Monday, 4 July 2011

Benefit Coralista - Review and Swatches

My first review is going to feature one of Benefit's best-selling boxed powders...Coralista!

This was actually the first Benefit item I purchased; I don't love the packaging which, while being super-cute, is made of cardboard. This might not be a problem for “normal” girls out there. However, I am unbelievably clumsy so I'm terrified (and 100% convinced) that one day, maybe far from now, it will inevitably meet it's enemy: water. Adios cute packaging.

Let’s take a closer look.

The facts

What Benefit says:  Our warm coral-pink cheek powder is your "coral blush for a tropical flush"! This shade cheers up every skin tone in seconds.

So true!

Benefit's Coralista is a coral toned blush. It has lovely pink undertones so I wouldn't classify it as a peach. It comes in a very cute but impractical cardboard box. I do like the box aesthetically speaking....but as I said before, it is not the best for clumsy girls and it's not great for travelling either. If you do take it with you, make sure you don't leave it lying around in your bag because it will look shabby in no time, corners in particular.
Coralista box

I don't like the fact that there is no mirror. Minor drawback however since the quality of the actual blush is fantastic. I love the colour; it looks light but shows up in a very flattering way on my medium-olive toned skin. The texture is also fantastic. It's buttery, smooth and oh so pigmented! It only takes a couple of swipes to get a nice flush of colour on my cheeks, possibly only one on fair skin. It's shimmery but not over the top. No excessive glitter, which I hate.

Coralista comes with a wooden brush. I don't particularly love said brush as the bristles are quite hard (I use my Sephora kabuki brush instead). It's good for touch-ups though, especially if you don't like carrying that much make up with you.
Coralista brush1

Coralista brush3

Coralista is scented; it's quite light and "peachy", normally it doesn't bother me. However, when I am suffering from allergies, I steer away from this (and anything else which has even the lightest scent). So if you suffer from allergies, this may be something to consider.
Coralista blush

Benefit retails at 32€ in Italy for 12g (28$ in the US... definitely cheaper). I don't think we'll be getting 12 grams for much longer; it says 8 grams on the Benefit website, though the price will be staying very much the same. It's quite expensive but I expect it to last a long time. I've had mine for about two months and I've used it almost every day; it still looks brand new. The colour really does go with every possible look and personally I think it works well throughout the year. In terms of wear, it lasts for about 6 hours without needing touchups and then fades slightly. It may last longer if worn over primer but I haven't used any in a while. I'm not a fan of slathering silicone on my skin.
Coralista benefit

Coralista blush

In conclusion..

  • Lovely colour
  • Beautiful texture and pigmentation
  • Good lasting power
  • Very cute packaging
  • Good amount of product
  • Subtle shimmer
  • Very versatile

  • The scent (if you suffer from allergies or if you don't like scented makeup)
  • The price
  • The impractical packaging (I know, I put the packaging in the pros! Point is, either you hate it or you love it!)
  • There is upside-down writing on the box (I'm not sure why this annoys me but it just does...!)

Final verdict

Product: 15/15
Value: 6/7
Ease of Use: 4/4
Packaging: 2/4

Overall: 27/30 (A) - I love the product so much that I'm willing to overlook the non practical packaging.

Despite the cons, I think it's great. The actual powder for me is an A* but the packaging just doesn't do it for me. Still a fantastic product, very high quality...a staple in my makeup bag!

...More pictures and swatches!

Coralista brush2

Coralista brush4

Coralista swatch

Coralista swatch

 Sorry about the huge watermarks on the last two images..!!

Disclaimer: No, Benefit did non send me Coralista. I wish they did send me products, but unfortunately, they don't. I am not being paid to review this, these are my own, honest opinions.

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