I buy Benefit products on a regular basis, even if they are a little on the expensive side. However I was once running low on my beloved Benefit tints before payday and I spotted this budget version in Superdrug for a bargain price of £1.99, or three for £5. I bought this and a couple of other items for £5.
This 2true tint comes presented in what looks like a nail varnish bottle. It's a tad smaller than the Benefit tints but judging by the cheaper price (Benefit tints retail at £19.50) I wasn't too bothered! Inside the lid is a brush which you use to dot on the tint. The colour of the tint is what I would describe as a poppy pink. The tint is a little runnier than the Benefit tints but it's still easy to work with.
The tint can be used on both the cheeks and the lips. It's easy to use on the cheeks, simply dot the tint on using the built in brush and blend quickly before it dries. If you don't blend the tint quickly enough it can go a bit streaky, which is a look I try my best to avoid! You only need two or three dots per cheek. I simply blend it in with my finger and I'm ready to go! You can also use a small brush to blend the tint into your cheeks.
I have pale skin and the tint appears to be a rosy pink on me. It looks nice and it doesn't cake over the top of my foundation. However the tint doesn't last as long on my skin compared to a Benefit tint, which is what I expected for the price. However if you don't mind the odd top up during the day then this would be enough for you. I have never used the tint on my lips as I prefer using regular lip gloss.
The tint is long lasting as a little goes a long way. It's a great budget option if you don't want to fork out nearly £20 for the Benefit version!
Overall? A nice little addition to your make up bag that won't break the bank.
For a while I had be terrified of using lip and cheek tints, as when as I was younger a had a terrible experience with a freebie in a magazine. Not knowing much about make-up back then or how to use it on moderation..."less is more and all that" well that didn't seem to apply to me! I used so much of the tint that any circus near by would have hired me in seconds!
However, lately I have been wanting to try lots of different products, so I thought I would face my fears. And looking back now, I am very glad I did!
I find using a cheek and lip tint on the face gives a much more natural and fresh faced look, instead of looking caked with make-up practically falling off your face! Before using this tint, I would normally use pressed blush powders and depending on the blush, I would be left with dry looking skin which was horrible looking after an hour or so!
I find that when applying the tint to the cheeks, you don't need to use much of the product to create the desired effect. When I'm looking for a more natural look I will only add a little to my cheeks. And then when I'm going out I will add more working my way up my cheek bones to create definition and structure.
Another point about when applying this product is that applying it is simple and it is easy to bled the tint into the skin.
I also use this rose tint on my lips, especially if I'm wanting a deep red lip look. This product is much better to use than some of the lip tint pens which have been becoming very popular recently (I actually do have some of them!) However for a strong lip tint I would defiantly recommend using this one!
I think that I will now very rarely use a blush powder, I really do get a better outcome when I use this cheek tint. And this product is very reasonable priced, much cheaper that most other blushes! In Superdrug you can pick up this product for just£ £1.99, which I think is great value for money, especially considering it's 2 products in 1 and the high quality of the product as well!
The bottles in which the lip tint comes in, is very simple and plain...and really a standard 2true product packaging compared to other make-up brands. But of course you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and this is certainly true in this case!
On to the smell of this product and I actually do like the smell. It really does remind me of the scent of a lip-gloss I have. I suppose some people would have bit of a problem with it smelling slightly perfumed and putting it on their skin...my own mother hates products that smells too strong and won't wear them if they do! But for me the scent really isn't an issue...actually I really really like it.
I would highly recommend this product and it is going to be one that is constantly added to my beauty shopping list!
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This is a review of 2True Cheek N Lip Tint which I deliberately set out to purchase, having developed a liking for Benefit's Posie Tint which I tried from a magazine cover. The little bottle I had was still quite full but I wanted to see if the 2True product was close enough for me to use instead.
I was quite new to the world of 2True having bypassed the stand many times, I was pleasantly surprised by the prices (three items for £5) and so had a browse to see what else I could buy with the cheek n lip tint. I went for a nail varnish in the end which I have reviewed separately.
The bottle looks a bit like a nail varnish, which I suppose many tints for lips do as you apply them with a brush. The lid is white and the body of the bottle is pink and looks overall quite inexpensive.
I dabbed a few dots on my lips before blending and it came out an alarming neon pink colour, definitely not what I wanted my lips to look like but thankfully the end product is much better. With 2True Cheek N Lip Tint you get a natural pink blush to the lips which is more like "I'm wearing no make up at all" look. On the cheeks, if you go steady you get a natural blush but if you are heavy handed or want to build it up more you may get the china doll made up look!
If I wear this just on the lips it will last absolutely ages but the cheeks take more product. However for the price it really doesn't matter does it! I think the colour is comparable to Posie tint but actually I think this may be better as it doesn't have the drying effect I find with the Benefit product. My lips didn't feel moisturised but you can add a balm after it has dried and enjoy the same effect. I would be wary about using this on the cheeks with other make up but a quick dab and dash is probably where I'll most be using this.
These cost £1.99 each or you can get three for a fiver. It's also available in a darker red colour (like benetint) but I don't think I'll be going there with my colouring. More suited to darker beauties I think unless you have a skin tone that can carry it off.
My only niggle with this product is that it is not very portable. It's too big for a pocket and the brush applicator restricts you to where you might want to apply it. If they could manufacture it with a roller ball I'd be interested. I think the price is wonderful, and you also get a massive 10ml of product which will last for ages. I am mightily impressed with this brand so far with what I've tried and will probably be seen lingering near the 2True stand in the near future.
I heard a while ago that this was a good, cheap dupe for Benefit's cheek & lip stain, Benetint.
As I already had some Benetint I didn't really think much of it and didn't rush out to buy it because in my opinion you get what you pay for - a majority of the time, anyway. I decided to eventually buy it to try a couple of weeks ago - I spotted it on offer and it seemed like excellent value. It usually retails at £1.99, but I managed to get mine as a 3 for £4.99 deal so I saved a little money.
£1.99 is still amazingly cheap and excellent value though, in fact I was slightly worried by the price because of the enormous price difference - Benetint retails at over than twenty pounds more than this. I was curious to try it out though, and have been quite impressed with it - although I do still prefer Benetint! As far as I know, this is only available from Superdrug.
So, what is it? It's basically an all in one cheek and lip stain. It's available in two different shades - the original shade, which is a rosey red colour and shade one, which is quite a light but vibrant looking pink colour. I opted for the original as shade one looked much too light - I'm quite pale and was worried that it'd make me look a bit washed out or look odd on my skintone. The product comes in a small plastic tube shaped bottle which reminds me a little of a nail varnish bottle.
It's very similar to the original Benetint packaging but slightly shorter. The bottle contains 9ml of product, which is 3.5ml less than Benetint - not much of a difference at all. The packaging does look a little.. plasticy, if that's the right word. I wouldn't say that it looks particularly ugly, but you can tell that it's a budget product. The lid screws off and it has a small wand and brush attatched to it. The wand is very short which isn't too much of an issue but I do feel kind of restricted if that makes sense because I need to have my hand really close to my face which can block my view in the mirror when I'm applying it.
The brush is very small, but this is better than it being too big in my opinion and it's accurate enough to dot around on the apples of my cheeks before using a blending brush. The brush is very soft with no stray bristles and it spreads the product neatly and evenly. I use my professional blush brush to blend it when using it on my cheeks but use the brush provided when I apply it to my lips. The product itself is thick and slightly pastey, which I wasn't too keen on at first and I was initially dissapointed as it seemed quite gloopy and paint-like, but it blends very easily.
Make sure that you blend as soon as you apply it as it dries really fast so can look streaky if you're not careful. Once blended it's nice and lightweight with no stickiness. It's well pigmented and very bright, it gives my cheeks a pop of colour and doesn't look too OTT, but it doesn't look natural either. It also has a noticeable shimmer which I really don't like - it's fine for nights out when I'm fully made up, but doesn't look subtle enough for an au naturale rosey cheek day look. Benetint is much more subtle and natural looking.
As for the results when using it on the lips, they're good - it provides a hint of shimmer and colour, but it's quite drying, sticks to even the tiniest crack and doesn't last for long. It is completely gone after under 2 hours (ish) and when used on my cheeks and set with a face mist it lasts for five hours or so before it can start to look worn and faded. It's easy to remove with a wet wipe.
I definitely recommend this lip & cheek tint, with the benefits being:
- the price
- well pigmented
- easy to blend
- not sticky, greasy or heavy on my skin
The disadvantages are:
- off-puttingly thick texture
- shimmer - way too obvious and doesn't look natural
- lasting power
- drying, especially on my lips.
Overall, I give the product three out of five stars.
I am quite new to the world of lip stains and this is the first one I have used, cant say I am to impressed though and glad its so cheap, otherwise I would of felt like money was wasted.
I chose this shade because the dark red one looked very very dark and gothic, not great for my skin tone!
The smell isn't nice at all, its like poster paint which you used to get in school, the bottle is also kind of stupid, its like a nail polish pot ( I did think it was nail polish first if I am being honest. )
The texture is not a bad consistency, its kind of runny thick and you only need a tiny amount to use on your lips, I usually just use the brush and dab on then use my fingers to massage into my lips.
Once the colour is blended in its not great, a tiny bit lighter than usual and not as pink as you would expect, it also comes off very easily and feels drying on my lips.
I wouldn't recommend this even if it only £1.99
ALSO can I just add I haven't used this on my cheeks as I only wanted it for my lips, so I can not pass comment on that.
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I recieved a 2true brand cheek and lip tint from my niece as a pocket money thankyou for taking her out over the half term holidays. It cost her just £1.99 for 10ml. She thought it was a nail polish, due to the similar looking bottle but never mind, I was delighted to recieve it. I haven't tried a cheek tint before so I thought if this one was good it would be available at an attractive price to repurchase.
2true is a bargain priced line of cosmetics, available in Superdrug. All of their produts cost £1.99, but there is also a long standing mix and match offer where you can buy 3 products for £5. The cheek tint comes in two shades, one being a rather bright sugary pink, and the other is the one that I have tried. This looks a dark wine red in the bottle but it says that it will leave a rose tinted finish on your cheeks and lips. I was a bit alarmed at the colour at first. I have pale skin and I thought that as a blusher it would look far from natural. As a lip stain though, I thought the colour would be perfect. In fact, it looks quite different when applied to your skin as I will describe below.
The tint is in a liquid form, so it comes in a nail polish style bottle with a similar brush. The lid is the screw on type and I strongly recommend that you tighten it carefully. I failed to do so, and was left with a impossible to shift stain on the inside of a fabric bag. This is my fault entirely, but it is annoying none the less. The brush itself is short and stubby but it is perfectly easy to use. As the tint is runny I did wonder whether the brush would allow it to drip unpleasantly but this doesn't seem to happen. It feels light and soft on the lips, and picks up just enough of the tint to deal with your lips or both cheeks. I decided that it may not be hygenic to use the same brush for both areas of my face so I switched to using a regular lip brush and kept the 2true one for my cheeks. This works fine.
On opening the bottle, the first thing that I noticed was that the tint has a slight scent. This reminds me vaguely of cherries but it is only really noticeable at a close range. I prefer it to a chemical scent anyway. The second thing that struck me was how runny in texture it was. This is probably because I have not used a simliar product before. It does actually make it easy to apply if anything as it glides over your lips or cheeks effortlessly. I tried some on the back of my hand, and the blobs I left there looked lighter in colour than how the tint appears in it's bottle. When I spread them out, the colour mellowed further and finished up leaving my skin with a tint that really could be called rosy. This was a relief and so I felt happy to use it as a blush. I dotted a couple of drops on each cheek but subsequently I have found that it is easier to deal with one cheek at a time. This is because the tint dries quicky and once it has, it is obviously impossible to blend it further. When freshly applied, it blends very easily. Applying it to the lips was also very quick and easy - I just swept the brush once over the top lip, and then over the bttom. This gives a good even colour without further attention.
I have been very happy with the product as a liquid blusher in all but name. My cheeks look naturally flushed, despite my reservations that the colour would be far too dark. I have successfully used the tint both on bare skin and over foundation and it blends easily in both cases. It also lasts very well, as I do not need to re-appy at all throughout the working day, and some added colour is still obvious into the evening. I do think my cheeks feel ever so slightly sticky to the touch, but this is only obvious if I pat them, and I am otherwise unaaware that I am wearing the product.
As for my lips, I like the gentle pink colour, and the subtle sheen of the finish. It is slightly glossy but doesn't look too much like lip gloss. My lips feel slightly sticky, but not enough to irritate me. I have been impressed with how durable the tint is - it hassn't shifted too much if I have a quick drink or snack but a full lunch does remove most of the colour. This means it has the edge on lip glosses but doesn't last as well as some lip sticks. If I haven't been eating and drinking, the full colour is still present after several hours. As it is easy to re-apply, I don't mind having to do this more than once a day.
The only downside for me is the fact that after several days use, my lips began to feel dry. This problem persisted until I ceased using the tint daily. It didn't cause similar problems with my cheeks, which often tend to be dry anyway. Therefore I have used this more as a cheek than lip product. As such, it lasted me about 6 weeks.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE PRODUCT?
I like the convenience of using one product to target two areas. I felt that if I needed to get ready in a hurry, and used this on my cheeks and lips I was eady to go in flash. Then the lip dryness started, so the tint became more of a simple blusher for me. I liked the colour, and I have since repurchased the tint to use it on my cheeks as I still feel it is excellent value as a single use product. I would recommend it as something that is well worth trying at the price, but if you have sensitive lips or those prone to dryness, it may not suit you for frequent use. I would also suggest caution if you are taking it out with you to touch up during the day as it has the ability to stain fabric if it should leak. A warning to this affect is on the bottle. Other than that, 2true have come up trumps!
I'm not the biggest fan of blusher as I always appear to apply way too much of it so I swapped it for these tints instead, The benefit one I usually buy retails at twelve to fifteen pounds and was beginning to get too much so I seeked out a replacement!
The bottle is a small nail polish bottle, it can be easy to mix up in a big make up bag but the brush is what makes it easy to apply, the bottle retails for 1.98 for 10ml which is a complete bargain and is in the light pink bottle with white cap pictured above!
For lips you're meant to dot on the tint and blend, but seeing as I don't like this colour on my lips I don't use it there, for my cheeks, I simply brush two lines on each cheek and blend it in and its so easy I can do it without a mirror for touch-ups on the go! for a short while after your face can feel a bit sticky, but this doesn't last long, there is also a slight rubbery smell but that soon disappears too so It isn't a problem!
You end up with a nice natural looking pinky glow! its nowhere near as heavy as blusher and looks very natural even on top of a lot of make up, for all these reasons I think its time a lot of people ditched the blushers for tints and this tint is an amazing bargain!
I hadn't heard of lip tint until I stumbled across this in Superdrug. It was a very cheap purchase and I really like it.
The product is very small, fits in your purse or your pocket. It looks like a nail polish, with a brush on the lid. The product works by essentially staining your skin, so you can wear it anywhere, though it is made for lips and cheeks. I guess technically you can always use it on your eyelids like an eyeshadow, but I'm not sure how advisable that is. You have to put the product on either your lips or your cheeks and rub it in as much as you can. You have to be careful to make sure you don't overdo it, especially on the cheeks. The amount of times I've gone a bit crazy and ended up looking very clownish! With your lips, I would recommend piling on the product a bit, leaving to stain for 10-15 seconds, then rubbing off an excess with a tissue. Make sure your lips are dry with you do this; if you lick your lips before/have vaseline on your lips, then the stain won't work.
The colour is very, very pink. Be warned that it can look almost neon if you put too much on. Even my history teacher said "that's very, very bright" when I wore it on my lips for the first time. So be subtle with it! As well, it's not the nicest tasting thing, so don't lick your lips for a few minutes after putting the product on your lips. Hope this review helped!
~*~*~*~* Bargain make-up *~*~*~*~
Taking full advantage of a 3 for 2 deal on cosmetics in Superdrug I selected three items from its own 2True range of cosmetics, which is already ridiculously cheap at £1.99 per item or £5 for three. As the range was also on 3 for 2, I picked up three little goodies for a mere £3.98.
This review is for two of the three items I picked up that day, which are both different coloured cheek and lip tints. As I recently used the free Benefit samples with Glamour magazine, I was interested to check these ones out as they are, as far as I can tell, 2True's own, massively cheaper versions of Benefit's Posie Tint and Benetint. I had a pretty close look at the bottles, including a peer inside, and the contents really did look identical to the expensive Benefit versions which I would never pay full price for (they are an eye-watering £24 or so), so I thought I had to give these cheapo versions a try!
So I am reviewing both products here which are:
* 2True Lip and Cheek Tint in Rose
* 2True Lip and Cheek Tint in Blush Pink
~*~*~*~* Rose cheek and lip tint *~*~*~*~
So firstly I will describe the rose version.
The rose version of the product looks very dark in the bottle - dauntingly so at first! The packaging is similar to a bottle of nail varnish - a small cylindrical bottle with a white screwtop lid, with the brush attached. The brush is very skinny, which I thought was odd at first but does actually help with the application of the tint.
Just like the Benefit product, this has a thin, watery consistency - knock the bottle over and you can say goodbye to your cheek tint straight away! It's really unusual to use something with such a thin texture - it really is like dark red water - and it makes you wonder if it's going to work! Using the think brush, I sweep a small amount onto the top of each cheekbone - this will actually drip down your cheeks if you apply too much so do be careful ... and be ready to blend before it runs off down your face! Using a fingertip to gently blend this into the skin, this disappears almost straight way and dries instantly - and at first it is difficult to see if it's really made much difference. However, if you look carefully you can see that this has delivered a slight, healthy flush to the cheeks. This is subtle enough that you can probably get away with another little dab onto each cheek! However do be careful not to overdo it - as it sinks into the skin you can't wipe it off that easily - and bear in mind I do have an olive skintone so this may look much stronger on lighter skin!
My preferred way to use this is alongside the Blush Pink product as I think both complement each other well and give me that touch more colour that I need for my skin. I always apply this first, and the Blush Pink cheek tint second, and that really works well for me.
~*~*~*~* Pink cheek and lip tint *~*~*~*~
So a little more about the pink version.
The bottle itself is an opaque, very bright pink shade with a white screwtop lid and a very slim brush inside, similar to a bottle of nail varnish. The product inside is a scarily bright pink - almost neon - and in fact looks even brighter than the Benefit version which also scared me a little the first time I saw it!
Unlike the dark red cheek and lip tint, this has a much thicker texture, which I certainly prefer to the watery texture of the dark red product, as it is much easier to apply and feels like you're using a real product rather than just some red water!
This has a slight creaminess to it and it doesn't drip off the brush or anything like that! I tend to apply a sweep to each cheek, just under the cheekbone, and then blend the gently into my cheeks using a light circular motion. This gives a quite subtle pink flush to my cheeks which looks quite nice and natural - it definitely isn't too intense a colour at all despite the bright appearance - it blends in really well and leaves cheek looking quite natural. I find that using it alongside the dark red product gives a slight contoured effect and a touch more colour to my cheeks.
Both these products have good staying power, although I would probably reapply if I had put it on for work in the morning and was heading out in the evening as well. I also think this bottle will last ages as you really don't need very much of the product.
~*~*~*~* On the lips? ~*~*~*~*
You can also use both these products as lip tints. However, this is one thing that really doesn't work for me with these products (or Benefit's for that matter) as I find applying these liquids to the lips is quite drying - especially the dark red one. And although the dark red version does give a nice stained effect to the lips, it isn't something I enjoy using so will stick to using it on my cheeks only.
~*~*~*~* All the benefits, at a fraction of the price ... *~*~*~*~
To be completely honest I can't detect any difference at all between these two products and the Benefit products - except that the Benefit product perhaps delivers a slightly stronger hit of colour on the first application. But, bearing in mind that I could buy 10 bottles of this for the price of one Benetint, it's a bit of a no-brainer for me!
Of the two products, I would say I prefer the pink one, partly because I simply prefer the slightly creamy texture. So if you perhaps want to try out just one of these, I would personally recommend the pink version.
~*~*~*~* You'd be mad not to try it! *~*~*~*~
To anyone addicted to Benefit's Benetint or Posie Tint, I would honestly suggest giving this a go. If it doesn't work for you won't be too out of pocket - but if it does you could save yourself a fortune!
For me, I still prefer my No7 cream blusher overall to these two products, as I really prefer the format and texture and it works better for me personally. However, I think for the price these are both really good products that I find very hard to fault. I will have no problem using the bottles I have and will most probably buy more when they run out! For this reason I have to award these five stars - they are an absolute bargain!
2True are a brand exclusive to Superdrug that retails 3 for £5 or £1.99 each. If you're like me you might doubt the quality of products like this but I guarantee that 2True has great some gems amoungst it!
Yes we've all heard of Benefit's cheek stains, Benetint, Posetint and the likes but were you aware that 2 True offer a similar product for a small fraction of the price? 2True offer a red and a neon pink cheek and lip stain with the same nail polish application to the Benefit product. If you haven't experienced a cheek tint like this then this a perfect cheaper alternative before going out and splurging on a higher end product and there is no need.
This product (in Neon Pink) is packaged in the same screw top packaging as the 2True Polishes and comes with 9ml of product.
As I am with Highbeam, I dislike applying this product with the brush supplied but instead apply the tint to my ELF powder brush and take it from there. This makes the tint blend a lot easier before it dries. I found that when using the brush supplied, I didn't act quick enough and the tint dried before I had chance to blend it.
It can be very hard to apply this product in the way that you are instructed as the tint will stain your fingers and will tint your cheeks in away that you dislike if you do not work one cheek at a time.
As a lip tint this will give you a tint of colour for an hour or two but then will fade.
I think that these are great alternative to the Benefit stains and if you want to trial with this type of product these are perfect. The Neon Pink colour can be hard to work with, or wear, on a everyday basis but leaves you will a flush of colour that lasts.
I have been wanting benefit's benetint for quite a while now but as I have no experience of lip stains, I didn't want to spend £22.50 on something I'm not even sure I would use. When I was in Superdrug recently I spotted the 2true stand with various bits of makeup for £1.95 each or 3 for £5. The little bottles cheek'n'lip tint caught my eye. There were two colours, one called blush, a version of posietint I suppose, but when I looked at the tester it was a neon gooey pink so I stuck with the safer looking rose tinted stain.
This comes in the same type of bottle as benetint, a nail polish type bottle. The lid is a good size which has the brush on so it is easy to hold, and the bottom is clear so you can see how much you have left. Overall I think the bottle looks quite nice and not what I was expecting for something under £2. The writing on the label does rub off quite easily but it's mainly the ingredients on the side that have rubbed off.
The actual stain is a watery liquid and a deep red colour. As it says in the name it can be used on the lips or cheeks but I tried this on my lips first. I used the brush in the lid which is the same as a nail polish brush to put some onto my lips and quickly blended with my finger. This gave a nice even colour to my lips which wasn't that dark and really just enhanced the colour of my lips but still noticeable. When blended it gives a deep pink/rose colour. You couldn't see the original brush stroke if you blend it in properly and it didn't bleed onto my skin. I waited about 20 seconds for it to dry as it is watery and because my lips felt quite dry, I used a small amount of clear gloss on top which looked quite nice. I don't really like having a statement lip but you could paint your lips with the brush, wait for it to dry and build up the intensity of the colour. I did try this and I have to say it still looked even, not blotchy, and lasted longer than any lipstick I have used so you don't have to worry about touch ups. When I use just one coat, it doesn't last quite as long but does for about 4 hours with eating in between.
The other is use of course cheeks. I've never quite got the hang of crème blushers as they always look patchy and this is liquid so it is more of a challenge. I applied it in a cross with the brush on the apple of my cheek and quickly blended upwards again with my fingers before it dried. I had to use quite a bit for the colour to be visible as most of it ended up on my fingers and even then it looked like a stripe of colour, because I couldn't blend in properly like I do with powder blusher. It also quite hard to take off fingers as my make up remover isn't strong enough to remove waterproof makeup. A toothbrush usually gets it off my lips but most of it wears off throughout the day anyway.
Would I buy it again? Yes. I think for £1.95 it is a great price and although I don't use it on cheeks I think it is a great lip stain. It's also cheap enough to experiment with, something I couldn't do with benetint! It lasts a decent length of time, and is stronger colour than a tinted lip balm but still a nice everyday look. I have been using it just about every day for the past 3 weeks and less than a tenth of the bottle has gone, which makes it great value, even more when part of the 3 for £5 deal. Just be careful to use it over the sink or put down an old towel and not do what I did, which is spill some on new clothes, as it does say on the side of the bottle that it may stain clothing. Most of it came out with some vanish and cold water but it's still visible if you look closely. After all, it is called a stain!
I went out for a night out recently . Not having much makeup that hadn't been mangled by my daughter in her recent attempts to pretty up my boyfriend, I nipped into Superdrug, and randomly grabbed a number of makeup items in a mad panic, including several from the 2true range, which costs £1.95 per item, or £5 for 3 .
One of the items I picked up willy-nilly was this 10ml bottle of cheek and lip stain in Blush Pink. It comes
in a cylindrical bottle, which is bright bubblegum pink in colour, with a white lid and just a hint of silver detail.
Opening the bottle up, I was slightly alarmed. Not only was this the brightest pink I had ever seen in my
life, much brighter than the bottle had indicated, but it also looked almost exactly like nail varnish. Calming down, I read the instuctions, which recommended brushing a little onto your cheeks, and blending in quickly with your fingertips. For lips, it also recommended brushing on and rubbing in , but without the word quickly.
It was the word quickly in relation to my cheeks that caused the second wave of doubt - if I failed to blend fast enough would I be left with cheeks like Aunt Sally from Wurzel Gummidge ? Not taking any chances, I dabbed a tiny spot onto my cheeks, and then blended it in with furious speed .
It actually looked lovely - nothing like the lurid pink it appeared on the brush, just a very delicate hint
of pink, as though I'd perhaps been out in the cold, or was slightly embarrassed . The more I stared at my newly pinkified cheeks, the more impressed I was with the very natural blush I now had.
Once blended on my lips, I was left with a very slight pink tint, that I discovered could be darkened by gradually building up layers . However, pink lipstick really doesn't suit me, so I'll be sticking with this as a blusher from now on .
For a spur of the moment panic buy, I really think this is an excellent product, offering great value for money, and delivering subtle, natural looking results . 5 stars .
Strolling along the Superdrug aisles I had a glance at their 2true range which is widely known for their '2 for £5' deal which seems to be pretty popular at the minute, and I'm not suprised. With the likes of ordinary drugstore brands such as Maybelline and Loreal being shockingly priced recently! (Who do they think they are?)
I spotted what seemed to be a poor gals Benetint/Posietint dupe and curiousity got the better off me. If it was horrible you can't really grumble for £1.95.
I opted for the Posietint rip off which is a blush pink tinted stain for cheeks and lips.
It comes in a 10ml nail varnish styled bottle. The packaging is quite cute for the price, definitely not as sophisticated as Estee Lauder but just a basic pretty pink as shown in the photo.
The brush is like a nail varnish brush. It's pretty good, it gives you a really controlled amount.
The colours really intense, a bright neon pink which is a little bit daunting but when you blend it on your skin it is a bit more subtle.
To use it you put 2 very small crosses on the apples of your cheeks then blend. it's important you don't use too much or it could turn into a disaster and end up making you look like a clown. If you're quite pale like me then you'd want to use the littlest amount possible.
I tested it on my lips but I find the colour too vibrant and the consistensy too liquidy, it wipes off really easily and is really drying to the lips. I've tried Posietint which leaves a really nice pink on your lips for hours! So I wouldn't really call this product a 'lip stain'
I really liked using this as a cheek stain though, as it left a really nice subtle pink glow on my skin and stayed put all day. If I use a powder I'd be lucky if it lasted longer than my mid-morning coffee. I prefer using this as it gives off a more natural effect.
It doesn't dry in too quick so it gives plenty of blending time. I find with a lot of more expensive products that you're given little time to blend.
My opinion is that this is a very cheap and cheerful product. It's not perfect but perfectly adequate and makes a nice inexpensive addition to your make-up bag. If you're looking for a good lip stain then this isn't really for you, and would advise posietint as it's pretty much worth the money.
This is more of a cheek stain for me and I like the fact it doesn't completely stain as I'd like to take it off at night. Can't be the finest quality ingredients for £2.
This is a small bottle, 9ml, of cheek and lip stain, in a rose colour, with a brush applicator, similar to the brush used in nail varnishes.
The label printed on the bottle rubs off easily - after about 2 weeks in my make up bag I noticed some of the writing rubbing off.
At £1.95 from Superdrug (or 3 products for £5 from the 2true range) this product is very cheap, especially as I believe it does the same job as the much more expensive equivalents, such as Benetint.
To use this on your cheeks, I would recommend just dabbing on 1 or 2 dots, to the apples of your cheeks and rubbing it in immediately.
This product dries very quickly, so you have to be quick.
To use it on your lips apply a dot to the centre of your lips and then rub it out quickly.
If you want the colour to be more intense just dab on more, but do this carefully and gradually, because too much could result in a very deep colour.
It lasts for ages.
When I tried it on the shop, I put it on my hand, and then went to wash it about half an hour later, but it stayed.
One of the things I would warn you about, other than how quick it dries up, is that it dries your lips a little, but you can sort this out by applying some lip balm or gloss a few minutes after putting on the stain/tint.
It doesn't even have a scent to it, so that's an advantage in my opinion.
It's a definite bargain, it works, and you should really give it a try.
Only need a little bit, it lasts all day, no scent, very cheap
Can dry out your lips, the label on the bottle will rub off easily
I was scared when I opened this product! Straight from the brush it is neon! There is a very light powdery scent if you smell it close to the bottle but I couldn't smell anything once a small amount was rubbed into the back of my hand.
I found this product to be a lot thicker in consistency than Benetint and I found this actually worked in its favour because it didn't instantly settle in one concentrated spot which did make it easier to blend out.
I quickly abandoned the idea of applying the product with the brush on my cheeks (although if you wanted straight lines of blush for a power-80s look this would probably actually be awesome for applying it!) and found it was much easier to dab some on the back of my hand and then apply it to my finger tips and dab it onto my face.
Trying it for the second time I found that it applied much better if I put some on the back of my hand and then used a small skunk brush (a duel fibre brush) to apply it to my face (I used the Sigma SS188 but I really don't recommend this brush, shedding issues!). I got a lovely almost airbrushed look using it this way.
I found that if I used the product without any powder or MAC Fix+ that it lasted about three hours tops on my cheeks but came off if I touched my face. I got about five hours out of it using Fix+ which I think is pretty decent going. I also experimented with layering a powder blush over the top but this didn't improve the wearing time particularly.
Two small dabs from the brush, blended out on the lips using fingers is enough to lightly coat the lips for a glowy but natural look. I found that it took a couple of minutes to 'dry'. I didn't expect the product to have much lasting power and found that it did come straight off even drinking something like orange squash.
For a bolder look, the brush on the bottle is pretty skinny so its quite easy to 'paint' your lips with the product. It does go on a bit streaky but a couple of coats gives you a decent lip colour. Again the staying power wasn't great and I'd use something like Lipcote if I wanted to go out wearing it.
I noticed that the stain had a bit of a powdery taste if I licked my lip, it wasn't horrible but I could happily do without it!
Overall for the cost this is a nice product and I would go as far as to say I like it more than Benetint, at least smell/taste/consistency wise. If you're using a small amount it does give a nice natural colour to the lips and cheeks but the staying power needs to be improved before I would consider purchasing a bottle myself.
I was sent this product for free to review by a review site. My skin was prepared using a Soap & Glory serum, a Neal's Yard moisturiser and Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser. My skin was finished with MAC Fix+.
The product comes packaged very much like a nail polish, in a glass bottle with a plastic screw top lid with a brush attached inside. I found the brush to be a bit 'skinny' and a dense brush might have helped with application if you were in a rush and wanted to work directly from the brush.
For the money, essentially it is worth buying this. If you need this to last a long time then maybe consider a different product.