So, I’m a little late to the game. Used to my tried and true powder formulation blushes, I had no desire to use anything else until a couple of months ago when a makeup artist “showed me the light” and introduced me to Benefit Benetint.
Years ago during a trip to London, I met up with my beautiful cousin Naomi in Covent Garden for lunch. As she neared us with her giant, perfect smile, I was stunned by A) how stylish she was, B) how perfect her skin was, and C) how perfect her blush was!! Naomi has flawless ebony skin, and her cheeks were the most perfect pink flush. As I hugged her and we happily went off to lunch with the rest of the family, being the beauty-obsessed junkie I am, I asked her what amazing blush she was wearing. “It’s Benefit Benetint! Go get it!”
Fast forward years later, while on a photoshoot, I learned that the makeup artist on set worked exclusively for Benefit Cosmetics. I remember being sad at that fact…until she got me in her chair. She pulled out the Benetint and started applying the product to my cheeks in a gentle patting motion. My cheeks went from none existent and “winter sallow”, too delicately flushed and perfect. The makeup artist laughed as I grabbed my phone to take a picture of the Benetint so I’d remember to pick it up next time I was at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Interesting little factoid: Benefit Benetint was created in the 1970s for an exotic dancer! Sex-xay!!
How to apply:
- Apply three brush strokes to your cheeks and blend with your fingers.
- I prefer to apply directly to my index finger and dab and blend into my cheeks. Warning: it will stain your fingers, but will come off with a few washings.
What I love about this product:
- Benefit Benetint can be used on both cheeks and lips. Providing a sheer, subtle stain, it lasts for hours.
- It smells wonderfully of delicate roses.
- Gel tint blushes like Benefit are great for oily skin (this one is water-based) as your oily skin will really make this product last and provide a really realistic finish.
- It gives me a dewy glow as opposed to the matte finish of powder blushes.
- This type of blush gives a much more natural look than powder blushes and heavier cream blushes that are a little harder to control and apply.
- On my skin tone, it provides the perfect pink colour that I have been chasing for years. A good dupe for my ebony-coloured beauties? MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Blush in Whole Lotta Love (awesome name…awesome song).
- I expected the watery formulation to remove my foundation when applying, but that wasn’t the case at all, especially if you use a dabbing motion.
- It gives you a little room for error which is great, as I tend to have a heavy hand with blush and usually end up looking like a clown.
What I don’t love so much:
- Being a stain, you must work quickly with it or it will literally stain your skin in an unflattering manner. The Benefit website suggests that you brush three strokes directly on your cheeks. If you do not blend immediately, you’ll be wearing three racing stripes or polka dots for the rest of the day.
- I have to use much more than three brush strokes. I chalk this up to my dark skin tone and loving that “dolly” look.
- The price. At $39 CAD, I find it a little steep. While I’ll pay whatever for a product I love that works well, you can still achieve a rosy flush by purchasing a fuschsia lipstick at the drugstore for much less, dabbing on your cheeks and blending out with a Beauty Blender.
- If you have dry skin, you may want to stay away from this product as it will emphasize dry patches.
- I didn’t care for it as a lip stain. While the colour is beautiful, it tastes funny! There is however, an actual Benetint Lip Balm for those who don’t like the taste of Benetint.
- THIS WILL STAIN CLOTHING. Be careful not to splash onto yourself!
Overall, I give this product two thumbs up! LOVE!
Have any of your tried Benefit Benetint? Love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments and please feel free to suggest any other cheek stains and gel tints!