Beauty: Benefit Blush Bar Palette + New Gold Rush blush Review

Remember last year's amazing Limited Edition Cheek Parade palette by Benefit? Yes. That one. I've been using it ever since.

Well... Benefit did it again. This year's palette, the Blush Bar,  contains 5 full size blush pans - yes, you read that right, full size. 4 blushes: last year's release Galifornia, the classic Rockateur and Dandelion, and this year's brand new Gold Rush, as well as cult favorite Hoola bronzer.

This palette retails for $78 in Canada. Let's break it down: 1 single boxed blush or bronzer is $38. Multiply that by 5. That's a $190 value! ($145 for my American readers). It doesn't get much better than that. The palette has everything you need: a huge mirror, a blush for every occasion and season, a bronzer you can use to contour or warm up the skin, as well as a convenient little brush (which I personally love for contouring).

Galifornia is a fun and bright pinky coral with a very subtle hint of gold shimmer. It is not as easy to blend as Benefit's other blushes and is very pigmented, so be sure to use a light hand. 

Gold Rush is the brand's newest Box o' Powder and is described as a warm golden nectar blush infused with delicate golden flecks for a sophisticated sheen.

Dandelion is a pale matte pink blush that goes with any makeup look and is extremely flattering on fair skin tones. I wear it very often and love the muted, pretty doll face flush it gives me.

Hoola is a warm, 100% matte bronzer that needs no introduction. It is a dream to blend but can be a little dark for fair skin tones, especially in the colder months.

Rockateur is a little miracle. It is a nude pink with a hint of light reflecting shimmer that makes any skin tone glow with the most gorgeous natural flush. 

A little more on the new Gold Rush blush ($38 CAD): 

I wanted to love this so much. It looks absolutely stunning with its golden overspray and gold nugget texture. However I find that the golden flecks are a little too chunky and tend to accentuate my pores. I'm hoping it's due to the overspray and will keep you posted once the overspray is completely gone. There's also the issue of the scent: while Galifornia has a fairly strong but amazing citrusy scent, Gold Rush's scent contains notes of vanilla and sandalwood which are fairly heavy and tend to linger on my face for hours - I don't hate it, but I also think you should be cautious if you're not a huge fan of scented makeup. 

Both products are available now, however the Blush Bar palette is a Limited Edition, so hurry!

* Please note I received these products complimentary for review purposes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


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