Review: Benetint and Lollitint

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I’m not really a fan of tints. I don’t get the need to stain your lips red or with any other color. I also find it confusing in terms of application–do I apply the tint first or the foundation?

The BDJ June Box gave me the chance to get re-acquainted with tints, particularly Benefit’s Benetint and Lollitint. I’ve tried tints in the past but I wasn’t feeling them.

Fast Facts

Bene and Lolli Tint

Price: Php 1,700 @ 12.5ml

Description:
BENETINT – rose-tinted stain; kiss-proof; lasts for hours
LOLLITINT – candy-orchid tint; smudge proof and kiss proof

Ingredients:
BENETINT – aqua (water), polysorbate 20, phenoxyethanol, sodium hydroxide, carmine (ci 75470), methylparaben, fragrance (parfum), tetrasodium edta, geraniol, linalool, hexyl cinnamal, citronellol, maltodextrin, benzyl salicylate, bht.
LOLLITINT – aqua (water), ethylhexyl strearate, butylene glycol, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, squalane, ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), polysorbate 60, ci 77492 (iron oxides), disodium edta, tetrasodium edta, ci 45410 (red 27), ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 42090 (blue 1), ci 15985 (yellow 6)

Consistency: 
BENETINT – liquid
LOLLITINT – viscuous

Scent:
BENETINT – rose fragrance
LOLLITINT – none

Swatches:

Swatches Tint

My skin ate up Benetint before I could even take a photo of it or even blend it.

tint on lips

Apologies for the suck-y resolution. I couldn’t find my camera at the time and I don’t know how to take a photo of my lips on my own.

finger stain

Yeah, it stains and they take a long time to fade so apply carefully on the cheeks if you don’t want to go overboard.

Impressions

I love them now. But if you had asked me about it the first few times that I used it, I would have said “No! It stains my fingers and I’m not even sure if there’s any difference if I use it or not. Plus, my cheeks itched!”. Still, I went through testing, particularly Benetint, for more than 7 days and tried out different makeup combinations with it and experimented on how I applied it. Turns, that was the solution.

Most people apply tints after their foundation, whether it’s liquid or powder foundation or BB cream. I did the same but it didn’t work. My cheeks itched. I tried different types of foundations and even BB cream. With liquid foundation, the foundation ate up the tint before I could have blended it. With powder foundation, the tint erased the foundation since the tint was liquid. I tried the Benefit Big Easy BB with Benetint and Lollitint as well, but was the same result with the powder foundation.

I was ready to give/sell my tints away if it were not for an upcoming sports fest I was participating in. I wanted to have color on my face without it seeming like I wore makeup on a sports event where I’ll be sweating. I also didn’t want to leave my face bare because I always look like a ghost after every workout (I don’t know where all the blood in my head goes to at such time). So I applied the most minimal of makeups. I applied the usual Benefit Porefessional (never leave home without it) and then applied Benetint on my cheeks. I then applied my powder foundation on top of the tint. On my lips, I dabbed Benetint on top of a clear lip balm. Then off I went to sweat!

Hooray! It was a success! I ran to the nearest mirror after one practice round and was pleased with the result. I looked naturally flushed with that “workout glow”. I didn’t look like a ghost. I guess for my skin type (sensitive, combination to oily skin with visible pores), this sequence is better: tint before foundation. And if I wanted to prolong the tint, then it’s primer, tint, then foundation. So even if I fail to retouch my makeup, I still have red/pinkish cheeks that give me that fresh look. 😉

Verdict: 9/10

I love Benetint especially. Lollitint, not so much because it’s more suited to light to fair skin color. I’m fair to morena.

Pros: lasts long (longer with primer), has a nice scent (for Benetint), dual purpose (for cheek and lips), nice build up of color

Cons: expensive, blending can be tricky, stains the fingers, has chemicals/parabens

Will I buy this? Of course! In fact, I love it so much that I went ahead and bought a full-sized Benetint before I finished my sample of Benetint.

I feel that this will be my go to lip/cheek product from now on, especially when I workout. 🙂 It also doesn’t hurt that I have the sample size Benetint, which I can just refill from the full-sized one, making it extra travel friendly.

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Are you a tint person or have tried tints before? Let me know what you think!

3 thoughts on “Review: Benetint and Lollitint

    • kcreol says:

      I tried the testers of Benefit. I think you will love Posietint. It’s a shade between Benetint and Lollitint. I’m happy you like my review. 🙂 Thank you!

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