Benefit Dandelion Brightening Face Powder – Review

Benefit Dandelion Brightening Face Powder

Dandelion was such a rage when it first came out. I know it was sold out for several weeks at a time. The beautiful box is definitely enchanting and alluring and I had my fair share of craving for it. The following is a review of the same after using it for almost a full year.

Where to buy:

I bought the Benefit Big Ten set from Sephora and it included a deluxe sample of Dandelion, which I will be reviewing. You can buy it in store or online from Benefit Cosmetics, Sephora, Ulta, eBay, or Amazon.

Benefit Dandelion Brightening Face Powder


The standard box powder size is 0.35 ounces or 9.92 grams. That is enough quantity to last you forever, especially if you own a lot of blushes. The particular deluxe sample I’m reviewing is 0.1 ounce or ~3 grams. I’ve had it for almost a year and I have barely made a dent in it!
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Price and Shipping:

Benefit Dandelion will set you back $28.00 + tax if you purchase the full size. They do sell Dandelion as part of other little value sets, so that’s always a good way to try it (that’s how I got it). The price is really steep, even for 0.35 ounces of product and it is hard to justify spending it. Shipping is great from Sephora, Ulta, or Benefit Cosmetics.

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My Take on Benefit’s Dandelion Blush/Highlighter:

Benefit claims that you can “Fake awake with Dandelion—Benefit’s ballerina-pink pressed highlighting powder”. It seems quite lovely in swatches and its colour changes depending upon your skin tone. It shows up more pink on cooler skin tones, and it is peachier on warmer skin tones. It is an interesting combination because it is a cool pink with golden shimmer. This unique combination makes it wearable for people with both cool and warm under tones. I think of Dandelion as more of a coloured highlighter than blush. The colour is definitely buildable, but with every extra layer you pack on more shimmer than colour. To achieve a light pink/peach shade on my NC40 skin, it takes about 3 layers and by that time, my face is like a disco ball (especially in the sunlight!). I’m not very impressed with the shimmer because my La Femme blushes have finer shimmer that doesn’t emphasize the pores on my sensitive skin for 1/10th the price!
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Here are things I LOVE about Benefit’s Dandelion Blush/Highlighter:

• This shade of pink with gold shimmer is a very unique colour.
• This shade will flatter everyone.
• You get enough product to literally last you a lifetime.
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Things I’m not so much in-love with about Benefit’s Dandelion Blush/Highlighter:

• Too expensive for the quality of product you receive.
• It is primarily marketed as a blush, but it really is more of a highlighter.
• If used during daytime, in direct sunlight, it shines more than a shiny disco ball!
• The staying power is impressively not impressive! It only lasts about 5 hours on my insanely dry skin. I cannot imagine it lasting more a couple of hours on divas with oilier skin.
• You overpay for a large amount of highlighter, that you cannot use too much off.
• Even with so much shimmer, it cannot achieve the dewy finish you get with a liquid highlighter.
• It is chalky and so hard to pick up.
• You need flawless skin to pull it off!
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IMBB Rating:

I wanted to fall in love with it and this might seem harsh, but I cannot give it more than a 2/5.
Benefit Dandelion Brightening Face Powder
Last Thoughts:

I had always pined for Dandelion but it was a huge disappointment when I finally did get it. I thought it would be easy to use but my skin has deteriorated so much from random insane adult acne; and the worse it gets, the lesser I reach for Dandelion. It just accentuates the little scars on my face without actually highlighting anything. On a good skin day, I can pull off Dandelion at night, in yellow bulb light. If I ever use it in sunlight, I look like Edward Cullen (the sparking gay vampire dude from Twilight). High Beam is so much better as a highlighter than Dandelion. If you have flawless skin, Dandelion might be for you, but if you have average-dry skin, I would definitely skip it!
Benefit Dandelion Brightening Face Powder Swatch

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12 thoughts on “Benefit Dandelion Brightening Face Powder – Review

    1. I agree Shalini! I’m amazed who the audience is because these would work only on porcelain skin! I don’t think there are that many pale people out there! :p 🙂

  1. oh dear…sorry to hear it didnt work out 🙁 try laura mercier’s brightening powder or the balms mary lou-manizer a try? i have the latter n totally love it..i too have acne prone skin n lots of scars on my face but the balm one does not accentuate them further..i have reviewed it on imbb do check it out 🙂

    1. Hi Parita! I have heard so much about the Balm’s Mary Lou-manizer… I just saw your review (great review btw!) and now it’s on my wish list 🙂 Thank youuuuuuuuu

  2. Its a pretty shade with subtle peach, but I don’t like shimmer in any of my face products. As you said, they highlight pores :(. Anyway, perfectly reviewed 🙂

    1. I completely agree with you Jomol… “Shimmer” as opposed to micro shimmer just makes my face look like there are infinite craters! 🙁 And Thank youuuu 🙂

  3. well reviewed Nia 🙂 … the product look sso promising but sad it din’t work 🙂 … thanks for sharing .. 🙂 Benefit hardly delivers dud though 🙂

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