What it is: Rockateur is one of Benefit’s newer Box o’ Powders. It is described as a rose gold shade that will give you a “provocative flush” and is supposed to have a “specialized formula” that will deliver 1.6 times the color payoff.
Price/Quantity: It costs $28 for 5.0 g / 0.17 oz
Packaging: The product is housed in a square printed cardboard box and closed with a magnet. There is a small-ish mirror on the inside of the lid and flat brush that sits in a plastic holder above the powder. Many times, I’m not a fan of the brushes and applicators included with cosmetics but the ones that come with these boxed powders are actually pretty good quality and can work for everyday use.
Smell/Fragrance: Like all of Benefit’s Box o’ Powders, this has a lovely floral fragrance which fades away once applied. The fragrance is strong if I am actively trying to smell it but when I am just applying this as usual, it’s pretty faint from a normal distance.
While I really like Rockateur, it wasn’t quite what I imagined it would be based on the description. When I think of rose gold, I think of jewelry – rings, necklaces, earrings – with a beautiful pinkish copper metallic glow. The closest approximation I can think of in terms of makeup, would be shades like Nars Orgasm, that have a bright rosy base and strong golden sheen. This was more of a muted brownish pink with a very subtle purplish pink sheen. It’s a color I could see a lot of people using for their “everyday” or “no makeup” looks because it looks very natural and subtle. I think it would best suit fair and medium complexions with warmer undertones, though it isn’t too hard to pull off on my cooler skin tone.
The pigmentation of this blush is just perfect – not too sheer but not so pigmented that it’s hard to work with. It’s easy to pick up plenty of color on a brush but at the same time it’s hard to overdo it and look like you’ve applied too much. It blends with ease and creates a smooth, even gradient when you blend out the edges. It never looks splotchy.
The quality of this product is very nice. It has a very finely milled, soft feel and isn’t powdery at all. Once you brush off the sparkly overspray, the pan never gets messy or powdery. Some blushes seem to sit on top of the skin and even stick to peach fuzz. Not this one. It adheres so well to the skin that it looks like it’s your own skin. Even though it has a sheen, the sheen is very diffused and doesn’t make any textural imperfections in my skin more obvious.
I usually wear my makeup between 8 – 10 hours on a typical day and this has never faded on me in that timespan.
- Smashbox Blush Rush in Bare – slightly browner
- Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush in Santa Rose – damn near an exact color dupe but doesn’t sit as nicely on the skin
- Elf Blush in Mellow Mauve – slightly more plummy
- Tarte Exposed – also slightly more plummy and has a matte finish
Yes. This has been one of my most used blushes since I bought it. I think it would work best for warmer skin tones but even on my cooler skin tone, it works just fine. The only downsides are that it does have a somewhat strong fragrance and you get quite a bit less product than you do in the other Box o’ Powders. This one has 5g / 0.17 oz. whereas most of the others have 8g / 0.28 oz. As a casual consumer, I’m not really too concerned about getting less product because I almost never use up blushes anyway. For a makeup artist, though, this could be a concern.