Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Blush in a bottle
Member Name: helenc72
Advantages: Natural look, easy to use, no need to buy separate brush, lasts well, nice colour, not glittery
Disadvantages: Nothing really
--- 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!
Summary: A different product for me but I really like it