About a week ago Belk had a sale for 50% off all the Benefit full-size box blushes. I didn’t own any so I decided to take this opportunity to try them.
At $14.50 each, I purchased:
- Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Lite Matte Bronzer
- Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle nude-pink highlighter
- Benefit Cosmetics Rockateur Famously Provocative Cheek Powder
Color: Rockin’ Rose Gold
- Benefit Cosmetics Dallas Box o’ Powder Blush
Color: Rosy Bronze
Here’s a closer look at the blushes and highlighter:
Belk had an additional promotion where if you buy $45 worth of Benefit, you qualified for this very cute 3 piece gift which includes:
- Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer mini
- Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil mini
(I chose color: Deep 05)
- Benefit Cosmetics Makeup Bag
I was really surprised when it arrived and I saw the bag! I was expecting a little, kind of useless bag, but it’s actually a beautiful, cute, big bag with several slots for brushes or other products, and fits quite a bit of stuff. This will be excellent for travel!
You can see the front of the bag on the first photo of this post, here below is a look at the inside:
Overall, I am super happy with my purchase. I got a great deal on these bestseller blushes and I am completely in love with my free Benefit bag!
As far as the blushes go, I had been wanting to try Hoola Lite for a very long time, because the regular Hoola that everyone raves about is too unnatural looking on my fair skin. I find this “Lite” version to be a little more orange than I’d prefer, however it builds slowly and blends very well on fair skin, which is what I was hoping for.
The Dandelion Twinkle is not super unique, there are other highlighters out there that look similar – However it is pretty much what I was expecting: an easy-going, buildable, not chunky or crazy glittery highlighter, which can be worn for every occasion and appears to be flattering on any skintone. It’s not a blinding highlight, but that’s something I like about it. However it’s not super natural either, it’s kind of a happy medium.
The Rockateur looks intimidating when you first open the box, because when it’s brand new and unused there’s this gold sparkly looking film on the blush, however, this “film” appears to be mostly for show when you first open it, and disappeared after 2 uses, giving way to a very pretty dusty rose blush with a little glow and no sparkles.
The Dallas blush is marketed as a multi-use face powder which you can use as a blush and bronzer. I was curious about this concept and I have to say that it works as advertised. I like to wear Dallas as a blush and a bronzer, and then I add another blush such as Rockateur on top on my cheeks, and it does give me a very different but nice bronzed look all over my face. However I don’t think I’d use Dallas only as a blush on its own, because it doesn’t have enough pink for my personal taste. But it looks great mixed!
Here are my swatches in direct sunlight and in the shade: