I couldn’t find this product in the Cosmetic Safety Database, so I’ve linked to each ingredient above. The ingredient that concerns me most, or at all, is Quaternium-15. It has a high hazard score of 6 and acts as a formaldehyde releaser. Sheesh! I was initially drawn to this blush because it had so few ingredients (well, that and the exceptional performance). I guess fewer doesn’t always mean better, and it certainly doesn’t mean more natural.
Warning: This product has apparently been reformulated to also include parabens and a whole mess of other unnecessary stuff (either before I did this review without my knowledge or since).
Some great things about this product:
1. This blush is a favorite of many and has won enough awards to prove it. 2. The bottle could easily be reused as a container for homemade cuticle oil or something similar.
Product Description (provided at benefitcosmetics.com)- “Our original rose-tinted stain is kiss-proof, see-through color for lips and cheeks. It’s the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle! Naturally sheer and sexy on all complexions…innocent yet provocative. Originally created for an exotic dancer in the 1970′s, benetint has soared to cult fave status. It’s loved by celebs, makeup artists and gals around the world! This rosy glow lasts for hours.”
Price– It’s $29.00 for a o.4 oz bottle. Again I say: Sheesh!
Performance – Danielle has been using and loving Benetint for years, so I had the pleasure of trying this product before purchasing it. Performance is one of the few areas in which this product doesn’t fall short. It gives my cheeks and lips the loveliest and most natural-looking rosy tint. It also has real staying power; I can wear it all day without needing to reapply (sometimes I do anyway, though, if I’m aiming to look a little fancier). I love that it’s a liquid rather than a cream or a powder, and I think this is how it manages to look so natural.
Benetint should be blended immediately after application, unless you want weird splotches on your cheeks/lips. I’d also avoid licking your lips after applying this stain. It tastes pretty bitter, and it’s probably not something you want to ingest.
Scent– This product smells sweet, pleasant, and very much like a rose.
Rating– I’m subtracting two points for the hazardous ingredient and another two for the high price. 6/10.
Would I purchase this item again? After learning more about the ingredients, I probably won’t be able to justify purchasing this product again. Danielle and I are planning to make our own Beet Blush eventually, and I’m hoping it will give Benetint a run for its money. I wish I had done research a little sooner; I might’ve saved myself 30 dollars.