Review: Benefit Hervana Face Powder


Ahh! Can you believe it? Both Christmas and Hanukkah are literally right around the corner! Are you ready? I’d like to think that I am, but I’m pretty sure I forgot something. It seems like the New Years Eve party streamers aren’t even cleaned up yet before the spring products start rolling out—doesn’t it? I always look forward to a new season in the beauty world, even if it is a little bit early. As one of the first new products for 2012 I’ve had the chance to test drive, Benefit’s Hervana Face Powder is a pretty, soft orchid pink little number for the cheeks.

If you add her + nirvana (not the band, obviously), you’ll wind up with Hervana; a soft, satiny pinwheel of girlie colors.

Have you had a chance to try any of Benefit’s box of colors? I think they’re pretty darn fantastic. I went through a long period of time where all I would wear was Dallas, followed by a long hiatus. Last spring, I picked up Bella Bamba, and I’ve been totally hooked ever since. But now with Hervana? I don’t know what to do, I cannot get enough of it! I actually look forward to applying it, because it’s so soft and dreamy and just makes my skin glow. 

Hervana is comprised of four shades—Lucky Shell, Divine Peach, Heavenly Rose and Berry Delight. You can either apply it with the included angled cheek brush, or with your own blush brush. I prefer my own brushes as opposed to those that come with products, because I often find them a little scratchy. You’ll want to swirl the brush over all of the shades to achieve the complete effect, and it would be rather difficult to pick up only one or two of the shades at once. (Sugarbomb is a little easier to do that with.) The final result is a soft, almost back-lit pink shade with subtle satin qualities.

I almost feel like this is impossible to mess up. You know how sometimes you apply too much blush, or it winds up not being placed just right? Hervana is super forgiving. I always wind up with a fresh and glowing look that makes my skin look healthy.

Hervana does have a floral fragrance to it, so if you’re sensitive you might wish to steer clear of this one. It is slightly buildable, but you’ll find it’s not as bold and bright as most cheek colors. I think it’s kind of nice to have something soft in my collection, as I don’t always want a vibrant pink. You’ll find this available now on both the Sephora and Benefit websites, but it’s not slated for a true roll-out until next month.

Bottom Line: If you like bold cheek colors, this doesn’t fit the bill—but for spring—this light pink blush is perfect for soft, glowing skin.

Price & Availability: $28, Benefit counters nationwide, Sephora.com, BenefitCosmetics.com

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  • Makeupobsessions

    I <3 Hervana, it's so easy to work with!

  • Carmen Santoro

    This sounds like a product I would be interested. I’ve never tried blush with multiple colors, but this seems to make sense. Love the name “Hervana”, and the packaging is lovely. Looks like I’m sold. Thank you for the details and in finding product.

  • Amber

    I’m so glad you found this helpful, Carmen!