Before I lived in California, I thought it was a place with endless beaches and girls walking around in board shorts and Hollister tees. Afterwards, I realized the coldest winter I ever experienced was not in Michigan, but summers in San Francisco. But when the sun shines, which is most of the time, it is oh-so-glorious! I think I was the most tanned when I was living in California, which is saying a lot coming from a girl who grew up on an island. As I lapse back into my Asian-obsession of fair now that I’m back in Singapore, I’m glad to find this boxed gem of a blush that brings back the gorgeous sun-kissed cheeks that I miss…
Benefit Galifornia is the latest member of the Box O Powder Collection, and it seeks to capture the warm glow of the Californian sunshine. The illustration on the box is supposed to be inspired by surfer girls, which is a stereotype of course, but no less cute and fun to have on the vanity. Housed within is the standard Benefit squarish blush brush which is nice to have in emergencies, but I prefer to use my own.
The lid swings up to reveal a mirror and the gorgeously sculpted blush beneath. There is a golden overspray on the inner rings of the sunburst design, but that sweeps away with the first use and does not change the color of the blush. As with Rockateur [reviewed here], I was happy to find that the intricate pattern of the blush is quite hardy, and does not wear down even after several uses with very enthusiastic swirls of my Wayne Goss 13 brush.
This arm swatch, provided with said brush, give you a good idea of the beautiful color that I have been sporting on my cheeks for the past weeks. On my roughly NC25 skin tone, Galifornia is a warm rosy pink with a fine golden pearl finish. It provides that luminous flush that I love, without emphasizing my pores nor the patchy flare-ups I get occasionally on my cheeks.
If you’re in need of some sunshine, check out Benefit Galifornia in stores now!
This post featured a product that was kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.