Thursday, 19 July 2012

On the fence over Benefit Coralista


I think I’m turning into a blusher addict. I used to “survive” with just a few blushers, but now I have about 15 in my collection and I’m sure I’m still not done. Not only do we have a rainbow of colours to contend with but with creams, powders, sheers, shimmers, minerals and mattes, there’s too many to choose from.
I’m completely in love with Benefit’s Bella Bamba, read my review here, but I actually purchased Coralista first. Released in 2009, it’s become a cult favourite amongst the “beauty” crowd. I didn’t rush to blog about it because I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, in fact, I’m still not.
Now there’s lots to love about this blusher – the colour, the packaging, the size, but there’s one problem, it’s too sheer for me. Coralista is a shimmery peachy pink. In the box I’d say it’s the perfect coral – not too pink, not too red or orange; just right.


However, as it applies so sheer, that perfect shade doesn't translate to the face. It gives more of a soft, glowy sheen with a touch of coral rather than a pop of warm colour. The powder is very silky with a frost finish, which I adore, I just wish it was more pigmented. It might be better suited to fairer skin tones. I’m going to hang on to it until the winter, see if it suits my sun-starved pasty complexion any better.
It’s often compared to Nars Orgasm and Super Orgasm, but I think they’re pinker and much more “in yer face”.
I love the packaging, what can I say, I’m a sucker for leopard print and Benefit have been very generous with this one. At 12g it’s double the size of a standard MAC blush, making the £23 price tag seem fairly reasonable.
I had to apply it very heavily to show on the pics
For me it’s perfect when you want a pretty, subtle sheen but if you like to look like you’re wearing blusher, this probably isn’t for you. What do you think?

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15 comments:

  1. This looks lovely on you :)

    xoxo

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  2. It's very pretty. Although I have to say I'm on the fence about benefits products in general. I've never bought anything that I would repurchase. Great post Hun :) x

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    1. I know what you mean. I've never been a great fan of Benefit but Bella Bamba made me change my mind. I love the They're Real Mascara, but that's about it x

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  3. That looks so gorgeous. You always look stunning xxx

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  4. This looks gorge on you! I'v just hit pan on my benefit coralista :( benefit coralista was actually my first ever "high end" make up purchase back in the day when I got my first proper pay check, naaww lol xo

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  5. your eyebrows are sheer gorgeousness I'm growing mine out and yours make me lust:)
    what are your top mascaras?

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    1. I've always loved Lancome's Hypnose but there's so many brilliant mascaras that I'm loving right now - Benefit They're Real, L'oreal Telescopic False Lash Effect and Maybeline Collasal Cat Eyes Mascara. There's reviews of all of them on my blog if you're interested.

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  6. I think it looks lovely! I have serious eyebrow envy! That's a random comment I know but in previous years I got my eyebrows waxed and now they are too thin and I'm having to deal with unruley eyebrows while I wait for them to grow back!

    xoxo

    beautybybobbi.com

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    1. Been there Bobbi! I over plucked for years. I started growing them back about two years ago. It takes a while, but it's so worth it. Have a look at this if you want to see how bad my brows used to be...

      http://cakedinmakeup.wordpress.com/2011/08/15/bring-back-the-brows/

      Thanks x

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    2. Yours don't look that thin, I'm starting to lose hope that they are growing back! I seem to have my current eyebrows then a gap then new hairs, is the bit inbetween going to grow back? lol I daren't put the tweezers near them!

      xoxo

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    3. Yours don't look too thin! I am starting to lose all hope of them growing back! I seem to have my eyebrow then quite a sparse gap and then new hairs. Will the bit inbetween grow back?? lol Kicking myself now for being so naive!

      xoxo

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  7. I had been following you on Instagram little did I know that I was already following you on here(yep I follow so many blogs that I lost count=D) Your eyebrows! Omg they just perfect I love them=))))
    oh and by the way you kind of remind me of a Turkish presenter Ece Erken=)))

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  8. I'm a blusher fiend too! I can't stop:) I think this looks lovely on you, I've not tried any Benefit blushers as their always a bit too light for me and pricey:/

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  9. Coralista looks gorgeous on you, it's one of my favourite and I've been wearing it all month :)

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