July 7, 2010

Benefit Scene Queen The New Anne Collection Review and Swatches

Benefit Scene Queen The New Anne Collection steals my heart this week with its sultry shades of blue that lend a certain mystery to my eyes plus paired up with my very favorite blush from Benefit, Coralista, this one could prove to be a winner for many.


Benefit Co-Founders Jean and Jane Ford recently expanded their legacy to include Maggie and Annie Ford Danielson, Jean’s daughters, Jane’s nieces, and Benefit’s new Makeup Trend Artists. Benefit Scene Queen The New Anne Collection is one of two new palettes introduced by Maggie and Annie which feature several Benefit favs, a how to guide, and a cute pallete turned desktop mirror vanity for application!

Benefit Scene Queen The New Anne Collection is more of a night on the town palette where as the other palette release, Sunday Funday, has more daytime shades.

The palette includes makeup for eyes, lips, and cheeks which allows for you to create two looks (or as many as you like with a little creativity). In the last year or so Benefit has started to include how-to instructions with just about everything they release. I love this feature as it gives step by step details to achieve a look, use a product, etc…..I can always use help in the application department and the how to guide is solid gold for those who can use a bit of help! These particular instructions include details to create a smoky eye look or a sultry evening look.

Within the palette you get the following items:

  • Benefit High Beam (mini size)
  • Benefit Coralista (mini size)
  • Benefit Lip Shine in Juicy Coral (full size)
  • Benefit Smokin’ Liner
  • Benefit Eyeshadows in Charcoal, Shimmering Beige, Misty Blue, and Navy

The shadows are all richly pigmented and buttery smooth. They blend beautifully when cocktailed together or used separately. I was impressed most with the Smokin’ Liner as it has such a rich, pigmented formula that glides on and leaves behind an impressive pop of color. This is my first time trying a liner from Benefit and it has made me want to explore further. Benefit Coralista needs know commentary from me as I’ve said it all before and finally Juicy Coral Lip Shine is such a pleasant little surprise that compliments Coralista beautifully. The gloss is highly pigmented with a slightly drier formula but lovely none the less.

The set includes dual sides brush/liner applicator as well for easy application on the go with a full size mirror that props itself up in two notches of the palette so you can do your makeup on the go at your office desk if you so please.

I thought pairing up blues and the likes with warmer shades such as Coralista would be a strange combo but turns out they work well together to create a warm, sultry look.

Charcoal is a blackish, gray blue, Misty Blue is a dirty skin blue, Navy is a rich navy blue, and Shimmering Beige is a champagne beige. All the shades are great as evening wear but can easily be used as a sophisticated, work friendly day look as well when done up correctly.

Thankfully there are no creams in the palette so even though the shadows kick up a bit of dust they aren’t creating a major mess with other items in the palette.

The Coralista included is a tad small as is the brush so it’s a little tiny difficult to work with however once you get a knack for it, you’ll be good to go but you prob can’t use your own blush brush to get color out since the well is so tiny.

I’ve of the mentality that anyone can sport just about any shade of shadow however I know some of you tend to stay clear of certain shades. In this case, some may find the navy and blues a bit too much and the entire bruised eye or actuating dark circles may come into effect here.

They included everything in this case but I’d have loved a mini mascara to complete it!

  • Anyone looking for an all in one palette to deal with lips, eyes, and cheeks!
  • Anyone who likes Benefit makeup and wants more of it for less ($38 yo!)
  • Anyone wanting to try a range of various Benefit makeup items (you get to try out a few items from Benefit in this palette).
  • Anyone who has brown eyes (these blues will make them pop!)
  • Anyone who likes a mysterious, sultry look that’s clean and pretty.

  • Anyone who can’t pull off navy or richer blues due to dark circles or fairer skin.

The Benefit Scene Queen The New Anne Collection has alot to offer for those wishing to achieve two solid looks. The looks are smart, clean, and lend a certain mystery to eyes. You get a fair bit of product in the palette and the actual design of the palette is rather fab as well and quite sturdy for its cardboard medium. I loved the how-to guide as it made application easy and fun. All in all a very nice palette from Benefit with a nice selection of product. I’ll be purchasing Sunday Funday next since I liked this so much.

(Eyes: Misty Blue and Navy Eyeshadow Lips: Juicy Coral Lipshine Cheeks: Coralista and Highbeam)

Quite a great one for Benefit newbies or old fans.

Anyone haul?



This is available for a very limited time exclusively at Sephora.

About the Muse

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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  • Christina

    Hey! This is my first time commenting and I wanted to say that I ADORE your site! I check up on it all the time! Great work!

    I felt the need to comment on this particular posting because I’m SO excited about this palette! I honestly tend to shy away from more dramatic eye shadows for the most part but this collection has me excited about blue.
    I agree, the only thing that could make this palette better would’ve been a mascara to finish it off but hey, still very excited!

    • the Muse

      aw thanks christina cheers! awesome of you to say 🙂 It really is a nice selection of goodies 😀 I’m quite excited to try the Sunday Funday one too!

  • Brooke

    Those colors look great on your eyes! I have green eyes soooo I’m not sure if I could pull it off.
    I’ve been looking for a nice summery peachy/coral color and this one looks really nice. I’ve been missing the mark on all of my glosses – my lips are pretty pigmented so it’s difficult to find a peachy/coral that is nice yet doesn’t make me look like a tramp. I may have to check this one out!

    • the Muse

      aw thanks brooke! 😀 adore peachy/coral glosses myself, totally understand your quest 😀

  • Stephanie

    This palette is too darn cute! I don’t normally wear blue shadow though, so not sure if I would splurge on this–Sunday Funday may be more my thing. Love the Juicy Coral though–such a beautiful shade!

    • the Muse

      steph really like this one myself 😀 blues are hard to pull off sometimes but Sunday Funday looks like it could be easy enough! I just ordered it on Sephora 😀 few days ago, eager to see it. Loving on juicy coral 😀

  • Alicia

    I don’t think this palette will work for me because I am very fair and the colors are a bit dark, but it really is a great look for you.

    • the Muse

      hank you alicia you’re too kind. Maybe the Sunday Funday is for you!? 😀

  • Miss D

    You’re always beautiful in your pics Muse, but these colors look gorgeous on you! Thanks for posting.

  • Rena

    WooHoo just snagged this at my local Sephora plus they had a Benefit grab bag for their 500 point perk. SCORE!!! Love these colors, generally Sunday Funday is more me but how many neutral shadows can one girl possibly need? Figured I can replicate the colors with my entire MAC palette, but I don’t have any Navy Blue! But I went for it because of Coralista I couldn never justified shelling out that much for the full size, but I desperately want it, too. We’ll see how this works out.

    • the Muse

      sweet rena!!!!!!!!! what was in the bag 😀 I think you’re going to ADORE coralista 😀

  • donna

    you look so pretty in that picture. i really like the set but i have green eyes and im not sure the blues would do em justice. looks stunning on you though! 😀

    • the Muse

      you’re too kind donna thank you! *hugs* maybe the Sunday Funday palette?! that has lighter, wearable shades!

  • Leah

    I love this! Can’t wait for it to hit the UK.

    ps Muse I heart you! Big love from the UK!