Lip and cheek stains are one of my favourite staple products. They're so versatile and simple to apply, instantly achieving gorgeous colour in seconds. Although it's clearly obvious that I don't mind spending my hard-earned cash on makeup, I do love the idea of having two essential beauty products rolled into one. Benefit Cosmetics are an internationally renowned make-up brand who specialise in creating unique products that are both good quality and easy to apply, with lip and cheek stains being just one of their creations.
I decided to purchase the Cha Cha Tint after having a complimentary makeover at my local Benefit counter after purchasing some products. Benefit's Posie Tint (Described as a poppy-pink stain, review will follow soon!) has always been one of my all-time favourite makeup products, which is what gave me the push to purchase this shade - I already knew that the product itself delivered great results, so I just needed to try out the shade.
Cha Cha Tint is one of the three stains from the Benefit collection, and is described as 'mango-tinted'.
"This mango-tinted stain beautifully blushes lips & cheeks with a tropical sunset hue. Smooch-proof & smudge-proof, this sheer stain will have you looking deliciously sun-kissed for hours."
Benefit pride themselves on their glamorous packaging, and this product is no exception. The metallic orange bottle reflects the warmth of the shade inside. It definitely stands out on my shelf, there's no doubt about that!
The bottle has a screw-top lid, with a nail polish-style brush attached. I found this quite strange at first, but as the product is essentially a 'stain' using a brush is recommended, although you do need to use your finger to blend during application. As you can see, the colour is more of a luminous orange than mango, which could be a bit intimidating. However, after blending the shade becomes a lot more sheer, as promised in the product description.
When blended, the shade is almost like a coral, and has a warmth to it. There's no shine or sparkle, which is great if you want to use it as a base for powder blush. It can be blended onto the apples of the cheeks and dabbed onto the lips for a base for lipstick or worn alone. As the product is a stain it lasts for hours. You can eat, drink, kiss and lick your lips until your heart's content, and this product just won't budge. It's perfect if you're not a fan of lip products and just want to add a pop of colour, or if your going to the beach and want makeup that won't run or smudge in the water.
You may think £23.50 is quite pricey, and I agree it is a large sum of money for one product, but I like to think of it as a blush and lip colour rolled into one, so really it's not as extortionate as you'd first think. I also believe that for the small amount that is required and it's 12.5ml bottle size, you're getting a lot for the price (I've had my Posie Tint for about 6 months now and have only used half the bottle!)
To apply, brush three small strokes onto the apples of the cheeks (sort of like cat's whiskers!) and blend upwards, and repeat if a deeper flush is desired. Then, dot the stain onto your lips and rub them together. Perfect!
This is by far one of my favourite products, and I find myself reaching for it day-by-day as the sun finally begins to shine through the clouds and the shades come out. It's perfect for achieving that 'I've-just-spent-all-day-in-the-sun' glow, even if you prefer hiding out in the shade like me!
You can purchase Cha Cha Tint (and check out the other lip and cheek stains available) here or at your local Benefit counter for £23.50.