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.

Galifornia

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

New Rosie For Autograph: Insta-Glow

Rosie's Insta-Glow

I hadn’t seen any press releases or even other bloggers mentioning these ‘Insta-Glow’ powders but one day while shopping I spotted these new additions on the Rosie stand in M&S and decided to investigate. Given the high quality of the other products I’d tried from the brand and how much I’d liked the highlighting products especially, how could I not?

Rosie's Insta-Glow

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Colourpop Sale Haul & First Impressions

Colourpop HaulAfter trying my first Colourpop lippies a little while back I just had to try some more of their products! I took my chance when there was a sale on a few weeks ago to pick up a few different things to try out. Now they’ve arrived and I’ve had time to play with them all I’m going to share my haul and my first impressions on the products with you guys.

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MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighters

I had steered clear of these previously thinking that coloured highlighters wouldn’t look so good on pale skin but I was surprised to find that these actually work quite well.

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I have three shades of this easy-on-the-pocket highlighter to try out, they are ‘Iridescent Gold’, ‘Pink Shimmer’ and ‘Opalescent Amber’.

26996299956_b430d76257_m‘Iridescent Gold’ is the most immediately noticeable and strong of the three powders when it comes to finger swatches as it has quite a strong white base to it. It’s also the most glittery of the three.
I think this could double up very well as an inner corner highlight to go with your eyeshadows. As it’s quite a pale gold rather than blasting the yellow I think this is actually surprisingly pale girl friendly.

‘Pink Shimmer’ appeared to me to be the subtlest of the three shades in terms of pigment and blended very well 26424090124_d413e88990_mwith my pale skin. I can see this being quite a versatile shade and suiting quite a wide variety of people depending on the look they were aiming for. I would definitely say this shade was pale girl friendly despite my initial concerns about coloured highlighters. This picks up the cool tones in my skin and pulls them forward which is quite interesting.

‘Opalescent Amber’ seemed less glittery than the
lighter two shades and more of a pearl finish by comparison. On my skin it was more of a shimmery blush than a highlight, I think this one will perhaps come into it’s own on darker skins.

26935526232_0108e3c25b_mTexture wise they all feel surprisingly rough to the touch while in the pan but at £3 for a massive 7.5g of product I don’t think we can expect them to be as finely milled as high-end powder highlighters like those from MAC or Becca.
There is a fourth shade in the range (‘Radiant Cashmere’) but unfortunately I haven’t found it in stock anywhere to swatch it or purchase it. Guessing from the images online I would think it would fall somewhere in between ‘Shimmering Pink and ‘Opalescent Amber’.

The Swatches

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Swatched left to right are ‘Iridescent Gold’, ‘Pink Shimmer’ and ‘Opalescent Amber’.

The one that picks up best on camera and is also the most noticeable in person is by far the gold shade while the other two are much more subtle with Amber actually looking more like a blush shade. It does have a sheen that isn’t picking up here but  it’s not super shiny at all.
Amber would provide a glowing blush for someone of my skin tone rather than a highlight.

Packaging wise these come in white plastic compacts with clear lids that I personally am finding very difficult to open! Not something I want to be struggling with and breaking nails on first thing in a morning trying to get into it. The lids of the compacts in particular feel as though they wouldn’t take much in the way of banging around in a make-up bag, they feel quite brittle and like they could shatter if dropped. I might de-pot them into another container that’s easier for me to use and get into!

Have you tried these highlighters? If I was to try another coloured highlight what would you recommend?