Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Benefit Take a Picture It'll Last Longer Body Balm
Benefit Take a Picture It Lasts Longer Body Balm

When Barely There Isn’t Even There…

Benefit Bathina Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer Body Balm ($25.00 for 1.5 oz.) is a lightly floral-scented shimmering body balm. It purports to give a “shimmering, glimmering… seductive golden-pink sheen.” This is a very, very subtle product; I can’t even emphasize just how subtle and sheer and light the sheen is. I took photos of the “swatch,” but it looked like nothing was there. With a little light, I can see that there is a subtle sheen, but I don’t know of “shimmering, glimmering” is an appropriate description. It’s more glowy than shimmery, more sheen than glimmer.

Described as a “balm,” it doesn’t do much to hydrate or keep skin from losing moisture. It does as much for my skin as any highlighter would do (like a pressed one). It’s not thick or greasy, which is nice, but it’s a little time consuming to apply regardless of whether you forego the velvet pillow or not. I think ultimately this is a product that takes the concept of subtle to a whole new level, and I don’t think it’s supposed to be as sheer as it is. I wasn’t expecting big hunks of shimmer at all, but if I have to squint and flail my arms in the sunlight to see if it’s there, I think there’s a problem!

I did really like the scent–it’s kind of like this very subtle, rosy floral that almost reminds me of baby shampoo (but rosier, obviously). I like it, and I don’t find it strong, though it does linger, which is a plus–assuming you like the scent, of course! The packaging is cute and totally Benefit, and the metal tin makes it pretty durable.  The little velvet pillow applicator is a cute touch, which I imagine is supposed to make it a more luxurious experience.  Nice if you’re just applying to decolletage, but if you’re doing legs, a bit more tedious.

Honestly, when it comes to giving the body a soft, shimmering glow, Benefit’s Kitten does an infinitely better job.

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  • Product: 18/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: I’d recommend checking out Benefit’s Kitten if you want to try a body highlighter by the brand rather than this particular product.

AVAILABILITY: Benefit, Sephora

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Benefit Take a Picture It'll Last Longer Body Balm
Benefit Take a Picture It Lasts Longer Body Balm

Benefit Take a Picture It'll Last Longer Body Balm
Benefit Take a Picture It Lasts Longer Body Balm

Benefit Take a Picture It'll Last Longer Body Balm
Benefit Take a Picture It Lasts Longer Body Balm

Benefit Take a Picture It'll Last Longer Body Balm
Benefit Take a Picture It Lasts Longer Body Balm

Benefit Take a Picture It'll Last Longer Body Balm
Benefit Take a Picture It Lasts Longer Body Balm

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21 thoughts on “Benefit Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer Body Balm

  1. CeeBee

    Wow, that’s pretty expensive for not very much product, huh? I mean, yeah it’s cute and quirky and all but $25US for not even 50 grams?!
    I really want to love Benefit but when 9 times out of 10 the packaging is actually better then the product, well, it makes it hard to justify to myself… And I know people have slagged off TheBalm for being Benefit copycats but at least their product is good! (e/s and blush anyway, that’s all I’ve tried).

    I’ll stick with my amazing $4NZD for 200mL Mades Cosmetics body souffle creams from a pharmacy outlet store…

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Leesha Leesha

    I would agree that flailing should not be necessary! I may just look for Kitten.

  3. Janet

    Darn… it looks so cute…. but again, most Benefit products are all about the packaging…

  4. Eileen

    Call me a sucka but I’m still going to get it just for the packaging!

  5. ashley

    i’ve had kitten for about 8 years… the same box/pouf and there is still product in it… of course i don’t use it often and you really don’t need much of it, but i love it. love the smell, and the light sheen it gives… definitely a beautiful glow! would highly recommend kitten…..

  6. Tricia

    I bought this product years ago when it was called “Bathina Body So Fine” (it was also my first Benefit product!). It was in a longer tin, too. Does anyone know why they changed the name/packaging/size?

    • No idea – maybe they felt it was time to revamp it, change materials, update the formula, or simply to switch it out for new packaging (and less product).

    • body so fine has more of a velvety finish and is a bit cooler and doesn’t have the subtle golden sheen of take a picture :)
      so it was more of a revamp of the product than a repackage. BSF is now discontinued.

      and kitten, unfortunately, is being phased out. :(

      • K

        Really?! I have Body So Fine and I had no idea it was gone! I was wondering why they would release another product so similar. Good to know, thanks.

        • they are very similar, but i guess TAP is a little more noticeable.
          there are quite a few products being phased out, and BSF is one of them, my counter [i work for benefit] hasn’t received any stock in a while so if you really love it, stock up! also on the chopping block is badgal blue mascara [phased out because of prrrowl] and the old lipgloss formula is slowly being replaced w the ultrashine formula.

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of LaTasha Tasha

    LOL-“but if I have to squint and flail my arms in the sunlight to see if it’s there, I think there’s a problem!”- yeah a huge problem!!

  8. Marie

    I own Body So Fine and it is love! Definitely agree that they could describe the product better, it is much more of a glowy sheen (verry minimal shimmer, which is just my thing… I love subtle).

  9. aida

    I had the original tin and it was better, but not by much. I received this new version as a gift and I like it, mostly for the scent, but it is very sheer and I use it only for small areas more for the scent and to feel good than for the “glow”

  10. Anett

    I love this balm! ;-)

  11. sammy

    I pictured you flailing your arms in the sunlight- made me laugh. :)

  12. I like to use this balm as glow / highlighter on my cheeks.
    Also I love the smell of this product!