Thursday, July 22, 2010

Benefit Posietint & Benetint: comparison and review

I don't know where I got the old fashioned belief that I should only wear powder blush when I'm wearing foundation or powder, and use cream blush or stains when I don't need foundation. Thanks for my beloved Laneige regimen, I have been clear for a week now. Even though I still use foundation to cover some of my post acne marks, I only apply sunscreen on most days now. Therefore, I have been on the prowl for a good cream/gel/stain blush for quite some time.
Some of my current favorites include:
1. Posietint
2. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink Pot Rouge
3. Tarte Ten Cheek Stain (limited edition)
I will review the latter two products later, but in this post, I will talk about posietint.

Posietint is probably the most controversial of the products I use. Some people swear by it, while others deplore it. I found that I am one of the people who love it. Posietint is the poppy pink sister to the famous rosy colored benetint. It is of a gel like liquid consistency, and applies very sheer.  The fact that it goes on sheer is one of its biggest problems. Some ladies would layer on more posietint in order to achieve a more noticeable flush. However, a few minutes after it dries (say 10 minutes after application?), posietint will darken in color, suddenly giving you bright pink cheeks if you overapplied. I found this very difficult to work with because at the initial stage of application, I didn't know how much to apply, knowing it would darken later. After a few times, you probably will get an idea of how much to apply even though you cannot see the effect right away.

The color is quite perfect, at least for me. I blush pink when I exercise for a long time, and this is that exact same color. However, I can understand how this might be too bright on darker skintones. I do not use this on my lips not only because it's a little drying, but because it doesn't really show up that well on my pigmented lips. Also, when I do apply a lot for it to show up, my lips turn a barbie pink, a look that I do not really favor most of the time.

Another thing that's quite interesting about posietint is that when you actually blush, the posietint you applied will become brighter on your cheeks. This is supposed to be the fact that when you blush, you cheeks are hotter, and more heat feeds the color of posietint, thus making it brighter. I used to hate this about posietint, because once in a board meeting, I was giving my first presentation, and was so nervous. I was very pale that morning when I applied makeup, so I over-applied my blush, wanting to look more normal. After I finished the presentation, I went to the bathroom and noticed bright splotches of color on my pale skin. I was so embarrassed that I wanted to scream.

However, afterwards, I actually came to like this about posietint. As long as you don't apply very much in the morning, the color will not look unnaturally bright when you blush. I like it that even though you are wearing blush, people can still realize it when you actually blush. :)

This blush lasts on me all day, which is both a blessing and a bane. When applied well, it lasts all day, but when I didn't apply well, it may not go off even if I washed my whole face and started over.
The only other thing I hate about posietint is that you have to work quickly blending it out, or it will stain your cheeks in areas where the most product was.

Now I'll move on the benetint:
This is the very original cheek stain (I believe the first of its kind) that was supposed to look good on everyone because it was a rosy color. It contained very feel ingredients, and is a very liquid consistency. It dries very quickly, and like posietint, darkens within a few minutes.
It is very hard to review this stain because as one of the first stains, it really defines cheek stains, but I'll start with the color.
I like this color much less than that of posietint. Yes, this looks very natural on me, almost the exact same color I would acquire if I stayed out in the cold for too long, but that is a color I hated. Redish rose colors look ruddy on me rather than a natural flush. However, I do love this on my lips because 1). the color is perfect on my lips; and 2) this is the only true lip stain I've ever used, that stays through greasy meals. The color also doesn't fade if I rub lip balm onto it. 

Now for the comparison:
Color: Posietint is a poppy pink that can be very bright when applied too much. On suitable skintones, it will look a somewhat bright pink that will brighten your face and still looks natural.
Benetint is a rose colored blush that is really a mix between pink and rose. On me, it shows up more red than pink, but I imagine the reverse might happen on others. I've seen both benetint and posietint show up the same color on a girl. 

Texture: Posietint is definitely thicker than benetint, very much like benefit's high beam. Benetint is a very liquid consistency. I heard many people say that benetint is harder to spread, and stains more easily. However, I've found that both colors are equally fast to stain, so you must work fast with both products. 

Longevity: I suppose benetint is more of a real stain than posietint, because on my face benetint cannot be washed off until it really fades on its own, whereas posietint can with a lot of effort. However, I feel that both lasts through the day for me, which is adequate. 

Who I recommend posietint to: I imagine that young girls might wear the bright pink more easily than older people, but there is really no limitations based on age as long as you apply sheerly. This is more natural looking on lighter skintones because they are more likely to blush pink. People with heavy yellow undertones should try this out before buying because pink will bring out the yellow. 

Who I recommend benetint to: This is very appropriate for everyone looking for a classic flush. People with pale skin and cool undertones should proceed with caution, because this might make cheeks look ruddy instead of flushed. 

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