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In 1977, Jane and Jean Ford, the twin sisters behind Benefit, met a local dancer who requested a long-lasting red pigment that wouldn’t budge during her shows. They listened, and this beloved rose lip and cheek stain was born. Year after year, it’s a bestseller for good reason: the translucent color leaves us with a natural flush so we look pretty, not made-up.
Even though it looks really dark in the bottle, this product leaves a nice natural pink tint on the lips. It works best if lips are exfoliated and not too dry. Otherwise, it runs to inside of lip and looks like you've been eating a popsicle. It's a really thin liquid. I find it worked best if I pressed lips together after applying so that it absorbed quickly. It did have a funny bitter taste at first, but that went away after a bit. I liked it with a clear gloss over it best.
It's more difficult to apply to cheeks, I thought, but maybe I was applying it wrong. I think I used too much the first time. It also seems to work better when blended with a brush. Otherwise, it will absorb into your fingers and turn them red. I will keep practicing on the cheeks. I do like that it lasts a long time on cheeks and lips. I will probably purchase this product when I run out of my sample.
I don't normally like "stains" but this one went on nice and smooth. I was very impressed with the color. The sample was a little small and therefore a little difficult to apply.4
I like the stain on my lips with a little vaseline, looks natural and healthy. Reminds me of summer after eating a cherry popsicle. This is a great product for a casual Satruday, but not polished enough for the office.4
I really have never cared for this brand. I knew of this product, but was prepared not to like it. I was pleasantly surprised. I own other lip stains, but have always found the color to be a little strange. This had a nice believable color. I wouldn't mind sampling the other color they have as well, but will probably purchase this in the future.4
I really love this benetint for my lips. It gives it a great subtle color that stays. I like to use it over my chapstick. I have not tried it on my cheeks yet, but only because I like the blush I already have.4
This is one of those products I always wanted to buy but never quite justified spending the money on it, so it's exciting to get a sample of it in Birchbox. The color gives a great flush to cheeks, with staying power. I use Benefit's cha cha tint and posie tint, and I love how they look on my cheeks, too (and that a little bit goes a long way!). I can't speak to Benetint as a lip stain.4
Good for the summer, but I'm not a huge fan of cheek/lip stains. This is the classic.4
The color of this product is beautiful, particularly on the cheeks. I think it would be great for mornings that are rushed when you really need to simplify. But it doesn't have quite the same nice finish as a traditional blush in my normal routine. Went well with my smashbox clear lip gloss for a natural looking lip color!4
I love this for my cheeks! But, I did not like it as a lip stain. The rose scent reminded me of the rose scented perfumes and lotions that were popular among older ladies when I was a kid. Anyway, I couldn't really smell it when I put it on my cheeks. But the scent was strong on my lips, and didn't really add much color, no more than a fruity lip balm would.4
I am a fan of powder blush for my cheeks, so of course I tried the benetint on my lips as a lip stain. The color is wonderful, and the scent is light rose-scented, which I liked a lot. However, this tastes terrible if you happen to lick your lips when it is either wet or already dried. I did find it to be much less sticky than other gel style lip tints, so I would be more likely to try it on my cheeks. It lasted significantly longer than other lip stains I have tried, however the application is alittle messy. My first time, I simply brushed it onto my lips and layered several coats to develop a dark stain that I desired. The formula is super watery, so it bled into the creases of my lips and even out onto the skin around my lips. I definitely suggest a red or clear lip liner to block this bleeding color if you plan to apply with the brush. The next time, I dotted it onto my lips and blended with my finger. That produced a softer effect and less bleeding, however, then my finger was red for a while. I truly prefer the "marker" pointed tip pen style applicators for lip stain. Obviously this product doubles as a cheek stain, where a pen wouldn't be the best application method, so I understand the brush for benetint. Overall, i enjoy the product. I hope they come out with an orange shade, I have been looking for one!!4