Benefit Cosmetics has released a great value set which is the Cheekathon Blush Kit. This palette contains five full-size Benefit blushes and a brush for €59 Euro. A single full-size blush costs €33 Euro, so you’re saving €106 Euro with this set! I love the Benefit Hoola Bronzer and I was always curious about the other Benefit blushes, but never purchased another shade because of the the price. When I saw the palette, I of course had to have it. So for this post, I’m going to review Benefit Cheekathon Blush Kit.
Like every other product in the Benefit range, the packaging is awesome. In my opinion, Benefit creates one of the best product packages of all the make-up brands. The Benefit Cheekathon Blush Kit comes in a box with a drawing of can-can dancing girls who are wearing Blush Boxes of each blush that is included in this palette, which are Rockateur, Dallas, Hoola, Coralista and Dandelion. The front of the palette has the same drawing as the box.
The back of the Benefit Cheekathon Blush Kit is frosted gold with light pastel pink stars, circles, sprinkles and some extra information on the content of the palette. The palette itself is made of a hard cardboard material. I would say that the palette is about the same size as an A5 paper format.
The Benefit Cheekathon Blush Kit has a magnetic close. The top part has a nice big plastic mirror. The inside of the palette has the same gold/pastel pink details.
The top row of the Benefit Cheekathon Blush Kit consists of the blushes Dandelion, Hoola and Rockateur. The bottom row contains Dallas, Coralista and the Face Powder Brush. The brush is always included when you buy one of the individual shades. It feels very soft and is perfect to use on the cheeks. I used this brush to apply the blushes (except for the Hoola Bronzer) on my cheeks, which you will see down below.
Here are the swatches of the Benefit blushes from left to right: Dandelion, Hoola, Rockateur, Dallas and Coralista. All the powders feel super soft and finely milled, some a bit softer than the other but the difference is very slim. The shades are not super pigmented are very subtle. I prefer pigmentation like this for blushes because I’m not a super-bright-blush-in-your-face type of person. I like a more natural look and don’t want to blend for an hour to make my cheeks look less clown-y. All these shades are nicely blendable and appear very soft. All the blushes have a different scent which I can’t make out what it is. I can’t find any information on the scent on the Benefit Cosmetics website. They are all very subtle and is only noticeable for me when I open the palette and when I really put my nose on top of the powders.
Before/After Benefit Hoola Bronzer
I’m starting with the Benefit Hoola
Blush Bronzer because I apply this more on the contouring areas like the hollows of my cheek and top of more forehead, whereas I apply a blush on the side/top of my cheeks. I’m also using the bronzer for the rest of the before/after pictures alongside with the blushes, because I love how the Hoola Bronzer gives my face some extra shape and dimension and also some warmth which you can see very faintly in the before/after picture. The Hoola Bronzer is a neutral matte brown and completely matte for a natural looking tan.
I was already familiar with the Hoola Bronzer, it was my first matte bronzer ever and I used it completely a few years ago already. I didn’t repurchase this shade because I was trying other bronzers, but I’m happy to have this in my stash again. I also have reviewed the newest additions to the Hoola Bronzer family, which you can read here.
Before/After Benefit Dandelion (including Hoola Bronzer)
The Benefit Dandelion Blush is a ballerina-pink blush with a subtle shimmery/satiny finish. This blush brightens and makes my cheeks look more radiant and glow-y. Dandelion is very subtle on my skin tone and looks natural, which I adore. I didn’t think I would like this shade as much as I do, but I actually think this is my favorite one of the whole bunch because of the subtlety and natural effect.
Before/After Benefit Rockateur (Including Hoola Bronzer)
The Benefit Rockateur Blush is a rose gold blush with a metallic sheen. Looking at the pan, I thought that this blush would look very frosty, but I’m really surprised that this wasn’t the case. The blush gives a beautiful sheen with a subtle rosy color with a gold shimmer. The radiance/sheen is much stronger compared to Dandelion.
Before/After Benefit Dallas (Including Hoola Bronzer)
The Benefit Dallas Blush is a bronze, rosy blush with a shimmery/satiny finish. At first looking at the pan, I thought that this might be a bronzer like Hoola, only more warm/red toned. The finish however is completely different. I would personally use Dallas as a blush or use as a bronzer by applying the shade on the highest points where the sun would hit your face (so highest points of cheecks, forehead, nose and chin) for a sun-kissed look. I wouldn’t use this on the contouring areas like I did with the Hoola Bronzer. The gold shimmer really stands out on my cheeks and are making them look very glow-y.
Before/After Benefit Coralista (Inclding Hoola Bronzer)
Lastly, the Benefit Coralista Blush is a warm, coral pink blush with gold shimmer. This shade looks extremely similar to Nars Orgasm. The coral shade warms up the face and the gold shimmer really stands out and makes my cheeks look very shiny an shimmery. Together with Dallas, I think this shade is the most noticeable with the most color pay-off and has the least natural looking finish.
All the blushes in the Benefit Cheekathon Blush Kit are nicely blendable and can be build up in color for a more stronger and noticeable effect, without looking too extreme. I think this could only happen with the already more noticable shades, Dallas and Coralista. Seeing the pictures right next to each other, the shades almost look the same, but you can definitely tell more of a difference in real life. The difference would also be more noticeable on a more light to fair skin compared to my skin tone. The Hoola Bronzer and Dandelion are my favorite shades in this palette. I think it’s definitely worth it to check the palette out.
The Benefit Cheekathon Blush Kit is available for €59 Euro at selected Douglas stores. If you want to know if your Douglas Store is one of the selected stores that sells Benefit products, check Douglas.nl for the availability. The website also had the palette available, but is unfortunately already sold out. The page also has completely disappeared so I can’t say that the palette will return on the website.
Which Benefit Blush is your favorite?