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I bought this on the advice of the benefit counter woman, I was after a bronzer but I didn't want to look too orange as I am quite fair and I wanted a natural, not nuclear, glow. I chose Benefit as I am a sucker for their products with the cute packaging and silly names, they are also usually pretty good quality too. She offered to try it on me and I loved the look so I bought it.
She assured me this was the best option for me as it was lighter and more natural than some of the others.
It cost around £20, i can't remember exactly, which is not cheap but benefit products never are!
The packaging is gorgeous, Benefit products always have that cheeky, retro feel that I love and this is no exception and for some reason I just love things in cute tins, it's just different form the usual compact though it does mean it's trickier to use.
It is a loose powder with a slight shimmer and it smells lovely! Most powders don't really smell of anything but this has a lovely scent.
It comes with a little fan brush which stows away neatly in the tin and is actually a rather god brush unlike most freebie brushes that come with the product. The time also has a little plastic tray inside it which you must NOT throw away! This is the one downside with the packaging, it looks flimsy but it is actually integral to stopping the powder going everywhere, luckily I didn't throw it away but it was a close one!
To use you tap a bit of the powder into the lid and dip the brush into it, the supplied brush is good or you can use a blusher or kabuki type brush instead, all work well. You can use it as an all over powder applying in a '3' shape on the forehead cheek and chin, with a bit on the nose to finish, or just as a blusher; or a combination of the two.
It is a subtle glow that can be built up for a more made up look, it goes on well over foundation and can even be applied on top of blusher or another bronzer for an added boost. The shimmer effect is very subtle but it adds a definite 'lift' to you complexion, I use it on its own or over foundation depending on the look I'm going for and it works well for both. It is also nice on the décolletage.
I love the natural glow it gives me, I was scared of bronzer having seen many a disaster walk the streets! However this is a subtle but noticeable way to give your complexion a boost, especially in the grey winter (or let's face it summer) months. I am still using my original purchase a few months later and will probably purchase again.