Palette of The Week: Benefit’s Cheek Parade…

I know conventionally this series has been all about the eyes, but I thought it would be fun to switch things up… or maybe I was just desperate to share my thoughts on this and realised I’ve been using it every single day anyways. 


I had to do it, guys. If you follow me on social media, you’ll have seen my raving on and on and on about ow badly I wanted to get my hands on this palette. As obsessed as I am with makeup, I rarely play around with cheek products. I have my holy grail couple of bronzers and blushes and I rarely play around with others. For some reason, sometimes I just lust after products. I can’t quite explain or understand why I love them, but a part of me just knows that buying them will bring me joy; this was one of those. So, I bit the bullet and went for it.


The excitement never died down. As I tore it open, my jaw dropped. It was so beautiful. Much more beautiful than it had seemed in the millions of photos and swatches I searched. I tried it out instantly.

I should begin my mentioning a crazy fact; I’ve never used any Benefit cheek products. I know. I’ve always found the little boxes to be so cute, but as I said – I rarely try out new cheek products (aside from highlighters obviously). I’d heard amazing things about the brush that comes with Benefit products so I decided to go in with it- bad call. I’m not sure if it was the powders themselves or the brush, but one of them was way-way too pigmented. So I went back to my brush, I don’t like to pack on cheek products.

Once that was all sorted- I was in love. I started with Hoola Lite- expecting it to be too light and to have to reach for Hoola, but this was honestly the perfect shade for me. It gave me a completely undetectable contour and bronze- I don’t know how to explain it. You couldn’t tell I had product on, it really looked natural and just like a natural shadow. I absolutely love how this looks on, and on some days I do like to pack on some Hoola if I’m going for a more bronze-y look. But I’m super happy because I was concerned that I wouldn’t get any use out of Hoola Lite.


Now let’s all address the elephant in the room, or the star of the show as I like to call her; Galifornia. When Benefit released this beauty a while ago we were all obsessed, and I think its presence in this palette was a big part of its appeal. Unfortunately I already dug into it repeatedly, so you can no longer see the gorgeous gold film it came with- but for those of you that were concerned, you’ll be pleased to know the gold glitter is just a top layer that brushes off instantly. The colour itself is the richest most beautiful coral I have ever seen. I generally love peach blushes, and this one is a beauty. It looks so buttery and juicy on the cheeks- haha sorry that’s the only way I can put it. I’m obsessed with this and can’t wait for it to be my summer blush!

I had to show Dandelion a lot of love too, after all, I’m mostly wearing light baby pink blushes on a day to day basis so I reached for this a lot. It is just that, the perfect baby pink blush. It is also really barely detectable on the cheeks and just gives me a flush of colour. Now, Rockateur is an OG blush I’ve wanted to try for ages and ages- and it did not disappoint. I worried it might be too glittery or shimmery, but it isn’t at all! It just gives a beautiful clean sheen to the cheeks that catches the light beautifully. I love the deep mauve/pink colour to it- gorgeous!


The formula overall of these blushes and bronzers was insane. I was worried they might be a bit powdery, but I’ve never honestly used a cheek product that blended as beautifully as these. They really do just melt into your skin and blend so easily. I was so impressed with this- and if I’m honest I’m pretty sure it’s all I’m going to use for my cheeks until I hit pan! I’ve had it for almost a month now and it is all I use- I haven’t felt the need to reach for anything else, not once!

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30 Comments Add yours

  1. Ooooh my god “galifornia” is a total beauty!x

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  2. Kali Borovic says:

    It could just be because I haven’t had my second cup of coffee, but I think you have the same paragraph written twice. Lovely palette and photos per usual! xx.

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    1. Omgg how silly of me! Don’t even understand how that happened. Thank youuu for having my back girl haha, I never would have noticed xx

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      1. Kali Borovic says:

        I gottchu girl! It happens to all of us! Still a lovely review xx.

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  3. I’m also not a blush kind of girl for some reason. I always think I’ll look like a clown ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ But I love the palette this looks really beautiful! And it’s great that it blends so well.

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  4. Stella says:

    Ugh. Thos palette is so pretty! Benefit blushers are some of the best – dandelion is a personal fav!

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  5. This is such a high quality review. I loved your personality shining through and for those who aren’t sure if they should buy this, your information and opinion were honest and very helpful. I love Rockateur and will probably end up buying it eventually; it just has the best sheen ever!! Your photos were also so stunning and you really do have an amazing blog! xoxo

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    1. Oh my god you’re too sweet! Thank you thank you thank you- that means so much!! xxx

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      1. Of course, you deserve all the best! xoxo

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  6. This palette is absolutely gorgeous, I have never tried any cheek products from Benefit but this post has made me want to go out and buy both Hoola and Galifornia!Xxx

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    1. You shouuuld, I hadn’t tried any before this too- it’s a dream! Thank you for reading xx

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      1. I might have to!!Xx

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  7. This palette is so gorgeous! Love their blushes for a natural look.

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    1. Yeah they work so beautifully!! Thank you so much for reading Mckenz xxx

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  8. Beautiful palette! I love sparkly blushes!!
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    1. I usually don’t but I actually loved these! Thank you for reading xx

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  9. Daniela says:

    Haha, another item on my wishlist ๐Ÿ˜†

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    1. You need to go for it haha, it was on my wishlist for so so long too and I just couldn’t resist anymore! Thank you for reading xx

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  10. georgicox says:

    I’m dying to buy this! Almost hit pan on Galafornia already; I’m obsessed! Gorgeous photography in this post xx

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    1. It’s such a gorgeous colour honestly I think I’ll buy the full size once this runs out! Thank you so muuuch xx

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  11. alisonluck says:

    I adore the dandelion blush! I love benefit products but I’ve never tried the hoola bronzer. After this review I think I might go for hoola lite, and I definitely need to get on it!

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    1. Yess you should honestly, it really does give off a beautiful colour I thought it was too light to do anything! Thank you for reading xx

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  12. Dasa Lavric says:

    Such a nice palette, packaging is adorable too ๐Ÿ˜

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  13. Starluster says:

    I’ve only used one benefit product so far, but I have so many of their products on my wishlist. This palette is giving me such feels. I love that the pans are generously sized as well. Defno adding this to my wishlist!

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  14. Tigritsa says:

    This is actually a cheek palette I would be willing to buy. I like all the colours in there! I like the Hoola bronzer already but I want to try the Hoola Lite because I think that would be perfect in the winter!

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  15. Victoria says:

    I loooove. All their bestsellers are here in this one palette! ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t actually tried any Benefit cheek product before too. But I’m definitely looking into this palette. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. You should honestly it’s been so amazing, the perfect introduction to their cheek products haha xx

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  16. Ritta says:

    Hey! Was wondering what’s your go to blush brush? And bronzer brush for this palate? Thanks!

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    1. My go to blush brush is the Real Techniques Blush Brush. As for bronzer I swear by Morphe’s Angle Blush Brush ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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  17. This was a lovely post! I have a similar palette from Benefit but it’s older from a couple of Christmases ago- so it doesn’t have Hoola Lite or Galifornia but they look LOVELY. My favourites out of the ones I’ve tried are definitely Dandelion and Rockateur too, they’re just the perfect shades ๐Ÿ™‚

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