I was the first person to try Benefit's brand new palettes, here's my honest verdict...

Beam me up, Scotty.

2 days ago

THE PRODUCT:

Cheekleader Palette, £52, (coming Wednesday 13th Feb)

THE HYPE:

Benefit have a long list of iconic products – from the They're Real mascara to the High Beam liquid illuminator, and of course Hoola bronzer. Now, in a Benefit first, they've combined their most iconic face products (including Hoola, Daffodil, Coralista and Gold Rush) plus two new exclusive highlighter shades (Cookie & Tickle) to form two A+ Cheekleader Palettes: Bronze Squad & Pink Squad.

REVIEWER:

Samantha, Deputy Beauty Editor

BEAUTY BIO:

Since winter struck, my complexion has gone from cute and creamy to pasty and sickly, so I've been relying on bronzer quite a lot. I have combination skin, with an oily T-zone, but dry cheeks, so I usually prefer cream products on my apples for a dewy finish. My pet hate is bronzer and blusher that looks cakey.

BENEFIT CHEEKLEADER BRONZE SQUAD PALETTE REVIEW:

When it came to choosing between the Cheekleader palettes, it was an incredibly hard decision. Both palettes are filled with six hand-picked shades that are completely complementary to the complexion and both include my fave powder bronzer, Hoola.

I ended up going with team Bronze Squad because I like a more peachy blusher over pink (in this case Coralista over Daffodil). Plus, once I swatched the new silvery highlighter shade 'Cookie', I just knew I needed it on my face asap.

It had been a while since I'd used Hoola, because I'd been favouring cream bronzer formulas lately, but it was just as good as I remembered. I used it to chisel my cheekbones and add a dusting of sunkissed goodness across my temples and nose. Despite my pasty complexion, it still looked surprisingly natural.

I then added a punchy amount of Coralista on the apples of my cheeks, building it up until I reached peak peachiness. Despite being a cult product, I hadn't used this shade as much and was really impressed with the way it melted into my skin and brought it to life without looking too orange. It also had a slight shimmer to it which made the product look dewy and glowy, despite it being a powder formula.

The real icing on the cake came when I swept cookie across the high points of my cheeks, brow bone and tip of the nose. The highlighter added a glaze-like silvery sheen to my complexion, but was tame enough not to look like a total disco ball. It gave my skin a wet, juicy-like look, that didn't budge for hours.

FINAL VERDICT:

I honestly couldn't fault this palette. It contains already well-loved products with a few new additions, so you really can't go wrong. And considering the Hula bronzer is £26 on its own, the fact that you can get 6x just-as-impressive face shades for £52 is an absolute bargain. This palette has also changed the way I view powder formulas in winter, as they looked just as glowy and healthy as creams (but with longer lasting power). It's everything I need for my complexion in one and I'm so in love.

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