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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review: Benefit Benetint

The other day I mentioned an amazing deal that I stumbled upon, and that deal happened to be Benefit's Benetint. I snagged mine for $5.99 in the clearance bin at my local Shopper's Drug Mart. Initially I was skeptical that either it was a tester (eww! I did not want the tester) or that it was in the clearance bin by accident, so I took it to the cosmetics sales rep and asked. No, it was not a tester and yes it was actually on sale. Score, considering it retails for $28 US.

While at the $6 price point I would be crazy not to try this product, I wasn't totally sure if it was the product for me. As a red stain, I wasn't too sure if it would be something I would get much wear out of or that it would look like a bad case of rosacia. I am pleased to say that I was wrong, but more on that later.

Benetint is Benefit's classic red lip and cheek stain, the bigger sister of Poisetint a pink cheek and lip stain. As you can see in the photo above, the bottle is pretty much the same as any nail polish and applies with the same type of brush. The bottle is on the small side, but since you only need a few drops it will last you for years. Fast factoid: this product was initially created for stripers to add a rosey flush to their nipples. Did you know that?

"The sexiest flush you can get from a bottle. Innocent yet provocative, our rose tinted cheek stain is see through colour that endured it all... even the thralls of passion."- from box.

Three drops of Benetint, applied as suggested

I have to say that I was intimidated when I first tried this, as I had no ieda as to how pigmented it would be, but it is sheer and I had to use an extra drop (the bottle/box suggests three) to get a nice rosy glow. I have pale skin so I didn't have to build it up much, but it could easily made darker by addingg a few more drops. While I am not one for red lips per-say, a little drop of this can be applied to make a lip stain. I liked that it wasn't a full red, but more of a "I just ate a cherry popsicle" or " I just ate strawberries" type of colour. Unfortunately, this product has a terrible taste, but it does wear away after a few seconds.

Can you spot the blending finger?

I am really happy with this product, it provides a nice natural flush of colour, and in case you were wondering, it blends over makeup (foundation) just as easily as it does on bare skin. There are no major downsides, but you do get left with a tinted blending finger, and if you aren't a fan of roses you miht not be into the smell as it does have a slight rose scent. Also, (and this might just be a fluke thing and affects the product in no way) all the printing is flaking off of my bottle. Now if only I can score HighBeam in the clearence bin too. A girl can dream...

Have you tried this product? What did you think?


  1. Nice review!:D

    This is my favorite Benefit product, will never get tired of this!:D

    ***** Marie *****

  2. Shame on me: I've never tought that exists this kind of product so... thank you for opening my eyes about it!

  3. what 6 DOLLARS at shoppers? I need to go there more often. THAT's amazing because these cost like 30 reg priced.

  4. Wow what a great bargain and it sure looks like a pretty darned good product to me. I'd like to try it out, but not at $30 a bottle. Now if only I could find it for $6! lol

  5. @Marie
    Thanks! I can see why so many people love it.

    Glad to be of service :D

    @ Justine
    I know! It seemed too good to be true.

    @Adorable on Your Vanity
    I know right!? I love a deal :)

    It has been around for some time, so you might just be able to find it on sale too!


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