed me at first and I did worry if they would be suitable for my sensitive skin - however I haven't had any problems.
I'll now discuss each of the face powders in turn:
This is the coral-pink face powder included in the pack. It's the most obvious one in the pack, being a bright coral pink and very pigmented. As I have very pale skin, I'm careful not to apply too much, and find it gives a lovely effect, not too obvious but highlighted and flushed. It's the blusher to use if you want a pink colour that looks grownup and not too girly. Probably my favourite out of all the face powders, I wear it to work or when I'm going out.
Dallas is the face powder that gives "an outdoor glow for an indoor gal" and is apparently a combination of bronzer and blush. I'm certainly an "indoor gal" and this powder makes me look more alive and glowing. At first I wasn't sure which face powder was Hoola and which one was Dallas, but soon worked it out - Dallas is the browny-purple one while Hoola is more of a straight brown. As Dallas is quite dark, I wondered if it would be suitable for my ghostly pale skin, but so long as I am VERY careful with how much I apply, often only touching the powder with the brush before applying it to my cheeks, I can produce a good effect. I tend to use it in the evening, as it produces a deeper look than Coralista, and I find it goes really well with the 'smoky eyes' look with it's purple hue.
Hoola is the bronzing powder and can be used all over your face and even on your body. It is the brownest of the face powders, and creates a matte effect. Although you can use it all over your face, I tend to apply it only to my cheeks, as the point of the powder is to create a tan, which is NOT something I want. I do, however, need some sort of colour on my cheeks (whether that be brown, red or pink) or else I look like a corpse, and this is where Hoola comes in. I apply this powder as lightly as I do Dallas, touching the powder with the brush and dabbing it onto my cheeks, and the powder gives me a healthy glow. I find it works especially well in the summer months, when a healthy bronzed glow is kind of expected. To be honest this powder is my least favourite of the three, but it does have it's uses!
Overall, I really like Powderazzi, despite it's dubious packaging, and although it is rather pricey I feel it will last absolutely ages. My last blusher lasted me about 7 years and that was only a Boots 17 one. With three shades, each about the same size as the Boots one, this powder set will probably last far longer. The powders are all of excellent quality, are easy to apply, and last for ages on the skin - you can definitely tell you are using a good quality product. Even the brush included in the pack is excellent quality, and normally these included brushes are rubbish.
Powderazzi is suitable, I believe, for almost all skin types, even the extra pale like me - it just means you have to be even more careful when applying the product, and the upside is that it will last longer as you're using less of it. If you have darker skin you should be able to apply the powders without looking like a clown! I do recommend the product, but unfortunately it isn't available any more, even on the American Benefit site - your best bet is eBay, if you're brave enough.
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I've fair skin, even in the height of summer, but in winter or when I'm ill/stressed/tired I struggle to find a foundation light enough to wear.
Despite this I constantly use two out of the three powders, and this set inspired me to buy those products full sized. I rarely use Dallas as it is a bit too dark (except in summer), so in a sense POWDERAZZI has saved me from a £22.50 impulse buy ;)
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The Powderazzi set
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POWDERAZZI contain's two of Benefit's biggest selling blushes and their infamous bronzer in one palette with a brush, so it's ideal for keeping in your bag or car.
It is a wonderful way to test out Benefit's bestsellers without having to invest in the full size products.
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In this set
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CORALISTA - a pink/peach. Has a light golden gleam.
HOOLA - light/medium bronze. Sheer, with a matt finish.
DALLAS - medium dusky pink/bronze. Slight shimmer.
* Is more pigmented than the other two, so be careful when applying.
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The square packaging is made from a thick card, so it is light, easy to hold, and won't crack into sharp fragments.
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Other buying considerations
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This was a limited edition set for Christmas 2009, but some shops still have it in stock, so it's worth phoning your nearest Benefit stockist (Boots and Debenhams) to check.
Benefit is famous for quirky, original products, and this fits right in with that theme. Benefit have put together some of their most popular face powders, and sold them in a set, which it bills as 'Powderazzi: A glamourous entourage of famous face powders seen on stars worldwide'. Powderazzi contains an matte bronzer (Hoola), a shimmery bronzer (Dallas), a coral toned blush (Coralista), and a small, soft powder brush.
The packaging is lovely, it is a small square with a square lid. The lid is pink, and has a quilt pattern, with an oval with the word 'Powderazzi' inside. It's quite eye catching, and looks really good on my dressing table. It costs £25, which is very good value seeing as it lasts forever (I bought mine 6 months ago, and I'm only really noticing that any of it has gone now, and I use it pretty much everyday).As well as this, the powders won't break apart if you drop it (important for me, I'm the clumsiest person in the world). It also smells quite nice as well, which is weird, but give it a sniff, it smells really good!
Inside, there are four small squares. One contains Hoola, which is a matte bronzer. I didn't find this dark enough at all for a bronzer, and use it as an all over face powder! However, for pale people, this could be used as a bronzer. It sets foundation really well, and doesn't leave your skin with that horrible powdery look that some cheaper powders can give. I can't comment on it's prowess as a bronzer, as I use it all over.
Another sqaure contains Dallas, a shimmery bronzer. I love Dallas, as I think it would probably suit most skintones. It doesn't make you look orange, just gives a nice, subtly bronzed glow, and is perfect for highlighting cheekbones, and looks lovely swept over your forehead and nose (all the areas the sun hits first).
In the square next to this is Coralista, a coral toned blush. This really does suits medium to pale skintimes, if you have a very olive, brown, or black complexion, I wouldn't recommend this product, as it's not strong enough in colour. However, for those with medium or lighter skintones, it gives you a healthy glow on the apples of your cheeks, it makes you look fresher and healthier.
The final square contains the soft powder brush. I'm not usually a fan of the brushes that come with blusher sets, but I really like this one. I wouldn't recommend using it with Hoola, because you really need a large brush to make it even, and not apply too much. However, this brush is great when using Dallas and Coralista, as it's really soft so it sweeps easily over your skin, and makes it easier to apply the powders so they look natural. It's great for helping to blend the powders.
Overall, I'd say this was a great product, especially for those with medium skintones(i.e. not really really pale, and not really really dark. For those with especially dark skintones, I'd say this isn't the product for you, as at least one of the powders won't really be right for your skintone. For those whose skintone does suit it though, it's excellent. The powder stays on throughout the day (and night if you need it too), and doesn't clog your pores at all (which some say is a concern with benefit products).
I love Benefit cosmetics but unfortunately they are rather pricey so I tend to not purchase anything from the range very often. I have always loved the look of the cheek powders, and have often read good things about them. However, priced at £23.50 for 11-12g for each shade, they are something I have never bought. It's quite a lot of money to me for one powder, and I wouldn't want to wear the same shade each day. Thankfully at Christmas they brought out Benefit's Powderazzi. This featured 3 smaller versions of some of the best of their cheek powders, and was priced about the same as the cost of one of the solo ones! This went straight onto my Christmas wish list, and thankfully my boyfriend took the hint.
Inside Powderazzi there are Hoola, Coralista and Dallas powders each giving off a different finish. Powderazzi comes packaged in thick cardboard; you lift the lift to reveal the 3 powders and a small brush inside. I didn't think the brush would be any good but it's been great, and just the right side to sweep each powder across my cheeks, and it's great for blending the powders in too. The packaging has quite a pink and gold theme going on; it certainly fits in well with the rest of Benefit's quirky range.
These famous face powders have been great, and I can certainly tell these are high quality! I have a very pale skin tone, and at first I was very hesitate about using a couple of these powders, one of them is a bronzer and the other is a very dark pink, but they have all blended into my skin really well and they always give off the desired effect brilliantly.
** CORALista **
CORALista was marketed as a 'tropical' pink powder. I always love bright pink powders and this certainly is pink! It's a lovely coral pink with a nice shimmer to it, and I could tell instantly I would love this one. I dab a little onto my brush before sweeping across my cheeks and they give off such a nice pink glow afterwards! It's easy to blend in, but because of the colour of this powder I don't often use it on other area's as I would do with a bronzer, such as the nose, chin or brow bone. I'm not sure if CORALista has been discontinued by Benefit as it's not on their website, however plenty of other beauty websites are still selling this, and some at much cheaper prices than others so if you fancy grabbing this one on its own, then take a good look around first.
** Hoola **
Hoola is one I was certainly hesitant about using. Because of my very pale skin tone I don't usually use bronzers too much as they are sometimes hard to blend in, and I end up look white with random brown patches on my face! Thankfully though Hoola has been a pleasure to use and I love this powder. It's a matte bronzing powder so there is no shimmer with this one, and Benefit assure that this will warm up even the palest of complexions and I do agree with that. I love using this on my cheeks, and I gently dab some on my nose, chin and brow bones. It's so easy to blend in and it looks completely natural on my skin, the best bronzer I have ever used on my pale face! In the cold winter months its the best bronzer to give some warmth to your skin.
** Dallas **
Dallas is a quirky 'cow girl' themed powder. In reality this is a dark pink powder, and is almost a mix of bronzer and blusher and it does this really well. Benefit say Dallas is an "outdoor glow for an indoor gal" and the mix of bronzer and blusher is spot on, giving off a lovely natural glow. Again despite my pale face, this blends in nicely and really gives more warmth to my skin tone. I also use this powder not just on my cheeks, but also my nose, chin and brow bone. It makes me look so much more healthier in the good winter months, people often ask if I'm feeling well if I don't add some form of cheek colour to my skin, this isn't the case when I'm wearing Dallas!
Powderazzi is no longer on sale by Benefit however, there are still some websites out there selling it and it's available on eBay. It's a shame they don't keep making this as I would love to buy it again rather than shelling out on the 3 powders separately, which would cost nearly £70, but this set only cost £25 letting people use all 3 of these famous powders in a smaller form.
This is an excellent product from Benefit, and if like me, you don't want to spend a lot of money trying out just one of these powders, then have a good look around for Powderazzi. I've actually seen it on eBay for around the £11 mark so I'm tempted to buy another to stock up!