I got this palette for 1,900 pesos at Benefit Mall of Asia last November. If you’re one of the few people who were able to snag this, lucky you! This retails for 36USD in the US and in my opnion, the selling price of 1,900 pesos is not bad. Considering the tax, price difference is not that much compared to other Benefit products. And it’s limited edition, plus you get 5 blushes, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. A good deal, right?
I don’t own any of Benefit’s box o’ powders and that gave me the incentive to snag this set. I was not suppose to get this because I ordered the Hourglass Ambient Blush palette. But when I saw Benefit Philippine’s IG post last November and saw the price in the comments section, I made it a mission to get one. It was just too tempting to resist.
More of the review plus swatches after the cut.
According to Temptalia, Bella Bamba and Coralista looks different than the individual box o’ powders. I will leave a link to her post below so you can see her comparison swatches.
They also included a leaflet with Tips and Tricks on how to use the blushes. It’s a cute addition to the set, I think.
Here are some arm swatches for your reference. I am a MAC NC25 skintone.
As you can see in the pictures, Hoola is the only blush that is matte. If you hate shimmery blushes, then you will not like this set. Dandelion is a pale pink with light, barely there shimmer. I like to use this for a no-makeup makeup look. I like the subtlety of this blush and how it brightens your cheeks without the obvious shimmer. Bella Bamba is described as “watermelon pink” and it looks like it in the pan. On my cheeks, it appears a little darker and the shimmer is quite obvious. The glitter is chunkier in this blush compared to Dandelion. Sugar Bomb is a light peachy-pink shade with shimmer. This I don’t like much on my skin. It looks very highlighter-ish on my skin. I think people with fairer skintone will enjoy this blush better.
Rockateur is my favorite of the bunch. It’s labeled as “rose gold” by Benefit and it’s a beautiful pinky-rose brown blush. It looks like it has shimmer in the pan but on the cheeks, it’s barely visible. Coralista looks like a pinker and darker version of Sugarbomb. But then again, according to Temptalia, the original Coralista is pinker. So go figure.
I read that Coralista is being compared to Nars Orgasm and I say they are very different. Coralista is more on the peachy side and Orgasm is pinker. See swatch below:
I really like Hoola for both bronzing and contouring because it does not look very orange on the skin.
Watt’s Up is a cream highlighter that has a champagne-gold color. It has a cream to powder texture and it gives your skin a nice sheen without looking like a discoball. Here’s a swatch comparing it to theBalm’s Mary Loumanizer and Innisfree eyeshadow in shade #23 (but can be used as a highlighter, it’s so freaking niceeee):
Here are some FOTDs using some of the blushes.
The only downside of this palette? The packaging. It’s bulky and takes up a lot of space in my dresser. Argh.
I know you may not be able to buy this when this post is up but I wanted to post a review and show you the swatches since all of the blushes are permanent. I’m not sure if Benefit is really discontinuing Bella Bamba though.
For more detailed swatches and comparison, please check out Christine’s post.
Do you have any of Benefit’s Boxed blushes? What’s your favorite to use for every day?