I first heard about Benefit’s powder, Dandelion, several years ago in a fashion mag whose name I can’t recall. I remember that the writers claimed that Dandelion did just the trick to make one look pregnant–you know, in that “natural healthy flushed cheeks” way. At that time, my budget permitted me to wear mostly drug store brands with a little bit of Clinique thrown in occasionally. Needless to say, the $28 price tag really threw me for a loop.
A few weeks later, I finally did get my hands on some Dandelion. I bought a box on eBay for like $22 but ended up paying $3 for shipping. So, as it turns out, not much of a savings there. Anyway, when my powder finally arrived, I was initially a little taken aback by how small my Dandelion appeared to be. I was like, “Jesus Christ, almost thirty bucks for this little thing?!” But, upon further inspection, I found that they do seem to pack a pretty healthy portion of powder into that little box, so the price is justified, in my opinion.
Dandelion is a very soft pink on your skin, very translucent. In the box, it looks like the color will be somewhere between bubblegum and a ballet slipper, I have found that the powder isn’t very highly pigmented. Instead, Dandelion seems to give one a subtle, rosy glow. It has a very subtle shimmer to it, enough to make your face look glow-y but not enough to make one look like a disco ball when standing in full sunlight. I guess the right word for the effect would be “dewy.”
It comes in a little green cardboard box that remains intact even after much tossing around in my purse and/or backpack. Inside the box, there’s a convenient little brush that I use for touch-ups. I prefer to use my big powder brush for application first thing in the morning.
Since the magazine (whatever it was) described Dandelion as an ideal powder blush, that’s how I used it at first. The look was very nice and not overly makeup-y. It just kind of looked like I had a little glow about me. However, it took quite a bit of work to get it to really show up on my cheeks. I’m Philippino, so I enjoy medium-toned skin that tends to look tan year-round. Dandelion is maybe a bit too subtle for my skin tone, though it can be used as a blusher on medium-toned gals if you’re willing to spend a few minutes layering the stuff on. It’s a real testament to the quality of Benefit products that the powder never, ever took on a cakey look.
I’ve had the same box of Dandelion for about four years now… oddly, I’ve known this little box of powder longer than I have known my husband. And there’s still plenty of pretty pink powder in there, by the way. Of course, your mileage may vary. I would get absolutely obsessed with this powder for awhile, then put it on the shelf for a few months, then repeat the cycle. If used every single day, I’m not sure that your box of Dandelion will last as long as mine, but I would guess that it will last you at least a year if you use it every single day.
And hey, even after all this time, it hasn’t cracked or dried at all. I think that’s pretty cool. It really shows you that you’re not just paying for a cool name, you’re actually paying for quality here.
Anyway, these days I’m using Benetint or Tarte Cheek Stain (reviews coming soon) as blush and experimenting with Dandelion as more of an all-over powder. So far, the results have been promising, but I’m always looking for the next big thing. In case you’re curious, here’s how Dandelion looks on me in real-world conditions: this pic was taken after my post-work walk with the puppy. My last touch-up was about four hours ago.
If I look a little spaced out in this pic, it’s probably because I was probably a bit dehydrated. But hey, you wouldn’t know it by looking at me! J/K. In this pic, I wore Dandelion on top of Benetint. I think it gives a natural-looking flush, but still one that is noticeable. And dig the glow-y skin. Ooohh….
The Verdict: A-
A good investment as a subtly illuminating all-over powder, but may not be a good blusher for medium-toned folks. When used as a supplement to Benetint, the results are sublimely natural.