I don’t know about you but I think Benefit is really hitting it out of the park right now with new releases. I’d had my eye on the Benefit Cheek Parade palette since its release back in March and finally decided to get my hands on it after seeing Hoola Lite on my skin at a blogging event – I mean c’mon, how can you say no to a palette that includes 2 new releases and is valued at over £120?!
The palette is made of a sturdy cardboard with a handy magnetic closure and large mirror inside which makes it perfect for travelling, especially when there’s a lovely mix of blushers and bronzers inside. As you can see, Cheek Parade contains 5 beautiful powders – Hoola, Hoola Lite, Galifornia, Dandelion & Rockateur – and I was especially excited as Hoola Lite and Galifornia were still relatively new releases that I’d been meaning to try out.
Hoola – I seem to have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the original Hoola as it’s the perfect bronzer shade for me in the summer months, but one that can look muddy on my really fair skin as we get into autumn and winter. This was the only powder in the palette that I already owned so I was quite happy to pick up another pan for the sake of such a fab palette!
Hoola Lite – Now we’re talking! Hoola Lite, as the name would suggest, is a lighter version that I absolutely can’t get enough of and was one of the biggest reasons why I decided to go for the Cheek Parade palette. Hoola Lite has quickly become my go-to powder for contouring as it’s the perfect tone for my pale skin and gives my face a lovely hint of warmth without looking orange. If you’re also pale and find bronzer a tricky product to get right, definitely give Hoola Lite a swatch.
Galifornia – I’ve become a bit of a collector when it comes to the Benefit boxed blushers so of course I had to get my hands on the newest blusher, Galifornia. Galifornia is a beautiful bright pink blush with a golden sheen running through it, and although it does look very gold in the pan, it’s mostly an overspray that comes off on the first few uses. I’ve loved reaching for this shade during the summer months as it gives the prettiest flush to the cheeks, but it’s one that I’m sure I’ll be reaching for all year round as it’s just too pretty to ignore.
Dandelion – Another powder that’s perfect for paler skin is Dandelion. This light pink blusher adds the prettiest hint of colour to the cheeks and is a great pick if you’re looking for an everyday blush that’s easy to use and goes with just about anything. Those with darker skin can also use this as an all-over powder to give skin a beautiful glowy finish.
Rockateur – Last but not least is Rockateur, a stunning rose gold blusher that couldn’t be more on trend! I’ve been loving reaching for this blush recently as it adds a lovely warmth to my cheeks, but I’m especially looking forward to using it more in the autumn and winter months when I can’t get enough of coppery toned makeup products!
All in all I couldn’t be happier to have finally picked up the Benefit Cheek Parade palette as I’ve used it so much already. It isn’t the most purse friendly at £49.50 but when you consider how much product you’re getting inside, it makes a lot more sense than buying the shades individually at £24.50 a pop. What’s even better is that the palette is currently on offer at Debenhams for £44.55 so make sure you snap up this bargain quick!