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Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder Blush

01/08

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder

GALifornia

Benefit GALifornia Box o’ Powder ($29.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a bright, medium pink-coral with warm undertones and a fine, golden pearl. The finer shimmer translated into a luminous finish that was glowing but not frosted or pore-emphasizing.

Benefit does not say much about the actual product, other than it features a “soft, blendable formula” and is scented with “notes of pink grapefruit and vanilla” (and heavily scented at that). The formula felt slightly denser than some of the long-standing shades in the range but not as dense as the Rockateur formula. It was smooth, blendable, and easy to work with on the skin, despite being a bolder, brighter shade. It had rich, opaque pigmentation that was easy to apply less of for more medium coverage, if desired. The blush wore well for eight hours on me before fading.

Benefit Box o’ Powder GALifornia
GALifornia
GALifornia
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total
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Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

01/08

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder

Hoola Lite

Benefit Hoola Lite Box o’ Powder ($29.00 for 0.28 oz.) is a light, yellowed brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It’s designed to be a lighter version of the original Hoola bronzer with the same matte finish. The original is described as being “ideal for fair complexions,” so I was puzzled to see a Hoola Lite and not a Hoola Deep released (it would also make more sense to me to release a lighter and deeper shade). I consider myself to be light-medium (most “true” medium foundations are too dark for me, and I’m typically one or two shades lighter than that), and this barely showed up on me, so I’d expect this to be more useful on very fair to light skin tones. (Note: the color blending in my skin tone does not impact the rating, as it is not an issue of pigmentation.)

The consistency was incredibly smooth, a little powdery in the box but did not appear dry or dusty on my skin. I found the powder to be incredibly blendable and easy to use, and for fair and light skin tones, it should be hard to overdo. I could see it being used more all-over for light and light-medium complexions, though it had a stronger yellow undertone so it may not work for those with very pink or olive undertones. From what I could judge, it seemed to wear for seven and a half hours on me before starting to break down and look less matte on my skin.

Benefit Box o’ Powder Hoola Lite
Hoola Lite
Hoola Lite
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

01/07

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Powder Highlighter

Dandelion Twinkle

Benefit Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter ($29.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light peach with warm, orange undertones and a luminous sheen. The shimmer used in the powder was rather fine, so it did not look shimmery nor did the powder emphasize my skin’s natural texture when blended out.

The highlighter is supposed to “impart a sheer, ultra-lightweight texture and delicate radiance” and has a “dandy daydream fragrance” (code for floral scented, though it was subtle to my nose). The powder felt soft, finely-milled, and was prone to kicking up some excess powder within the box, though the way the packaging was set up meant that it would be hard to lose that excess (so there was no real product loss). It blended out easily on the skin and gave my skin a luminous sheen. The pigmentation was semi-opaque, buildable or easily sheered out for a less intense sheen, which made it more versatile to me. The highlighter wore well for eight hours on me. I did notice that there was not much product in the box–only 0.10 oz. whereas other products in the same type of box-style packaging contain anywhere from 0.17 oz. to 0.28 oz.

Benefit Powder Highlighter Dandelion Twinkle
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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Benefit Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit for Holiday 2015

Benefit Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit
Benefit Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit

Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit ($42.00) (Limited Edition)

Create the ultimate glowing makeup look with Benefit’s Real Cheeky Party Blushing Beauty Kit. Sweep onto the apples of your cheeks for a pop of color. For a natural-looking tan, sweep the Hoola Matte Bronzer across the chin, cheeks, and forehead. Glide on the Watt’s Up! Highlighter onto the cheeks and brow bones, and then sculpt with its soft glow blender to create the perfect gleam. Give lashes maximum volume, length, and lift with they’re real! mascara. Create an alluring eye with the they’re real! push-up eyeliner—just twist up and glide the formula along lash line to achieve the perfect daytime or evening looks.

  • 0.17 oz Hoola Bronzing Powder
  • 0.14 oz Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
  • 0.17 oz Coralista Face Powder
  • 0.17 oz Rackateur Cheek Powder
  • 0.21 oz Sugarbomb Face Powder
  • 0.05 oz Watt’s Up! Highlighter for Face
  • 0.1 oz They’re Real! Beyond Mascara
  • 0.01 oz They’re Real! Push-Up Liner

AVAILABILITY | Sephora and ULTA

Benefit Boxed Blushes Photos & Swatches

Benefit Box o' Powder

Forever ago (no, seriously, sometime in 2014), I went through and re-photographed and swatched all of the Benefit Box o’ Powders I had in my stash (including a few that are discontinued, still useful for finding a dupe if it was a favorite!) since several are cult favorites so I wanted updated images for use in the gallery. You’ll now find these included in the gallery, and if you’ve tried one of Benefit’s powder blushes, consider writing a review 🙂

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Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes

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.

Benefit Box o’ Blushes Cheeky Sweet Spot
9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total
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