Monday, 5 January 2015

Benefit Sweet Tintations | Review

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!

Benefit Sweet Tintations

Inside are mini sizes of lip and cheek stains; Benetint and Lollitint and full sizes of tinted lip balms; Benebalm and Lollibalm.

Benefit Sweet Tintations

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. 

lollitint benetint

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). 

benebalm lollibalm

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.

benebalm lollibalm

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?
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14 comments:

  1. I love the look of the lollitint balm. They're so expensive individually though, that's the only thing that's stopped me. Ps) good choice with the Sweet Amber & Mimosa! It's one of my faves! ;) x

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    1. One of my faves too m'love! Smells so good!! x

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  2. The balms look really cute!! I love a sheer colour!

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    1. Me too and I'm wearing them to death at the minute!

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  3. This is such a cute set I was so tempted when I saw it on sale in Arnotts!

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    1. It's just so handy cause I really wanted to get lollitint so it was a bonus to get the others really (although I'm loving benebalm the most now!)

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  4. The set is great value at the sale price, I've actually never bought anything from Benefit because the normal prices are so expensive. I'm also afraid of cheek tints! They look great on your lips.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah I'm fine with thicker versions like the lollitint on my cheeks but benetint freaks me out a bit- I keep that just for the lips!

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  5. Really great price! I shy away from Benefit because they are so expensive, for my budget anyway. Though if I had seen a bargain like that I prob would have nabbed it!

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    1. I know, I avoid them for the same reason, just too pricey. This is the only time of year I'd buy from them really!

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  6. They're really pretty on you! I have the cha cha balm and love it. Sodium hyaluronate is a type of hyaluronix acid so it's what makes the balms so good at locking in moisture x

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  7. I love the lolli-tint and lolli-balm! What other products from benefit do you recommend? xo

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