Friday, November 7, 2014

FRIDAY FAVORITE- Benefit Cosmetics Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’Blushes

Benefit Box 'O Blushes

            Holiday season 2014 is here, and what does that mean?  The limited edition beauty palettes are out, they're beautiful, and we got to act fast.  This gorgeous cheek and face powder set from Benefit Cosmetics is no exception.  The palette is packaged in a seasonal tin resembling a gingerbread house and comes with five blushes, a bronzer, a highlighter, a “tips and tricks" guide and a miniature powder brush.
            I had been lusting over many of the boxed powders from Benefit for awhile now and when I saw this great set at such a good price I couldn't pass it up.  To prove what a good deal this is, one boxed powder from Benefit Cosmetics such as CORALista retails for $28 when you could get six face powders, plus a highlighter in this palette for $36!  Run, don’t walk people.  Below I have provided the breakdown of the palette and also my impression on each shade in the set.  Whether you are just starting out in makeup or want to expand your collection this is a great buy.  As far as packaging goes, c'mon what could be cuter than a blush palette disguised as a gingerbread house? Although the more I use this I realize it may look odd sitting on my vanity come July... Also the palette may be cumbersome for travel considering it's bulky shape.  So as cute as the packaging is, it's not very practical.  A solution for this could be to remove the powders and place them in a z-palette, which could easily be done since the powders are placed in a foam insert in the tin.  Overall I think this would make a great gift and I'm so happy Benefit finally put all their great powders together in one set!
P.S. Random fact: this palette smells phenomenal.  I don’t know which one it is, or what it is, but the palette smells like a rose bush. 

Benefit Box 'O Blushes

Benefit Box 'O Blushes
Shown above the Box O' Blushes tin and the Tips and Tricks Guide
The Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’Blushes includes:
       -Dandelion 0.14 oz. (ballerina pink)
Impression: Very pretty baby pink.  This color is sheer and would probably be suited best for fairer skin tones. 
       -Bella Bamba  0.17 oz. (watermelon pink)
Impression: This is definitely the most pigmented powder in the palette.  It’s described as a “watermelon pink” and has a nice golden sheen.  This blush is also discontinued by Benefit, so if you wanted to try it this palette may be your last chance.
        -Sugarbomb 6.0g Net wt. 0.21 oz. (peach, soft plum, pink and rose )
Impression:  For this powder Benefit instructs you should swirl all the colors together for a “sugar rush flush.”  Ehh, this one didn’t really do it for me.  I’ll have to give it another go, but I felt it was very sheer, and showed as a golden peach on the skin.   
          -Hoola 0.17 oz. (bronzer)
Impression:  This bronzer is a classic.  It is a great neutral matte brown that doesn’t lean too orange or red and will look great on everyone.  It is very pigmented, and great for contouring.  This is a staple in many people’s collections and for good reason. 
         -CORALista 0.17 oz. (coral pink)
Impression: By far my favorite in the palette.  I know this shade has been compared to NARS orgasm many times, but I personally feel it has a stronger orange undertone.  Very natural looking and would look great on all skin tones.   
         -Rockateur 0.17 oz. (rose gold)
Impression:  This was the powder I was most excited to try out.  With all the buzz and great reviews I heard months back with it’s launch, I’m a bit underwhelmed.  The color is pretty but doesn’t really show up on me.  This shade may be better used as a highlighter or layered over a blush such as bella bamba. 
          -Watt’s up! 0.05 oz. (sheer champagne highlighter)
Impression: They were smart to put this in its own covered container.  There is nothing worse than mixing creams and powder in a palette and having a big mess.  I like this highlighter, but have a difficult time finding a way to apply it that I like. (if you guys have any tips let me know.)  I’ll usually apply this to my cheekbones with my fingers and then blend with a stippling brush.  Or dip my beauty blender right in and press it onto the cheeks to highlight.
          -Tips and tricks guide
Impression: This is a complete waste of paper and why all of our trees are being cut down.  If you don’t know how to apply blush e-mail me and we can go over it.
          - Brush
Impression: A little small for applying evenly to the cheeks, but the bristles do pick up a lot of product.  And I really like this brush for contouring, since it’s so little you can really chisel under those cheekbones. 

From Left to right: Hoola, Coralista, Rockateur, Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, and Watt's Up! highlighter

And there you have it, this is an awesome deal and if you are on the fence about purchasing this, hurry because it is limited edition!  I think this would be a great Christmas present for a friend or for yourself.  I like all of the shades in the palette but definitely find myself using CORALista and Dandelion the most.  What is your favorite Benefit boxed powder?   

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