This one has definitely grown on me. I first came across the product in the Finding Mr Bright gift set that I was given for Christmas. I was already using the Girl Meets Pearl and High Beam highlighters, but I wasn’t so taken with this stain. I was put off by the neon colour and strange consistency, somewhere between a tacky gloss and a liquid.
Benefit market this product as a stain for both lips and cheeks. I still wouldn’t use it for my lips, as it makes no noticeable difference when applied other than to make my mouth feel wet – and even that passes quickly. But when I ran out of my usual cheek tint in a busy week I started using this as being better than nothing for the time being.
I warmed to the colour, it gives a nice, girly-pink flush. I don’t think it’s quite the natural look, but subtle enough, and nowhere near the night-at-the-roller-disco that I’d feared when I first opened the tiny bottle.
It’s quick and easy to apply. A couple of dots on either cheek that you then pat in until it’s dry. And that’s it. The one thing I’ll give this product full marks on is that stays put all day. I’ve never needed to top it up before bed time, a thing that’s been a real bug bear with various other liquid or powder stains that I’ve used in the past.
The full size version initially looked a bit pricey £24.50 for just 12.5ml, but considering how little you need to use in one application those 12.5ml will pretty much last you forever, or at least until you’ve got bored and moved on to new look.
All in all a pretty solid effort.