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OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION: 'This twist-up, 2-in-1 stick adds light, creamy sunberry colour to your cheeks and lips. The satiny smooth formula glides on...perfect for when you're in a rush! The convenient slimline design makes application fast and mess-free! The neutral shade compliments most skin types. Non-comedogenic.'
PRICE: £17.50 from Benefit
PACKAGING: It comes in a long, rectangular pink box with a typically girlie image on it (this time, a 1950s-esque gloved hand). Out of the box, it's a really beautiful product with guaranteed stand-out in your cosmetic bag. No matter what, I can always lay my hands on it. The tube is long and slim and a shiny gold with black graphics on it.
THE PRODUCT ITSELF: Rush Hour is a natural pink colour. Although it's quite deep, you're able to apply either a few dabs to lips and cheeks, for a subtle look or build it up. Because of the variable intensity of the colour, I can see it suiting pretty much all skin tones - from very fair to very dark.
HOW TO APPLY: Add a few dots to the apples of your cheeks and blend in - or apply directly to your lips, as you would a lipstick. If you are using this as a multi-use stick (as intended), I'd recommend, for hygiene reasons, using a cotton bud (or other disposable brush) to apply the product, as smearing it across your mouth, then your cheek (and vice versa) is bound to taint the product after a while.
MY VIEW: Personally, although I found it very pretty as a blusher, cream blush never seems to last very long on my skin, so I reverted to a powder blusher. However, my skin can become quite oily during the day, so I guess this is why it tended to slip off more. I now solely use it as a lipstick. It's fantastic as a base and really makes whatever you put on top last longer (although, of course, it's best to opt for a similar, or lighter, pink lippie to match it). I do notice, whenever I start with this, even when my lipstick wears off, I'm left with a very pleasant pink tint to my lips. Alone, it's also a really lovely colour but quite dry, so it looks better with a gloss on top (but, oddly, doesn't seem to last the course if you solely apply a gloss). So, my tip is to use it as a base, layer another colour on top, then add a gloss.
CONCLUSION: A great little multi-purpose stick with a lovely colour.
Once again Benefit has produced a winner with this product. Slip this into your make up bag and you have an instant update on your make up in one product.
Designed for use on both the cheeks and lips this 'sunberry' shade appears to suit the majority of skin tones since as much or as little can be added. Dotting the product across the cheeks and then blending is easy since it looks a lot like a lipstick. It also has the texture of lipstick which means it leaves a dewy blush on the cheeks. Apply like a lipstick on the lips or dot a little across and blend.
I must admit that I do not use this product as much as the other products, but when I want a more mature look this simple stick is invaluable. Further if you do not want a matt look, like many blushers create, then then this is the product for you.
This Benefit 2 in 1 lip and cheek colour is available from larger Boots stores, department stores, Benefit online and other online shops as well and retail for £16.50.
This pink colour stick comes in a slim gold tube that looks similar to a slim line lipstick tube. You just pop the cap off and twist the bottom bit to reveal the stick. It's slim so makes for easier and more precise application.
This product is created for girls on the go, so you can apply this to your cheeks by dotting it on and blending it in with your fingers, same goes for lips, just apply a little amount and blend into the lips for a sheer result.
Now, I personally don't like to use this on my cheeks because I hate tugging and pulling at my face and my skin is very sensitive. It takes a lot of rubbing and tugging to make this look nice on so I don't like it for that reason. The colour is nice and I know my friend actually really likes this as her lip and check product and keeps it in her purse all the time.
Now for the lips, whilst this gives a nice rosy stain, it's not moisturising enough for me and I much prefer actual lip sticks and glosses that keep my lips moisturised and give a nice sheen rather than a more matte finish.
Although I discovered the wonders of Benefit cosmetics just over two years ago and despite having seen this product in the store, I somehow didn't fancy trying it. How wrong could I have been!!
"Rush Hour" does exactly as it implies. It saves time and money by combining both blusher and lipstick in one clever little stick. Simply dot over the apple of the cheeks and blend to give a perfectly natural glow to the face. Same principle applies to the lips.
So, whats the difference between this and other similar products on the market? Rush Hour texture is creamy and easy to blend. Mistakes are easily forgiven as the finish is dewy and translucent rather than it laying heavy on top of foundation and leaving stripes up your cheeks, which as we know girls is so not a good look.
The finish an be as dramatic or as natural as you like according to the amount applied.
I have recomended this to numerous friends since receiving it as a birthday gift in July and they too have fallen in love with it. Buy, buy, buy!!!
This is yet another great product from Benefit and a staple in my ever bulging make up bag!
Rush Hour can be used on both lips and cheeks to give a flush of colour. It comes in 1 shade and I must admit that I was a little apprehensive when the girl at the Benefit counter first showed it to me as I thought it would be too dark for my fair complexion. However the product is so sheer and easily blendable that I needn't have worried.
To apply it you draw 2 or 3 whisker like lines on the apple of your cheeks. Then using your fingers blend the colour over your cheeks up towards your cheek bones. Rush Hour is very easy to blend and literally glides over your cheeks. My one tip would to be to wait a few minutes after rubbing the product in to decide whether to apply more - it is much easier to add more than it is to wash it off and start again if you apply too much! You can then dot it on your lips and blend.
The result is really lovely, the colour is very natural and sheer and it really brightens up your face. I often use it alongside Dandelion face powder as the colours compliment each other really well. The only slight disadvantage would be that I do find that it is slightly lacking in moisture for my lips, but this is easily rectified by putting on a little bit of lip balm before I apply it.
I am rubbish at applying make up and this product is so easy to use that even I can't go wrong!!
£16.50 - Boots
Ive been on the hunt for a decent blusher ever since I started wearing make-up. Im not too good at applying the old war paint, and if Im not careful I end up looking like a younger version of Barbra Cartland. Blusher has always posed a bit of a problem for me, because Ive never been able to find the right colour or a product that was idiot proof to apply. If it is possible to fall in love with an inanimate object, then I must confess to being utterly besotted with this latest Benefit product.
Benefit Rush Hour is one of those multi-use products. You can use is as a blusher or a lipstick. It comes in a chic looking gold tube with black graphics/squares on the background. It is slightly longer and thinner than a lipstick, and will fit nicely into your handbag or make-up bag. Rush Hour is only available in one colour , sunberry.
To use Rush Hour on your lips you apply it just as you would your usual lipstick. It glides beautifully on the lips, and the colour is gorgeous. I have found it a tad drying, but that is a problem that I have with most lipsticks. If you put a bit of lip balm or gloss on top then you will look even more glam. The staying power of the lipstick is pretty good, but it does come off easily when you are eating or drinking. Again, that could be said of most lipsticks.
When I use Rush Hour as a blusher, I usually dab about four dots onto the apples of my cheeks and blend in. The product is very easy to blend in, without being greasy. I usually have to reapply about ten minutes later, as I find that my cheeks turn quite pink when I am rubbing it in (from the rubbing and not the actual product) so it is hard to judge how much to put on. When I am done I look like I am flushing prettily, and the colour looks very natural.
I have fair skin and freckles, and find that this sunberry colour suits me perfectly. I would imagine that it would look equally good on other skin types too. Rush Hour is one of those products that make me feel good after Ive applied it. It makes me look healthier! The name Rush Hour comes from the fact that the product is quick and easy to apply. I have to admit, I was dubious at first, and was really looking for a powder as I find them easier to apply, but as long as you put on a little bit at a time then you really cant go wrong with Rush Hour.
Like most Benefit products, it isnt cheap at £16.50 for 1g but for me it is worth every penny. You can pick up this little wonder at a Benefit counter near you, or go to www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk. It is available at larger boots stores, for those of you after advantage card points.
The instant makeover for lips & cheeks / It's low maintenance, oil-free & non-comedogenic makeup for the gal on the go / This sunberry color cream is your shade! Apply to cheeks, dot on lips-vroom, vroom / you're ready to go / Tips and tricks: The twist-up slim-line design makes application mess-free and fast! Starting at the apple of your cheeks, apply rush hour using whisker-like strokes / Blend evenly with fingertips / Then dot on lips and you're gorgeous in a flash!