Benefit Dallas Blush Gives Cheeks a Peachy Glow

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When I was growing up in the 80s and listening to hip hop in the ‘burbs, I totally wanted a pony. In terms of transportation, I figured a pony would be soooo much cooler (and much more interactive) than my yellow bike with the banana seat. My bike was a’ight, but a pony would have been able to jump fences when I needed to escape the playground bully (let’s call her Tammy… B*tch, you know who you are!).

I never got the pony, but I think that wanting one partly explains why I like Benefit’s Dallas blush ($28).

Look at the cute box it comes in! I could have been that girl riding the pony, le sigh!

Dallas comes with a small, flat brush with a wooden handle. The wearable color would have made it great to take on vacay if the box had been better constructed for travel. It’s just cardboard and doesn’t snap shut. I could see it withstanding a brief Tabs attack (he’s been into swiping at stuff lately), but it might not do well stored in a checked bag or casually dropped into a big purse.

I really like how pretty the color looks and how it goes with almost everything. For the past few days, I’ve been doing minimal makeup for work, and to give my cheeks a quick, peachy flush, I’ve dusted them with two layers of Dallas.

Benefit Dallas

Price: $28
Use: To give cheeks a flushed, peachy glow
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

Despite wanting a sturdier box, I really like Dallas blush a lot. I’m giving her prime retail space on top of my dresser so she’s available when I need quick color on my cheeks before running out the door.

Agghhhhh! This week is dragging. I have so much crap to get done tonight, but all I really want to do is wrap myself up in a blanket on the couch, eat a Cup O’ Noodles for dinner and watch Sex and the City DVDs.

How are things with you? What was the highlight of your day?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. KK says:

    Hi hun!

    I love their blushes!I have gone through at least 10 “hula’s”…its my #1 bronzer!

    My BF swears by Dallas….I used it one time and I put way too much on…its pretty potent! But it is a great color…I need to re visit it!

    My day is going fantastic! My my highlight was pushing my self at my cardio boxing class tonight and feelin O so GOOD! Man I love to hit that bag!

    Ok off the subject but I am in major need of a great foundation…I loved the MAC mineralize liquid (NC37 holla!) but for some reason it burns near my eye area…and I am not a sensative gal. I love to use my sonya k brush or my MAC 187 to apply. What do you prescribe?

    Have a fun night…I am in bed with the puppies watching project runway! ;)

  2. betsy says:

    That shade is amazing on you! Very natural indeed.

    Hmm, seems like practicality conflicts with prettiness when it comes to BeneFit products…

    betsys last blog post..Memories from France III: Hello Poppy

  3. Karen says:

    Hi KK,

    How fun! I am Tivo-ing it so I can watch it tomorrow morning. :) Give the pups hugs for me…

    I haven’t tried Hula, but Imma give it a go one of these days.

    Cardio boxing sounds fun! Isn’t hitting that bag therapeutic?

    Regarding foundation, as much as I love MAC for color their foundations just don’t work for me. For liquid foundation I like Laura Mercier Oil-Free. You can build it up and it photographs really well. How do you feel about creme/compact foundation? I used to think it would be too heavy and too hard to use, but I’ve been using Chanel Teint Innocence for a few months and I really like it!

    I just got back from the mall (where I got a DKNY bra on sale for $16!!!). Time for some dinner…

  4. Marisol says:

    Very pretty! I once had this product and my sister liked it to much that she swiped it. So I have yet to buy a new one cause I always forget.

    Marisols last blog post..6 Random Things About Me

  5. Karen says:

    Hi Betsy,

    Thanks! :)

    Yeah, I hear ya. It all looks really pretty on a dresser, but isn’t the easiest stuff to travel well. Le sigh!

    Hope you’re having a good night!

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Thanks, girlie! You know what I like about this one, too? The brush is useful. Usually I just throw the brushes that comes with products out, but in a pinch this one isn’t too bad.

    Have you tried Hula? I think that’s next on my list!

  7. Dao says:

    You know, benefit is the brand that I really want to buy but haven’t bought yet. It’s a strange concept but it’s true, at least to me! I really want Dandelion and Benefit Benetint for a looooooooooong time :D A professor of mine has the glowiest peachy cheeks ever and I’m sure she uses Dandelion. Have to love Benefit’s packaging though, so cute!

    Daos last blog post..Adorned with Grace Colors in Action

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    Benetint is fun! I used it back in the day. I want to try “10″ and Hula next!

  9. Stella says:

    What the…that looks gorgeous, and nothing like it looks like in the box! I’ve tried 3 of those Benefit powders and given up, I might have to pick up this one now…

  10. lindsay says:

    I use Hoola sometimes, since my face doesn’t tan no matter how often I go to the beach, and I love it. The brush is so cute, but it gives me streaks when I use it so I use Sephora’s bronzer brush.

  11. jojoba says:

    this is one product that i waited for a long time to get and eventually realized it didn’t work for my skin tone. I love BeneFit Face Powder in Dandelion, Georgia and 10 but I couldn’t use this one. it’s so odd though as I can use Chanel Joues Contraste in 03 Brume D’or which I swatch side by side with Dallas and the two looked very similar…

    anyway, you look good with it on. :)

    ps: I have done a review on Clarins eye shadow quad #40. But I want the one you have! the SA told me it is not here yet. sigh

  12. Asta says:

    I tried Dallas but I think it was too dark for my palest pale complexion. I have thrrrob (light shimmery pink) but I think it’s too pink! I might return it *hemming and hawing*. I think I need to try Nars Super Orgasm blush and then make a decision.

    My friend has dandelion and keeps it in her purse. It’s a medium sized purse, gets jumbled around a lot, and the box has held up really well. I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

  13. Laurie says:

    I love these box ‘o powders! I recently picked up Dandelion and I reach for it constantly. I even wear it as a finishing/highlighting powder at times.

    I would be interested in trying the others too. Thanks for the review! That box is seriously adorable. Does Dallas have a smell to it also? Dandelion has a nice smell.

    Lauries last blog post..What’s for Dinner?

  14. I’ll buy it when they create a Houston blush!

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  15. Shockingpink says:

    I love brown cheeks :)
    My fav. is Bobbi Brown’s Summer Tan

  16. Brittany says:

    I like that this is more of a brownish color than an orangey color. I would not do well with a box that can’t shut though. Things on my bathroom counter like to miraculously fall on the floor whenever I’m not home. I think my cat like to creep up there when I’m away and play with my makeup or whatever else happens to catch his eye up there.

    I finally got to go to Target and play with some of their new makeup lines. I was sort of let down by the JK Jemma Kid stuff. The eye shadows were so silky, but some of them didn’t have the best pigmentation. Although, I did end up picking up the liquid eyeliner you featured a couple of days back in Drama. I love it. I really liked some of the NP stuff, but I about fell over when I realized how expensive it was. I found a concealer or a foundation that I liked a lot but it was like $30 or $32. A little pricey for me, especially from Target.

  17. Erin says:

    I’ve always wondered about this- I have Georgia Peach and love it. I thought this was more brown, and being a pale girl, I thought it wouldn’t be good on me. But this looks lovely! I’ll have to pick it up in my next Sephora order!

  18. Indian Girl says:

    Gorgeous! Looks great on you, Karen! I love Dallas ( the place).
    I am excited about two things : One, my BFF left me a surprise gift in my mail box!Super sweet n thoughtful !
    Two, the Three Custom Color Watercolors for cheeks in Wallflower that I got yesterday. I tried it on last night before going to bed and forgot to take it off. But then guess what, I woke up this morning this super soft cheeks !

    Indian Girls last blog post..How To Care For Your Eyes Video !

  19. p. potter says:

    I really love Dallas; it’s the perfect mix of color and shimmer.

    Personally I tend to stay away from Hoola- my skin is too fair, and it looks kind of muddy on me. But I know others who swear by it.

    I always wanted to try Georgia Peach, but the color is intimidating.

    p. potters last blog post..Humphrey

  20. Glosslizard says:

    Dallas looks great on you! I thought it was a little too peachy for my cool-toned complexion, but I liked the idea!

    BTW, I have “10″ and Dandelion by Benefit, and they actually do travel pretty well if you just wrap a rubber band around them! Not the most beautiful alternative, but functional! :)

  21. Beth says:

    I can’t make my mind up about this one – I’m really pale and I think it might be too much on my skin tone, but if its anything like Dandelion it’ll be a lovely product to use.

    I tend to keep mine in my makeup bag in my bigger bag during the day and its fine, no breakages or lids coming off or anything. I think its the only blush I’ve ever come close to finishing too.

    Beths last blog post..Blah

  22. Shefali says:

    Hey Karen! I adore this color and bought it when it first came out. Love it!! It’s a total go-to color! I’m glad you reviewed an oldie but goodie…it’s cool to hear someone else’s views!

  23. lexi says:

    i have this too and i love it when i initially put it on but a few hours later it disappears. i feel like it would look better on a lighter complexion – that being said I’m going to put it on right now and see if I was just trippin…

    ever try the bronzer in the equally cute cardboard packaging, Hoola? Love it!!!!

  24. April says:

    I’ve got this one and I love it too! I think I’ll use it today now after reading your post! LOL Thanks for the great reviews and keep ‘em coming!

  25. gio says:

    That shade is so pretty! It looks great on you. But I have very pale skin so it’ll probably too dark for me.

    gios last blog post..Ellen DeGeneres is the new face of CoverGirl

  26. K says:

    Will that color look good on pale asian skin?

  27. Loni says:

    The blush looks great on you, and I’m seriously jonsein’ for that box now, too.

    Speaking of cute packaging…I wish you’d review the Harajuku lovers scents. Those bottles are adorable to the nth degree.

  28. Daya says:

    Thank you for posting this! I’ve been on the lookout for a peachy blush (not pinky-peach). Also under consideration is NARS’ Gilda. But then again, I’m also pale :(

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Stella,

    Oh no! Which ones did you try? And why didn’t you like them?

  30. Allie says:

    Isn’t that stuff great? I think I mentioned it in a comment a while ago. I haven’t had any trouble with the box, suprisingly. The top of the one I have fits pretty tightly. Maybe I just lucked out!

    I like Thrrob too, but Georgia Peach does nothing for me (and I have light skin). Weird, huh?

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Lindsay,

    Sephora makes some good brushes. I have a few eye ones from their smokey eye kit from last year. Is the bronzer brush soft?

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Jojoba,

    Thanks, hon! :) I can’t wait for you to snag that Clarins quad. It truly is beautiful. Funny how I wasn’t crazy about when I first saw it, and now I love it.

    My BFF swears by “10″. I will have to try it!

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Asta,

    Have you tried Dandelion, Georgia or 10? Those might be a better fit for your skin tone.

    LOL, knowing me, I’d lose the rubber band and the powder would end up all over my crap!

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Laurie,

    There’s a very faint smell in the box, but I can’t tell when I get the brush near my face.

    I like the idea of Dandelion, but I always assumed it would be too light for my skin tone. Good idea to use it as a highlighter!

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Tokyostargirl,

    LOL, I’d fo’ sho pick up ones called, “East Bay” or “San Francisco.”

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Shockingpink,

    I haven’t tried that shade yet. Is it shimmery?

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    Awww… while you’re away your kitty likes to play with your makeup. How cute!

    I’m glad you’re liking Drama. Have you noticed how it stays on forever?

    I am currently testing a few NP Set Items. Haven’t tried their concealer or foundation yet, though. Now I’m curious… but dang, $32 ain’t cheap.

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Erin,

    :) I was always a lil’ afraid of Georgia Peach because I assumed it wouldn’t register on my skin. I think I might try it as a highlighter…

    Do you like the brush? I usually hate the ones that come with the products, but this one was kinda nice.

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    How sweet of your BFF! What did she send you?

  40. Karen says:

    Hi P. Potter,

    Yeah, Hoola’s one of those cult items. I hope it works for me… we’ll see.

    Georgia Peach scares me a lil’, too. Imma try it as a highlighter, though. I hope it works.

  41. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Thanks, girlie!

    10 is so next on my list. Hope you’re feeling better. Are you well enough for the big Kyu test tomorrow?

  42. Glosslizard says:

    I do like 10, I think you’ll have lots of fun with it! I’ve decided that the cream shadow in Strut is next on my list!

    I’m still not back to normal, but I think I’ll be able to at least go and see the Kyu tests, I’m not going to take falls for Hubby though (*sniff*) as I just can’t even stand the thought of a relapse! I intend to rest up over the weekend and be back on the mat next Tuesday to start working on my 2nd Kyu!

  43. lindsay says:

    Yes, it is..way softer than the one that benefit gives you

  44. Heidi says:

    I’ve had Dallas since I was 17 and I’m 20 now! The little box contains a lot of powder so I don’t have to worry about running out of this babe any time soon. Dallas is a gorgeous mauvey-rose color that makes my face come alive every morning. I usually alternate this with NARS Orgasm. both are awesome!

  45. Joanne says:

    Hi Karen!

    I love Dallas! I was sort of hessitant about using it before because of the shimmer and brownish tone. I didn’t start using blush until a year ago and bought the Benefit’s powder pop that had the 3 popular blushes in one box. I really want the thrrrrob and 10 powder. They’re so quick and easy to use. I’ve also been wanting the NARS outlaw blush. I especially can’t wait for the SATC movie dvd to come out next week. I can’t stop listening to Jennifer Hudson’s song at the end of the movie. It makes me happy.

  46. Jian says:

    Ahh~ Looks nice! I didn’t realise Dallas was meant to be a blush. I thought it was a shimmery bronzer.

    I have Hoola and I love it! Although it must be said that after I dip my brush in it, it makes my brush smell funky. Is it just a weird phonemonen for me??

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