Fine One One Sheer Brightening Color for Cheeks & Lips

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This cream-to-powder blush contains three orange-y stripes of color in one oval-shaped, twist-up tube. When used as a blush, the soft, silicone-like texture is suitable for normal to dry skin, but the dewy finish can be too much shine for oily skin. Unfortunately, the trendy orange color of this product is not universally flattering, and will likely be a turn-off to anyone with pale skin tones or yellow undertones.

Those who aren't put off by the orange-y color should be wary of the streaky application. When applied directly from the tube, it leaves three distinct lines of color that must be blended out carefully. As a lipstick, there's no reason this product can't be used on the lips for temporary color, but it certainly won't achieve the look or wear of an actual lipstick; plus the resulting color is not for everyone.

  • OK as a cream blush for dry skin if you don't mind extra blending.
  • The orange color is not flattering for those with pale skin tones or noticeable yellow undertones.
  • Streaky, uneven application requires more time to blend.

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. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.

Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which 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 skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.

Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. 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.

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It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. 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.

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  1. Nicole, H
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 09, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
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      4 / 4
    Surprisingly great!
    • I was skeptical about this product when I first saw it. The colours seemed awful but I had received a sample strip in a beauty box so I gave it a shot. I have very fair skin with rosacea. I also have ultra dry skin. I love this as a blush and use it every day. One swipe is perfect for day and two gives some extra pop for night. Just give it a quick blend with your finger tips and you are good to go. I don't like it as a lip colour. Wish it came in more colours.

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