Sunday, December 5, 2010

Benefit Benetint Review

I have just discovered the joy of lip tints! For someone who does not seem to enjoy wearing lipstick because of the funny taste and texture they usually have, lip tint is the answer. Basically I think everyone already knows what a lip tint does. Lip tints slightly stains bare lips giving them a sheer colour that stays on even through eating and drinking. Sometimes they are also known as lip stains. They can also be used on the cheeks. Lip tints are especially great for those wanting a bit of colour and look fresh.

What got me interested in lip tints is Benefit's Benetint. I had read oodles of raving reviews about the product on the internet and it got me wanting to try it out. I didn't want to get the full size since it is quote costly so I scouted shopping blogs and forums to get my hands on a sample sized Benetint. My search was fruitful and I finally got my hands on a teeny bottle of Benetint in sample size from a forumner in Lowyat Forum.
 Full sized Benefit's Benetint (Picture taken from Benefit's official website).

Benetint is an original rose-tinted stain from Benefit. It is a see-through colour for lips and cheeks and it is kiss-proof. They claim it to be the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle. It is naturally sheer and sexy for all complexions, innocent yet provocative. The rosy glow lasts for hours. It has won lots of awards for best cheek and lip stain from top beauty magazines. To use the Benetint, you only have to apply three dots to the apples of your cheeks and blend quickly with fingertips. Add a few more dots for deeper colour.

The Benetint sample that I bought came packaged in a cardboard box. The product itself came in a small translucent 2.5 ml (0.08 fl oz) plastic bottle with a black screw-type cap. A bottle of full sized Benetint  weighs 12.5 ml (0.40 fl oz) and could last me a long time (the lifespan is 12 months after opened).The applicator is a nail-polish type brush and is attached to the cap.  
Benefit's Benetint in sample size.
The nail-polish like applicator.

The list of ingredients is printed on the back of the cardboard package.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Carmine (CI75470), Methyparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Tetrasodium EDTA, Geraniol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Maltodextrin, Benzyl Salicylate, BHT.

Benetint comes in liquid form and has a runny texture. From the bottle, the liquid  looked intimidatingly bloody red. When applied, the liquid tint needs to be blended immediately to avoid the tint from setting and leaving a streak of deep red line across your lips or cheeks where the brush applicator had been swiped. When blended, the deep dark red tint turns into a nice sheer red tint on my lips giving them a healthy flushed look.
 Left: Benetint swiped. Right: Benetint blended.

You can see the watery liquid of Benetint seeping into the cracks in my skin in the above picture. On the right side, the Benetint gives a nice sheer just blushed tint when blended. It has a subtle scent of rose which is surprisingly quite pleasant. I usually stay away from rose scented products because they tend to be too pungent and over powering but Benetint's scent did not smell that way.

Verdict: I really like the sheer colour it left on my lips. The only downside is that the finger that I used to spread the tint would also be tinted red = the Benetint finger of shame. I found a trick to avoid getting my finger red by drenching a swab cotton with water and use the wet cotton swab to spread the Benetint all over my lips. Would I repurchase this again? Yup, I would definitely would.

You can check out information on Benetint at their official website.
You can purchase Benefit's Benetint in full size at Benefit's counters at Parkson (I am not sure about the price but I think it's around RM129).

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