InTruBeauty: Benefit Cosmetics Minis Reviews

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Benefit Cosmetics Minis Reviews

Hello all, this is Jessica. First of all, I would just like to thank everyone for their support. We just launched our page yesterday and have already have some great support. We are extremely excited to be doing this and hope you stay tuned for more great reviews, tutorials, videos, new product launches etc.

First of all, I love minis. It is very rare for me to hit pan on a product or to use a whole tube of lipstick, foundation, etc. Plus, with full size products you really should dispose of them after a certain amount of time and so for me it can be more of a waste of money. I love deluxe sized free samples whether it is the free gift with purchase at Clinique, Lancome, etc, gift with purchase at Sephora, Beauty insider samples with Sephora, Birchbox, or just mini sets. These are affordable and minis last me a long time and give me a great chance to try new products without shelling out the big bucks.

Feelin' Cheeky! Minis ($26 Value) $15,
What it is:
A travel-size set of Benefit's three bestselling cheek products: Benetint, Posietint, and High Beam.

What it does:
This trio features Benetint, for the sexiest flush you can get from a bottle; Posietint, which imparts a poppy-pink tint to brighten cheeks and lips; and High Beam luminescent complexion enhancer.

This set contains:
- 0.13 oz Benetint (rose)
- 0.13 oz Posietint (poppy pink)
- 0.13 oz High Beam (shimmering pale pink)

I absolutely love this mini set. I have had it for months and months and have lots left (as you can see most obviously in the Benetint). The benetint is not creamy, and I prefer this more as a cheek stain than as a lip stain, especially if you have dryer lips like I do. The Posietint is my favorite for both cheeks and lips. This is easy to apply on the go. I like to keep the Posietint and High Beam minis in my purse and a couple swipes of these can give you a glowing look on the go. You can apply these easily in the car (at a stoplight of course), in the elevator, on the go, anywhere!! The Posietint is a really great pretty pink color. I think this would look great on anyone.

The Benetint is not as dark as a cheek stain as it would appear, however, it does provide a darker look on the lip. And again, I have dryer lips and so I have noticed some stain around the outer edges of my lips, some peeling, etc.

The High Beam is a wonderful highlighter. Add a small swipe on your brown bone and cheek bone and nasal bone, and a small dab on the cupids bow area of lip. This has a lot of shine and shimmer to it. I love the glowing look, but for someone who doesn't want as much shimmer this can still work, just apply less and lighter. I have used this on my mother who was very reluctant at her age to put anything that may look shiny or shimmery, but it was applied lightly and gave her a great glow.

*Justina's two cents- I am a TOTAL fan of Benetint, High Beam, and Moon Beam. I have the large size of the Moon Beam that I purchased a few years ago and I still have half left. If you are planning on making a purchase, I would recommend getting a little bottle of it, because a little goes a LONG way.

I actually prefer to put Benetint on my lips rather than cheeks although the little brush applicator is similar to what you would use to apply nail polish and it tickles big time!

High Beam is beautiful for fair complexions. I love to put High Beam above my cupid's bow (too much and it looks like you have a milk mustache), then I put them in the inside corners of my eyes to brighten that shadowy area, and I blend a few dots on the highest part of my cheekbones. It really wakes up your face. I have read some reviews that say that ELF shimmer whip is a similar product, but I personally can't vouch for that since I've not used that product. I definitely think in this case, it's worth the splurge, as you will use this on the daily to wake up your face.

Moon Beam is used in the exact same way as High Beam, but it looks even more beautiful on tan skin. I like to use mine in the summer, or occasionally I will use it on my skin in the winter when I want to have a little different of a sheen.

One Prime Day ($28 Value) $10,
What it is:
Three of Benefit's bestselling primers for face and eyes in one mini set.

What it does:
This set of mini primers will set your makeup and have you looking perpetually pretty no matter what the situation. "That Gal" face primer smooths on a brighter complexion, The POREfessional PRO balm minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, and dual-action Stay Don't Stray eye primer locks on concealer and eye shadow for all-day wear.

This set contains:
- 0.25 oz Mini That Gal
- 0.25 oz Mini Porefessional
- 0.9 oz Mini Stay Don't Stray

Originally, I was not impressed with this mini set...until I read a comment on Emily Eddington's blog by one of her readers to mix together the primer That Gal and the Porefessional. This works great and gives your skin a nice even tone, sheen, and smooth feeling. I wasn't too impressed with the Porefessional alone because I do have the Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector which works great. However, worn together, this does give a very nice finish.

I would probably repurchase the That Gal. Depending on my mood, I think it is nice to have a creamy pinky primer as opposed to a more oily Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time. I do not mean that it makes your skin oily, but that the consistency of the primer is more oily than creamy. The benefit primer is almost like putting on some lotion. It does have a scent too it which I love, but if scented products bother you, you may want to stay away from this. I also have Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer in Bronze which I love as well. The benefit primer gives my face more of a pink finish as opposed to a bronze, so it just depends on the mood and the season as to which one I reach for.

I would not repurchase the eye primer. The only other eye primer I have is Mary Kay. I swatched the same color eye shadow on my bare arm, with the Stay Don't Stray and with the Mary Kay. I was not impressed. It also does not feel as well going on my lid and I don't notice any additional staying power. I think I prefer the Mary Kay white cream (appears clear after rubbed in) as opposed to this nude color which for me is just not a very impressive nude color. I guess it does minimize some eyelid imperfections though.

Do you have any mini sets that you love?

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Reviews I plan on doing in the future (stay tuned!)
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I made the horrible mistake of ruining my hair by using Garnier Fructis Blowdry perfector, I lost hair and lost my natural curl to my hair for months. It took months, but I nursed my hair back to health. I will tell you all the products, tips, and tricks I used to bring my hair back from the dead!

2. Acne spot treatments comparison review
Focusing on Clean & Clear Advantage, Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight and Fade Gel and AcneFree University Medical Terminator

3. Cream Eye shadows review, both high end and drug store

4. $5 v. $20 eye shadow. Whats the difference? When does it matter?

5. Suave Dry Shampoo comparison review
Focus on this in comparison to TIGI Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo and others

6. Leave in conditioners comparison review
Focus on Ouidad Moisture Lock and Rusk Sensories Smoother

7, Eye makeup Removers
Focus on L'oreal Clean Artiste, Clinique Take the Day Off, Almay oil free liquid, Almay makeup remover towelettes and Almay makeup eraser sticks

8, Gift with Purchase. What are you really getting and when is it worth it?

9. Highlighters comparison review
Focus on Benefit Watts Up, Benefit High Beam, Benefit Moon Beam, the Balm Mary Lou Manizer Illuminator, and other light shade eyeshadows that douple as great highlighters.

10. Elevator Makeup (ie how to do your makeup in an elevator)
What 3 products are essential on the run?

Please leave comments and feedback if you would like to see other types of reviews. Thanks for reading!

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