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Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot - Box o' Blushes Review

Benefit make - up is some of the best there is. Their products tend to do what they claim and I own quite a few of them.
However, Benefit costs a little more than average drugstore products, with most of their products £15 +. Yet, one thing Benefit do well is amazing, value for money gift sets. The Box o' Blushes is one.

Firstly, the packaging is gorgeous. The tin the blushes come in is so cute and could be left out when you aren't using it. The downside is that it you cannot remove each product from the tin so it may be a little excessive if travelling. 

The set features six of Benefit's best selling box o' powders (clockwise: Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, Hoola, Coralista and Rockateur) as well as a brush and the Watt's Up! highlighter. Unfortunately, my photography doesn't do the products justice but the colours are beautiful! I did try to swatch them but it was difficult to show their true colours. 

Dandelion - for people with pale skin like me, this is particularly wonderful as sometimes blushes can make you look drained. This blush is a pale pink with a tiny shimmer to it and looks beautifully natural. You can apply this just on the cheeks or lightly sweep it over your face.

Bella Bamba - this watermelon blush is quite dark with slightly more shimmer to it than Dandelion. If you have pale skin, use sparingly on the apples of your cheeks for a more obvious blush. 

Sugarbomb - this blush consists of four colours and is slightly shimmery. Swirl them all together for a gold toned shimmer (yet still quite natural) and sweep over cheeks.

Hoola - this is a matte bronzer and is AMAZING for contouring. I use a contouring brush to define cheekbones with a really natural finish or you can sweep it over your chin, cheeks and forehead for a natural looking tan. 

Coralista - similar to Sugarbomb but a little more orange. A really pretty, shimmery (reasonably natural but use sparingly) coral colour that would be great for summer. Apply to the apples of your cheeks.

Rockateur - soooo gorgeous. This blush has a subtle shimmer and is a rose - gold colour. I was quite surprised that it gave a natural finish, particularly as it looks quite dark and I have very pale skin but with a light touch to the apples of the cheeks. 

Watt's Up! - I have never used highlighted much before but this gives a really subtle finish to a make up look. Apply to cheek and brow bones. Start with a little as you can build it up as different amounts in different places can suit different people.

One of the best things about this is the price. Individually, the blushes are £23.50 but the set is £29.50 for all six plus a highlighter. And, in Debenhams at the moment it is only £19.66!!!

I think my favourites are Dandelion and Rockateur for blush and Hoola for contouring. What about you?



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