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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder Review

Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder

I own just about every Benefit Blush that has ever been launched - the obsession began long before I was a beauty blogger and kicked off with a Benefit Georgia palette which was easily 8 years ago. Gah I just Googled said palette and instantly reminded myself of how much I loved that palette. Anyway one blush that has never really appealed to me was Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder, that was until a friend urged me to test her's out and I was converted. Bye bye Boots Advantage Points that I had saved up in the last few months...

Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder
Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder
Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder

Like most of Benefit's boxed face powders and blushes Hervana comes presented within a reinforced cardboard box. The newer Benefit powder boxes feature a hinge style lid rather than the old lift off completely boxes which does prevent damage and if you are anything like me recalling where you last misplaced said lid. Inside there is a mirror and an angled brush, don't disregard this angled brush it is the perfect size and shape for chiselling out cheek bones. Benefit really should launch a larger size of this brush as it would sell like hot cakes. The box is pretty enough with an angelic/heaven inspired print (Hervana is a play on Nirvana) but like most of Benefit's packaging it will begin to look a little worn with continued use. Other than that I have no complaints, it is well sized, travels well and contains all you will need to apply on the go.

Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder
Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder
Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder

The majority of Benefit boxed powders do feature a fragrance and Hervana is no different it has been delicately scented with berries and rose (to match the shades of the powder segments) - in my opinion rose is the more prevalent note. I have used Benefit blushes for as long as I can remember and can honestly say the scent does not irritate sensitive skin. So yes a quick glimpse at Benefit Hervana and you can see it features an almost kaleidoscope print which features four separate shades: Lucky Star - palest pink (to brighten and illuminate), Berry Delight - a cool toned deep berry pink, Heavenly Rise - a dusky and again cool toned rose and lastly Divine Peach - a light neutral coral hue. In all honesty the segments of colour are far too small to be used individually as blushes but you could use them as stand alone eyeshadow shades. Combined the four shades produce a light but surprisingly bright candy pink tone that is oddly flattering. Forget the face powder claim this is 100% a blush!

Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder
Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder

As someone with less than perfect skin (enlarged pores prominently on my cheeks) I do tend to gravitate towards matte blushes as they are much more flattering than their shimmer based counterparts. Luckily Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder is both brightening and matte - it gives a healthy glow to the cheeks as well as a light pink flush of colour. Normally I would say this type of shade is best suited to light-medium complexions but this is not chalky in the slightest and looks great on tanned complexions too! This is one of those blushes that is fairly sheer and not the most pigmented out there (perfect for beginners and those with pale skin tones as it really is hard to go wrong or over apply) and yet it can be layered on for a more intense colour pay off without looking ashen or caked on. If like myself you like brightening blushes this is one to look out for - on my oily skin with a primer it wears typically for around 8 hours which isn't half bad!

Benefit Hervana Heavenly Face Powder currently reduced to £21.15 (save 10%) via Debenhams - link

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24 comments:

  1. Love it...Thanks Sunday Girl...you always know what is new out there ^_^
    Makeup, Skin Care, and Hair Care

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  2. This is a beautiful blusher! xx

    Ioanna | www.hearting.co.uk

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  3. Lovely blush and blusher, i haven't owed any of the benefit blush but i think i should defiantly try one now!

    Kirsty Leigh | Blog xx

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  4. I have been using Benefit blushes every since I started wearing makeup and they never fail to make me reminisce about my first ever forays into makeup. Hervana is so utterly girly that I can't help but love it. It looks like a really wearable colour too which always helps xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

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  5. I love the Benefit blushers. I have had several various palettes and loved them x

    llyloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. You wouldn't know what a nice colour this is by looking at it in the box but it swatches beautifully :)

    Jasmine // Magpie Jasmine // Blog Giveaway

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  7. I have yet to try anything by Benefit other than the porefessional. Hmmmm... I think I need to try some of these out!

    Jenny
    www.mishmoshmakeup.com

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  8. I've never purchased a full size benefit blush! I have a few minis from their amazing christmas gift sets (highlight of my year their gift sets) but I just can't force myself to buy one. No idea why. Your review makes it sound amazing and I've swatched it and love it but still... xxx

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  9. I absolutely adore Benefit blushers and this one has been on my wishlist for a while now. x :o)

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  10. I love Hervana, such a pretty light berry shade on me! Also fun fact - Benefit did used to do an angled blush brush! I found one in TK Maxx a couple of years ago but it looks nothing like any of their current brushes so must have been quite old.

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  11. I'm not sure on the brush but the product looks great! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  12. I have this, coralista and sugarbomb none of them show up on my medium dark skin but I just can't bare to part with them. I'm ridiculous but the packaging is too nice xx

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  13. Love the shades on these, they're very subtle together!

    Z ♥
    http://beautybyz.blogspot.se/

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  14. You had me at "brightening and matte", haha, I love my blushes just like that and then a highlighter over top if necessary. Lovely post, and I love the shape of the brush that comes with it as well!

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  15. This creates such a beautiful colour! Benefit's Box-O-Powders always look great.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  16. I have never tried any of the Benefit blushes even though I swoon over them Sephora every time I visit. This is such a pretty, wearable colour!

    Hilary x | TheBeautyCollective

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  17. I adore Hervana! I was like you, not overly enthusiastic, but it's so flattering. I have reasonably pale skin and it adds a lovely glow and is great for big eye/lipstick looks :) xx

    www.hausofamy.co.uk

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  18. I've always liked the look of this blush but for some reason imagined it being too lightly pigmented for me but the swatches look great! X
    kittymakesup.wordpress.com

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  19. This is my fav benefit blush ever !

    the-fashion-rose.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. This was actually next on my Benefit hit list, especially after this lovely review. The colour is actually my favourite blush tone :)
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  21. This is my most used powder, it just always looks great!

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  22. I only have the Rockateur with I love! Maybe it's time for an addition :):)
    Xx
    PeMi
    PennyMilou.blogspot.com

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  23. This has been on my wishlist for ages now, it looks so beautiful!

    http://shewhoisshort.blogspot.co.uk/

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  24. I do have this but for some reason I've just never really been a fan of their boxed blushers. The only one I did like was Dandelion, but when I went to hunt it out recently I discovered that it appears to have gone missing, which to be honest is probably lucky as it's definitely a good few years old! x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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