Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. I found the color of Bella Bamba and CORALista to be different in the palette compared to my standalone versions, with CORALista being very different and Bella Bamba more “within variation” that you might expect over the years and the like. The change in color may appeal to you, or it may disappoint you, depending on the color you prefer. Most of Benefit’s blushes run rather warm-toned, and there are a lot of warm pink/coral variations here, so it may feel redundant if you are on the hunt for a really diverse blush palette. The packaging is ridiculously bulky and clunky–all I could think of was, “Why is this so heavy and noisy?” A few readers mentioned they easily depotted the blushes from the palette, so hopefully that’s an option for others. It’s unnecessarily large and nowhere near travel-friendly, and of course, it is very decked out in holiday-print, so it may feel out of place in April.

Hoola, Coralista, Bella Bamba, and Rockateur each contain 0.17 oz. of product, while Dandelion contains 0.14 oz, Sugarbomb contains 0.21 oz., and Watt’s Up! contains 0.05 oz. It works out to be about $103 in value across the seven products included in it–most of the blushes are about half the size of full-size, while Rockateur is the same as a full-sized one (I’m not sure how that worked out!). I think if you’ve always wanted to try Benefit’s blushes, or you’ve tried one or two but have wanted more, this is a great opportunity to try them.

Dandelion is a light, muted pink with subtle warm undertones and a barely-there gold shimmer-sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blends easily and wears for seven and a half hours on me. Benefit describes this particular Box o’ Powder as a highlighter to “brighten” the complexion. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Bella Bamba (Palette) is a medium-dark pink with frosted, gold shimmer. The texture was a little dry–almost crumbly to the touch–so it didn’t go on smoothly as I would have liked. With some buffing and blending, it will work into the skin and look lovely, but it’s not quite as easy to use as my full-sized version. It lasted for eight hours. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Sugarbomb is a frosted, pink-tinged peach with a golden sheen. It’s a lighter shade, so it will not yield a lot of visible color on most skin tones, but it is pigmented (just light). The texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading slightly. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Hoola is a medium-dark, yellow-toned brown with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation and was easy to apply, as the texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable on the skin. There was a tiny bit of powderiness to it, but it wasn’t noticeable on the skin. When I tested the wear, the color wore well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

CORALista (Palette) is a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a frosted, gold finish. This one is very different from the box I have–it is very, very light and orange, whereas the original I have is pinker. Aside from the major color difference, the texture was a little dry, but it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. The color payoff was pretty good, and it didn’t start to fade until after eight hours of wear. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Rockateur is a soft, rosy plum with warm undertones and a soft, satiny finish. It had nice pigmentation, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and a bit powdery, but it didn’t look cakey applied. This blush stayed on well for eight hours before fading. See swatches of dupes / view dupes side-by-side.

Watt’s Up! is a soft, champagne beige. It’s a cream-to-powder highlighter that doesn’t emphasize pores, wears just over eight hours, and gives a luminous sheen wherever it’s applied. The glow is strong enough that it is visible, but it isn’t metallic or wet-looking. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O' Blushes
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00 for 1.08 oz.) includes six powder blushes and a cream highlighter–all shades from Benefit’s permanent line-up in a metal tin. A few of these I haven’t tested in a long time, so now seems like a good time to re-test and re-review (to update swatches, photos, dupes, and all that jazz!). I had actually re-photographed my permanent Box O’ Powders a few months ago but haven’t had time to test all of them yet, so this palette is quite timely! I bought mine at Sephora, but it is also available at ULTA last I saw.

It seemed like a lot of readers were interested in this, and in general, I think the texture is consistent with the full-sized versions, but I found the color of Bella Bamba and CORALista to be different in the palette compared to my standalone versions, with CORALista being very different and Bella Bamba more “within variation” that you might expect over the years and the like (though they’re still noticeable different to me). Aside from the inconsistencies in color on those two shades, all six powder blushes seem promising. Here’s a quick preview of the palette with a full review to come…

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Benefit Holiday 2014 Collection
Benefit Holiday 2014 Collection

Availability: Now at Sephora; a few sets at ULTA

Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

Get a glowing look with Benefit’s most covetable box of blushes, highlighters, and a powder in this Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes. It includes an exclusive tips and tricks guide to show you how to create two easy cheek looks, for daytime and after hours.

  • 0.17 oz Hoola bronzing powder
  • 0.17 oz Coralista A “Rio Pleasure face powder
  • 0.17 oz Bella Bamba 3D brightening pink face powder
  • 0.17 oz Rockateur Famously Provocative Cheek Powder
  • 0.17 oz. Dandelion face powder
  • 0.21 oz Sugarbomb Sugar Rush Flush face powder
  • 0.05 oz Watt’s Up! soft focus highlighter

Advent Calendar ($99.00) (Limited Edition)

Get a beauty surprise everyday with this holiday countdown. Each day, open the sweet shop doors to reveal a Benefit bestseller or surprise gift. Keep it for yourself, or give it to a fellow beauty addict.

  • 0.25 oz “That gal” brightening face primer
  • 0.25 oz the POREfessional pore minimizer
  • 0.08 oz Benetint cheek and lip stain in Rose
  • 0.08 oz High beam liquid highlighter
  • 0.08 oz Chachatint lip and cheek stain in Sheer Mango
  • 0.08 oz Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink
  • 0.04 oz Stay flawless foundation primer
  • 0.1 oz They’re real! mascara
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Dandelion
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss in Fauxmance
  • 0.14 oz BADgal lash mascara
  • 0.08 oz Stay don’t stray concealer and eye shadow primer in Light/Medium
  • 0.1 oz Fakeup concealer in 02 Medium
  • 0.1 oz It’s potent! eye cream
  • 0.3 oz Total moisture facial cream
  • 0.08 oz Ooh la lift eye cream
  • 0.08 oz Watt’s up! highlighter
  • Beauty sticky notes
  • Doodle pad
  • Heart-shaped paperclips
  • Pinky, polka-dot hair tie
  • Elastic hair band with bow charm
  • Metallic silvery hair tie

3 Scoops O’ Sexy ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

Get three gift sets in one. With full sizes of hydrating lip balms and complementing lip and cheek tints in Posiebalm, Benetint, Benebalm, Posietint, Lollibalm, and Lollitint, they’re individually packaged so you can give—and keep a little for yourself.

  • 0.10 oz Benebalm lip balm in Rose
  • 0.13 oz Benetint cheek and lip tint in Rose
  • 0.10 oz Posiebalm lip balm in Poppy Pink
  • 0.13 oz Posietint lip and cheek stain in Poppy Pink
  • 0.10 oz Lollibalm lip balm in Candy Orchid
  • 0.13 oz Lollitint lip and cheek stain in Candy Orchid

Bronze ‘N’ Dandy ($15.00) (Limited Edition)

Double up on bronzing and brightening with Benefit’s duo of natural golden bronzers. Hoola and Dandelion are now together in a take-anywhere set that allows for mixing and matching with complementary lip glosses for a beautifully pulled-together look in seconds.

  • 0.1 oz Hoola Bronzing Powder
  • 0.1 oz Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
  • 0.22 oz Ultra Plush in Dandelion Lip Gloss
  • 0.22 oz Ultra Plush In Hoola Lip Gloss

Rockitude Lip & Cheek Kit ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Get off-the-charts sexy with Benefit’s rockin’ rose gold lip and cheek kit. Create a show-stopping “rush of heat” with the famously provocative Rockateur Cheek Powder, complementary gloss, and all-time bestsellers Benetint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain and High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer. Follow the included signature Tips and Tricks and create the hottest look in town.

  • 0.13oz Benetint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain
  • 0.13oz High Beam Luminescent Complexion Enhancer
  • 0.22oz Rockateur Ultra Plush Gloss
  • 0.1oz Rockateur Famously Provacative Cheek Powder

Sizzling Six Set ($27.00) (Limited Edition)

Benefit’s all-in-one set with six minis of its bestsellers is everything you need to create a full-face look. Mix and match the mascara, primer, gloss, and more for a head-turning glamour.

  • 0.25 oz The POREfessional mini
  • 0.14 oz BADgal lash mini
  • 0.22 oz Ultra plush lip gloss mini in dandelion
  • 0.1 oz Dandelion mini
  • 0.08 oz Benetint mini
  • 0.25 oz Girl meets pearl mini

Instant Glamification ($16.00) (Limited Edition)

These three mini BADgal waterproof liners deliver even lines for luxe looks, and they can be smudged out for an intense smoky eye. In three budge-proof shades to choose from, these liners feature a hue for every way that you want to wear eyeliner.

  • -3 x 0.01 oz Mini BADgal Waterproof Liners in Extra Black, Espresso, Charcoal

Sweet Tintations ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Benefit Cosemtics TINTernational superstars and their “little sister” lip balms…all together in one sweet set! Wear these new hydrating balms alone for a sheer kiss of color, or glide the mango butter formula on over their iconic tints to moisturize & condition. This is the gift on everyone’s lips…and cheeks!

Goodies a Go-Go ($25.00) (Limited Edition)

This eye-mazing kit includes Benefit Cosmetics world-famous lengthening mascara, 4 longwear powder shadows and a stay-put eye primer. Follow the exclusive Tips and Tricks to create two gorgeous looks…”sweet & soft” for daytime or “sexy does it” for playtime! You’re good to go with this wonderful gift of glam.

Getting Cheeky ($17.00) (Limited Edition (Macy’s Exclusive)

Pop ‘em on your cheeks & pop ‘em in your purse! Three perfectly portable sizes of chachatint, posietint and sun beam will give you a pop of color & gorgeous glow. Set includes: chachatint medium, posietint medium and sun beam medium.  Available exclusively at Macy’s.

Availability: Now at Sephora

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

One of my favorite products these days are cream eyeshadows, particular one-and-done shades, which I’ve included three of here, and then two brighter, more vibrant shades that could be used as bases or incorporated with other eyeshadows for a major look.

  1. Benefit Birthday Suit — a bronzy taupe
  2. Maybelline Fierce & Tangy — tangerine orange
  3. Shiseido Esmaralda — a bluish-teal
  4. MAC Rubenesque — a coppery peach
  5. Dior Lune — a shimmery white

>> See side-by-side swatches here! <<

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner
Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner

Introducing the FIRST EVER… lash-hugging gel liner in a pen! It solves one of the biggest beauty dilemmas of all time—lining your eyes!  They’re real! push-up liner makes it beyond easy to hug the lashline so anyone can draw a perfect line. The closer the line, the bigger the eye!

3 reasons it’s a Real beauty breakthrough

1. The waterproof matte black gel formula doesn’t smudge, budge or dry out.
2. It’s a gel liner in a pen!
3. The innovative AccuFlex™ tip makes it BEYOND EASY to get close to your lashline!

Availability: $24 for They’re Real Push Up Liner, $18 for They’re Real Remover, June 27th, 2014

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Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for cheek and face products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Clinique Cheek Pop (review) are so incredible, I can recommend every single shade without hesitation. Great texture, pigmentation, and not too pricey! (Pictured: Plum Pop)
  2. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (review) are soft, lightly luminous blushes that are great for everyday wear. They’ve gone in and out of stock during the sale, so you might have to look in-store for them if they’re on your list. (Pictured: Ethereal Glow)
  3. Make Up For Ever HD Blush (review) are forgiving, easy-to-use cream blushes that wear well, come in a variety of shades, and have a great texture. (Pictured: #215)
  4. Guerlain Meteorites Pearls (review) is a fantastic way to add subtle glow and softening to the face after applying your favorite foundation, and they’re an indulgence to be sure! (Pictured: Clair)
  5. Givenchy Le Prisme Blush (review) is incredibly finely-milled, velvety, and smooth in texture, so the blush goes on evenly and looks natural on the skin. (Pictured: It-Girl Purple)
  6. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (review) might be “old news” now, but they’re products that can easily be used often and add soft luminosity to the skin. (Pictured: Luminous Light)
  7. Benefit Rockateur Box o’ Powder (review) is a sweet fix for a craving for rose gold.
  8. Illamasqua Blusher (review) is a lovely option for anyone looking for more satin and matte finish blushes. (Pictured: Lover)
  9. Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush (review) is a richly pigmented, long-wearing, silky-smooth formula. (Pictured: Sensous Rose)
  10. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Bronzing Powder (review) is a classic option for a finely-milled, silky-smooth, long-wearing bronzer. (Pictured: Moyen Brunettes)