Not sure if you’ve heard through the makeup grapevine, but Benefit has released a new addition to their popular boxed powders. Benefit Rockateur is a new rose gold cheek powder with a slight golden sheen that I couldn’t wait to try. I am a lover of Nars’ Sin, and I was looking for a more mauve, peachy shade that would look more natural and that would be perfect for daily wear. Cool toned pinks tend to look muddy on my skin tone, and coral blushes tend to emphasize redness as coral can pick up on the natural discoloration of the skin. So a natural rose gold cheek powder should have adressed all my needs, right?
Unfortunately (I know, sad face…), even though I wanted a light wash of color, at $28 USD, I couldn’t really get over how sheer this product applied onto the cheeks. My sister purchased Benefit’s Dandelion (review here) and I was expecting some good things - but when I opened the box, I was surprised at how little product there was included (exactly 5g to be exact!). The powder was beautifully engraved and had a slight glitter spray that disappears after first few uses; there is also a brush included which is very soft and tapered for better application. The packaging is a bit bulky but Benefit-cute nonetheless and seems quite sturdy. Also, Rockateur has a slight rosy, floral scent to it which was very pleasant. The color swatched peachier than I had imagined it to be (since it was advertised as a rose gold), but all was well until I actually applied it on my cheeks and there was very little pigmentation.
Benefit Rockateur may work well for paler skin tones because it may come off more intense and not require so much product layering (majority of Sephora reviews mention “natural looking”). The color is pretty, the packaging is creative, and the scent is light and lovely - but I think Rockateur does not win on the value front. If you are searching for a similar color, Milani Luminoso Baked Blush is a Benefit Rockateur dupe and costs only $10 at the drugstore (can purchase cheaper on Amazon). What are your thoughts on Benefit’s Rockateur, have you had better luck with this Benefit product? Leave your thoughts and other blush recommendations in the comments below, as this girl is still on the hunt for the perfect cold-weather-everyday blush.