Hello again everyone! I’m back with my next post; my long-overdue Cheekathon palette review. This palette was released in April earlier this year, and is made up of five full sized blushes, and also comes with the regular Benefit brush that you would get in any Benefit boxed blush.
From the outside, the Cheekathon palette is simply stunning. In signature Benefit style, the cover is styled in a way that I can only think to describe as ‘new-vintage’. Reminiscent of Las Vegas mixed with old Hollywood, five dancers (who look really similar to Marilyn Monroe in my eyes) dressed in the 5 featured blushes boxes do high kicks; two of which are also holding the familiar Benefit brushes found in the blush boxes as fans, while a ribbon is held above them, reading ‘Cheekathon’. I think the box is so well thought out and imaginative, it’s so pretty to look at! It’s glamorous and girly, and the starry striped background somehow excites me…? It really does make you want to ‘kick up your cheeks’!
The mirror in this palette is fairly large, which is definitely useful if you’re the kind of person who prefers to hold a mirror up to your face while doing your makeup, or if you wanted to take the palette on your travels with you. Personally, I prefer not to hold a mirror, and instead use one that stands up or hangs on the wall. I also would not want to take this particular palette while travelling because it’s actually kind of heavy and is something that is slightly too pricey for a poor little student like myself to risk getting lost, stolen, or broken.
However, you can take the box that the blushes sit in out of the casing, which would be better for you mirror holding people out there, and it definitely makes the palette lighter – just remember to put the blushes away afterwards! For people like me that don’t like holding the mirror, the only way you can use this palette’s mirror is by propping something up behind it, which is fairly easy, but not as easy to set up as just using your usual mirror. Personally, I just don’t bother with it.
In this palette, you get five of Benefit’s many well-loved blushes, including;
- Dandelion; sheer ballerina-pink with a hint of shimmer, buildable colour. Can be used as a blush or a brightening face powder (though I would never use it as a face powder, personally).
- Hoola; pure matte, award winning bronzing powder. Can also be used for contouring.
- Rockateur; rose gold blush, described as ‘provocative’. Formula is a combination of the best features of baked, powder, cream, and fluid textures for brighter results.
- Dallas; doubles up as both a blush and bronzer, gives complexion a sunkissed radiance, suitable for all skin tones.
- Coralista; a warm coral-pink with a hint of pearl for every skin tone. Pairs perfectly with bronzer.
I wouldn’t say that Benefit’s blushes are crazy pigmented, but at the same time, I wouldn’t really want them to be. You don’t ever want to apply blush too heavily or you can look slightly crazy! Instead, you want to start off light and build up to your desired effect. The Benefit blushes are definitely buildable. Dandelion is the least pigmented of the bunch, which I suppose is why Benefit suggests using it as a face powder. However, as a pale girl I would not recommend it for the other pale girls out there – Dandelion still manages to show up pink on my skin at first application.
Rockateur has been one of my favourites in the palette. You can tell it has such a different texture to the other blushes – it’s creamier, softer, and is actually the most pigmented blush in the palette (I consider Hoola and Dallas more as bronzers). Hoola is a cult favourite, and also one of my favourites for bronzing/contouring. I tend not to use Dallas on my skin for fear it would be too harsh on my pale skin.
The brush that comes in this palette isn’t something I find myself getting really excited about. It’s a square, thin brush that could (maybe) be good for contouring/forming lines, but the Cheekathon presents itself as a blush palette; and I don’t know anyone who applies blush as a stripe! Personally, I never have, and probably never will use this brush because in my eyes, it just seems kind of useless. However, the bristles are quite soft. Do let me know in the comments if you have ever used it – do you like it, how do you use it?
Now the bit you’ve probably all been waiting for; the price. The Cheekathon palette retails at £44.50, and though some of you may be slightly horrified at this figure, listen to this:
The single Benefit boxed blushes you can buy at any Benefit counter cost £23.50. That’s just for one blush! In the Cheekathon you get 5 of these blushes, and the sweetest thing about it is that they are all full sized! So you’re not paying £44.50 for 5 mini Benefit blushes; you’re paying for 5 full Benefit blushes! Now for some basic maths, to but everything in perspective:
- 1 Single Benefit Blush: £23.50
- Price of the Cheekathon palette: £44.50
- 2 Single Benefit Blushes: £47 (already more expensive than the Cheekathon palette!)
- 5 Single Benefit Blushes: £117.50 (the full value of the Cheekathon palette)
- How much money you save: £73
You save £73! How incredible is that!? This palette is such good value for money, the blushes are amazing quality and you have 5 new full sized blushes in super pretty packaging! The only downside is that Benefit is not a cruelty free company, so in the future, I will not be repurchasing this palette (unless Benefit make the brilliant decision to go cruelty free and vegan! I will miss this brand dearly).
However, if you don’t mind whether a brand is cruelty free or a product is vegan, definitely go ahead and purchase this palette! They stock it at some Benefit counters, on the Benefit website (though it is currently out of stock), and Sephora for those lucky people who are blessed to live near a Sephora store!
What’s your favourite Benefit blush? How many do you have? Please leave your comments below because I love reading them and responding to them. I hope you’re having a great week, and look forward to my next post which will be up this Friday! I won’t give the full topic away but it has something to do with Make Up For Ever! See you in the next one. ❤
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