Benefit Cheek Parade – Review And Swatches

Benefit’s Cheek Parade palette has been out for a good couple of months now so apologies this post isn’t a bundle of newness.

I went backwards and forwards about getting this palette for ages. Benefit is a brand I haven’t actually tried to much over the years. I’ve got on well with a couple of their mascaras (Rollerlash is fab) and I adore the Rockateur blush. I’ve been wanting to try a new bronzer to my collection for a while now and with both Hoola shades I just had to have this palette.

The palette contains five full size cheek products and a mini powder brush.

Hoola Lite bronzer – a lighter version of Hoola which can be used a bronzer for fairer skins or as an all over face powder if your skin is darker.

Hoola bronzer – matte bronzing powder

Galifornia – coral pink blush with shimmering gold

Rockateur – rose gold blush

Dandelion – nude pink blush and brightening powder

I love a great bronzer for autumn winter. My absolute favourite makeup look is bronzed matte skin and a bold red lipand so Hoola and Hoola Lite are getting me so excited for autumn!

Hoola is a really gorgeous bronzer. It’s easy to understand why its so popular (it’s been the best selling cheek product in the UK for 15 years). It’s neither too warm or too cool and I can see it working for a lot of different skin tones.

Hoola Lite is the perfect bronzer for super fair skins. I’ve been reaching for a lot for work and no makeup days as it subtly warms up the skin without looking like you’re wearing makeup. It does also work as a finishing powder, just use a light hand if your skin is more on the fair side.

Galifornia is the most vibrant of the blush shades. The shimmering gold running through it makes it the perfect coral shade for summer.

I love love love Rockateur (and I say this as a blush hater). It’s blended to look like a powder, liquid and baked formula so it mimics the finish of your skin and blends in subtly and seamlessly.

Dandelion is intended to be used as a blush or finishing powder as it has some shimmer running through it to brighten your skin. Personally, I think it’s too pink to use as an all over setting powder and you’d have to be very light handed with it. But it’s still a very pretty true baby pink shade.

All of the powders are really soft and do therefore kick back a bit but don’t stain or ruin the packaging in anyway. They blend out easily and look really pretty.


I didn’t hold out much hope for the brush that was included as, let’s be honest, they’re usually pretty useless. It’s more of an contour shaped brush but it’s so soft and applies product beautifully. As someone who doesn’t really wear blush it applies the perfect amount of product for a subtle wash of colour.

There have been a few disappointed comments regarding the packaging. The Galifornia pan does stick up from the packaging slightly. But it’s not a flat pan anyway so it isn’t too obvious. My palette did come with a sticker over the logo where the name had clearly been changed from ‘Cheek A-Boom’ to ‘Cheek Parade’. But the palette has been hugely popular so I’m assuming Benefit were left with no choice but to use a sticker in order to fulful orders on time. I also prefer Cheek Parade to Cheek A-Boom… On the plus side the palette comes with a huge mirror and the packaging is so gorgeous and fun.

The blushers retail for £24.50 each so this set has £125 worth of product for only £49.50 which is insane. If you’re a benefit fan, or someone who just really enjoys great base products, this set is an absolute must. You can purchase it directly from the Benefit website here.



  1. 23rd August 2017 / 12:12 pm

    This was such a great review! I’ve been contemplating purchasing this palette for a while now since i’ve only tried out Hoola original and the dandelion blush and love them both, but I didn’t know if the packaging would be a pain. I think as soon as I run out of my already hit pan Hoola, I will purchase this!

    Gem x /

    • emmajtaylorblog
      23rd August 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Oh thank you so much Gem! If you like benefit blushes its well worth getting, so much easier having them all in one palette and the mirror is really good too. QVC had an offer on when I got it which included the Hoola brush, but it may have sold out now xx

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