21 January 2013

Benefit Fine One One: Review, Pictures, Swatches

Two big beauty trends for 2o13 that I’m especially excited about are cream textures, and  highlighting/contouring. So when I heard about Benefit’s Fine One One I was very intrigued – it’s a cream stick with three shades (a blush, highlight and contour) that aims to deliver a ‘sheer brightening’ effect.  Plus, it’s in a pretty rose gold case, and rose gold is the metallic du jour.


I had some initial reservations though, especially around using this to contour. The creamy coral that’s included as a contour shade seems much more suited as a blush. But we already have that in the middle colour –described as watermelon, but more of a medium pink. They’re topped by a pale pink shimmer which is definitely fit for purpose as a highlighter.


Except, for some reason, I find it hard to apply evenly from the stick, and the lightest shade doesn’t really transfer to my face. Instead I get two strips of colour: the coral and the pink. Blended together, the result is a pretty - but very sheer - peachy shade, that gives my cheeks a nice but subtle glow. Unfortunately, it won’t show up on skintones darker than medium, but for paler types it will be ideal. Then I use a brush or my fingers to dab some of the highlight shade along my cheekbones, or the top of my cupids bow. (You can also use the product on your lips, but I much prefer it on my cheeks.) 


So, somewhat surprisingly, and despite my initial reservations, I do like this a lot. Currently I’m wearing less slap on a daily basis – think BB cream, neutral eyeshadow, tinted balm – and this works perfectly with my current mood. It’s convenient to apply, the consistency is good, and it doesn’t look or feel greasy, or melt away the makeup that’s already applied, like some sticks of cream blushers can. It looks even, and lasts all day. Just don’t expect it to be any great shakes as a contour!


There have been a few mixed reviews for this around the web so if you’ve tried this or plan to, I'd love to know what you think! It’s €34 – though this one was a PR sample - and it’s out next month. 

What are your favourite cheek products? 


21 comments:

little t said...

Haven't tried it, but I always love their packaging!

Alex said...

Very intrigued to swatch this product - looks lovely on the skin :)

Breige said...

looks interesting and different!

Adele said...

This is a product where I'd probably get the make up assistant to show me how to apply!!!
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Ms. Dainty Doll said...

Not tried it..looks great though. Have tried their products before and thought they were ok, I love the lip tint stuff because you can use it on the cheeks as well. Happy Monday doll xox

The Dainty Dolls House

Anibani said...

really like it on pics but it's sad that it is so sheer

Anonymous said...

Interesting product! I wouldn't know how to use it though...

LUXESSED

Anonymous said...

Coral as contour is an interesting concept! Love the packaging on this!

Crosswire Dreamers said...

Looks like an interesting product, I like the packaging but don't know if I'd splurge for this. I do love benefit though

Krystal said...

it does have gorgeous packaging! i just use H&M blush lately, pretty boring :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

What a beautiful package! Thanks for the review dear!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Makeup Monster said...

This looks interesting I'd definitely try before I buy though as I'm so pale!

Emily said...

This is right up my street! I think the coral would work great as a contour for the uber pale (like me!), might have to consider making a purchase. Great post!

Emma said...

Coral is a strange colour for a contour! I guess it's one of those things you'll either love or hate. It might be very convenient if you want to travel light! Love the packaging!

Emma x

allthatslap said...

Looks like this might be good, I am going to an event tomorrow in London for the launch of this,so I will see what its like - I do really like Watts Up

Thanks for your review and pics xx

Anonymous said...

That is some nifty packaging!

Emilyx0- Irish beauty blog said...

This looks lovely, will definitely have to check it out before buying it though :)

Cuti-CLUE-les said...

I just heard about this on QVC yesterday and it wowed me haha I'm pale so it would work on me but that's quite dear :(

Coco said...

Thank you for the detailed review. I don't feel drawn to the product dear.... Currently I'm using an apricot coloured illuminating powder from Kryolan which gives my pale complexion an healthier glow. To highlight my cheekbones I'm using "the balm" you sent me. Love!!Coco

littlemissandrea said...

Sounds like a pretty cool product! I'll have to check it out when its out next month :)

PinkGlitter10 said...

I liked it when i tried it at the blogger Christmas party but would love to give it a proper go when it comes out!