benefit boxed powders

benefit boxed powders

benefit boxed powders

benefit boxed powders

Whilst having a makeup area revamp the other day, it dawned on me that I have managed to amass six of Benefit’s popular boxed powders. Blusher is something I evidently cannot say no to and my collection is brimming with pretty powders of all shades and finishes. There is something so appealing about these robust yet ever so charming boxes from Benefit Cosmetics; housing a plethora of gorgeous powders. Some have become absolute trusted favourites of mine whilst others have led to a little disappointment, and are definitely prettier in the pan.

benefit boxed powders

Dallas – a reddy-brown powder that gives you that outdoors flush with a simple sweep of the blush. I really like this boxed powder, not so much for contouring or bronzing, but for giving my face a warm glow and that healthy “i’ve just been galloping through the fields on my pony’ type radiance.

Coralista – a rio carnival in a box. This is by far one of my favourite blushers from Benefit and beyond. A soft coral-pink with golden peach shimmer. Just divine and perfect for a sunshine complexion. This gorgeous powder is a tropical treat for the cheeks, a definite blush crush.

Hoola – evidently one of my most loved powders. This bronzer is great for contouring, dusting your skin with a matte finish and no glitter, sparkles or shimmer. This warming powder is highly pigmented but thankfully blends really easily if you get a bit too heavy-handed on application.

benefit boxed powders

Sugarbomb – maybe one of my most anticipated purchases but probably the one that prompted the most disappointment. A shimmering mosaic of soft plum, peach, pink and rose, these powders can be used alone or swirled together for a sugar rush flush. Sadly I don’t love the finish of this powder on my skin – I find it far too shimmery and not pigmented enough. On me, it is more of a pretty highlighter than a full on cheek colour.

10 – this bronzing and highlighting duo literally has my love split in half. On one side the highlighter is lovely, a silvery satin-pink powder that gives the cheeks such a pretty dusting. As for the bronzer, I really should love it as it has a gorgeous golden sheen, but unfortunately it didn’t do much for me. For contouring it isn’t very pigmented and is a far cry away from Hoola.

Thrrrob – a pale cool pink with silver glitter, this (discontinued) powder is very pretty but very subtle, purposefully designed to be an all over face powder rather than a blush. The silver sparkles are chunky, and again it isn’t that pigmented so it is more apt as a pinky-silver highlighter than anything else.

Benefit boxed powders are all 10g -12g and retail at £23.50, which can seem like a lot of dollar to pay, but compared to MAC blushers for example (6g for £17.50) you are getting a lot more for your money. I really like these products, they are fun with their cute girlie designs and the boxes make for perfect portability! All I would say is that the mini brushes that come with the powders are pretty redundant and I always discard mine right away.

Which is your favourite Benefit powder?

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  1. 8th February 2012 / 8:12 pm

    What an amazing post, I don't own any Benefit powder but I've been thinking about it, this post was really helpful x

  2. 8th February 2012 / 8:18 pm

    I love Coralista 🙂 Would recommend the new Hervana, it's really pigmented and lovely xx

  3. 8th February 2012 / 8:19 pm

    iv always wanted to try a benefit box powder especially corallista 🙂
    great post

    Beautiful Dreams

  4. 8th February 2012 / 8:28 pm

    My favourite is coralista! I want to get my hands on their new one – Hervana! 🙂

  5. 8th February 2012 / 8:36 pm

    great post milly! hoola is definitely my favourite, i've got dallas, dandelion and coralista too! i found dandelion to be like thrrrob, more of an all over face powder, but after rediscovering a free kabuki style brush with rimmel which picks up the colour really well i can finally wear it as a blusher!

  6. 8th February 2012 / 8:40 pm

    Fab post Milly! I have a hard time saying no to blushers too, still don't know why i have fifty same shades of baby pink.. I tried to love Hoola but i look like i've slung mud on my face, love being pale ay! Benefit always bring out the mini box sets each christmas containing three of the box powders in one, and so far i'm loving Coralista, it really is Rio Carnival in a box -love it! xxx

  7. 8th February 2012 / 8:43 pm

    Embarrassingly I don't own ANY Benefit blushers :(! I'd absolutely love to though, although my student bank account doesn't quite agree. I am really fancying Coralista at the moment, or maybe Hoola xxx

  8. 8th February 2012 / 8:59 pm

    I absolutely adore 10! It's perfect on my skin and the bronzer is quite pigmented on me…I am very pale though!

  9. 8th February 2012 / 9:08 pm

    I'm a huge fan of Benefit's boxed blushers/bronzers too! I'd have to agree that Hoola is the best and I really want to try Dallas now too! xx

  10. 8th February 2012 / 9:09 pm

    These are so cute! I've never tried any Benefit powders but really want to now!

  11. 8th February 2012 / 9:21 pm

    Hoola is my make-up bag staple! I don't think I'll ever stop loving it, been using it for years!

    The Deer Head


  12. 8th February 2012 / 9:22 pm

    I love Hoola too! Its the best bronzer Ive used. I especially love that its matte.

    Coralista is lovely, I don't use it much in the winter, I use it lightly in the summer.

    I also love Dandelion which is a really pale pink


  13. 8th February 2012 / 9:22 pm

    coralista has such an amazing finish, love it 🙂 x

  14. 8th February 2012 / 9:24 pm

    I really want Coralista it looks so pretty xx

  15. 8th February 2012 / 9:25 pm

    I am still yet to own a Benefit box blush but want so many! I am planning on buying Hervana when I next get paid 🙂

    Love your collection!!

  16. 8th February 2012 / 9:49 pm

    Coralista looks gorgeous, might have to pick it up next time I'm near Benefit!

    I bought the new Hervana blush last week and I've been wearing it every day since, it's GORGEOUS!

  17. 8th February 2012 / 9:50 pm

    I absolutely adore their new one 'Hervana', the colour is just perfect! I'm always a sucker for beautiful packaging! x

  18. 8th February 2012 / 10:25 pm

    I only own Dandelion and Thrrrob but I really want to get my hands on Hervana to add to my Benefit collection. I do like these blushes but the packaging is bulky and more often than not I can't fit a benefit blush in my makeup bag so I use something else. I'd prefer the packaging to be more slimline but still the amount of product you get, just less packaging.


  19. 8th February 2012 / 10:50 pm

    Great Post Milly! I have to say my favorite is actually Dandelion (not mentioned) – i love it all over my face as a pretty perk me up!

    Georgia |
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  20. 8th February 2012 / 11:55 pm

    I love Coralista! Have to agree about the brushes, waste of time! x

  21. 9th February 2012 / 12:07 am

    Oh my god I haz the jealousy!
    Love these powder blushes!


  22. 9th February 2012 / 12:45 am

    Great post ! So useful ! Thank you for the beautiful pictures ! xx

  23. 9th February 2012 / 2:06 am

    Great post! i thought sugar bomb was a dissapointment too! stunk! esp after all the hype!

  24. 9th February 2012 / 3:01 am

    I love Hoola – just got it and loving it.
    Never tried any of the others though….
    Always wanted to try Coralista though.

  25. 9th February 2012 / 8:44 am

    Someone is a blusher addict!!! Oh yes – me too! 🙂 I love blushers. 🙂 I have almost every Boujois one and I want to get Benefit too. I was thinking to get Sugarbomb, but after your review I'll see what else can I buy. Thank you Milly! X

  26. 9th February 2012 / 10:23 am


    I really want to try the new hervana one!

    Love Katrien

  27. 9th February 2012 / 12:12 pm

    I use coralista – best blusher ever and it lasts for ages!



  28. 9th February 2012 / 12:37 pm

    I swear by Coralista! I think the colour is amazing and it smells gorgeous. I love smelling it on my face all day 🙂
    I also use Dallas as a contouring powder but I think it can be tricky to use because sometimes the colour can make you look almost muddy :/

    I really enjoyed this post, gave me a good insight into all of the Benefit powders!


  29. 9th February 2012 / 7:07 pm

    omg u seem to have all of them!
    would die for this collection, i only have 2 of them

  30. 9th February 2012 / 8:51 pm

    I love Benefit blushers but I only have coralista! I want to try Dallas, Hoola and the new Harvana one!!!

    Gem x

  31. 9th February 2012 / 9:12 pm

    I really like Benefit blushers, I have Sugarbomb and it's such a nice combo of colours. They all are, really! Going to buy the hervana one next time i'm out! xxx

  32. 9th February 2012 / 9:47 pm

    Such cute packaging! x

  33. 10th February 2012 / 2:48 am

    I love the coralista blusher and Bella bamba! I love benefits packaging, so cute and always makes me excited to use their products! 🙂

  34. 10th February 2012 / 8:21 am

    They've decreased the new boxes to 7 or 8g now be warned!! My favourites are Coralista, 10 and Dallas!! Thew new Hervana is good too. Xx

  35. 12th February 2012 / 11:00 pm

    LOVED this post – definitely want to go out and get some Coralista now…!

    love Myfanwy,