I have to admit, I did have to get my skates on fast and impulse buy the Real Cheeky Party gift set from Benefit in October, after annoyingly missing out last year and being advised by the Benebabes in Debenhams, that it would be gone by early December. Packaged in a green polka dot tin, this palette is very durable and perfect for taking on weekends away if your cheeks are your priority because after all, who doesn't like to take four different options of blush away with them every time they go away, "just incase" of any last minute parties or events? I certainly do, and I know many others that wouldn't say no to that choice either, making this sell out buy from Benefit an ideal Christmas present for a
loved one beauty obsessive, if you can get your hands on it that is.
The set, worth over £110, costs £29.50 and contains: the Dandelion brightening face powder, Rockateur proactive face powder, Sugarbomb face powder, the award-winning Hoola bronzing powder and the Coralista face powder. As well as all that, you get a deluxe sample of the Watt's Up soft focus highlighter, a mini of the They're Real Push Up Liner and a mini of the They're Real mascara. Screaming out amazing value, this gift is great for anyone, like me, who hasn't previously tried much from Benefit and would like to try out more from the brand, or even if you would like to try out some of their famous 'Box o' Powders' before splurging out £23.50 for a full size of one.
Although I haven't had chance to try out Watt's Up or the They're Real Push Up liner yet, I have been thoroughly enjoying choosing one of the face powders to use everyday, and I have been changing up which one I use each day quite frequently. However, a stand out favourite of mine so far has been Rockateur as it is the perfect warm shade for this time of year and I have also been really enjoying using Sugarbomb which is the perfect subtle everyday shade that I know will go with any eyeshadow look or lip colour.
|L-R: Dandelion, Rockateur, Sugarbomb, Hoola and Coralista|
Dandelion: a baby pink shade with a fairly cool undertone to it.
Rockateur: a warm dusky pink shade that looks like a natural flush from when you have been outside in the cold!
Sugarbomb: a peachy champagne shade with lots of shimmer, making it a great option for if you're in a rush as it can double up as your blush and your highlight.
Hoola: a neutral bronzer that would suit many different skin tones, including the very fair and also deeper olive skin too if built up.
Coralista: a corally pink shade that is perfect for summer and is one of the most pigmented out of them all, so a little goes a long way with this one meaning that it will last you longer.
I think that it is a nice addition for Benefit to have added a mini eyeliner and mascara to the set this year, as last year you would have received another powder instead of them. Some may preferlast years selection of products but I still think that having these products is a nice little touch to the set, by adding a bit more of a variety of products to the gift set and also meaning that you can try two products which, full size, would cost nearly £20 each so that you don't end up wasting your money on them if you don't end up liking them.
All in all, I think Benefit have done a great job at creating such a good value for money gift set, and although Benefit isn't for everyone as its mainly targeted towards the fun, young kind, I think that even if my Grandma received this for Christmas, then she would really get along with it. And that's with her probably not knowing who Benefit Cosmetics even are. Sold out in most places, if you see this Real Cheeky Party of a palette in store anywhere, then I'd snap it up fast as it is limited edition to this Christmas and there doesn't seem to be many places left with them in stock..