Benefit Box Powders: Dandelion Twinkle, Galifornia, & Hoola Lite

Benefit Box Powders

I’m a big fan of the Benefit box powders and have every one so of course I had to complete my collection with the recent releases of ‘Dandelion Twinkle’ and ‘Hoola Light’.
I’ve been meaning to show you ‘Galifornia’ for a little while but I’ve been a bit busy finishing up my course so I rolled that into this review too. The box powders are thankfully one of the things Benefit haven’t messed with the packaging on and I hope they continue leaving it alone. I love the way they all match and I can easily locate whichever one I want in my drawer whereas other brands blush products leave me hunting in among a sea of black compacts of various sizes.
The box powders cost £24.50 in the UK and contain 3g, 5g and 8g respectively.

Cheek Parade

Benefit Cheek ParadeThere is also a palette set called ‘Cheek Parade’ available for £49.50 which contains full size versions of both ‘Hoola Lite’ and ‘Galifornia’ as well as three other powders.These palettes are a great option for those buying multiple different Benefit powders, to buy these separately would be over £100! It’s very similar to one I’ve looked at on the blog previously, Cheekathon.

Dandelion Twinkle

Benefit’s first powder highlight since the discontinued ’10’; this is a subtle warm peach-pink toned powder with a sparkle. It’s a very fine powder that imparts a natural looking glow, you’re not going to end up looking like the Tin-Man with this little beauty! It blends well and can also be layered up for more effect. This highlight is perfect for fair skins but may also work very well for other skin tones too as I haven’t noticed any chalkiness at all.
I’ve always been a big fan of the original Dandelion face powder/blush (which I’m hitting pan on again!) so I’m glad to see it getting a little sister to wear with it.


A bright coral pink blush with a gold over-spray sun design. The gold glitter doesn’t seem to carry on past the first usage so whatever you do, don’t buy it just for that! The colour is not orangey and not too rosy, it’s quite a unique coral pink. I found it to be very blendable and easy to work with, I also didn’t notice too much kick up with this one. The scent is of pink grapefruit and vanilla but it’s very subtle and you can only really smell it in the box – it’s not an overload like with the Too Faced perfumed products.
While this looks fine on my pale skin tone I think it will come into it’s own on tanned and medium toned skins.

Hoola Lite

This is a lighter version of the popular Hoola bronzer and is aimed at the paler skinned among us, however, it is quite yellow toned so it might not suit all paler ladies many of whom tend to have a cooler, pinkier complexion. Lucky for me it’s right up my alley! I’ve used it practically every day since I bought it! It does kick up quite a bit of product from the pan but the box packaging means that none of that powder is lost.
Just like it’s big sister it is a matte powder – perfect for those of us who like a more natural look – and blends very well.  My main pet hate about the Benefit bronzers is their insistence that you can contour with them. No. Bronzers are not for contouring! Cut it out Benefit and release an actual cool contour powder for heavens sake.

What’s your favourite Benefit powder? If you’re a pale lady, what’s your favourite bronzer or contour product?
Kath x

Benefit Cheekathon

Benefit have released this amazing blush kit, it’s an absolutely bargainous way to collect all of the Benefit box o’ powders blushers as each pan is full sized and the kit costs just £44.50. A single powder £23.50 on it’s own meaning this kit’s value is over £100.


The catch (and there’s always a catch isn’t there?) is that you can only get the kit online directly from Benefit or from House of Fraser.

The kit contains 5 full size pans of blush and bronzer in ‘Dandelion’, ‘Hoola’, ‘Rockateur’, ‘Dallas’ and ‘Coralista’ plus one of their little blush brushes as you would usually get in your box o’ powders.
The magnetic closure cardboard palette has a plastic mirrored surface inside the lid and the same illustration as you can see on the outer packaging is on the top as well on the leaflet that comes with the product. The leaflet gives a few different ideas and tips on application.
benefit1A great thing Benefit have done with the packaging this time around is that they have put the blushes on a removable tray meaning you don’t have to struggle to tear bits out in order to re-use the box! Underneath the tray is a lovely gold surface ready for you to use to store whatever you like be it jewellery or more make-up. I’m glad Benefit have realised that we all like to re-use the boxes!

The Blushes & Swatches

‘Dandelion’ – A brightening ballerina pink with a hint of shimmer

Larger version over on Flickr

‘Hoola’ – A matte bronzer for a natural sun-kissed glow.

‘Rockateur’ – A gorgeous rose gold flush

‘Dallas’ – A blush or a bronze depending on your tone

‘Coralista’ – A warm coral pink with a slight hint of pearl

Overall this is a brilliant buy if you love your Benefit blushes and don’t already have all of these shades or are running low on them. I don’t know how long this set will be around so go get yourself one while they’re hot!

Are you a Benefit fan? Love the blushes but hate on another product? What’s your favourite Benefit product? Do tell me in the comments!

Benefit: Dandelion Shy Beam

Benefit’s latest highlighting product and addition to the ‘Dandelion’ family is ‘Shy Beam’, whose name is obviously (for those who are Benefit fans at least) derived from their popular highlighter ‘High Beam’.

shy beam

Shy Beam is, unusually, a matte liquid highlight. You don’t find so many of those do you? Normally when you hear the word highlighter shimmery, glittery powders spring to mind rather than matte liquids. Shy Beam is packaged similarly but not identically to it’s other liquid highlighter (‘High Beam’) in a bottle with a brush applicator in the lid. This bottle however is a beautiful golden number with a sun-like flower (I presume a dandelion?) design on the cap and little dandelion seeds floating all over the body of the bottle.

The product it’s self is a very delicate baby pink shade that blends a bit too well into skinshy beam swatch1 tones such as my own. Here you can see I’ve swatched it once unblended and once mostly blended  – I was purposely trying not to be too seamless so you’d be able to tell where it was in the photo! I think this would do much better on a more medium to deep toned skin as a highlighter. Quite disappointing given how great both of the previous products that this is bouncing off are for pale girls.

The texture of the product is great, matte but not at all dry or chalky (I’m starting to think we need another word for non-sparkly/shiny that isn’t matte!) and doesn’t emphasise pores so great if you don’t have the best skin texture and usually avoid highlighters as a result. shy-beam-swatch

A plus point I’ve discovered while playing with it is that because it’s matte (but not chalky) and pinkish, it works surprisingly well for helping conceal under eye circles on pale skins such as my own.

dandelion-dew-hero.pngAnother Dandelion product new on the scene is ‘Dandelion Dew’ liquid blush. None of the counters near me have had it in yet though so I’ve not been able to get my hands on it to try it. I promise as soon as I can test this out I will review it for you!

Have any of you darker ladies tried Shy Beam? I’d love to see some swatches of it on darker skin or even how it looks on the face.