The “Cheekleaders Bronze Squad” by Benefit Cosmetics comes in a unique pink box with cheerleaders printed on it. The design of the palette is colorful, feminine and sleek. The product name and brand information are printed in a special white font on the box to reflect the theme of the line. The box itself contains five different shades of highlighter, bronzer and blush and comes with a soft bristle brush. The product also comes with a medium built-in mirror to facilitate application.
The bronzer’s texture is dry, and the highlighter and blush feel soft without being powdery.
The product has a distinct soft smell that is not overpowering.
We found that the “Cheekleaders Bronze Squad” ensures a glowing effect no matter which of the highlighter, bronzer or blush we applied.
When we tested the bronzer shades, we noticed that they did not taint or become orange after application. In fact, both the ‘Hoola’ and ‘Hoola Caramel’ shades worked well to give a sun-kissed and tanned effect. Even though the texture of the bronzers is dry, they were easy to apply and did not crease throughout the day.
The ‘Coralista’ blush is highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. Therefore, we recommend using a light hand during application. We noticed that when the right amount is applied, the color is fresh and versatile and can be worn during the day and at night.
We found that the ‘Gold Rush’ blush is less pigmented. It also blended better with the skin and looked good on different skin tones.
When testing the highlighter, we noticed that it was easy to apply and that it blended smoothly on the face. Additionally, the texture of the highlighter powder makes it buildable which is useful to achieve different looks.
Overall, the highlighter, blush and bronzers had long-wear, did not crease nor patch-up. As such, we found this palette to be very versatile: it has all the necessary components and shades for a summer glow all throughout the year.
The “Cheekleaders Bronze Squad” palette sells at $86 for two shades of bronzer (‘Hoola Caramel Medium-Deep Bronzer,’ 8g and ‘Hoola Matte Bronzer,’ 8g) and two shades of blush (‘Coralista Blush,’ 8g and ‘Gold Rush Blush,’ 5g) and one shade of highlighter (‘Cookie Highlighter,’ 5g). This is a good price when compared to other products in the same range such as Urban Decay’ “Naked Fushed” palette which retails at $45.8/14g for only one shade of highlighter, one shade of blush and one shade of bronzer.