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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush : Swatches & Review

Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush
The Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush retails for $29US and $38CAN for 0.17 oz/ 5.0 g of product. You can also get the travel size one at $15US and $20CAN for 0.08 oz/ 2.5 g of product.

Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush, lid art.
Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush, the bottom of the box.
Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush.
Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush, overspray removed from high points
Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush Ingredients:
Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dicalcium Phosphate, Squalane, Glycerin, Fragrance, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 80, Limonene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tin Oxide, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Salicylate, Bht, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, Water. [+/-: Ci 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), Ci 15985 (Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), Ci 45410 (Red 27, Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake), Ci 73360 (Red 30, Red 30 Lake), Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), Ci 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), Ci 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide), Ci 77742 (Manganese Violet), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)].
Product & Colour:
The satin formula is a sheer natural finish that is buildable and applies smoothly on the skin. The coral pink tone of this blush is buildable which is something I found lacking with other benefit box blushes other than Bella Bama which was discontinued. This has an excellent grip on bare skin and over foundation.

Wear: I get 8 hours bare skin and longer with a foundation.

Packaging: Is a costume pattern wrap over a card stock box with a magnetic closure. The box has a nice mirror on the lid inside. The half tapper goat hair brush for applying is relatively soft on my sensitive skin, and I love the new shape compared to the old squared off brushes they have with the other Box powders. That said they could totally make a synthetic one that works just as well. ;)

The pan is embossed with a gold overspray that comes off rather quickly in 3 uses, but that didn't really change the colour on the skin that much, just gave the blush a highlighter look.

Daylight & Flash swatches: Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush, applied heavy and buffed out.

Compare
Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush, CLINIQUE Cheek Pop in 08 Melon Pop, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Tipsy, CLINIQUE Cheek Pop in 02 Peach Pop, & La Femme Blush in Terracotta.
Daylight swatches:  Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush, CLINIQUE Cheek Pop in 08 Melon Pop, CLINIQUE Cheek Pop in 02 Peach Pop, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Tipsy, & La Femme Blush in Terracotta. 
 Flash swatches: Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush, CLINIQUE Cheek Pop in 08 Melon Pop, CLINIQUE Cheek Pop in 02 Peach Pop, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Tipsy, & La Femme Blush in Terracotta. 
CLINIQUE Cheek Pop in 08 Melon Pop is lighter compared to Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush.
CLINIQUE Cheek Pop in 02 Peach Pop is slightly darker and less warm compared to Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Tipsy is slightly darker and matter compared to Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush.
La Femme Blush in Terracotta is darker compared to Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia Blush.

Verdict
I have a rather disappointing relationship with Benefit products in the past, their box powders had a tendency to fade on me in a few hours as well as their gel eyeshadows. So this new shade is a pleasant surprise! It also helps that I find all coral blush flattering and unlike CORALista that just got more shimmer and gold on my skin the pink last so much longer with just a light layer.

The travel size is also a good price for just half the product, so if you want a quality blush for just special occasions or a night out I recommend getting that one. The pretty pattern of the full size will get destroyed anyway. ;)

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