January 7, 2009

Benefit Coralista Review, Swatches, and FOTD

We have another winner from Benefit folks! Benefit Coralista is an absolute gem of a powder and I’m absolutely thrilled to bits with it. I’m quite chuffed with the steady outcome of great products from Benefit lately and truly the newest powder added to their collection is simply brilliant!

It deserves to be said that I simply adore every single powder that Benefit has put out thus far however they have really stepped it up several notches with Benefit Coralista. I’m not even sure this can qualify to be part of the same category as previous releases since Benefit powders all have one trait in common which is how sheer each is where as Coralista is full of popping, pigmented color! Simply amazing!

I’m duly impressed with the pigmentation of Benefit Coralista and I’m sure many people will be quite pleased at the intensity of the product and gorgeous finish it leaves on your cheeks. The powder is silky, has a very slight frost to it, and applies like an absolute dream. It can be built up for a soft flush of color or stroked full on for sizzzzzzzzzzling color pay off!

Now I’ve heard, read, and seen a million people in a million different places such as MUA and makeup forums comparing Benefit Coralista to NARS Orgasm and NARS Super Orgasm. I’d like to clarify that Benefit Coralista, for this Muse, is a completely different product when compared to those two blushes. Although I absolutely love the Orgasm series from NARS I must admit that Benefit Coralista actually topped the color by creating a really popping shade that’s a cocktail of coral, peach, and orange. I think that both Orgasms apply softer where as Coralista applies with more of a pop of color. Gorgeous.

With Flash

Without Flash

I can’t begin to express my excitement over how good the product is and what an amazing job they did with it’s creation. The cocktail of colors added such gorgeous color to my cheeks and I couldn’t help but think how great it would look on it’s own or with a completely made up face and how wonderful it’ll work for Spring, Summer, and Fall. The color adds such warmth to my face and makes me glow. The powder is pigmented enough to work on any and all skin tones. It’ll be flattering if you’re pale, beautiful if you’re medium, and simply stunning if your darker!

I’ve collected many peach, coral, and orange blushes over the course of several years and I have to say that this is probably one of thee most unique and compares to nothing else in my stash.

One of the novel things about Benefit Coralista lays in the fact that it actually carries the sweet,tropical scent of peaches with a tiny hint of floral. Too cute right? I was surprised after opening it to have the scent linger up to my nose to greet me!

I have one minor rant about the product which is the fact that the “Coralista” emblem is a sticker. Eep! You know how much the Muse ranted and raved about the stickers on the Fafi for MAC packaging! The sticker is already peeling off a bit on the sides and it’s driving me a tiny tad bit crazy since I’m so obssessive compulsive about makeup this bugs me silly.

Aside from this minor problem everything about Benefit Coralista is absolute perfection. I love, love how pigmented the powder is and in all honesty it qualifies as a blush at this point. I’m hoping that Benefit will embrace all this pigmentation and take this into consideration when introducing more of it’s popular powders!

Who needs Benefit Coralista?

  • Those who LOVE a popping shade of gorgeous peach!
  • Anyone who wants a warm look that’s suitable for Spring, Summer, Fall, and of course tropical weather!
  • Girls who want to minimize there makeup look by applying a blush that’s so gorgeous no one will realize it’s the only item you’re wearing aside from some gloss and mascara!

If you’re only going to buy one item this season or you’re saving your cash at the moment and not wanting to splurge the Muse highly recommends, at the very least, indulge in this. All in all she’s VERY pleased with Benefit Coralista and absolutely adores it! Total Muse Approval for this one! Great job Benefit! I likey!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Brittany

    Hey girl!
    First and foremost I adore your blog. Thank you for always providing fun and informative reviews.
    I, like you adore Coralista but am now a little sad that you only included summer, fall, and fall as suggestions for when to wear it. Does this mean you dont think I could pull it off in the winter πŸ™ ? Please say no, I don’t want to pack it away even for one season.

    • the Muse

      aww thanks brittany *hugs* you’re awesome, comment made my day! πŸ˜€

      Surely you can pull it off any season you want hun! I tend to use peaches/corals in the Fall or Summer but definitely it can be worked into your look for Winter, why not!? πŸ˜€

  • Aoife

    I just checked out my Coralista and it doesn’t have a sticker! Isn’t that strange. Its exactly as yours is pictured above but its not a sticker, its actually printed on the box.

    Would you recommend something for me? Whenever I use Coralista (and I find it only happens with this blush) my pores stand out like they’ve just been called to attention!! And literally just on the apples of my cheeks. Any product I could apply prior to the blush that might help me?


    • the Muse

      hi aoife…could be mine was an earlier edition.

      Perhaps using a facial primer prior to blush/foundation will help improve the appearance of your blush.

      Hope this helps πŸ™‚

  • Aoife

    thanks for the quick reply!

    I’ve been trawling your pages for a good solid hour now and i have to say I’m absolutely loving it!!

    Keep up the good work girl. Really loving it!


    • the Muse

      aw thanks aoife! so glad you’re enjoying it! *HUGS* Always so great to hear kind feedback!

      No problem, the primer should solve your problems hun!

  • Nik

    Whoa! Any possibility you can recollect the beautiful eyeshadow in this pic!? I am a gold fiend!!!!!

    • the Muse

      gosh haven’t a clue nik. Looked but can’t recall I’m sorry πŸ˜›

  • Ozma

    Wow – cool idea to put the swatches next to Orgasm. I’ve been wanted to try a Benefit product and all I have tried so far is a lip gloss. I should be purchases this soon! Thanks!

  • MarΓ­a Teresa

    hi!!! a bit late to comment about this but… I’m sorry to say I didn’t love Coralista πŸ™ I have fair to medium olive skin and I feit it was too orange when applied with a heavy hand, and didn’t show up on me very well if applied with a light hand.
    I really wanted to love this, as this is no cheap (32,6€) but I didn’t. I use it for everyday though, and I can’t say I don’t like it either-just don’t “loved” it.
    PS. I wish it looked so gorgeous on me as it does on you!!

  • Brianna

    Oh my gosh Muse! I was looking for a good review of Coralista and I’m so glad you had one. And it looks so gorgeous on you! You have convinced me that I need this blush! πŸ˜€

    • the Muse

      aw happy to hear it brianna ;-D it’s the best! P.S I’m having a giveaway for the ultra gloss, it includes the coralista gloss, be sure to enter maybe you’ll win so you can pair up the gloss with the powder ;D

  • Sakshi Chopra

    Hey ! I bought coralista too from sephora store in delhi , india. My coralista looks nothing like your’s. It has no sticker on it,I hope you haven’t got a dupe. Gorgeous blush though πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      hi sakshia, this was the old packaging when it originally released πŸ™‚ the newer one is printed on the box πŸ™‚

  • Maro

    How can I use this as highlighter? Am i going to put
    Cheek stain then apply coralista?