Behold! In my hand, friends, isn’t just the latest holiday set from Benefit. What we have here is bonafide makeup history!
Yes, years from now, when some intrepid filmmaker/makeup lover makes a Behind the Music-style documentary about Benefit and the Bene-babes who love it, the new $36 Cheeky Sweet Spot Box O’ Blushes will get a mention, for sure, since it’s basically Benefit’s version of the moon landing.
For the first time ever, the brand is releasing a palette filled with their famous Box O’ Blushes (and one rand-o pan of Watt’s Up Illuminator) in a limited edition holiday set.
Cheeky is one of several holiday sets on Benefit shelves right meow, and I’d venture to say it’s a tempting one based on the crazy affordable price.
For $36, you get six Benefit blushes, each in a generous 0.17-oz. pan.
To put that in perspective, a single full-size 0.25-oz. Benefit blush regularly costs $28, so $36 for six, even though they’re smaller, has the makings of a good deal.
Unfortunately…there’s a catch, and it’s a big one. Several of these shades look completely different from their counterparts in the permanent line.
Wait — what?!
Yeah. Like, way different. Coralista, for example, looks peachier, lighter and less pigmented to me than the regular version.
I usually wear it as a blush, but I’ll probably have to use this one as a highlighter…unless I feel like spending the extra time layering, doop-da-doo.
Same thing with almost all of these shades. To my eye they’re noticeably different from their namesakes in the permanent line.
Not to say that I don’t think these are still pretty in their own way… They’re just not what I expected. It seems like these versions are sheerer and more infused with peach than the regular shades.
I’m thinking that they might be a good fit for lovelies with light and medium skin tones, particularly those who like warmer shades. If your skin is around my shade or deeper, however, many of these may work better for you as highlighters.
I hope Benefit tries this Boxed O’ Blush palette concept again, ideally with the same $36 price (and with colors that are truer to the originals).
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Benefit counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,