I have the Benefit set from Sephora which includes small bottles of Benetint, Posietint, and High Beam. (High Beam has been HG for me for years, but I got the set as I really wanted to try out the other two.)
As a blush, Benetint is quite nice. It really lasts well on the cheeks. The consistency is extremely watery, and you do need to work quickly to blend it in as it dries fast, but I don't find this to be much of an inconvenience or problem. It dries rather matte, no shimmer or sheen really. Because of the watery consistency, it feels very light on the skin. I'm very pale and don't find the color to be overwhelming at all. It's pinky-rosey and a nice, flattering flush; don't let the blood red tube turn you off. I imagine darker skin tones could wear this, too, as you can build it up to your desired shade.
I'm very torn on Benetint as a lip stain. The color is beautiful and it really perks up the face. It goes on nicely and dries nice and fast, so no need to hold your mouth open for long as it dries down, which is great. What I find really awesome is that it can really be built up. One coat on the lips is very sheer, kind of a rosy my-lips-but-better. But it can also be built up to the point that it looks like a lipstick! Just let it dry in between coats. Those with super pigmented lips would need to build it up quite a bit for it to be useful for them as a lip stain. It dries matte, so can emphasize dry lips. You can top it with a gloss. The nail polish-like applicator is a bit odd; use caution to avoid going outside of your lip line. I don't find it difficult to do so, but just wanted to point it out.
The big caveat for me, when used as a lip stain, is that it does not last. "Stain" should be used loosely to describe Benetint. I absolutely LOVE how it looks on my lips, but shortly it fades and then disappears in the center, leaving me look like I'm wearing lip liner around my lips with no lipstick, which is obviously a very unflattering look. Do not want. My little bottle is nice and purse-friendly, so I guess you could keep reapplying it, but I was hoping for something longer-lasting. You would need to touch it up quite often. I have used it with better success as a base before red or rosey lipsticks.
Benetint is a bit expensive for what it is in the end, but the product itself lasts for ages. I've used my little bottle quite a bit for months and months, and it's still halfway full. I use it every so often for cheeks, and I'll keep using it on my lips, defiantly reapplying to avoid the lip liner look. I guess I would repurchase again, because I just love using this stuff, but my little bottle will last so long that I don't know *when* I would actually have to repurchase.
I love the natural glow I get from this product. I really don't ever use blush, but I actually like and use this. It is such a nice color on my lips. However, it doesn't stay on very well, but it still gets 4 stars because the bottle really lasts.
This product is best used if you put on a primer first. Also, if you use on your cheeks as a blush, be quick. It dries quickly so you need to be sure you have the amount and placement right and blend fast so it looks natural and not splotchy. I prefer the posie tint to this as it seems to blend easier and give a more natural color to my pale skintone.
I bought this stain two or three years ago, and am not even halfway through. It will last you a very very long time. I think this is a lovely color. It looks natural on my cheeks, and very bright pink on my lips. My only beef, and it's a big beef, is that it doesn't last very long--an hour or two at most on the lips, maybe two or three on my cheeks. If I'm just popping out for a bit, I'll put this on without a worry, but I do not wear this if I know I'll be out for quite a while.
This review is for using benetint as a lip tint, not a blush (I don't use blush, I have skin that's quite prone to redness all on its own without help from blusher).
I don't see the point of this as a lip tint. It goes on looking lovely, a natural red rosy glow. And about 5 seconds later it's gone. So, if I wanted to apply it every 10 minutes I'm sure it would continue to look great, but I can't be bothered especially as the packaging isn't that handbag friendly. It might be because I have quite pink lips to start with, so the effect isn't that noticeable so as soon as it fades I might as well not have it on. And the brush is VERY ticklish on my lips and if I use fingers it doesn't seem to apply properly. For the price, there are other better lip tints out there.
As a blush, I really like this product! I am very very pale, so this gives me a lovely glow which is subtle (doesn't look like blush). This stuff is also like SUPERGLUE! I put on a bit too much one day and had to scrub and scrub to take it off. Great for the whole day!
I am kind of torn about this product. On one hand, there are things I really like about it, the color and ease of application. On the other hand, I do think it's way overpriced, over-hyped, and has the most noxious taste.
- Very nice color, subtle and natural flush (if that's what you're going for), for both lips and cheeks. I was actually very skeptical at first, because it looks very dark in the bottle, and the first few swipes on my cheek were dark, but was pleasantly surprised. I think the color would work well on many different skin tones.
- Good blush; I think it's a better blush than lip stain. I'm a makeup noob and I got better results using this, and it was easier to apply than the 'traditional' powder and brush. I also do not think it dried too quickly or was difficult to blend.
- No problems with the bottle; I actually think it's more convenient for travel; no need for palettes and brushes.
- Do not like the smell; absolutely ABHOR the taste. Not that I was _trying_ to taste it. But it leaves this strong bitter after taste on your lips.
- A bit drying on the lips.
- Need several 'coats' before it becomes visible on your lips.
- Expensive. There seems to be a lot of popular dupes out on the market (like those Korean lip tints). Haven't tried any, so I can't say if they are good, but if you're not eager to blow $30 on a bottle of benetint, go with one of the much cheaper dupes. It's not like this product is uniquely amazing.
This product is awesome. Love the rose scent and it blends really well with my asian skin tone. It gives off a very natural red colour on my face since I am somewhat plale. Though it takes a lot of product application for the colour to really show, but nonetheless, great product. Price is a little on the high side though.
Got this in a swap. Like all others, I am curious about this product. Although it is not a bad color, I would say it takes a lot of product to allow the color to show. I am NC15 btw and I am sure I am fairer than the average gals. If this product isnt gonna show up on me, I am not even sure if it will do so on people with tan skin. I wont recommend this product. Gonna finish up what I have and not gonna repurchase.
If you like the same look for a powder blush, try nars exhibit a or bobbi brown apricot.
I purchased this quite a while ago looking for something that would give my lips a nice red stain however I did not find that the stain lasted or applied evenly. I also tried it on my cheeks trying to get a little color that seemed natural but no go there either. I must prefer the Tarte cheek stains and the stains created just for lips. Just not enough real color here for most of us.