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Benefit Fine One One

Benefit Fine One One
Benefit Fine One One

Benefit Fine One One ($30.00 for 0.28 oz.) is described as a “coral pink flush.” There are three shades in the stick that work together to create a sheer, brightening effect on the cheeks and lips. The palest color is a pale, white gold beige with pale gold shimmer (highlighter). The middle color is a pop of light-medium pink with a hint of coral (blush). The bottom color is a tangerine orange (“contour”). Together, they create a sheer tint of coral-orange with a very subtle sheen.

I was not a fan of this product. The texture is a little tacky, firm, and generally not the best feel or consistency for a cream blush. Because of the natural tendency for cheeks to be curved, it’s difficult to get all three colors at the same pressure. I ended up just swiping a brush across the surface and applying the color to my cheeks that way, because from the stick itself didn’t work well or make much sense–you’d get three stripes of color that you’d have to blend out anyway. It’s not as blendable as a cream blush should be; there’s a stiffness and stubbornness to the texture that doesn’t want to blend onto skin. The way it feels and dries down is not quite powder, not quite cream; it looks uneven and a little patchy within hours of applying. It’s pulled a disappearing act after a mere three hours.

I really disliked it on lips; it’s not particularly easy to apply, and it’s so, so drying. It looked like my lips were flaking, and it felt like they were after trying to wear it for two hours–not a forgiving nor hydrating formula at all. It just sat on top, not really blending in or staining the lips.

This is not going to show up on medium or darker complexions; it just barely shows up on me even layered and built up as much as possible. There are too many excellent coral blushes to opt for this one. Even Benefit’s own ChaCha Tint works infinitely better, though it is more orange–you can’t tell the difference on the skin.

Benefit Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain Fine One One
Fine One One
Fine One One
5
Product
7
Pigmentation
6
Texture
3
Longevity
3
Application
53%
Total

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Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don't Stray in Medium/Deep
Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Medium/Deep ($26.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is a liquid product that can be used an eyeshadow base to keep eyeshadow in place and keep the color looking true as well as to keep concealer in place. I reviewed the formula when it originally debuted, and as I said then and can reiterate now: it is a fantastic product. The major downside was the packaging, which Benefit had used a pump-type dispenser that dispensed far and away too much product. Like the amount you’d need to cover your face, rather than just underneath your eye or on the lid.

In January (yes, of 2013), Benefit will debut new packaging and a new shade in Medium/Deep, which is about the color of NC35/NC40 I’d say. My arm is right around NC20, while my face around NC25/NC30. There’s a definite warm tone to the Medium/Deep shade (the original shade is closer to neutral). The finish was completely matte. It is a liquid, but it has a very thin, lightweight consistency that spreads easily, evenly, and dries down quickly.

It worked well at keeping crease-prone eyeshadows on the lid and prevented the creasing. When I layered it under my concealer, it also helped prolong the wear by another hour or so. On me, this was a bit too dark to use underneath my eye–mixed with the original shade, and it was a better match.

The new packaging features a twist-open cap with a doe-foot applicator attached to it. For me, it’s a major improvement over the pump. After trying and using primers that come in a tube, I’m not in love with them. I find that the product separates or will squirt out (causing waste). I’m not convinced doe-foot applicators are the very best, but it’s the type of applicator I’ve have liked the most from what I’ve used so far.  Tubes are just slightly under them in my experience.  I like both, not sold on either, but huge, huge improvement from the pump system they had before.  I also appreciate when a brand listens to their customer base–both by creating a darker shade and tackling problematic packaging.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Medium/Deep
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
98%
Total

Benefit Holiday 2012 Gift Sets


Benefit Holiday 2012 Gift Sets

Crescent Row Set ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

Lift spirits with Crescent Row’s latest and greatest! Our irresistible fragrance set with four eau de toilette deluxe minis (including NEW see & be seen Sasha!) offers something marvelous for every mood. Includes Laugh with Me LeeLee, My Place or Yours Gina, Ring My Bella, and See & Be Seen Sasha.

Jetset Kit ($36.00) (Limited Edition)

Touch up before touchdown with our posh & polished makeup kit for eyes, lips and cheeks. Look effortlessly glamorous with our bestselling primer and mascara, plus NEW eyeshadow palette & cheek powders. Tips & tricks show you how to bring out the jetsetter in you!

High Flyin’ Glosses ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

Look sexy at any altitude with our NEW ultra plush lip gloss, now in a giftable holiday set! High flyin’ glosses features six irresistible shades and a silky formula that drenches lips in luxurious color. Includes CORALista, Dallas, Bella Bamba, Hoola, Sugarbomb, and Dandelion.

Availability: Sephora

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5 Must-Have Shimmery Blushes

5 Must-Have Shimmery Blushes

This was a tough one, because I wanted to have diversity in color, and preferably, diversity in brand, too.  ‘Cause let me tell you, there were 239847234 corals I’d love to have included, too.

  1. Le Metier de Beaute Echo — coral-orange with a golden shimmer-sheen; lovely texture and wear
  2. NARS Taj Mahal — golden shimmered orange; lots of great warmth, plenty of pigment
  3. Benefit Bella Bamba — medium-dark pink with a subtle shimmer-sheen; very wearable, buildable
  4. theBalm Cabana Boy — shimmered plum; simple, wearable, beautiful on
  5. Tom Ford Wicked — subtly blue-based medium-dark pink with a shimmer-sheen; long-wearing and super soft

What’s your favorite shimmery blush?

Benefit Box o’ Powder Ultra Plush Glosses


Benefit Box o’ Powder Ultra Plush Glosses

New ultra plush glosses that complement our bestselling box o’ powders feel ahhh-mazingly silky & luxurious. These six irresistible shades, from sultry nudes to punchy pinks, come in soft-squeeze tubes with a custom tip designed for perfectly even application.

Box o’ Powder Ultra Plush Gloss ($16.00)

  • Bella Bamba Sheer bright watermelon
  • Coralista Sheer coral
  • Dallas Dusty rose
  • Dandelion Soft pearly pink
  • Hoola Shimmering golden nude
  • Sugarbomb Shimmery pinky nude

Availability: July 2012

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5 Truly Orange Blushes

5 Truly Orange Blushes

It’s summer — one of the best ways to add color to any look with ease is through a good blush. Tangerine is no doubt in this year, but how about some orange?  Benefit Cha Cha Cha is the closest you’ll find here for a tamer shade of orange.

  1. NARS Liberte — burnt orange
  2. Make Up For Ever #12 — light-medium orange with a gold sheen
  3. NARS Taj Mahal — pop of orange with soft orange shimmer
  4. Benefit Cha Cha Cha — tint of orange-coral
  5. NARS Exhibit A — matte red-orange

What’s your favorite orange blush?

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