Y’all, I am so sad to write this post. I was SO excited to purchase the Benefit Cheekathon Palette. The Benefit Hoola bronzer has been my favorite bronzer since high school but I have never tried any of the Benefit boxed blushes. I honestly have no idea why – they are very popular and the packaging is adorable. So, when I saw this palette I knew it would be an amazing and cost-effective way to try a lot of the Benefit blushes.
My first impression of this palette was that the packaging could NOT be cuter. I took a ton of photos for my blog and Instagram and was trying to figure out how to display it on my vanity. The packaging is a little bulky and heavy, but I expected that from Benefit, and I honestly do not mind.
I started by trying the blush Dallas which looked absolutely gorgeous in the pan. I was surprised that it wasn’t very pigmented. I am someone who likes a lot of blush so I really had to build this up (4+ applications) to get even close to the coverage I was looking for. Once I built it up, the color was gorgeous, but I was disappointed in how long it took me to see some color.
The next day, I tried the blush Coralista thinking it would be perfect for the Spring. This blush did not show up on me at all. I then tried Rockateur – but it just deposited glitter on my cheeks (which in my opinion is even worse than not being pigmented). My friend told me that this is just a glitter overlay but I absolutely HATE when brands do that. Why on Earth would you do that?! Now I have to either have glitter on my face for weeks, or scrape off the glitter overlay just to get to the actual product. Since I had not had luck with the other shades – I thought I might as well try Dandelion next. I could tell just by looking at it that it was not going to be my type of color – and this one did not show up on my skin either.
I am so disappointed. The interesting thing is that I have reached out to a few friends that have this palette (who have a lighter skin-tone than me) and they all LOVE it. In fact, I just checked the Sephora website and this product currently has 103 5-star reviews. The packaging is adorable, there is a very nice array of colors, and it is a great value (it costs $58 and is valued at $145). However, if you are like me and have a deeper skin-tone, enjoy a very pigmented blush, and already have a pretty great blush collection – I would pass on this palette.
Disclaimer: I have received feedback from a lot of fellow makeup lovers that has made me wonder if I received a “dud” product. I am actually considering purchasing another palette to see if there was something wrong with the first one that I bought.