Benefit The Rich is Back palette – swatches & review

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Benefit the Rich is Back 

On a recent trip quick to the east coast I gave myself a challenge – pack only a carry-on bag. Now, this might not seem like much a challenge to many of you. But for me, who frequently tips the allowable scale with a check in bag, it was a big one. Pairing down my clothes was surprisingly easy. I even did ok with shoes. But then I got to makeup…and it all came to a screeching halt.

That pesky airline liquid rule proved problematic alone. But once I dealt with that, I was still left with a very heavy makeup bag. At least 5 lbs. For a 3 days trip.

Benefit the Rich is Back

Right when I was about to give up, a gift from makeup heaven arrived – Benefit’s The Rich is Back palette. And it’s so damn perfect it became the ONE palette I packed for my trip. Challenge met!

Benefit the Rich is Back

This beautiful beast is a collaboration with British fashion designer Matthew Williamson as a glamorous ode to the days of disco. “Disco” isn’t what exactly comes to mind when I see it. But that’s a good thing, since I normally associate garish blue eye shadow and heavy blush with it. Instead we have a more subtle hussle that’s beyond gorgeous.

Before we delve inside, will you look at that box?

Benefit the Rich is Back packaging

Williamson is known for his prints, so it’s no surprise that the packaging shines almost as brightly as what’s inside. Plus, Benefit is never a slouch in the packaging department! And best of all? Once the makeup is gone you can use the box for storage (complete with a high quality mirror.)

Benefit the Rich is Back eyeshadow

The Rich is Back contains four shimmery shadows:
Disco Dust – pale golden nude
Solid Gold – warm honey brown
Get Down Brown – rich chocolate
Feel So Teal – blackened teal with an electric teal sheen

Benefit the Rich is Back eyeshadow swatches

These shadows are beautiful. They’re warm, I appreciate that they’re shimmery and not glittery, and they’re nicely pigmented. And even though I have a TON of brown shadows, I felt these still brought something to my collection.

Benefit the Rich is Back Feel so Teal swatchA closer look at Feel So Teal

And I’m crazy for Feel So Teal! The shimmer looks like it’s lit from within. It’s great for a teal smoky eye or as a liner, and adds something fun to the otherwise neutral palette.

Benefit the Rich is Back blush

Gimme Fever cheek powder is a nude pink with silver shimmer. You can brush this on sparingly (with the enclosed signature brush) for just a hint of color, or heavily for some serious pigment. It’s a subtle accompaniment to the eye shadows. Plus, not that your blush has to smell, but Benefit’s do. And I have to say, I like the rosy scent I’m greeted with when I open the palette.

Benefit’s known for the adorable minis, and this kit is no exception.

Benefit the Rich is Back mascara

Benefit the Rich is Back lipgloss

Inferno is a punchy red with gold flake glitter. I have to admit I’m not a fan of the scent of their glosses (an odd, synthetic fruit to me). Believe me, no one is sadder about this that me! Especially when it comes to Inferno, because the color is divine. Luckily, the scent fades pretty quickly. Aside from that, it’s a plush-feeling gloss with minimal stickiness.

Benefit the Rich is Back Gimme Fever swatchGimme Fever blush and Inferno lipgloss

Benefit the Rich is Back inferno swatchOoo, gold flake glitter!

Benefit They're Real mascara

Also included is They’re Real! Mascara, in maybe the sweetest little tube I’ve ever seen. Despite its tiny stature, it’s got a full size, plastic bristle brush. This has become one of my top 5 favorite mascaras for the incredible length and clump-free separation it gives. Good stuff!

Benefit the Rich is Back swatches

It was well worth it for $34. Now that it’s $24, you’d be a fool not to boogie down to Sephora and scoop this up!

What about it readers, do you want to get down with The Rich is Back? Buy it HERE.

photo: we heart this, shown on NC 25/30 skintone

Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
skin tone: NC 25/30
skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea
favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products

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  • Stef Andrews

    Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world... skin tone: NC 25/30 skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products


  1. Gorgeous packaging! Benefit is so smart to include that mascara with so many sets – it truly is an amazing one!

  2. OH YES . . . This looks like a winner. I love sets like this. What a super value and great colors as well. I NEED THIS for my travel bag!

    @stef – Thanks for letting me know about this great deal.

  3. This palette is so close to perfect—I wish it contained a mini eyeliner pencil. That would make me so happy :)

  4. Yeah, baby! That looks like a winner -winner chicken dinner to me too! Beautiful! I just may boogie on down to Sephora myself!

  5. What a fantastic price for all of these gems! Gorgeous and a sure fire way to pack light. Pure genius!!! I need one asap.

  6. Looks gorgeous; I love, love, love that mascara (the small size itself is a $10.00 value)! These colors are so lush!

  7. Love this little palette, the gloss and blush look divine. Great price too!

  8. I love that combination of color…every one of them! The teal is to die for!

  9. Benefit always has great palettes. This one looks fab–I love that there’s eyeshadow, mascara, gloss AND blush. Totally perfect for my purse/gym bag.

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