Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Benefit Dandelion Dew & Shy Beam: Review and Swatches

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New from Benefit comes two releases inspired by the beloved Dandelion powder. A soft liquid blush, Dandelion Dew Soft Baby-Pink Radiance for Cheeks ($36 CAD) pairs nicely with Dandelion Shy Beam Nude Pink Matte-Radiance Highlighter ($34 CAD), a natural liquid highlighter perfect for the eyes and cheeks. To see my review and swatches of both products, click......
Dandelion Dew Soft Baby-Pink Radiance for Cheeks
Dandelion Dew Soft Baby-Pink Radiance for Cheeks ($36 CAD):
Housed in a gorgeous and reflective bottle (Benefit always nails it with the packaging), this is a liquid/cream blush that dispenses from a convenient pump dispenser. It's worth mentioning that you are getting 30ml of products, which is quite a lot! Advertised as a soft pink liquid blush, Dandelion Dew has a creamy texture that blends nicely on the skin. Just like the original Dandelion powder, Dandelion Dew has a subtle and alluring scent that I just love!
Dandelion Dew Soft Baby-Pink Radiance for Cheeks
The blush is a matte baby pink that gives a really natural flush to the cheeks. The pigmentation is buildable but I think the color is definitely more suitable for those with pale to light skin. The creamy texture is easy to blend but I do find the formulation slightly clingy, accentuating fine lines and dryness. So it's probably best to pair this with a more cushiony, smoothing foundation.
Dandelion Dew Soft Baby-Pink Radiance for Cheeks
The blended swatch below is a very heavy application. Unless you use a lot of the blush, you will likely get a much softer hue. The wear is okay, there was some noticeable fading by the end of the day.
Dandelion Dew Soft Baby-Pink Radiance for Cheeks
Dandelion Shy Beam Nude Pink Matt-Radiance Highlighter
Dandelion Shy Beam Nude Pink Matte-Radiance Highlighter ($34 CAD):
A new addition to the Benefit's ever-growing "tint" & "beam" family, Shy Beam is a liquid matte highlighter. Housed in a 10ml bottle with a small brush applicator on the underside of the cap, Shy Beam makes the perfect natural highlight for anyone who's not a fan of heavy shimmers or sparkles.
Dandelion Shy Beam Nude Pink Matt-Radiance Highlighter
Dandelion Shy Beam Nude Pink Matt-Radiance Highlighter
The formulation of the Shy Beam is actually quite thick but it applies and blends beautifully. The light pink ivory provides a really lovely brightening and subtly concealing effect, making the Shy Beam very similar to the popular (but much more expensive) YSL Touche Eclat. In fact, I actually enjoy using this not only on my brow bone but also under my eyes and over my lids to camouflage the looks of fatigue and discoloration.
Dandelion Shy Beam Nude Pink Matt-Radiance Highlighter
Availability:
Benefit is available online and in stores at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart.
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