Product Type: Benefit makeup
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Did not Benefit my cheeks!
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Date: 29/11/12, updated on 29/11/12 (85 review reads)
Disadvantages: Difficult to apply
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.
Summary: Overpriced and not fit for purpose