Product Type: Benefit makeup
Newest Review: ... at the product out of the box if you are looking at buying it. I bought my Benetint from Boots for £24.50 which I feel is far too expe... more
Benetint by Benefit
Author Name: daisylee3
Advantages: Good quality & long lasting
Benetint is a multi-purpose 2-in-1 product which can be used as either a blush or lip tint. It is described by Benefit as a product featuring a lightweight rose-tinted formula, with a liquid stain that adds a rosy hint of colour to cheeks and lips that lasts for hours. They also say on their website description that when used as a lip tint, it's 'kiss proof', which I can confirm is definetly true! They do also state that when used as a blush it is suitable for all skin tones - in their own words "naturally sheer & sexy on all complexions...it's innocent yet provocative." I did think at first that maybe this was yet another product with plenty of claims to hype it up and sell it, but that it may not actually be any good, however I have been pleasantly suprised and am very impressed with the impressive lasting power and quality of Benetint.
Benetint comes in a small glass bottle that holds 12.5ml of the product. The bottle is made of sturdy glass and is transparent, meaning that the deep red shade of liquid can be seen through the bottle. I love that this is transparent because that way it means that I can see how much is left rather than guessing how much is left! The only font/branding on the bottle reads "benetint benefit" this font is white and it's in quite a fancy style of writing which looks nice against the red liquid, in my opinion anyway. The lid is white and made of plastic, it simply screws on and off and has a nail varnish brush style applicator attatched to it. I must admit that holding the brush by the lid is a little fiddly but not to the point of being ridiculously hard to use. The bottle is easy to stick in my hand bag or makeup bag, meaning it's easy to take out with me for whenever I want to top my makeup up. The bottle came in a pretty pink cardboard box when I bought it however I didn't see much point in keeping the box, yes it was pretty and it reminded me a bit of a perfume box but I preferred to have my benetint on my dressing table so threw the box away.
**Price, Value for Money and Availability**
Benetint is quite expensive which I think is probably the only disadvantage to the product. There are two different sizes available, 12.5ml which is the most easy to get hold of and a mini version which I think is around 8ml, I have only seen this as part of a gift set though so it may actually work out more expensive. For the 12.5ml bottle it is £24.50, which I think is pretty ridiculous and I did struggle to justify paying so much, however I admit that i'm glad I did. Although it is expensive, a bottle lasts for ages! I have had mine since around August last year and have used it pretty much daily, and there's still more than 3/4 of it left - you only need a tiny amount of it to achieve a gorgeous pop of colour to your cheeks or lips, so overall it's not a rip off in my opinion. This product is very widely available adnd can be bought from places such as Superdrug, Boots, ASOS etc or via the internet, although I wouldn't personally buy this from the internet due to the amount of fakes that are likely to be around.
**How To Use**
As a blush: The product is quick and easy to use as a blush, there are brief instructions on the box which explain how to apply - "draw three small stripes across the apple of your cheek and blend in a circular motion with fingertips." I find benetint's lightweight liquid formula so much easier and quicker to apply than powder blush and in my opinion it looks alot more strongly pigmented while still looking very natural too. I usually apply mine once i've applied my other makeup such as foundation, eye colour etc and apply it by following Benefit's instructions, although I sometimes apply an 'X' onto my cheek when I want a generous amount of pigmentation. It's a good idea to pucker up your lips and suck in your cheeks while applying as this way it's easier to find the apple of your cheek and the colour spreads more evenly. If I want a stronger pop of colour then I usually do an extra dot or two. I apply the dots onto the apples of my cheeks and I blend it in with either my fingers or my professional blush brush. I don't use the brush provided with the benetint to blend the product into my skin as I find that the brush hairs splay and make a mess, I simply use the brush to make the initial dots. I always make sure that I exfoliate before using benetint; there's nothing worse than getting it on a spot or raised/dry area of skin as it highlights that area which isn't ideal! If you make a slight mistake while applying it, don't freak out - it's easy to use with a makeup remover wipe.
As a lip stain: It's also a brilliant lip stain - it's a nice alternative to lip gloss or lipstick and gives my lips a natural, noticeable yet subtle hint of colour and it is amazingly long lasting. Using the brush provided with benetint is fine to apply the lip stain, it's easy to spread it evenly however I don't think that applying it with this brush is the best opinion, and I use a professional lip brush which helps the colour be applied that bit more smoothly. If you have rough/dry patches on your lips it is important to exfoliate them with a lip scrub before using this, else you'll end up with some of your lips looking darker and it can actually look like you have patches of blood on your lips! Once this is applied it gives a nice reddish pink pigment to my lips which looks natural, I usually add a bit of clear lipgloss over it to add a bit more shine as i've found that the lip tint is quite matte.
As a blush: Well, firstly I want to say that it doesn't make me look like a clown! It doesn't go streaky or look ridiculous, it looks natural and doesn't feel dry or unpleasant on my skin. It does run slightly when first applied meaning that I always blend it as quickly as possible and once blended it doesn't have a 'wet' or runny feeling and it dries pretty much instantly. I was a little concerned at first that I may look ridiculous - like I was having a hot flush or something! However, it's actually a really nice light shade of reddish pink once on my pale skin, rather than dark pink like it appears in the bottle. It gives my cheeks a nice, subtle healthy glow rather than making me look like i'm flushed or blushing, and looks gorgeous in my opinion.
As a lip stain: This gives my lips a lovely hint of colour which looks natural while still being very eye catching and it makes my lips look ten times better. It's not slimy, sticky or disgusting and is loads more lightweight than a lipgloss is. The lip stain is gorgeous in my opinion, however if you want an extremely bold, red lip look then it might be an idea to apply lipstick over the top, that way once the lipstick has worn off slightly after a few hours the benetint will add more pigmentation as a base coat if that makes sense!
- Multipurpose - when used as a blush it looks natural and subtle, when used as a lip stain it gives my lips a nice pop of colour - brilliant colour payoff
- Smells lovely - like sweet roses, very refreshing smell
- Lightweight formula
- Long lasting, however is easy to remove and doesn't stain my skin
- Doesn't irritate my lips or sensetive skin
- Easier and quicker to apply than powder blush and easier to blend, also looks more natural than powder and doesn't look caked on
- A bottle lasts for ages, only a small amount is needed for a strong pop of colour
- Wattery consistency may put some people off
**My Overall Opinion**
Well, as you can see the advantages definetly outweight the disadvantages! I would highly reccomend this product and although it's pricey, I do think it's worth it.
Summary: 4/5 stars - would be 5/5 if it wasn't so expensive!