Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Benetint has become a beauty classic, though it’s not for everyone. This simple, rose-tinted, liquid cheek color only looks good on flawless, smooth skin because it has a tendency to seep into pores. It can be used as a lip stain, and is relatively long-lasting in that capacity. If you prefer liquid blush, this is deservedly one of the best.

Water, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Carmine (Ci 75470), Methylparaben, Fragrance, Tetrasodium Edta, Geraniol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Maltodextrin, Benzyl Salicylate, BHT, N° 00n12802.
Brand Overview

Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare products could use more innovation (many contain potentially irritating fragrance and have bland formulas).

Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques.

Benefit's makeup philosophy is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.

For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.

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Only use on exfoliated skin!

I've been using this product on and off since high school. It is long-lasting and pretty, but should only be used on freshly exfoliated skin because otherwise it will not blend in smoothly. You also need to blend it in immediately in order to prevent streaks from forming. This product gives a universally flattering flush. I prefer their newer Posie Tint, which is bubblegum pink and thicker, but probably best for pale skin due to its lightness.

Reviewed by
Amanda C
Depends on your skin type

I personally have pretty sensitive skin on my cheeks and find that I often react to blushes. Unfortunately, it is the same situation with this product: after using it I have experienced that my skin reacts with a few small "pimples". Usually, I never get acne on my cheeks, but this product is definitely not suited for my skin. Furthermore, I find that working the product into the skin and getting the right amount of color is not really that easy.

Reviewed by
Denise S.
Beware has a strong rose scent

Benetint is a nice natural dark rose flush with a strong rose scent verses posietint (light pink minimal scent). The scent thankfully fades within 30 minutes, while the color lasts 8 hrs. It appears blood red in the bottle but applies nicely. In fact I prefer the Benetint rose red to the pastel pinky color of posietint & I am fair skinned. This product comes packaged like a bottle of nail polish including the brush that applies it. So if you blend w/fingertips they will also be pink for a time.

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Beautiful, but not for everyone

This product is beautiful, and gives a really lovely colour to cheeks and lips. However, for those with dry skin is could be a problem. I used it for a long time and kept breaking out on my cheeks, and when I used it on my lips they would becoming very dry. It's now a gorgeous product that I use sparingly.

Reviewed by
Emily K
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