Looking for a versatile blush/face highlighting powder? Something in the vein of Nars Orgasm, but different, maybe more subtle? Dandelion by Benefit Cosmetics San Francisco might just be your answer (or another color in the range -- we purchased Dandelion).
What the ad copy says,
"Fake awake with Dandelion - Benefit's ballerina-pink pressed highlighting powder. Just one stroke of Dandelion takes your complexion from dull to radiant in an instant. It's shimmery, satiny, radiant, perk-me-up finish is guaranteed to make them wonder ..."How do you look so pretty at eight in the morning?"What The Scented Salamander thinks,......
One is immediately attracted to the packaging and the delicate color of the powder. The enclosed packaging and the limited range of colors (5-6) in the line called Boxed Powders Collection make it clear that attention and selectivity have been applied to the design of the line. You won't need an army of blushes, you just need a few well-chosen colors seems to be the motto of the line.
Strong points: Dandelion is a very versatile powder. It is a particularly subtle color hesitating between a soft nude pink and soft mauve nuances that tone it down and make the hue look more natural, skin-like. Once applied, it is not too saturated as to not let your skin show through, providing a welcome transparent, sheer effect. The shimmery texture mentioned in the ad is felt only indirectly and subtly as a satiny touch reminiscent of the skin of a peach or the petal of a flower. The texture is very fine and pleasing to use.
The color you see in the picture is more mauve than in reality. Another pic on the Benefit site shows you a different tint, which is more pink than in reality. It stands somewhere between the two.
If you are afraid of looking like a Russian doll, this powder will be on your side. It gives a healthy, more polished glow while not covering all your defects, which still leaves space for you to think of drinking more water instead of covering everything up.
It is delicately scented as well, with a plummy, apricot-y, and osmanthus-like aroma that might just make you feel like you are a geisha well versed in the art of makeup and as perfectionist (God forbid!).
Room for improvement: We just thought that the brush could be softer. Some people will not care about this detail as they use their own sets of brushes but since this brush is conveniently packaged with the powder it would be nice to see a silkier brush.