March 27, 2018

Benefit Gold Rush Blush Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Benefit Gold Rush Blush is a new warm golden nectar shade that launched for Spring 2018 and will be added to the brand’s permanent Box o’ Powder Collection. I was pretty excited about this shade since the description reads like it’ll give you a pretty flush of apricot or coral but a quick glance at promote images and the shade looks like a lighter tan peach.

I was fine by either in all honesty as I’m a fond fan of anything peach, pink, coral, or apricot that has a golden sheen or glow. I think gold adds something very pretty to those shades. However, I was prepared when I first saw Gold Rush Blush and noticed the fine golden sparkle that decorated the speckled surface of the blush. I already knew that fine golden sparkle was just an overspray and would dust away after the first application. That’s just the breaks with Benefit Box o’ Powders.

Let’s take a look at my thoughts, review, and swatches below.

Benefit Gold Rush Blush arrives in the typical chunky square cardboard box that the brand favor’s for the entire range of powders they carry. The flip top lid is attached and includes a mirror inside as well as a square brush for easy application on the go. I’ve always liked the brushes they include since they fit so perfectly inside and you can swipe them easily into the powder, smile, and swipe them across your cheeks for super easy application.

One of the major complaints about the blush was the fact that it has a really strong scent. Benefit described the scent as having notes of citrus, vanilla, and sandalwood. To me it smells like sitting at the beach on a super warm day with the scent of tanning oil lingering in the air. I loved it in all honesty. The scent was quite strong and it actually lingered a bit after application. But I noticed many reviews I read didn’t appreciate the scent and felt it wasn’t subtle enough.

With Overspray

Without Overspray

The blush has a speckled, uneven texture which I sort of felt worked against it as I found it difficult picking up color and I had to keep swiping a few times to get the most color on my brush. As I said above it has a beautiful golden overspray which disappears after swiping it once with your brush. Underneath you’ll find a warm tan peach shade that has a subtle golden sheen. The color is quite lovely and would look very natural and pretty on a lighter skin tone than my own. I consider myself a light medium skin tone with warm undertones and sadly, I couldn’t get this to show up at all on my face. I built and I built and I built but I only got the faintest of color. In an earlier post I did I mentioned how this might work better as a highlighter for me and I was right as I can add it either over or under any blush and it adds warmth and a fine golden sheen to the blush color but on its own it doesn’t quite work as a blush for me. The texture is silky and blends easily for me but I just wish it wasn’t so subtle on my skin tone.

Benefit Gold Rush Blush was something I knew likely wouldn’t work for me so I’m not overly disappointed. Sadly, it’s a shade that barely shows up on me but a lighter skin tone might get a nice touch of warm from it. I guess I’ll stick to my beloved GALIfornia for now!

Benefit Gold Rush Blush is available now at,, or in a mini $15 version should you wish to try it out before committing to a full-size at

If you tried it already I’d love to hear your results using it.

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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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  • Carol

    Dang it, I figured this would be too light as well. I love their Box ‘o Blushes but this seems more like a highlighter so I’ll skip it. Have way too many highlighters as it is. Thanks for the review.

  • Robin

    This pale pale child wants this!!! Lol it will be a blush on my skin. Maybe a very light version of Dallas?

    • Isabella Muse

      ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re lucky! Maybe it’ll show up perfectly on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kish

    Hmm this could work on me. I’m classified as “pasty” right now, lol. And the fact that it comes in the small size is awesome.

  • kjh

    Wow, that IS light. Think you finally convinced me to try the mini Galifornia, though. Funny how one can do blushes, bec they blend out, in colors that would be major no gos in lipstick.

  • Sarah

    Is it bad that I kind of love this and love it on you?!? I’m kind of into subtle blush. Also I’m super obsessed with your eyebrows. They’re perfect!!!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks! I feel like I look dull with it ๐Ÿ™ but thank YOU! and thank you! I hate my brows, want them!? ;-D

      • Sarah

        Omg, please!!! I have weird, sparse, balding brows that I’ve never been a fan of. Always filling them in. I would take yours in a heartbeat!!

        • Isabella Muse

          I’ll take them Sarah! I really HATE my brows with a passion! I’d much rather spend time filling than plucking, threading, and waxing ๐Ÿ™ If I let mine go I seriously believe they’d grow above my forehead lol!

  • Gillie

    So, I loved the Tarte birthday gift at Sephora from 2017, with that really pale blush. A lot of reviews I read lamented that it was so pale, but it’s perfect for my porcelain skin (a.k.a. pasty white).

    It looks like this would be a winner for me, based on that. On the list it goes! Sometimes Benefit blushes are a little much for me, even though they are lovely on people who don’t look like milk. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shannon

    I got the set of minis and this blush was one of them…ironically the mini had no overspray (which I was happy about)…and even better, this blush is gorgeous on me!!!! I am quite pale (NC15) and this is a lovely warm bronzy peach on my skin…it also lasts ALL day. I liked that it was subtle but buildable. I wAs not a fan of the scent but it dissipates after application immediately. I think I might buy the full size! This worked as blush/bronzer for me on no makeup day as well.

    • Isabella Muse

      fantastic I’m happy it worked out for you! I wish it had worked as well on me!