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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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