Summer Beach Bag Essentials: Benefit CORALista

Benefit’s CORALista ($28.00) is fast becoming a cult favorite amongst the beauty crowd. It’s 0.42 oz. of a lightly warmed up coral-pink powder blush that works well to give you a soft, summery flush. It’s housed in cute packaging (exactly what I’d expect from Benefit!) and includes a miniaturized brush that fits inside. The brush is so-so, as most included brushes are, and I much prefer to use a traditional blush brush with this product. But it is nice to have something that can be toted with it, too.

What’s really fantastic about this shade of blush is it goes on extremely natural–you get a soft, glowy sheen with just a touch of coral color. It’ll instantly brighten up your complexion, and it is such a great product for summer when less is definitely more. There is a bit of a flora fragrance that’ll sneak out of the box each time you open it, so if you’re sensitive to fragrance, that might be a reason to check it ou before you purchase.

CORALista isn’t too warm, so it is great for a range of skintones–not just warmer toned faces. Since it can be built up in intensity, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it from the get go. There’s no chunky glitter or large shimmer particles, but there is a soft sheen/fine shimmer in it. (It’s what gives you the “glow.”)

If you’ve found NARS blushes to run too shimmery, you might find Benefit CORALista more up your alley. If you’re a bit hesitant because of the price tag, NARS’ blushes are $25 for only 0.16 oz. and MAC’s blushes are $18.00 for 0.21 oz., which makes Benefit cheaper by the ounce. CORALista is one of those easy-to-wear, everyday colors, so it is also a practical purchase you’ll use forever.

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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i hate the benefit packaging too 🙁
but it does look beautiful!
I wish you could get it in circle-packaging…even though I *know*
it’s hip to be square..i just disagree 😉 haha

I also find the packaging … yuckie LOL but I also find NARS blushes to be too much on the shimmery side haha

this colour is just … yummy. I want it now ^^

I like this one OK, but it isn’t coral enough on me. I’m very fair and I found it too pink. I like MAC’s Melba for a peachy-coral-apricot look.

Lovely! I like this, but I don’t like the packaging either. I’d probably attempt to depot it & put it in a palette if I got it.

I love Coralista but hate the packaging too.
I depotted my Coralista and Dallas and put them in the bottom deck of a Trish double decker palette. The pans are quite thick, so if you’re going to do the same, make sure whatever you put it in will hold the thickness!

pretty colors, looks like nars orgasm, but i didnt realize it was 28.00 for it . YIKES! even though i know your gettting more .

Orgasm has so much more shimmer, and it’s peachier/not quite as pink (at least on me), so they’re very different for me!

I have it for a few months now and it is without a doubt my favorite blush ever and i love my mac ones 😉 But Coralista is by far the prettyest. I think that benefit makes some of the best blushes and on most of the products it is as good or better than mac. The price does not seduces me thou ;))but for the best quality i think it worth the saving!

I want to try this, but I think I might get Fleur Power blush by MAC instead. It’s supposed to be a coral-pink color with zero shimmer. It looks gorgeous 🙂 I wonder how it compares to Coralista..

I definitely need to get this. I have Benefit Georgia and love it!!! I use it all the time and it is lasting forever, so the $28 is well worth it.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Benefit packaging and all their products, I had to add this to my benefit collection! It’s my favourite from their powders!!

so does this come with a decent brush? im on a tight budget and just starting out so i have 0 brushes. i wish i could afford a nice brush or two but was happy when you said the new UD cream liners come with a decent one. so will this one work or will it require a new one? it looks pretty square but the blush is so beautiful . . .

It comes with an okay brush, personally I find it a bit too harsh and does not blend the blush as well… I got a really cool brush from ebay, the Smashbox #19, and you don’t need to be worried about the fakes like you do with MAC!

The brush is so-so. It’s just OK, and it will get the job done. I find it a little rough, but it’ll do in a pinch.

I just bought CORALista at sephora just now ! Showed up nicely on my nc20 skin. love the packaging and the colour is gorgeous ! My first box-o blush for benefit. But i dare say its the most gorgeous colour among all, next would be sugar bomb. ^^

I LOVE benefit’s packaging!!! it’s one of the things that draws me to their line and makes me wanna buy them so much!!!! thing is im like an nc35/43 so i dunno if the colour would show up on my cheeks >< ive tested it out on my hand, but i dunno, something inside says 'just. buy. it. so. pretty!!!!' lol

Am I the only one who likes this packaging? I think it’s so cute! I absolutely love the smell, whenever I open the box I can’t help but smell it a little bit! It’s also an absolutely gorgeous color, I love it!

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