It is currently 11pm, and I’ve already written this post once. I do not want to be rewriting the 1000+ words I wrote, yet here I am so that I don’t miss a blogmas post. Without further ado, here is the general gist of this post (which I was very proud of) and I’m scared about how long it’s going to take to reproduce.
I’ve been dying to get my hands on a Benefit blush palette for years. 2014 saw the coming and going of the Cheeky Sweet Spot Kit. The 2015 release was the Real Cheeky Party, and earlier this year, Benefit released Cheekathon. I decided I needed every release, but never had the money to get it, so this year I treated myself when I had some money off at Feel Unique, and managed to get this Christmas’ release for under £20!
Packaging wise, this is a pretty sturdy palette. It comes in a tin, with all the products sitting nicely in the foam inside. I definitely wouldn’t have any qualms taking this away with me, especially since you get a blush, highlight, bronzer, mascara and liner all in one set, and it’s very unlikely that it will break in transit.
At the top of the palette are a few Benefit staples: minis of the Watt’s Up Highlighter, the They’re Real! Push Up Liner, and the They’re Real! Mascara. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this champagne highlight for yonks, but I could never justify almost £25 on a cream product when I wear them so rarely. This is probably the one product that pushed me over the edge when it came to picking this palette up because I’ve been after it for so long. I’m not a fan of the liner, having tried it in the past, and I know it is definitely a marmite product. I’ll be passing this on to a friend who I know enjoys using the eyeliner, but for now it can sit in the tin. I have two of the They’re Real Mascaras in my stash already, so will be giving this to my mum as she’s a fan, but it is a great mascara. I forget how much I love it until I use it, but it’s a bit of a pain to remove. I feel like if you’re a benefit fan, you’ve probably tried (and loved) this product, but it can’t hurt to have another in your collection.
Whenever I walk past any Benefit stand, I stare at the blushers for what seem like hours. And yet, I never pick them up. Somehow I can justify spending £18 on their Gimme Brow, but £25 is a little steep for a blush that will last me forever (in terms of amount of product, although not so long if I’m being hygienic). I don’t get it either.
Sugarbomb combines four tones – a coral, a mauve, a pink and a more rosey powder – which can be worn individually (if you have a small enough brush) or swirled together to create a beautiful sheer, pink flush to the skin. Sugarbomb has a frost finish and is definitely best as a blush topper for paler skin tones.
Rockateur was the first Benefit cheek product that I owned after countless recommendations. This is a beautiful rose blush with golden flecks of glitter in, giving a beautiful spring glow to the cheeks.
Coralista is a very basic coral blush, which is perfect with a tan (whether that’s natural or fake). Being that little more orange-y, it’ll be beautiful in the summer months to accent the apples of your cheeks. I can’t wait to get where out of this!
I was least excited about trying Dandelion out of the three cheek powders new to me, but I regret saying this. Dandelion is absolutely stunning on the cheeks, despite looking like nothing on a swatch. There is a very subtle shimmer, but nothing overpowering.
I’ve previously reviewed Hoola and I’m just not a fan. You can see my reasoning here, but I’d be quite happy if this had been left out of the palette. Bring back Dallas to the palettes (a blush I’ve had on my wishlist for countless years)!
This palette is worth almost £100 so the £29.50 RRP is an absolute bargain (with Rockateur being full sized and retailing for £24.50 alone)! If you’re a big Benefit fan and own more than half of the products, I probably wouldn’t bother with this, but if you’re new to the brand or just wanting to try out a few more of their products then this is a the perfect present for yourself or somebody else. Due to the nature of the shades, it’s definitely better suited to those with paler skin tones which is a bit of a shame but I guess that’s where Benefit cater towards. I don’t regret picking this palette up at all, and would definitely keep your eye out in the Boxing Day Sales for it to drop in price if they haven’t all be snatched up already!
Phew, that was a marathon to complete. Definitely not as a long as the first time I wrote it but I’m a busy bee this week with Christmas being so close!