When Benefit released their Christmas sets this year I had my eye firmly on this lip and cheek set, Sweet Tintations. I just didn't want to spend the bones of €30 on it is all. So I waited patiently and picked it up in the Arnotts sale for a mere €19 (which is pretty amazing considering one of the lip balms alone will set you back €21 and there's two full sizes in this set). You might still be able to find this on sale if you scout around- definitely worth checking as the saving is brilliant!
Inside are mini sizes of lip and cheek stains; Benetint and Lollitint and full sizes of tinted lip balms; Benebalm and Lollibalm.
Look how dinky those mini tints are! Benetint is the original in the range and is one of the brands biggest sellers. It's a rosy shade and I've always found it slightly too watery for my liking so I tend not to use this on my cheeks- it stains and stains hella fast too so be extra careful when using this fella. No one likes a face like a slapped arse, am I right?
Lollitint is one of the newer tints from the brand, along with Posie and Cha-Cha (both of which I've tried and also love) and is creamier in texture. It's a pastel lilac hue and is surprisingly flattering, looking extra lovely on pale cheeks. I used to wear and was a huge fan of the Benefit gloss "kiss me", which was similarly pale lilac in tone and something about the purple in there was very pretty on the lips- it is here too.
The balms came out this year and are basically a glossy wash of the same shades as the accompanying tints but are super moisturising- containing mango butter and sodium hyaluronate (me neither), these provide sheer colour while preventing your lips from drying out (as they may well do from a tint alone).
If you're looking for a dramatic lip, you're barking up the wrong tree with these. If, however you want a pretty kiss of colour for daytime, work or going for dinner (I can't be dealing with the hassle of wearing a full-on red lip while trying to eat a meal and somehow avoid looking like the Joker) then these are ideal.
Left; Lollibalm, Lollitint, Benebalm, Benetint. Right; Lollitint and benetint staining my skin there several hours later.
I really like these and have been wearing them non stop since I got them. My lips have been dry this Winter but are responding really well to these. That aside, they also smell incredible, like orchids (Lollitint/balm) and Roses (Benetint/balm) and the packaging is gorgeous. Bringing a mini tint and balm out with you like this cuts down on the amount of random lip products floating around in the bottom of your bag and results in a naturally pretty look.
Have you tried any of the Benefit tint/balm combinations?