Benefit is known for its blushes (such as perennial favorite Benetint liquid blush and their Box O' Powders line of powder blushes). Knowing this, we weren't surprised to see them enter the world of cream blushes with Majorette. But is this a blush that will make you stand up and cheer or should it be sidelined?
Majorette comes in an appropriately-themed compact that resembles a drum, and is emblazoned with the image of a majorette on top. The blush itself is dome-shaped and looks like it has a hard texture, but as soon as you touch it, you'll notice a very smooth, creamy texture. As with most cream products, if you are prone to breakouts this might not be for you, as the creaminess could clog pores and blending is always a bit tricky over foundation because you have to make sure you don't wipe off what you just applied.
The sole color is a bright peachy pink that really wakes up the face but is obviously not for everyone. It works best for those with fair to medium skin tones (though this can also be layered to show up on darker skin as well). Majorette blends easily and sets to a soft powder finish that lasts through a full work day without fading. It also works just as well applied over foundation as it does on bare skin assuming you don't have noticeable pores or breakouts.
Benefit advertises this product as a blush booster, meaning you can layer powder blush over it for a greater impact. That's true, but it's also true of just about any blush, cream or otherwise (makeup artist Bobbi Brown has practiced this technique for years). In this case the pigment is so strong you really don't need to pile on more blush. Still, if you do choose to layer your blushes, Majorette makes a good base.
The reason this blush isn't getting our top rating is that is contains a peachy-citrusy fragrance. It does dissipate after you've had it on for a few minutes, but it's something to keep in mind because there is a slight risk that this could cause skin irritation. Otherwise, it's another great blush from a brand that does blushes well!
- Smooth, creamy texture that blends easily.
- Attractive peachy-pink shade that looks good on a variety of skin tones.
- Works well on bare skin or over foundation.
- Wears well throughout the day.
- Contains noticeable fragrance, and this much fragrance is never good skin-care.
Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco, circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.
Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun and its product arsenal is centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.
Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.
For more information about Benefit, visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.
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