I have a hopeless addiction to many brands, and Benefit is definitely one of them. Whenever they come out with a new product or shade, I just can’t help myself…I’m drawn to the brand! I love the mixture of cute packaging and great quality products. The Benefit boxed powders have always been at the top of my obsession list, and this latest addition to the family, the Benefit Hervana Boxed Face Powder ($28 USD / $36 CDN)is no different.
All Benefit boxed powders come in a chunky ‘box’ (hence the name)- however the old ones used to have a to that would completely come off. These new ones (I believe Bella Bamba was the first to implement this new design) has hinged top with a mirror inside. The new design has pro’s and con’s- the good thing is that the lid doesn’t fly off in your makeup bag and leave your precious powder susceptible to damage and breakage, but you also need to be careful when closing the lid not to snag one of the corners and dig it into the product (I’m still mourning that lost chunk of my Bella Bamba).
Hervana (which got it’s name from mixing Her + Nirvana to describe the ethereal, heavenly glow) is actually a combination of four different blush shades (similar to Sugarbomb) in a gorgeous pin-wheel design. The four shades include a pale almost-white pink, a peachy pink, a dusty rose and a deep purple plum. When mixed together, the four shades combine to create a gorgeous light pink blush that looks super natural, yet totally gorgeous.
I’m also a huge fan of the fact this powder has more of a satin finish, with hardly any shimmer in it (Bella Bamba and Sugarbomb were just wayyyy too shimmery for my liking). I prefer to have a matte or satin blush and add my shimmer and shine where I want it, on the tops of my cheekbones…not all over. The product blends beautifully into the skin and gives a total natural and flawless flush.
The final blush shade is a little light and sheer (more than other powders in the past), so I would recommend this product for those with light-to-medium skin tones. It may not show up on darker skin tones, so I don’t want to leave anyone disappointed. If you watch the video demo, you can see how it shows up on my skin with 1 and 2 layers.
Each Benefit boxed powder comes with a small brush that fits nicely inside the box. I’m usually not a fan of these brushes and toss them right away, but the angled shape of this one intrigued me! I tried it out, and for some magical reason it actually worked a lot better. I felt like the angle helped the blush go on nicely because I had more control over its blending, unlike the previous square-shape that would leave an awful stripe on your face.