Benefit’s Hervana ($28, Ulta, Sephora) is called a “face powder” by the brand, but their descriptions mainly talk about it as a blush or highlighter, and that’s how I’m going to review it. It’s a light pink with both peachy and orchid undertones, and a satiny finish that’s not shimmery at all – just a very subtle glow.You can’t fit a blush brush into any of the individual colors, so I’m reviewing this on the basis of swirling them all together, as you’re supposed to do. The color is a barely warm pink that can look slightly peachy-pink at times, and more pink-pink at other times, but never quite cool. Because it’s rather a natural human sort of pink rather than candy pink, it should work for a variety of skin undertones. It’s also pigmented enough that it should show up on deeper skin tones, but will most likely make more sense as a highlighter than a blush. (Side note: for my light skin, it’s to deep for a highlighter.)
The shimmer factor is really subtle here – I can’t see any particles in it on my cheek, but it does have a very slight sheen. While it’s definitely not matte, it’s close enough to matte that I usually wear a separate highlighter right above it (whereas I don’t do that when i wear a more shimmery blush).
This is a finely milled formula, but it’s a tiny bit drier than Sugarbomb, which I reviewed recently. I find I have to build this one a little more, and I also find it doesn’t wear quite as spectacularly long as Sugarbomb, though it does hold up longer than most blushes. So while I don’t love this with quite the same passion as I love Sugarbomb, it has still become one of my standby blushes. It’s also helpful that the brushes they include in these powder-in-a-box products is always really good, so you have everything you need for beautiful blushing in one small package – including a small mirror in the lid of the box.