My high school bestie came back from England one summer, with a jar of Benetint. We were in complete awe by what was at the time a revolutionary product. A liquid stain for both our lips and cheeks?! Amazeballs. So we walked around that summer with our sexy new just-got-out-of-an-intense-workout flushes. That was my first ever experience with Benefit Cosmetics and the rest is history.
A couple months back I broke the news to you that Benefit Cosmetics was now available in Lebanon, it was a joyous moment for the brand’s die harders who would usually visit a Sephora abroad just to stock up. But for those of you who are not very familiar with the range allow me to get you acquainted with some of my favorite picks for this month.
Bene tint: both rose tinted and scented, this cult classic is my ultimate pick-me-up for my makeup free, stumble-out-of-the-house days when I’m late but I don’t want to go completely bare faced. I’ll also dab some on when I’ve got a lovely foundation base going on but want more of a glow then a powdered blush. I’ll also apply this after I’ve drawn in my entire lips with a lip liner for a pinkish hue. Best applied on apples of your cheeks and don’t forget to blend quickly, it really does stain.
Posie tint: This is Benetint’s sugary creamier sister, also a lip and cheek liquid stain but a lighter and more pinkish one. I love how you can also highlight with this one since it has a shine to it, but it’s a little more sheer on the lips than the deeper rose Benetint, it’s more balmish than pigmented. I would even throw this one out for a day out on the beach during summer. Dot and blend.
Sun Beam: This is the original highlighter, way before all the beauty brands jumped on the highlighting bandwagon. It’s every beauty editors must-have for killer defined cheekbones, as you can see it’s a nice viscous golden bronze formula that really blends effortlessly. Pigmentation is just right, without being too-over-the-top, just dot it on either your cheekbones, tip of your nose or above your brows. I find it looks best when applied after foundation though it can also be used on its own.
High Beam: This is how I like to doll it up. They call it a complexion enhancer because it can really lighten up the dullest of skin days. This liquid formula highlighter but instead of a gold overtone it is has a pearlescent pink glow to it, which looks perfect as a final touch after foundation and blush. My personal favorite look is High Beam paired with a set of dramatic faux lashes and a swift eyeliner.
I have to say like most Benefit Cosmetics makeup, I love the smart packaging, instead of having this in a pump bottle or tube, they come in compact nail-polish like glass bottles with a brush for application, this way you can really control how much product comes out and throw it in your makeup bag for quick touch ups throughout the day.