Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter – Review & Swatches

Benefit Cosmetics’ new Dandelion Twinkle powder highlight is described by Sephora as:

What it is:
A nude-pink, powder highlighter.

What it does:
Get your glow on with Dandelion Twinkle—Benefit’s long-lasting, highlighting and luminizing powder in a perfect, nude-pink shade. It’s formulated with baked technology to impart a sheer, ultra-lightweight texture and delicate radiance—ideal for highlighting and brightening for a luminous girly glow. It features a signature, dandy daydream fragrance with notes of delicate blossom, and the powder comes with a soft-bristle brush.

What else you need to know:
Dandelion Twinkle’s baked technology creates a superfine, whisper-light radiance. A little goes a long way, providing you with the same number of uses as your other Benefit Cosmetics’ Box O’ Powders.

Beauty tip:
Layer watt’s up! under Dandelion Twinkle to boost your glow.

The site describes it as a nude pink powder highlighter and I completely agree.

The yay

  • The shade is beautiful. It really is a gorgeous glow, almost devoid of any color, hence nude-pink would be the closest description.
  • This highlight is more pure radiance than it is an actual shade, so I think it could suit all skin tones. However, on the deepest of skin tones it may look ashy, so try it before you buy it!
  • It lasted about 5 hours on me before fading slightly.
  • Cute packaging, and it has a mirror and brush included.
  • The brush it comes with is actually useful, though I still use my Sigma cheekbone highlighter brush.
  • The description says it has a fragrance but I could not smell any.

The meh

  • THE PRICE TO QUANTITY RATIO IS SO OFF, LIKE WHAT THE TRUCK, BENEFIT?!?! WHY YOU TRYNA PLAY US ALL?! Listen to me. You get three grams of product for twenty nine dollars. Yes. You read that right. On average most companies give around 5 – 6 g of product as far as highlighters go, for around that price. The price of Dandelion Twinkle means you pay almost $10 per gram of product. Take Colourpop’s pressed shadows for instance. Here, you pay $5 for 1.5 g of product. (Granted, Colourpop is not as expensive as Benefit on average but) basically, Benefit is either trying to rob us or their marketing staff may have genuinely overlooked the amount when pricing this product. At this rate, you are better off buying a highlighter from a more high-end company because you will probably at least get some value for your money. (I know you may be wondering “Then why did you buy it?!”, and I will answer that in a while.)
  • It is not a strong highlight, it is more of a built up glow. Like you really have to go over it a couple of times to get a nice radiance on your cheekbones. It is not for people who like a strobed look.
  • It is quite powdery and almost rough to the touch but this does not translate similarly on the face.
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Do I recommend this?

Listen. I went to Ulta to return some things. So I got money back with that. And I was like, ‘I’d already spent that money, so I might as well use it to get something nice.’ So I swatched the shade, which really is beautiful, and I ended up getting this at a very low price (one that actually justifies buying it, SMH). Before that I had decided that I was not going to get it, BECAUSE THREE GRAMS.

I am all about being fair, and I don’t think the pricing here is fair. But this is a lovely glow, not one that I have come across with any other highlighter I own. If that is the case with you, I suggest going to your local Ulta or Sephora and trying it before buying it. If you don’t care about the price-quantity ratio and live for a naturally radiant glow, go for it.


Ulta or Sephora.


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