One of the things I really love about Benefit is their excellent ability to find a colour that is universally flattering, while still being interesting (think Bella Bamba and Hervana as particularly good case studies), and I do think this is part of the reason why there is such a following behind their boxed powders.
Benefit Rockateur: Even the box is fancy with a textured lid! Love the lace print.
Pretty box, check. Nice scented product, check. Enclosed brush? Check. Talk about stunning presentation - this has definitely upped the ante on their boxed powders! Now let's open the box and take a further peek!
Benefit describes Rockateur as a "rose gold", and I think I would agree - to me it's a light warm pink with a hint of gold shimmer. As an added bonus, there is a lovely "Rockateur" design imprinted on the powder, and a shot of gold overspray over some parts of the powder too. The designs are very lovely, and I do think this is the first Benefit blush I've come across with such pretty designs on the powder.
Benefit Rockateur close up: Look at that pretty overspray and the "Rockateur" word imprinted on the powder!
I was almost loathe to use it, because I would be ruining the lovely overspray and imprints and all, but I did it anyway because I knew you guys would want a swatch! (How nice am I? LOL.) Anyway, the overspray is gone very quickly with the first couple of swipes, so if you've walked past Rockateur in a store and passed it on because you thought it was too shimmery, don't be afraid to try it! The final product ends up with shimmer, to be sure, but it's less than it appears in the pan.
Benefit Rockateur swatch: A lovely warm pink with golden shimmer that is buildable in pigmentation.
Texture of the blush is good, much like Benefit's other boxed powder offerings. The pigmentation is also like other Benefit blushes - that is to say, it starts off sheer, but is very buildable. What you see on my arms was probably 4-5 swipes. So yes, you can apply just a little bit for the sheerest pink and gold shimmer, or you can really build it up. I personally like Benefit boxed powders for exactly this reason - when you're blindly slapping makeup on your face before work at 7am in the morning, you usually don't have the luxury of time or good lighting, so this allows for fairly forgiving results even with a less-than-meticulous application.
Below, you can see an FOTD (Face of the Day) I've done with Rockateur. Here, to make the blush really pop in the photos, I've opted to use it a little heavier. You can definitely use it lighter than I did if that's your preference. Also, even with heavy application, you can see that the gold shimmer isn't OTT - it's a fine shimmer that is more glowy and not so much huge discrete specks of glitter. (By the way, if you want to know what foundation I'm wearing in the FOTD, you'll have to wait a little - I'll be doing a review on it soon!)
A FOTD with Benefit Rockateur: Lovely shimmer that adds some dimension to the look without being OTT.
So, would I recommend Rockateur? By now, if you've read my previous reviews on Benefit's boxed powders, you'll know that I love these powders. And what's not to love? The lovely colour that flatters most skintones, the pretty packaging and powder designs, and the nice texture and buildable pigmentation are all things I am pleased with. If you've been eyeing Rockateur, it's definitely worth checking out.
(Product was sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)