BENEFIT | CHEEKATHON “KICK UP YOUR CHEEKS” BLUSH KIT (REVIEW / SWATCHES)

The Benefit Cheekathon blush kit ($ 44.50/ 595 kr) isn’t exactly new on the market. Sorry about being a little late on the ball with this one. I’ve had it since it released this past spring and I honestly thought I had done a review on it already. But alas, I was wrong.

This bronzer and blush palette includes 5 full size shades:
– CORALista
– Dandelion
– Dallas
– Hoola
– Rockateur

CORALista (blush)
A coral-pink blush with a hint of pearl. This color looks great on any skin tone, but will look completely amazing on sun kissed skin. This blush gives you a natural flush that lasts all day. Easily my favorite blush ever (together with NARS Orgasm).

Dandelion (blush & brightening face powder)

This is a pink toned face powder that can be used as both a blush and a brightening face powder. For me personally I only use it as a blush, I can’t really see myself using it as a face powder. Maybe it’ll work for lighter complexions? It is however a very pretty pink blush.

Dallas (blush & bronzer)
A beautiful dusty rose face powder thats great for those days when you want to go for a really natural look. It looks great used as a blush. You honestly don’t need bronzer when you wear this. I would however have preferred it more if it had a pearlized finish like the Coralista blush instead of the matte finish it has now.

Hoola (bronzer)
This has to be one of the most talked about bronzers on youtube. I have wanted to try it for ages and I was so happy when I bought this kit because I could finally get to try it. Unfortunately I soon realized that this bronzer is for light skin girls only. It does not show up on my face at all. If you’re a NC30 and under, this will probably look great on you. But if you have darker skin than that, it won’t show up on your face at all. Such a bummer. This is not a universal bronzer and I honestly don’t get the hype. Since some of those youtube girls use crazy amounts of self tanner, I don’t understand how they can use this bronzer. Either way, I’m very disappointed.

Rockateur (bronzer & highlighter)
One of my most used powders in this palette (the other being Coralista). I sometimes use this as a topper to my bronzer to give it that extra glow, but mostly I just use it as a highlighter. It has such a beautiful shimmer and is actually a mixture of baked, powder, cream and fluid textures which is what gives it such great color payoff.

From top to bottom: CORALista, Dallas, Rockateur, Hoola, Dandelion

Looking at these swatches you’d think the Hoola bronzer would show up on me, but no. Unfortunately it does nothing for me. Other than the Hoola bronzer I find that the color payoff is great and most importantly; they last all day. They last me about 8-10 hours. I can’t really speak for the Hoola bronzer since I’ve only tried using it once and that’s when I realized it does not work for my skin tone. But I don’t find the powders to look dusty or chalky and I find that they blend well and look natural on the skin.

As usual Benefit delivers a cute, girly touch to the packaging. It’s not really my thing, I’m not into pink, frilly and girly stuff so the packaging isn’t what I’d prefer. Also, I think that the packaging is a bit bulky and not really travel friendly. Plus, I find that the brush that comes with the palette is a total waste of space and keeps annoying me since it always has to fall out of the palette. You do however get a good sized mirror and honestly, what drew me the most was the price.

You get five face powders for 44.50 US dollars (I Sverige kostar den 595 kr). One of these powders alone will cost you 23,50 dollars (I Sverige ligger de runt 305 – 310 kr/st) which means that you save about 73 dollars getting this palette instead of buying these powders separately. If that’s not a bargain, I don’t know what is. Even if you’re only interested in only two of these powders, it’s still cheaper to buy the entire palette than to buy those two powders separately.

Pros:
+ Cheap
+ You get five full sized products
+ Beautiful shades of blush/bronzer and highlight.
+ Big mirror
+ Good color payoff
+ Stays put all day

Cons:
– Not suitable for all skin tones. Not all of these powders will show up on darker skinned girl/boys (like the Hoola bronzer and the Dallas blush/bronzer)
– Bulky packaging (not travel friendly)
– That damn brush that keeps falling out all the time

All in all? I am super happy with my purchase. I found one of my favorite blushes in ‘Coralista’ and I really love ’Rockateur’ and ’Dallas’. The only powder I’m disappointed with is the ’Hoola’ bronzer, but as it was much cheaper buying this palette instead of the individual powders I can live with it. Definitely one of my best purchases of 2016.

Did you manage to get your hands on the Cheekathon palette? What did you think about it?