BEAUTY: Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot

Cheeky Sweet Spot gift set by Benefit – £29.50 online here

When I saw the Benefit gift sets back at the Debenhams AW14 press evening I knew that I would be adding a couple to my Christmas list. In the end, I decided I couldn’t wait and instead used a voucher that I had burning a hole in my pocket to treat myself to a couple of little treats from Benefit – the first of which being the Cheeky Sweet Spot gift set which had caught my eye a few times.

I’m not a big user of blusher, I own maybe two or three and use them very rarely. For a while I’ve been saying that I’d like to get in to using blushers a bit more and when I saw what Cheeky Sweet Spot had to offer I knew it was a step in the right direction. This amazing set includes all of Benefit’s infamous Box O’ Powder blushes as well as their Watt’s Up highlighter which I have been desperate to try.

The packaging of the gift set is just downright adorable. I love the whole sweet shop theme that Benefit have got going on with their Christmas gifts this year, it’s festive but not glaringly so. The blushers are packaged in a sturdy tin that happily fits in to my make up bag, which was a bit of a surprise for me as I had expected it to be a bit too chunky! The set also includes one of their typical blusher brushes, which I find great for contouring due to the shape, but it’s not the best for applying blush.

The blushers included are Dandelion (4g), Bella Bamba (5g), Sugarbomb (6g), Rockateur (5g), Coralista (5g) as well as the popular Hoola bronzer (5g) and removable 1.5g container of Watt’s Up. Considering that a typical Benefit blusher contains between 5-8g of product for £23.50 this really shows the value of this set – one of the main things that drew me to it.

As a total newbie when it comes to blusher I love the fact that this gift set includes a little booklet that explains the best way to use each of the products to the best of it’s abilities. The variety of shades included will hopefully allow me to create a number of different looks (even with a bit of a tan) and I’m really impressed with the buttery quality of the powders. Dandelion and Coralista are my favourites so far, but I’m excited to use Hoola and Rockateur for a more night time appropriate look in the future. Watt’s Up is a beautiful champagne highlighter with a fantastically creamy consistency, it’s perfect for day or can be layered for a more intense look at night. It’s one of the best cream highlighters I’ve tried so far and I think I’ll be investing in the full size once I’ve made my way through this little compact.

The value of this set alone is enough to make me recommend it as a cheeky treat or the perfect gift for a blush-loving bestie however the quality of the blushes really cements that. I’m seriously impressed by this and I think it’s relit my love for Benefit… what to buy next?!