Benefit Fine One One Review
As many of you may know benefit is one of my favourite brands. They are quirky, cute and of course unique. The second I saw Benefit’s fine one one, I wanted it and I had to have it on my cheeks right then and there.
Benefit’s fine one one is a good idea in theory… but doesn’t translate as well into the product as I would of liked. It promises to lift, shape and pop your look using a pink champagne highlighter, a sheer watermelon and a soft coral, to me it gives a subtle flush to the cheeks, but that’s about it.
It’s housed in a small wind up, rose gold tube and contains 8 grams of product, It’s easy to use and perfect if you are on the go and don’t want to carry a brush, two different shades of blush and a highlighter with you.
Application for Benefit’s fine one one is pretty basic, whether you are a makeup fanatic or a coat of mascara and walk out the door kind of girl you shouldn’t have a problem with application. You are meant to swipe the product onto your cheek (with the highlighter facing up towards your cheekbones) and blend either in an upwards motion to lift the face, or in a circular motion to fake more shape.
The formula isn’t as creamy as other cream blushes I have tried. For me I prefer my cream blushes to be like butter and melt into the skin easily. I would say the formula and texture is similar to Revlon’s Photoready cream blush and has about the same staying power too.
Unfortunately with this products I have a few gripes. The whole “swipe on” idea results in half your foundation transferring onto the product (and leaving a little rim of foundation around the product, a bit unhygienic if you ask me!) and whilst this can easily be fixed with a little bit of rubbing alcohol it defeats the purpose of it being quick and easy. In the end I found that taking the colours onto my fingers or onto a brush and applying them was the best way to prevent this from happening.
Unlike other Benefit blushes which I am a fan of (Coralista, Posietint, Bella Bamba and many more) this lacks in the pigmentation department. The shades are very sheer, this is great if you are prone to going a little over the top with your blush but most people will find they need to layer the product at least three times until they get a decent amount of colour. On my fair skin tone I found that one swipe was enough but those with a darker skin tone will probably want to build it up a little more. Out of all the shades the watermelon has the most colour pay off, the coral isn’t too far behind but the highlighter may as well be invisible and is so sheer that it doesn’t require blending into the skin.
Benefit claims that this can also be used on the lips which to me is probably not the smartest idea. To apply you’re meant to swipe the whole product onto your lips. This causes all of the colours to smear together and leaves an uneven looking colour on the lips. It gives a barely-there colour and feels silky on the lips, although I did find it accentuated my dry patches.
Benefit’s Fine One One is available from the 2nd of February and retails for $44 in Australia at select Myer stores. In the United States it will cost you $30 at Sephora, Ulta and Benefit counters. It is available at Boots & Benefit counters for £23.50.
*This post contains a product/sample which was sent to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy. This does not alter the honesty of this review or this blog, all opinions stated are honest and my own.