Monday, July 23, 2012

Benefit Box o' Powders Review

Hi Everyone! I promise I'm trying to get myself on a more consistent blogging schedule!
However I have just started watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix...
so it was not easy to pull myself away! 

But I do want to share my thoughts on Benefit's Box o' Powders. They're $28 bucks apiece...
For the longest time, I had only tried one of these... and recently Benefit sent me quite a few more. 
Now that I've had a chance to experiment with them... I'm ready to share my thoughts!


So here's what I have... 
Top Row: 10 & Coralista
Bottom Row: Dallas, Sugarbomb, & Hervana


I want to start off by saying- the packaging on these is ADORABLE. I love that each one has its own unique look... and there are several more on the Benefit website/Ulta/Sephora that are equally cute.
However I find that they are a bit bulky for travel... I think my ideal packaging would be the same style in a flat compact. Also- these come with little brushes, which I don't use (you can click my Box o' Powders link above to see them)... I just prefer a traditional bush brush to apply these. Here are some individual reviews... 


10 - Bronzing & Highlighting Face Powder Duo

I remember buying this one a couple of years ago on Kandee Johnson's recommendation. I really do like it! I love the highlight in this duo because it has just the right amount of shimmer, and the glowy bronzer is actually really pretty lightly dusted all over the face. While Benefit sometimes incorporates multiple shades in these boxed powders, I like that with this one- you get 2 colors and you can easily choose which one you want based on which side you swipe your brush. For people who want the convenience of a light bronzer & highlight in one- I can see the appeal of it.  It's definitely a quality product... but it is worth $28? I know I can find comparable highlights & blushes in my collection for less.   


Coralista

My overall favorite of the blush colors- I think this coral is gorgeous and has a subtle shimmer that never looks like "too much" on the cheeks. And this is an odd observation about a blush- but it smells amazing. It's gorgeous, fresh, and would be great on fair to medium skin... I'm not sure that it would show up as much on darker skin tones. 


Dallas

This powder is described as a "dusty sunset plum" - which I think is pretty accurate. I sometimes use this as a subtle contour, or really lightly on the cheeks as a very neutral, muted blush. I don't think it's showing up in the picture, but it has some very subtle shimmer. Not in-your-face glitter, but it's definitely not completely matte. I like having this one in my collection because I don't have much else like it. While I own some deeper blushes, most of them take on more of a bronzy tone. I like the slight plum feel that this one gives.  


Sugarbomb

I really wanted to love this one. With the four triangles of color, I thought it looked great in the packaging. But it does not give enough bang for the buck for me. When I swirl my brush in this product, I feel like the rosy tones give it a hint of nice pigment, but the other two shades- peach and light plum- almost "dilute" the overall color and make it pretty bland. I have tons of inexpensive blushes that could run circles around this one- giving off a similar look- but with a lot more color payoff. 


Hervana

I know lots of people love this blush, so I'm sorry if you disagree with me, but this is my least favorite of the bunch. Can you see that swatch? Me either. Like Sugarbomb, it's so pretty in the packaging, and it smells heavenly, but it does NOT show up on me. The white and light peach in this blush once again seem to dilute the overall effect on me. I don't have especially dark skin... I'm more of a light/medium or medium skintone- and I just couldn't get into this. The shade is described as "orchid blossom" on the website, but I can't honestly vouch for that. 


So here are my overall thoughts! 
$28 is a lot for one blush. In my opinion, if you're going to pay that much for a blush, it had better be pigmented, unique, and give a gorgeous flush to the cheeks. Of the shades I've tried from Benefit, I feel like their solid "one-color" boxed powders are best. Coralista and Dallas are pretty shades that show up on the cheeks with ease. I also enjoy 10 because the shades aren't intended to be swirled... you use them one at a time and in that sense, they are effective. But with Sugarbomb and Hervana, you're meant to swirl your brush and for me, the end result is something that's nowhere near the $28 price tag. I also need to mention- I have tried the Hoola bronzer (not in the boxed powder format, but a small size in the Cabana Glama kit)- and I really like it!! It's a great matte bronzer and once again, it's a solid shade with nice pigmentation. 

I know there are more boxed powders from Benefit that I haven't tried... so are there any great ones that you would recommend? Feel free to let me know! Thanks so much for reading :)


Daily Nuggets...
  • Due to my weird schedule & early bedtime, I couldn't watch the Bachelorette finale last night, but I have miraculously managed to go all day WITHOUT learning the outcome! I plan to shower & watch it ASAP!
  • I had the most fantastic weekend at my cousin Jamie's wedding. It was so wonderful having most of my family all together, and I kind of want to rewind and repeat the weekend!
 
  • I had some questions about my very attractive (HAHA) Turbie Twist picture I put on Instagram yesterday- I got it from CVS! There are several different patterns done in microfiber- which I think sucks the moisture out of my hair even better! I use them right after I shower in the evening, and then by the time I go to bed, my hair is just slightly damp. When I get up in the morning- I blow dry for maybe 20 seconds & I'm ready to style! 


38 comments:

  1. I am so happy to see that Coralista was your favorite of the bunch! I ordered the Coral My World collection from Sephora last week, which has the mini Coralista and mini Sun Beam, and I cannot wait to try it! I have been intrigued by Coralista for over a year, and have never tried Benefit, but I couldn't bring myself to spend $28 on one blush. I was happy to see the mini set for $12! By the way, PLL is absolutely AMAZING! I don't blame you for not being able to pull away. ;)

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  2. I love Coralista too. I am fair skinned and I actually love Sugar Bomb over a darker blush (kind of like a highlighting blush) It works terrific that way. I bought Dandelion as they called it a brightening face powder. It makes me look super red, so it's a blush on me. Not my favorite. I did get Georgia which they brought back for a limited time - I LOVE it as a face brightener! It really does brighten for me and it smells lovely. I use it over the top of blush, under my eyes and kind of as a highlighter (without all the shimmer)! I also have 10 and love the contouring/highlight as it doesn't make my face look muddy when I use the contouring side. I also have Throbb, which is not my favorite, but it is a nice blush. For as long as they last, some of the boxes are worth the price, though I prefer the old packaging (not the new mirror flip up.)

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  3. Oh, I also want to mention I got a deluxe sample size of the Bella Bamba. I am fair skinned, and it didn't show up hardly at all on me. Not what I expected for as much as people rave about it. Glad I only got the small size. It will last me forever. You should see if you can try it before you decide, but I suggest skipping it.

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  4. I think the reason why the bachelorette wasn't ruined early this year is because the guy she picked is really right for her and there just isn't any drama, although I was going for the other guy :-( but both were great guys.

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  5. I think the reason why the bachelorette wasn't ruined early this year is because the guy she picked is really right for her and there just isn't any drama, although I was going for the other guy :-( but both were great guys.

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  6. You lucky girl, I don't even own one of these. I like coralista but I think since the color is so similar to a few drugstore Its not worth it for me :)

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  7. Aw your leopard print turbie twist is awesome. I've got a pink one. It's plain. Not nearly as fun :-(

    My fave Benefit blusher so far is Coralista but I REALLY want to try Bella Bamba.

    xx

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  8. I have recently become infatuated with the Benefit box powders. I only have Coralista and Bombshell, but I love them so much. They are wonderful blushes. I do plan to get more of them. Thanks for the review on these!

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  9. I got a mini Coralista from Sephora with my points, I love it. I also ordered a few turbie twists from bed bath & beyond last night! I used to have one and loved it, I don't know why I didn't get another one until now. I'm excited.

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  10. Sugarbomb and Hervana are face powders, not blushes. They aren't meant to give the same color as a blush. They are meant to brighten and highlight. And yes they are expensive but they last forever.

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  11. Great review! Exact same thoughts on Hervana- I love the smell of it and the swirls look so pretty in the pan, but it doesn't show up on my skin at all. And my skin tone is considerably darker than yours. Don't understand why lots of people seem to love it.

    I also gotta disagree with the previous commenter- it says on the Benefit website that Hervana is a blush. I can't see how this can be used as a highlighter when it leaves no sheen on the skin.

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  12. I have Bella Bamba, and its tied for The Balm's One Hot Mama as my favorite blush. I usually wear more corals, and this is definitely more of a pink. I have to be careful with it because I'm pretty fair, but its a great pink with a really nice glow. And I love the way it smells!

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  13. I only have Coralista and it is my favorite from all blushes I have. I love the smell as well. I got the full size on a kit, I would never pay $28 for it.

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  14. I have 10 and I love it! I have worn it daily for a month and it will probably last through summer so $28 is worth it. I tried the NYC and Elf bronzers and disliked them. I also love the Lorac bronzer Tantalizer.

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  15. Great powders. All really nice colors. I like "Dallas" a lot. It has a beautiful shimmer.

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  16. Love love Coralista... one kiss from Italy...

    glamourcoma

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  17. Awesome colours! Love the packaging box as well

    Lauren,
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  18. I am one of the few people who adores Hervana. It's by far my favourite boxed powder. On saying that though, it is very pale. I think that's why I like it to be fair. I've wanted to try Coralista for ages and am hoping my lovely fiance will buy it me for my birthday in October lol.
    Louise xx

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  19. Coralista is my all time favorite blush! I think I'll have to try sugarbomb too! xx
    Beauty by T

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  20. I thought I was the only one who liked the smell of Coralista! It's so funny to hear you say that. I guess not all of their powders are scented because my Dandelion has no smell.

    I really appreciate you giving honest reviews on the powders even though they were sent to you. Many bloggers don't do that. Thank you!

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  21. Great post. I love these boxes, they're so cute! I've only tried Hervana, it was a bday gift from my sister, and it actually turns out great on my face. I've tried using it in some different ways - as you say, we should try and use our products in every way possible - and so far, I've used it a bit more on my cheeks (and gives a pretty light pink color) and I've used it very lightly as a highlight both on my face and eyes. When using as a highlight, you're right, there's not that much color, but it gives a really pretty glow. =) But I do have kinda light skin, lighter than yours. =)

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  22. I have Bella Bamba and use it daily. I may get tomatoes thrown at me for saying this, but I think it is a formidable opponent to Nars Orgasm blush. I used to use Nars and not wanting to make a trip across town when I ran out, I picked up Bella Bamba at an Ulta store much closer to me and I have not been disappointed. +1 for Bella Bamba - it smells SO GOOD!!

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  23. I know what you mean about 28 being a lot for something that is comparable to less expensive blushes. There are so many great blushes at the drugstore that I can't see myself spending so much on one of these. Thanks for an honest review, as usual.

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  24. Can you find a drugstore dupe for Dallas? It looks so pretty, and I wants to get a plum-colored blush. I'm not willing to spend $28 on it though. :/

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  25. Thrrrob blush by benefit is one of my FAVORITE blushes ever! You HAVE to try it out - you won't be disappointed! But I also recommend NOT buying benefits Georgia... It doesn't show upmon me AT ALL and it's terrible. Benefit is so "hit or miss"

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  26. ^ps we have a full review by Francesca of the benefit Thrrob blush on our blog! Check it out! Www.sparklylittlesecrets.blogspot.com

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  27. Normally I don't tend to use coral shades, but I've been eyeing Coralista for ages.

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  28. Are the Hard Candy Fox in a Box dupes for the Benefits powders?

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  29. haha the turban is adorable. cuter blog girl!


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  30. I have Hervana myself and I have noticed that when swatched on the hand it does NOT show up, on my cheeks however it leaves a very subtle glow and I have a very light skin tone. But I still don't think it's worth the $28 and I would probably not repurchase it. I have been interested in trying Coralista and 10 however. Thanks for the review, now I know which boxed blushes to try out and which to avoid!

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  31. like coralista! ^^




    followed your blog, I hope u could follow mine. ^^

    xx

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  32. like coralista! ^^




    followed your blog, I hope u could follow mine. ^^

    xx

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  33. I have all of these except for Hervana and loved them. I think there are other inexpensive alternatives, though, but I still think they were a great investment. My favourite one is Coralista ^^

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  34. I like Hervana! I am very pale though so I don't have a problem with it not showing up on me. It's the only Benefit blush I have so far though.

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  35. I really love Dandelion! It's a nice pink for fair skintones :-)

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  36. Victory won't come to me unless I go to it.



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