Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder ($28.00 for 0.17 oz.) is described as a “rose gold.” Rose gold is a fairly apt way to describe it; it’s a mix of pink, beige, and brown with slight warm undertones and a satiny shimmer. It is darker than rose gold to me; and of course, the low shimmer makes it less shiny and metallic. There is a very sparkly overlay that can be brushed away after one use (or, if you prefer, brushed away before using). MAC Taste Your Senses is a cream product, less shimmery. Edward Bess Secret Affair is lighter, pinker. Tom Ford Love Lust is more shimmery, pinker. Urban Decay Naked Flushed is more matte, pinker. MAC Stereo Rose is slightly lighter, more shimmery. MAC Light Year is lighter, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

The texture is softer than any Box o’ Powder I’ve tried, and frankly, the texture feels quite different than the other shades, too. It is sumptuously soft and velvety, and it almost feels like an incredibly finely-milled baked product.  It has a baked feel, but it’s more finely-milled and smoother than traditional baked products. It’s rather like Laura Mercier’s Illuminators and Estee Lauder’s Gelees.  The color payoff was true-to-pan and buildable, so it could be applied at full intensity or applied with a lighter hand for something softer.  It has a very subtle satin finish that becomes more and more glow-inducing as it gets blended and buffed into the skin.  When I wore it, Rockateur lasted well for eight hours and started looking faded after nine hours of wear.  I didn’t notice it emphasizing pores or skin imperfections.

Just a heads up: this contains significantly less product than other Box o’ Powders (which are 0.25 or 0.28 oz. usually) at 0.17 oz., though the price is the same.

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Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
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Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder

Benefit Rockateur Box o' Powder
Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder (with MAC Sweet Succulence Lipstick)

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74 thoughts on “Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Sasha

    I actually like this a bit more than I thought I would based on the description. I wish these boxed powders lasted longer on me. Coralista is one of if not my favorite blush but it only lasts a few hours so I find myself not wanting to wear it often. Instead I’ve been using tarte and saving up for higher end blushes.

  2. It’s funny because I thought for sure I was going to hate this, but I actually love it!

  3. It contains half the product than the regular Benefit blushes and still has the same price tag? I’m definitely passing.. I’m not paying 30-something euros for 5 grams of blush in a cardboard box.

  4. Dana

    Looks lovely, but they are shrinking their product size and keeping the price the same again? I remember when their boxed blushes were almost .5oz.

  5. Zoe

    Oh so pretty ! Shame it’s got less product in it though I am still tempted by it, if the quality is better I think it’s still a good value in comparison to the others :)

  6. Ann

    Am I the only one who can’t get over the packaging of Benefit? The boxes are so bulky.

    By the way, I am a longtime lurker first time commenter. I joined the website today and I am in LOVE. I love the Vanity and wishlist features!

  7. Oh I like this… I shouldn’t be adding things to my wish list seeing as how I’m currently trying to downsize my collection.

  8. Christine, is this meant to be a blush, a bronzer, a contour powder, an all over illuminator or all of these?

    • Hi Mariella,

      You can really use it as you please, but Benefit makes it sound primarily like a blush. For medium or darker complexions, it could work as a highlighter.

  9. Liz

    That looks really pretty. How do you think it would work for a someone around MAC NC 44?

  10. Lot ‘o dupes for this one, but it’s pretty nonetheless

  11. Is there a strong scent to this powder? I can’t come near Bella Bamba.

    • Floral… I want to the same scent as Hervana.

    • Lisa

      I just got this yesterday (as gratis) and haven’t put it on yet because I can’t get past the super strong perfumed smell. It is way too strong and scents in makeup are so unnecessary as it is. That is why I love Tarte & Smashbox. No synthetic fragrances!

  12. Jen

    Wow, this is lovely! The “rock” text is a bit cheesy, but otherwise the packaging is neat the the shade itself is stunning. Look great on you!

  13. What a lovely shade! Is it limited edition, Christine? :)

  14. Love Benefit (used to, anyways, if this nonsense keeps up) and this looks like something I would be all over…but why so much less for the same price? I despise when companies try to fool us like that and it’s not fair to the consumer; these “hidden” mark ups count on us not paying attention or realizing that we just paid more for less.

    • Rumored that it’s because the materials cost more for this formula, but personally I’d rather them market it as something else then, so it’s clear it’s a one-off AND a different formula.

      • The insider

        The PRODUCT is lower in quantity because it seariously Last forever. Like you will be using this for years! Because it is really dense, not like ordinary powders!!

  15. Dominique

    Very pretty ! Golden rose cheeks !

  16. Lilly

    Christine, do you know when Rockateur will be available for purchase in stores? I hear it will available in Benefit stores this Tuesday, but do you know about Sephora or Macy’s?

    Thanks! :)

  17. Oh my goodness, thats so beautiful ♥

  18. sharonr

    pretty but … same price less product … no like it :S to bad benefit!

  19. Alyza

    Oh no! Now I have to have this! Thanks for the review, Christine!

  20. A Name

    Can you think of something darker that will give a similar look when applied lightly?
    I have Estee Lauder’s Sensous Rose, would you say this is more or less likely to show up easily?
    Thanks. :)

  21. Off topic: love your earrings!

  22. yayyyy I was hoping to see a review on this from you soon! I saw this on HSN and fell in love with it! Do you know if its available at sephora/ulta yet?

  23. Kellie

    It was for sale on Sephora, and now doesn’t even show up in the search box. I added it to my cart, and its gone!

    I wonder if it wasn’t supposed to be up for sale yet

  24. This is gorgeous! I think I’ll get this and just blend it together with the blush from the naked palette instead of buying Tom Ford’s Love Lust.

  25. Iris

    Christine, how does Rockateur compare to Laura Mercier’s Rose Rendezvous and Dior Amber Diamond?

  26. Lisa

    This blush is really pretty! I didn’t think I was going to like it, but darn it, I do! Surprisingly, I don’t have anything like it in my stash so I guess that means I need it. 😉

  27. Anna

    I love the color, but I’m a little confused about why they’re shrinking the size of some blushes but not others. I got Sugarbomb about six months ago and it came with a ton of product-0.42oz, and still does, as far as I know. Then Dallas has 0.32 oz, and all the others have 0.25-0.28oz, and then this one has only 0.17 oz

  28. Krystal

    This actually looks very similar to me, as MAC Peachykeen blush. Pretty but don’t need it, especially for the size and price.

  29. I actually saw this on Benefit’s mobile site about a month ago (web development error?) and have been wondering since what this would be like, so thanks for the review! The amount in the box is disappointing, even though the Boxes already have variances in sizes–why do different ones come in different amounts, anyway?–but I love this type of texture so on the wish list it goes.

  30. Mel

    I am def keen on this as I love anything rose gold!
    My holy grail blush/contour is Benefit’s ‘Dallas’ I just love it to death and if I get wind that they are discontinuing it I will have to go out and by 10 of them!

    I disagree with some of the comments left regarding benefit box o powders….I think that the packaging is nifty and sturdy and in terms of bang for your buck, my current one was purchased in 2009 and its still going strong even though I use it most days.

  31. beck

    Yeah I will be passing even though it looks gorgeous on
    Christine, loving the shade. Charging the same for far
    less product, nahh…SKIP. I also find the packaging to be
    tacky, such a shame I might forgo the terrible packaging
    design if they were not gouging their customers.

  32. I can always count on you to review the products I am dying to try! This blush is beautiful and I think I will purchase it. Thank you for the review !

  33. I love Benefit Box O’Powder and this one is so pretty!! I have to stop me or I will buy all of them!

  34. Shelly

    Wow .17 oz that is even less than a Lancôme highlighter. I think that alone will keep me from getting this. Do you feel the formula warrants such a decrease in amount for same price ? I searched it and walked away when I saw the gram amount 😉

  35. Anais

    It’s so pretty, but do you think it would show up on darker skin tones or only as a highlighter? It looks lovely on you, but since you listed “Naked Flushed” as a dupe (which doesn’t show up on me) it makes me hesitant.

  36. Mrs McG

    I would love to hear how this compares to Estee Lauder’s gelee in Tease. I was lucky enought to get Tease and am wondering how similar they are or if I also need to purchase Love your site and would greatly appreciate your feedback! :)

  37. Helen

    Thanks for the great review. Is it similar to Nars Madly or Tarte Exposed? Thank you.

  38. jany

    How does it compare to Brunette MSF?

  39. Rachel

    I’ve found the dupe! I was about to cave and buy the darn thing, but spotted an Ulta blush that looked very similar. I swatched them side by side and they are IDENTICAL! The blush is called Tiger Lily.

  40. cristina

    Hello, I write from Canary Islands in Spain. Every time I have a good opinion of some product, I turn to your post. We are like-minded, and always agree contigo.Gracias for your opinions. Much kisses with affection.

  41. Varika

    Hey Christine, I know this post is older, but I was wondering if Rockateur could work as a highlight? EmilyNoel on YouTube said it would be best for that use because the pigment sheers out on skin o I wanted to get your opinion too!

  42. lynna

    Found a perfect drugstore dupe!
    The Maybelline Master Hi-light blush in NUDE.
    May even be a tad bit more pigmented.