Ulta had this as a special Black Friday deal and was going to open at 6AM. Now, as much as I love cosmetics and shopping, I love my sleep even more. Luckily, when I stopped by the store at 11am, there were still 4 of these duos staring back at me from the counter. Score!
Benefit blushes can be recognized from miles away just from their unique packaging. The blush is contained in a small carton box. What a novel idea.
Inside each little box is a small travel size brush that is surprisingly soft. I love the attention to detail that Benefit puts into each brush. Notice how the handle colors correspond to the packaging (i.e Georgia has a peach handle and Thrrrob has pink bristles).
Here are the ingredients in Georgia:
Ingredients in Thrrrob:
In the pan, Georgia is a light peach and has a peachy fragrance. I can see very fine shimmers when I hold the blush in bright sunlight.
Close up of Georgia:
Thrrrob is very different from Georgia in that it is a soft cool-tone baby pink. This has larger shimmer bits and can definitely be seen with the naked eye in the pan.
Close up of Thrrrob:
I honestly did not have any expectations for these blushes. I have read reviews where most people didn't like Georgia or Thrrrob because they are sheer. However, I was quite surprised to see how pigmented they are with 1-2 swipes.
Both Georgia and Thrrrob appear to be chalky in the finger swatches.
On my arm, Georgia is quite sheer and not as peachy as it looks in the pan. The shimmers in Georgia are much finer compared to those in Thrrrob. I don't think Georgia is a blush in any sense because it is so pale in color. Thrrrob on the other hand, is true to the color in the pan. The baby pink blush can definitely be used on paler skin tones.
Although I don't own too many peach blushes, I know right off the bat Georgia looks nothing like what I have in my collection. Nevertheless, I did try to find a dupe for it with Chanel and MAC. In the pan, it looks like a lighter, less shimmery version of MAC's Fun & Games.
In a side by side swatch, Georgia is too pale to be similar to any of the other blushes. I think I would have better luck comparing Georgia to Laura Mercier's loose powder or Chanel's Rose Merveille pressed powder.
Thrrrob was in the same boat as Georgia. Although I own a lot of pink blushes, I don't have an exact dupe for Thrrrob both in the pan and on the skin. I think MAC's Pink Cult comes closest but it is darker and cooler. MAC's Pretty Baby leans more pink and Pet Me is completely different.
Overall, I am pretty satisfied with my first experience with Benefit blushes. Since Georgia is so pale, I think of it as a highlighter rather than a blush. Thrrrob is surprisingly not chalky when applied with a dense blush brush. It provides beautiful doll-like pink cheeks by itself on my NC25-NC30 skin tone. I think this might look chalky on darker skin tones but quite nice for pale/light skin tones. Georgia on the other hand, will most likely not show up peachy on any skin tone. It looks lovely on top of Thrrrob as a highlighter or can be used to tone down other bright blushes.
Bottom Line: This is a great deal if you've always wanted to try out Thrrrob at a lower price point. Georgia is discontinued and I can understand why. I honestly think these are geared towards pale/light to medium skin tones. By themselves, I don't think I would splurge for either blushes. However, I am glad I own both of them. If anything, they smell really good!
What are some of your favorite Benefit blushes? Do you have Thrrrob or Georgia?