Three gorgeous shades that add up to one happy reviewer!
I’ve been having a love affair with Benefit Cosmetics for years now. I’m a sucker for their adorably retro packaging, innovative products and how utterly wearable everything is. Benefit is responsible for many staples in my cosmetic wardrobe and they are constantly releasing new items that I find myself unable to live without. I mean, I probably could live without them, but the general public that has to see me probably would have something to say about it…
That being said, the one area where Benefit has let me down a little bit is in the area of cream blush. Don’t get me wrong, I have a collection of most of their boxed powder blushes, and they are exquisite, but cream blushes are my biggest weakness because they are good for pulling double duty on lips in a pinch. I love them. The last time Benefit offered a cream blush (Oh how I love and miss thee, Rush Hour), they discontinued it and broke my heart.
I was and still am devastated. Could I ever learn to love again? New on the scene and helping me to heal is Benefit’s latest cream blush product Fine One One.
Benefit’s new “sheer brightening color”, Fine One One ($30), is composed of three shades of awesome: a soft coral, sheer watermelon, and pink champagne. Blended together, they form the most cheerful pop of pigment for lips and cheeks. This coral flush is one I know I’ll be rocking 24/7 once warmer weather arrives. It’s like happiness in stick form, folks.
I apply this by swiping up my cheeks, the pink highlighter shade at the top of the stick. I then gently blend. This sheer formula leaves a silky, powdery finish that brightens up my whole face. As this has a powdery finish, this didn’t really do much for my winter roughened lips when I applied it to my pout, so you may find this isn’t quite the multi-tasker you’re hoping for, but believe me, what this does to cheeks more than makes up for it.
Fun tip: when I’m on the go and don’t have my beloved highlighter, High Beam, on me, I tap my fingers on the pink champagne shade from Fine One One and dab it on my cheekbones – instant gorgeous!
The wearing power on this was remarkably good for a cream blush. I have oily/sometimes combo skin and lesser cream blushes have been known to dissolve on me. This hearty formula lasted a solid 5 hours, which, as any cream flush aficionado can attest, is pretty darn good.
If you want to increase wear time until the end of days, top this with Dandelion or Georgia (if you’re lucky enough to have this now discontinued shade), they really set the formula and bring out the color. Dandelion pulls the pink out and Georgia pulls the peach out – it was like this cream blush was designed to be paired with these boxed blushes.
This trick also created enough of a difference in my appearance that my usually oblivious hubby asked me what I was wearing and said it looked good. Ladies, men usually don’t notice or care about what makeup we’re wearing, so that alone should convince you of the impact of this little tube.
• Creates the most gorgeous coral flush, possibly of all time
• Universally flattering – this will work on all skin tones
• Contains highlighter, so it gives the illusion of a radiant glow
• Didn’t quite look right once applied to lips – it was a little too powdery and the shade was a little too milky for my preference
• I can’t help but think they need a plummy rose version of this…one that is similar to Rush Hour, perhaps?
Readers – Am I the only gal who is gaga for cream blush? Is anybody else going to reach for Fine One One when they have a beauty emergency?
Krista resides in the middle of nowhere with her bff/hubby, an obscenely big-eared dog, and a puppy that makes feral capuchins seem mellow. She has an irrational fear of ax murder, owns more than one machete for home defense/the zombie apocalypse, and goes to sleep serenaded by the sounds of the Chupagobbler, a mythical turkey beast that roams the woods around her house. She also has an obsessive love of Tom Selleck’s moustache that is, quite frankly, alarming.
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