Review: Cheek Stains, Part III — Benefit BeneTint

By Voxy  

<– Voxy’s First Cheek Stain. Isn’t it cute?

Unlike Tarte and Smashbox’s cheek stain gel sticks, BeneTint is a thin, watery liquid that comes with an applicator that’s like a nail polish brush. The color is a deep, rich, saturated, translucent pink that is surprisingly well-suited to most skin tones, including those of us at the ultra-light end of the spectrum. Porcelain-complexioned Anne Hathaway wore it on her cheeks on her last night in Paris in The Devil Wears Prada. I thought she was incredibly beautiful in that scene in which she’s looking in the mirror (I think she’s putting on lipstick?) and I really wondered what that lovely glow was on her cheeks. Behold, BeneTint — applied with the most expert of touches, and exquisitely well-blended with other makeup.

BeneTint has a lot of nice features, but it’s not a product for the makeup newbie. Because it dries so quickly, you need to blend it fast and confidently, and mistakes are hard to erase or otherwise fix without removing everything underneath. To apply it “straight,” you’re likely to get better results by dotting the product on the tips of your fingers and then rubbing them gently in a circular motion on your cheeks than by dotting it directly on your cheeks. If you want to dilute its potency a bit, and give yourself some more time to blend, you can mix it with a bit of moisturizer, tinted moisturizer, or foundation. If you are someone who likes a setting or finishing powder, BeneTint should go on before that, especially if you’re mixing it with something.

As a cheek stain, it lasts a good while, but in my mind the Tarte and Smashbox products outlast it in staying power. As a lip stain, it really needs a gloss on top of it to give it any staying power. It’s all right in a pinch, but for me it doesn’t compare to a “real” lipcolor. It also makes my lips feel strangely sensitive — not irritated, not itchy, just … sensitive. I can’t describe it. On the whole, it’s a better cheek tint than a lip stain.

BeneTint also has a lighter pink cousin called PosieTint, which looks cute but which gave me an instant allergic reaction when I tried it.

All in all, this is an interesting product, and I like it, but I have to say that the Smashbox and Tarte products out-perform it in ease of application, texture, blendability, and longevity, with Tarte having the additional advantage of a wide range of color selections. It was my first cheek stain, and so I’m fond of it, but I think I’ve outgrown it and we are no longer right for each other. I’m sorry, BeneTint. We’ll always have Paris. You, me, and Anne Hathaway.

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Benefit BeneTint: $28

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good

Purchase again? Probably not, since there are other and (IMHO) better options available. Don’t hate me, BeneTint. Please don’t hate me.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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