Benefit's The Rockateur is another addition to the company's line of Box o' Powders, which includes cult classics like "Dandelion" and "Hoola." What sets The Rockateur apart is that the word "Rock" is etched into the top of the pressed powder, along with a faceted gem design. The gem design also includes a gold overspray. Such accoutrements do indeed make this powder pretty to look at, but they really have no bearing on how it goes on or lasts, and that's what counts!
The gold overspray is surprisingly subtle, and disappears after a couple of uses (you can even brush it off before using it if you want). What's left behind is a satiny smooth, well-pigmented powder blush with a beautiful rose-gold hue. It has shimmer, but it's subdued enough that it only serves to make the skin look lit from within, rather than dusted with sparkles.
A sheer application of The Rockateur gives a nice, natural-looking flush, and it's easily buildable for those with darker skin tones who want more intense color impact. It also wears well for several hours without fading.
As much as we enjoyed blasting off with The Rockateur, we were disappointed that the formula contains several fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of irritation. Given the number of fragrance-free blushes with shimmer, this becomes a less compelling—not to mention pricey—option, particularly for those with sensitive skin.
- Satiny-smooth texture.
- Blush is well-pigmented and easily buildable for more color.
- Shimmer is subdued and imparts a lit-from-within glow.
- Wears well for several hours without fading.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that pose a risk of irritation, which is why it missed our top rating.
Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.
Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.
Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.
For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.
It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.