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I am a big fan of Benefit makeup because I think it is good stuff and often quite quirky. I got this Benetint, which is one of Benefit's most popular products as part of the Sugarlicious gift set that I got for my birthday.
To be honest I am still a bit unsure about it. I can tell that it is a good quality product, but I am just not sure if it is the product for me. I prefer a bronze look rather than rosy cheeks, which is exactly what this stain gives you. Don't worry though it is not a bright colour that makes you look like a clown, more of a pinched look I would say. When you apply it I would recommend applying it little by little so you don't go too far and run it in straight away or you'll get red stripes on your cheeks.
I tend to use it more often on my lips because it seems to accentuate the colour of them rather than staining them so much that you look like you have got a vampire pout! I find though that it really dries my lips out (something that I am prone to anyway) so I have to add lots of lip balm over the top. This is not necessary a problem though because I find that the two combined give my lips and nice shiny, pink and, most important, natural look.
It costs twenty four pounds and fifty pence on the Benefit website at the moment and I personally think that is a bit steep, even though it does last for ages. I won't be buying it again, but that is mainly because I like bronze products rather than rosy ones. If you prefer the latter, then Benetint would probably be perfect for you.
Benefit Benetint us one of the classic range that they keep on year after year and is a staple of my make up bag. Although it comes in a small bottle you only ever need a few drops at a time so it actually really lasts.
I use it in two different ways:
1) as a cheek tint in place of blusher. Just dab a few dots along the underside of cheekbone then REALLY QUICKLY and firmly rub it in. You MUST do this quickly as it drains and dries really quickly so you need to blend and spread immediately.
2) as a lip stain. Just a quick flick if the brush on upper and lower lip then rub lips together to blend and cover evenly.
Make sure you gave a baby wipe or hand wash immediately to hand to clean your fingers after blending as (just the same as cheeks) it only rakes a few seconds for it yo dry and stain quickly! Not such a good look to give dark red fingertips!
Been using the same bottle of benetint for years. Product smells great and looks very natural when applied. U have to work very quickly with this. I feel like its rather watery as compared to benefit's other tints like posietint and cha cha tint which means you may need to use more product. Would live benefit to maybe reformula so that it's the consistency of their other tints. Overall, nice and natural looking and smells great.
It is a really lovely product but it is very pricy. Personally I think the packaging could look better for the price you are paying for a bottle of rose tinted water (basically). I think that it definatly is a luxury product that looks very natural on your face. I would keep on purchasing if the price was lower.
I think this tint is very different compared to benefits other lip and cheek stains I.e. Cha cba tint and poise tint.
Definatly a product to buy.
I've been using this amazing product for around 10 years now and I still love it today as much as I did when I first discovered it. Benefit's Benetint is a lip and cheek tint in a lovely rosy sheer pink colour. It gives a lovely natural look giving your face and lips that youthful glow that we all aspire to.
Benetint comes in a lovely little bottle, much like nail polish, and when you open it the cap has a brush attached to it for applying the rosy tint. It fits into your handbag perfectly as it is quite small but even so I find it lasts absolutely ages even when used on a daily basis - months and months. It's easy peasy to apply too - you literally just brush a small amount on to your cheek (I tend to do it on the 'apple' part of my cheek i.e. this is the largest puffy part of your cheek when you smile) and then use your finger to spread it round a bit for a natural glow. You do the same on your lips and if you want a deeper hue then repeat the application - easy peasy! I use this product instead of blusher which I think looks too harsh on my skin, plus I'm not very good at applying it. However Benetint is so easy to use and looks so natural that I find don't really need to use blusher.
One of the side effects that I experienced when I was going through my breakdown last year was that it left me incredibly pale. Even my lips were almost white, with a pale blue tinge. I did literally look like death warmed up slightly. I didn't venture out of the house much, but when I did, this was a fantastic help. I don't normally wear makeup, but I did keep this in the car so I could use it whenever I did go out.
Benetint was first designed as makeup for exotic dancers. It aims to give your lips and cheeks a subtle glow, so people wonder if you've been up to something naughty. his is a 2 in 1 product, although I only ever used mine on my lips to give me a bit of colour. My benetint was part of the' Justine Case' set, but you can buy this on it's own for £24.50 for 12.5ml
The benetint is a deep red liquid and comes in a small pot with a brush for ease of application. The packaging looks similar to a nail polish bottle, with the round, clear glass bottle and the small applicator brush. There isn't much of a smell or a taste from this. This contains rose water, and this is the only hint of a smell or taste that I found. The brush made the product easy to apply, I just sort of painted it on my lips. It dried almost instantly, so I'd imagine you need to be very quick if using this as a cheek tont. The colour on my lips was similar to what my usual natural colour is; I just looked like I had bitten my lip slightly to increase the blood flow. It just gave me enough of a hint of colour that I looked like myself. It was a nice natural colour, and the colour was long lasting and didn't bleed or transfer to fabrics or cutlery. I did find though that Benetint was quite drying on my lips, and I needed to use a lot of lipbalm on the days following me using this.
I don't feel this product is worth the price tag. Maybe for those who are more experienced with makeup, this would be a great product, as you can use it on both your lips and cheeks, but I only ever used it as a lip colour as I don't feel too sure of liquid blushers and I was scared of looking like a clown. I have also read that Benetint doesn't blend well if you use it over foundation and if I am wearing makeup, I need foundation.
Now that the colour has returned to my skin, and I look almost normal again, I won't need this again, I hope! Even if I did, I think a tinted lipbalm would do a similar job for a lot less money. I loved the colour, but the fact it dried out my lips and I wasn't that impressed with the results, especially considering the price. There are hundreds of positive reviews on the internet about this product, so it has it's many fans and has also won some beauty awards, but this wasn't for me.
I got this as a free sample in a a magazine here are my thoughts.
This comes in a small glass bottle that is a light foil effect pink and the lid in white with a brush in it. It is kind of like a nail polish is that sense and the brush is about that size. There writing on the front is white there is a small flower on the packaging aswell. The one I have have I believe to be a travel size and this fits very comfortably in my coin purse, the packaging really is great quality unfortunately the good ends there.
Colour and Formulation
This is known as 'rose tinted' in colour but this just did not show on my skin. I wouldn't mind but I am very pale so that really shouldn't be a problem. Mine may have just been a dodgy one as it is a lot paler than I have seen from other reviews and on the website.
I found this to be very thin and to much thicker than water. When I tried this on my list it made them feel quite odd and this did not give my lips any colour at all. It didn't even complete a 'my lips but better look' I was very disappointed. As I tried to get a colour added I was just adding more and more of this liquid to my lips and it made them chapped. I cannot comment on the staying power of this as I couldn't see it.
This didn't transfer though so at least it didn't ruin anything. I just found the whole product a real disappointment.
On my cheeks this gives them a slight flush but by the time I have added powder etc this an barely be seen, this may be because I have fairly rosy cheeks anyway but I really hoped to see a difference.
Price and Availabilty
This can be from most department stores and also at Boots. There are a number of online stores that also provide this. I find the price of this quite appalling, the full size is being sold for £24.50. This is an awful lot off money t be spending on just one product that for me did absolutely nothing.
This has put me off the Benefit brand is general even though I quite like the bad gal mascara, but this is far too expensive and I will not repurchase.
BENEFIT - BENETINT
THE PRODUCT ....
I think most people will have heard of Benefit so I do not think that I need to inform you that Benefit is a brand of cosmetics. I own and have used many Benefit products over the years, they are always good quality my only issue with them is the cost, they are a medium to high end make up brand and as such I am sure many like myself can not be brand loyal.
Benefit is actually quite a new comer in the world of cosmetics, it was founded in 1976 by Jane and Jean Ford when they opened their first store "The Face Place" in San Francisco. Not sure about their choice of store name!
The first product they created was the product that I am reviewing the Benetint, which was originally called Rose tint. The fun fact about this product is that they originally designed this product for an exotic dancer who required a tint to help darken her nipples! That's right our blusher and lip tint started life as a nipple tint! Anyone fancy giving it a trial to tint their nipples?
THE PACKING ....
Benetint comes in a small cardboard box that is a deep red colour, the box is not very fancy, it simply has the name Benetint across the centre of the box. There is a medium sized circle that is a pale pink colour mid way down the box that also covers part way around the right side of the box. Below this is the information about the product informing us that it is a rose tinted lip and cheek stain (note no information on nipple stain lol). This is repeated in French I think it is, sorry not fluent in french. Next is the brand name and the measurements of the product contained inside the box.
Once opened you are faced with a small bottle that reminds me quite a bit of a nail polish, the bottle is clear with a white lid. The front of the bottle again has the pink circle on the front/side, I do wonder if this is meant to resemble a blusher circle although we do not really use blusher in circles. The name Benetint is again in large white txt across the centre and the brand name is in small white text at the bottom. I do find it odd that the brand name is so small on the product.
The bottle is a twist cap and opens as you would a twist cap polish. Once the bottle is open there is a small brush applicator attached to the lid again similar to most standard polish containers.
THE PRODUCT ....
The product is a deep red liquid, it is of a water consistency and you need to be careful with it, the product is a stain and will provide a temp stain on any skin it comes into contact with and I could not get it out of an item of clothing I got it onto by mistake. It has faded but never fully come out.
To use it is suggested that you draw 4 lines across each cheek and simply blend as desired, dotting more product as you wish to build up colour.
To use on lips you simply paint onto your lips with the brush as you would use any lip brush, it glides on very easily and dries within a few seconds. I do find that I require a couple of coats. You can also wear this under any of your normal pale glosses to give a fab effect.
SIZES AND COST ....
The product is available from many stores including boots and retails at £24.50 for 13.5ml sized bottle. They also make a small hand bag sized bottle which retails for £10 which is 4.0ml.
Www.boots.com or www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk many department stores also carry Benefit.
I no longer use this stain on my cheeks I have never found the colour right for my complexion however I love it as a lip stain. This product is really fab for summer when you do not want to keep re applying a lip gloss or stick. The effect is not bold but does add a nice colour to the lips for the more natural look. I do not find that the colour lasts as long as advertised but I do still notice colour maybe 3 hours after application which is much longer than my normal glossed and lipsticks. My bottle is a good few years old now and going strong still so although this product might seem very high priced it does last a long time. If someone was wishing to try it you could always by the smaller size direct from Benefit.
I would suggest this to someone wanting something to enhance a natural look rather than something for a night out.
For me this product is 4 stars out of 5.
WHAT IS IT?
Benetint is a red liquid that can be used on the cheeks and the lips also. It will make lips redder and gives your skin a rosy glow when you apply it there.
Benetint comes in a small glass bottle that looks like a nail polish bottle. It is see through so you can always know how much you have got left. When you take the lid off there is a brush attached to it and you use that the same way as you would use a nail polish brush only on your face instead of on your nails.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You dip the brush into the bottle and apply in small patches to the fat part of your cheeks. You then have to blend it quick before it dries and that will give you rosy cheeks. If you are using it on your lips you should dip a cotton bud into the bottle and apply it like you would apply lipstick or lip gloss.
WHAT I THINK
I think Benetint is a very good product but it is not easy to use because it dries very quick so you have to be fast to blend it so that you can get a natural effect. It is on the cheeks that this is hardest because it does not matter on your lips if you get a line or if you have to apply it again.
I have been using Benetint for 3 of my clients for many years but I have only started to use it myself this year because I look very pale now and it helps for me to look healthy again. It is not so red on the skin as it looks in the bottle but Benefit make one that is more pink in tone and I think that would be better for ladies who are naturally pale skinned or if you want to get a lighter glow on your cheeks. I have used both and think this red Benetint product is best for me because I have slight olive colouring and the pink looked a bit too pale on my skin.
I like the brush because it is the right size and thickness for me to apply Benetint neatly on my skin, it has the right amount of product on it when I dip it into the bottle also. I used to use the brush for brushing on to my lips but it is a lot easier for me to use a cotton bud because of it being stiffer and easier to hold.
Benetint makes me look healthy when I use the amount that is recommended by Benefit but if I am going to a club and want my make up to be more dramatic then I use an extra amount to make the colour darker so that it stands out more. One of my clients is a very dark skinned black lady and Benetint is very useful for me to help contour her face because the colour does not show up very good but in her case it works as a very good highlighting product.
A bottle of Benetint costs £25 for 13ml. That sounds like it is very expensive but a bottle lasts for a long time, I have just finished my first bottle that I started in January and that is with using it nearly every day and using it on my daughters and their friends for their dance class also.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Using a product which doubles up as both a lip and cheek colour was a fairly new concept to me until I bought Benetint. This looks at first glance like a little bottle of nail varnish (it even had a brush inside the bottle just like a nail varnish does). The bottle is 12.5ml and it costs £24.50. I know this is a ton of money but just like the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge I also have, this works in a similar fashion in that it can be applied to the cheeks as a blusher or painted over the lips as a lip stain. Wherever you decide to apply it, the look is always natural and very subtle.
When this product is still in its bottle it looks quite concentrated and far too dark but I carefully apply about two little strokes across my cheeks and rub in very quickly for the best effect. Never wait until you rub it in otherwise it will stain and leave you looking like you just have painted yourself red with two strokes of a paintbrush out of a kiddie's paintbox.
Once gently rubbed into the cheek area it leaves them looking slightly rose coloured and naturally flushed and with a bit of a sheen, which I really like. You can always add more if you want., but two strokes of the brush is usually about my limit as I have fair skin and I don't want to look like a clown.
Using it on my lips is just as simple as the cheeks. I apply again using a light dab or two with the little brush and then smack and rub my lips together so the stain spreads naturally across the lips. It adds a subtle hint of colour which I can build up as much if I want if I want a darker and more intense look for evening wear.
I find that whether I've applied it on either my lips or my cheeks, the colour stays in place all day and I certainly don't have to keep touching up my lips as often as I would had I been wearing lipstick.
It's expensive initially but does work out great value for money. I have had my bottle for months and months and there is still hardly any been used up so it's really cost effective. It comes off simply and easily with make up remover wipes and I always found it to be gentle on my skin and it doesn't bring me out in a rash or other reaction. It takes a little while to get used to applying it, especially on the cheeks, but you soon get the hang of it.
I really love this stuff and recommend highly.
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Benefit Benetint - 12.5 ml ranges from £17 to £25 online
This product is available from all benefit counters which are often located in stores such as Boots or Debenhams. I would highly recommend going for a makeover / or to at least try the product before purchasing it... (I bought the pink one, and it looked awful on me)...
This is one of my favourite products - and I use it almost every day on my lips. It comes in a bottle that is very like a bottle of nail varnish. The lid is a wide as the bottle, and has a brush attached which is like the brush attached to most nail varnishes. The 'bristles' may be a little longer, and it can take a little bit of getting used to. As such I'd recommend using it before a night out, to make sure you don't end up with lip stain in places that it shouldn't be...
The product can also be used on your cheeks to give you a rosy glow - the benetint counter woman recommended I use the ring finger to apply it with a dabbing motion as this will be the best pressure wise. I have to admit I tried it once but looked a little like Aunt Sally, and as such haven't tried it on my cheeks since....
The product itself is liquid - the consistency of water (the pink one is much thicker if you've used it). It's a red colour, and smells faintly of roses. The idea is that you paint it on your lips, and the colour will last for ages. I personally like to use several coats to make sure it will last the day, and I find the most effective way of building the colour is to let the layers dry before applying the next. This is especially important with the first coat, as this will help the product not to 'bleed'.
I personally feel the product provides a wonderful colour - and as it is a stain it really does last for ages. If I apply enough of it in the morning it does last all day - however it does fade especially if you are eating and drinking.
The product can't be applied to recently moisturised lips and this stops the 'staining' effect, and if you have a bitten lip for example the stain can be a little uneven. Having said that I fell this is a 5* product. It lasts and lasts, and is my lazy way of applying lip stick. I'd highly recommend it, and the product is often a free product on Glamour magazine (it's a smaller product - however for about £3.50 you get half the size, and my 'free' bottle from around June is still on the go)...
I was looking at changing my blusher for a number of months, I tried cream blush, powder blush and then moved on to Benetint from Benefit which everyone seemed to rave about. Luckily a friend of mine had a bit left in the bottom of one of hers and donated the end of the bottle to me. This was a great way to try out if I liked it or not. It costs £24.50 for 13.5ml and can be purchased at Boots, Debenhams or online.
Please note this product is a lip and cheek stain but as I wanted to buy it as a cheek stain/blush, my review is primarily based around my experiences of this product as a cheek stain. Thanks to Topsy Turvy for pointing this out in the comments.
First of all, the design of the bottle is like a nailvarnish. You apply the blusher with a brush that looks like you should be painting your nails with it. This means that you only get small dollops of blush to put on or you can paint a line on your cheeks. One of the things I disliked most about this product was the application of it. If you dolloped the blush on your cheeks or painted a line, you literally have to then work the product into the skin within a few seconds of application or risk having dollops/lines on your face for a little while. You have to rub the product in with your fingertips and because you have to do it so quickly it is quite hard to get it to go exactly where you want it to go. I think if you want to highlight the apple of your cheek it would be fine but to get any sort of contouring up the cheekbone, this is definitely a very poor way to apply such a product and it gives really mixed results. To achieve contouring you definitely need a larger brush such a proper blusher brush and powder - you could not use a blusher brush with this product as it is basically a liquid. I think in terms of applying a nice healthy and natural glow to the apples of the cheeks this product is really nice. However, as someone who has naturally rosy cheeks I didn't notice that this was particularly effective in making my cheeks glow any more. I think it might be good if you have pale skin. I like my blushers to provide contours and highlight certain aspects of my bone structure so for me this product was just terrible. However in it's defence it is multi-functional and can be used as a lipstain too which I liked and ended up using it like that instead with lipgloss! However, as this was not the primary reason for wanting to purchase the item, I was disappointed in the performance of the product as a cheek tint and have written this review accordingly.
At £24.50 I personally feel this is a seriously overpriced and rubbish product in terms of being a cheek stain/blush. However I do know it is very popular amongst others so perhaps it was just not fit for the purpose I wanted to use it for (cheek tint). I'm glad I didn't waste all that money on using it and would recommend you try it several times before you buy it. Overall it isn't a product I will ever buy again and would only give it one star.
Benefit Benetint is basically a cheek and lip stain that comes in one startlingly red colour. Personally, I think I impulse purchased my bottle of Benetint and I didn't really test it out on my skin tone first at the store. Benetint is meant to give a natural glowing appearance but I definitely think some people will suit it more than others.
--- A cheeky cheek stain ---
Benetint is easy to apply, using the brush provided all you need to do is dab a few drops onto the apple of your cheeks and blend in, the more you add the darker the colour you will get. But to get the look I want from Benetint I need to mix it with other products. The red particularly when used as a cheek stain just doesn't suit my rather pale slightly pink complexion. However, Benetint is not anything if not versatile and if I mix a small dab of this in with some pearly highlighter and then apply it to my face it creates a lovely natural flush look that I can't find anywhere else. As a blusher Benetint opens up a lot of possibilities and I can completely understand why it is one of Benefit's best selling products.
--- For luscious lips ---
On the other hand Benetint as a lip stain is something that I absolutely adore. I do find that you really only need a small amount but Benetint combined with either a clear or pale lip gloss can create a lovely look, that you can tailor to your occasion. For example apply more Benetint and get a darker look, or less to get a really nice natural slightly darker tint to your normal lip colour. But it can and does tend to dry my lips out if I wear it too often or not with a suitable moisturising lip gloss or balm.
--- Overall ---
Probably one of the best qualities of Benetint is its staying power. Whether you use this as a cheek stain or lip stain it will stay put much longer than a lot of other make-up without the need to do as many touch ups. Especially in mornings when I don't have much time Benefit Benetint is really easy, fast and effective.
As you may already know Benetint does not come cheap by any means, with a typical small bottle retailing for £24.50. But for your money you do get a quality product that lasts and lasts. Benetint is something that you really do only need a small amount of for each application, so far mine has lasted nearly six months and I still have more than enough left for the up and coming festive period.
However, despite the quality and longevity of the product itself the packaging is perhaps on the cheap side. It is a little screw top bottle with the application brush attached to the lid. I managed to break the lid within the first month of owning it and although it means that it still works just fine as the brush has been unaffected it does mean that I can't take the Benetint with me anywhere for fear of staining everything that it would come in contact with.
--- Recommended? ---
Well yes and no. I really do like it for my lips and I have found ways of making it work with my skin tone for my cheeks but I would definitely recommend trying it before spending so much on something that may or may not suit you.
From me Benefit's Benetint gets a fabulous four out of five stars.
Last year I got married and I changed career. This led the path to a pretty drastic change in my life really in almost every area and so I lost weight, got a new wardrobe, now have more money and generally just look after myself more. This is because I have a job that I love and a husband that I love. My life feels ridiculously happy and so I take more effort in myself too and all this meant that I needed a new look as my old make-up look was very understated and was very boring too. Benefit cosmetics were something that I knew about before last year but rarely purchased because I felt that they were too expensive for my budget and there were similar products for similar money. Now I still agree with this, in some areas, but Benetint is a product that I was first lent by a lady at work and then fell in love with and now it is part of my regular make-up bag.
This product is a rose coloured lip and cheek stain that currently retails for around £24.50. This is for 12.5ml and so it is VERY expensive per ml but with it being a dual use product a little really goes a long way and hence why I was willing to repurchase this recently when I finally used up my first Benetint. This comes in a pretty little box that looks nice and stands out even amongst all the other pretty packaged Benefit products with its bright red and pink design. The bottle that this comes in looks like a nail polish really and it is very cute and sweet looking although this bottle is a little larger. The lid is a chunky white plastic and this is easy to open. Once you undo the lid there is a little brush just like a nail polish and upon first looking at this you may be stunned, like I was, wondering how this is going to work but fortunately I had my workmate on hand to show me what to do and before long I was a pro at applying this.
Now let me start by saying that when you open this is smells of roses. This may not be a scent that is to everyones taste but personally I feel this is feminine and I really like it. This scent doesn't spread to the skin quite so strongly and within half an hour or so I can't smell it at all but this really isn't a problem as I wouldn't expect this to be scented and stay smelling nice.
Really I feel that this tint is perfect for most made up faces. When I am wanting to look more natural I find that this is perfect for rounding off a look of delicate mascara and foundation with something a little special. I find that this is simple to apply, much more simple than I initially thought it would be, I usually dab this on to my cheeks in small circles and then blend these across my cheekbones. The brush is very easy to use and allows me to apply a small amount and then add more as and when I need to. Of course I apply this after my primer and foundation but I do not apply this on top of powder instead applying after a liquid foundation as I find that this gives the best finish. I find that I need to blend this very quickly otherwise it dries a little too much and really isn't pliable or simple to blend at all. This means I end up having to wipe it off and start all over again which of course wastes time and tint too.
The glow that this provides me with is fantastic and I would say that this is sexy yet understated too depending on how much I apply. This looks absolutely fantastic on my cheeks and is simple to use, as long as I am a little quick to do so of course. This is a sheer colour that has a pink edge to it rather than being the standard harsh red of many blusher products. The longevity of this is fantastic and when I apply it in the morning before a day at work it lasts the whole day through and right in to the evening before I finally take it off for bed. It is simple to remove using make up wipes or soap and water which is another plus point of course.
Using this on lips is simple again and I apply this on the top of a balm as I find that this helps it stay on my lips better. I apply a generous application of lip balm and then dab this on the top of the lip balm using a make-up brush that I dab in to the bottle and then dab on to my lips. I then use the brush to run the tint along my entire lips. I could use the brush that comes in the lid but I just find that a lip brush works better for this and I can then rinse it on a weekly basis, or more if required, rather than worry about germs being in the tint. I blend this in quickly, as I do with my cheeks, to ensure that this doesn't dry too much and I always leave this for a moment or two, usually while I finish my hair or get my shoes on for a day at work, before applying some gloss on the top for extra shine. The colour of this looks fantastic on my lips as it makes my lips look like they are just healthy and glossy and really kissable. This is a lovely pinky red colour, again, like on my cheeks of course, and I feel that this colour suits my complexion fantastically. This lasts for hours on my lips and while there is usually a little transference to glasses and cups or when kissing my husband it isn't bad at all. I love wearing this lip tint and feel that it works just as well on my lips as it does on my cheeks. A little really goes a long way with this and while I do not wear this every day my last bottle lasted me around 10 months with regular usage. I love this dual use product and feel that it is definitely worth of 5 out of 5 stars.
I have been using Benefit products for a few years now. A few different products being something I buy time and time again, such as their 'Bad Gal' mascara and 'Porefessional'.
There has, however been a few Benefit products I have tried and been very disappointed with, and with Benefit products being that bit more expensive than your average drug store bought product, it is a terrible waste of money if you buy one of their products and don't like it. So, I have taken to reading lots of reviews on a product and, if I can get it, using a trial size before committing to buying a full size product. I know I could try the products by going to any Benefit counter, but I avoid them like the plague, as the sales girls in my local one are incredibly pushy and only interested in selling their products.
Benetint was one of those products I always wanted to try after reading several positive reviews on it, so when Company magazine were recently giving a small trial size of this away with their magazine I snapped it up.
Benetint is said to be "Naturally sheer and sexy on all complexions...innocent yet provocative. This rosy glow lasts for hours. Originally created for an exotic dancer in the 1970's, benetint has soared to cult fave status. It's loved by celebs, makeup artists and gals around the world! Apply three dots to the apples of your cheeks and blend quickly with fingertips. Add a few more dots for deeper colour."
It looks like a bottle of nail polish, and when you open the top you will see the brush attached looks exactly like a nail polish brush. Very different! It's also a very watery red liquid, which is very unusual. I can't imagine how this can work as a cheek stain, but I give it a go. Remembering advice I read in reviews on how to do two streaks on the apple of the cheeks then quickly blend. The result is a lovely subtle, healthy looking colour that you can add to for a more dramatic look if you want to. I especially love using this on my lips, the result is a lovely red stain that doesn't change the texture of the lips like a lipstick can, and no stickiness like you get with a gloss. You could use a clear lipgloss on top on this though, if you wanted glossy red lips. The results last really well, and it gives such a healthy looking flush to the face.
It's perfect on bare skin, just put some on cheeks and lips and a slick of mascara for a natural look. It's also perfect for a finishing touch when you are wearing full make up.
This would now be in my top ten beauty products list, and I am so pleased I discovered it, and will be buying a full size product when my mini one runs out.
A 12.5ml bottle of this sells for £24.50 on the Benefit web site. I imagine a bottle would last a long time so I would say this is good value for money.
This is a dual use product for cheeks and lips.
--- Cheeks ---
For me, blusher is one of the most important items of makeup. I think a bit of rosiness in my cheeks makes my face look fresh and healthy and I find that wearing foundation without any blusher or bronzer can look a bit weird and half finished or washed out, as foundation just leaves a totally blank face, so I always add a bit of colour back to complete my makeup. I generally use powder blushers (my favourite is Clinique but I also use various others) but I had been quite curious to try Benefit's Benetint, which is a completely different format of blusher, so when I saw it was a free gift with the magazine InStyle at the moment, I had to give it a try.
Benetint is a liquid rather than solid or cream blusher. It comes in a small bottle with a twist cap containing an attached brush. The bottle and cap with brush are basically like a nail varnish style. The size is also similar to a nail varnish, or slightly bigger than most standard nail varnish bottles, as Benetint contains 12 ml compared to most nail varnishes which are 10 ml. The bottle design is simple, just stating the name, and it is clear so you can see the product inside. Benetint looks very bright red in the bottle, much brighter than my other powder blushers look in the pan, so I was very curious if it would actually look natural or if it would be very bold. Benefit do state that it looks natural rather than dramatic, and this is the look I prefer.
To apply, Benefit instructs to put three streaks of the brush onto your apples of your cheek and then blend quickly with a finger tip. I think it is good that they are clear about the amount to use as other wise I would have had no idea and it would have been trial and error. You can obviously increase or decrease it slightly, depending on how vibrant you want the colour, but I find three streaks is about right and gives a nice and noticeable rosy glow without being too much. The brush is very thin, thinner than most nail varnish brushes, so the quantity used is quite small. The instruction about blending quickly is also important as the Benetint does dry quite quickly. When it goes on wet it can easily be blended out, but seconds later when you touch it it is fixed. It stays in place once it is dry, and for me it lasts all day and does not need retouching. I have not experienced any smudging of it. It can actually take a bit of work to scrub it off the blending finger after putting it on, so that can be slightly irritating when in a hurry but at least it shows how well it stays put!
I am really happy with the effect it gives. The product looks bright red when streaked on, but as soon as it blends out, the colour obviously spreads and looks more diluted and leaves a healthy, rosy cheeked look which just looks natural and like normal rosy cheeks from a bit of exercise or a bit of cold. It does not have any shimmer or glitter. It is quite sheer and the finish is quite dewy and glowy. Anyone who dislikes the matte effect of powder blushers might prefer this finish. It doesn't look painted on or like a doll which was what I was a bit concerned about before I tried, as I am more used to blending with a big brush. An advantage of this is that you don't need to buy a separate brush.
--- Lips ----
In addition to using it on cheeks as a blusher it can also be used as a lip tint. I really like the fact that it is dual use as it makes it very versatile and better value. The idea of a lip tint appealed as I appreciate any good quality lip colour which is long lasting, as often I feel like my lip colour disappears way too quickly and I don't want to have to constantly reapply.
To wear on my lips I just painted a bit on with the brush then rubbed my lips together to blend it better. This gave good even coverage and looked nice. The colour looks much bolder and a bit darker on the lips than cheeks, but still not bright blood red or anything and still more on the natural end of the spectrum rather than dramatic.
The colour did not last all day but it was there for considerably longer than most lipsticks of lip glosses and withstood some eating and drinking. I would say it lasted well for about 6 hours. When it faded it did so evenly and did not leave a dark line around the edge as some lip tints can do, so I was not left with a dodgy lip liner type look!
As with a lot of long lasting lip colours, Benetint as a lip tint did feel slightly drying to my lips, but it was not unbearable. Personally I like to put something a bit moisturising or conditioning over the top of it, such as one of the Burts Bees lip balms or Clinique Supergloss. This did not really dull the colour or make the colour come off, so I felt it was a good solution. I would not want to wear it on my lips every day as I feel that over time the dry feeling would get very annoying but for occasional use I have no problem with it.
--- Availability ---
The full size 12.5 ml bottle can be bought for £24.50 from any Benefit counter which can be found in stand alone stores or many department stores such as House of Fraser, John Lewis, Debenhams etc. The price sounds quite a lot for such a small bottle but considering how long it should last when you just use 3 streaks on each cheek and a bit on the lips once in a while, I think the value is fair. If you are interested in trying I would definitely recommend trying the free bottle from InStyle magazine. This contains 4 ml so is about 1/3 the size. The magazine costs only £2.50 at Tesco or £3.60 elsewhere. For that I think my Benetint was a real bargain and I might get another!
Ruby tinted lip and cheek stain / Comes with blending sponge and brush / The original sexy flush! The sweetest flush that comes in a bottle / This rose-tinted stain for cheeks, lips and anywhere you want a natural looking hint of color / Blend it on and you've got that 'girl next door' rosy glow / It's the original and still the best rose-colored cheek and lip tint / Kiss-proof and water-proof, this indelibly sheer tint gives you an innocent, yet provocative glow that will keep everyone guessing 'what has she been up to?' Tips and tricks: Draw three small stripes across the apple of your cheek / Blend in a circular motion with fingertips / Apply benetint to lips with a clean q-tip / even after your lipstick wears off you'll still have a rosy glow!