Benefit’s Lollitint: Not just for kids!

The newest offering in their cheek tint franchise, Benefit’s Lollitint caught my eye right from the get-go.  When Radiant Orchid was announced as Pantone’s Color of the Year, I hopped aboard that train without looking back, and the Lollitint just seemed like the ubiquitous product, perfect for my newest color scheme.

Benefit Lollitint Benefit Lollitint

One caveat: I was SURE it wasn’t going to show up on my darker skin tone.  Something about the milky cool pink hue just seemed completely out of my realm and better suited for the more fair-skinned among us.  However, early in February, the girls behind the Beauty Envy Bag giveaways got together for a Google Chat, in which my girl Lola informed me that SHE had purchased Lollitint, and it showed up just fine on her gorgeous cocoa complexion. Um, SOLD.  I snapped it up the next week 🙂  And true to her word, it worked!

Benefit Lollitint swatch

Lollitint is a beautiful orchid hue that gives the skin a pretty flush, perfect for transitioning from chilly winter days to cool, sunny spring ones! It looks somewhat similar on the skin as NARS Desire, but due to the liquid formulation I find it a bit more natural – if you apply it right.  My first tries with this product were admittedly HUGE FAILS; dotting it on my cheeks directly with the brush and then blending it out with a duofiber brush (MAC’s #130 in this case) either looked non-existent, or gave me serious clown cheeks. Getting the right balance of product was extremely tough, and as it stains the skin quite quickly, a lot of blush would deposit on one main area of my cheek, looking HIGHLY unnatural.  After a few days of this, I was frustrated but determined to persevere.

I finally found the best way to apply the product: I would brush a few swipes of colour across the actual brush head itself, and then quickly blend it in on the cheek in the area I wanted it. This allowed me to diffuse the product around before it had those extra seconds to set, and gave me a truly natural looking pink glow. I’m not generally a fan of fussy products, but in this instance I’ll make an exception, because the finished product is kinda awesome!

Benefit Lollitint brown skin Benefit Lollitint brown skin

Yea, I’m a wee bit in love 🙂  This has been my most-worn blush since picking it up last month, and I see no end in sight at the moment! Once it’s on the cheek, the wear time is unreal – hands down my longest wearing blush EVER. It does wash off fine at the end of the day though, it you were worried about long-term staining. I haven’t worn it on the lips yet however, and I suspect it would probably be 1) an awesome base for pink lippies, and 2) will leave you with a pink pout even after cleansing. I find that lip staining products tend to always be more tenacious.

My love for Radiant Orchid continues! I have purchased shades for lips, cheeks and nails…I’m pretty much set 🙂

Have you tried the Benefit Cheek and Lip Tints before? What are your tricks for applying quickly setting products?

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  1. #1 by Tracy@Beauty Reflections on March 7, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Really pretty Toya!! I keep thinking about picking this on up, but haven’t yet. I should though! It’s so pretty on you! But then I wonder if would be way too intense on me. Hmmmm.

    • #2 by Latoya on March 7, 2014 - 9:48 am

      I think it can be adapted, Tracy! Just use less – its really malleable, which I like. You want it softer, use only a touch; more intense, slam a bunch more on there! Haha 😉

  2. #3 by Larie on March 7, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    OOOOH that is hot on you, girl! So fresh and clean, I love it!

    • #4 by Latoya on March 8, 2014 - 2:53 pm

      Hahah thanks Larie! Fuchsia is my jam, much like orange is yours. Stick to what works, eh?? I do really like it! 🙂

  3. #5 by Lala on March 7, 2014 - 10:16 pm

    Looks divine! Lovely lip colour as well x

    • #6 by Latoya on March 8, 2014 - 2:53 pm

      Thank you! Post is forthcoming on the lippie 🙂

  4. #7 by Zoë on March 7, 2014 - 10:16 pm

    This looks great! I would have been concerned about it showing up as well, so it’s great to know that it works on different skin tones. Really pretty on you!

    • #8 by Latoya on March 8, 2014 - 2:52 pm

      Yea, I was really pleased to see that it really covers a range of skin tones. Once I got the application down, it was game over 🙂

  5. #9 by Elizabeth Balsom on March 8, 2014 - 11:49 am

    I’ve been wanting to try this!

    • #10 by Latoya on March 8, 2014 - 2:52 pm

      Get on it! LOL…but seriously, it’s really nice 🙂 Worth a look, for sure!

  6. #11 by Sarah on March 9, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    I was so conflicted about this, but I’m hoping to swatch it in store later this month. I haven’t tried any “radiant orchid” products yet, so with luck this will give me a good baseline.

    I love PosieTint and ChaChaTint, but that’s good to know about the dry time! I usually just dab on my cheeks straight from the brush and then blend like mad with my fingers, but I put on a minuscule amount.

    • #12 by Latoya on March 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm

      Ha, you’re smarter than I, Sarah – I was just smearing it on lol. I’ve been eyeing the ChaCha tint for awhile, and now after trying this I think I might have to give in!

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  7. #13 by Liz (@Reductionista) on March 9, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    STUNNING!!! I tried the original Benetint and loved it but was always knocking it over and spilling. I’ve stayed away from “liquid” blushes after that. Damn, between you and Tracy, I’m going to cave to an orchid-y blush soon.

    • #14 by Latoya on March 11, 2014 - 4:17 pm

      Haha DOOOO IT, Liz! You just can’t beat that pretty, girlie flush 😉 This tint is really my first liquid blush, let’s hope I don’t have any accidents!

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  8. #15 by Denise on March 9, 2014 - 9:02 pm

    Oooooh, pretty!!! Do you think this performs best over liquid foundation? I wear powder foundation and feel like it would streak my face hardcore… BUT THE COLOUR!!! You KNOW my thing for orchid shades…

    • #16 by Latoya on March 10, 2014 - 11:36 am

      I think this IS probably best suited to liquid foundation, Denise….but I also suspect you could put this on bare skin and layer powder foundation and it would work – it can get pretty intense if you use a heavier hand. In my ‘experimental phase’ I tried toning it down with liquid foundation and it still peeked through quite nicely!

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