Bench Pretty When Pinched Lip and Cheek Tint
Since I started getting into makeup, it actually came to a point wherein I splurged a lot on high-end ones because I honestly thought that the more branded and expensive the makeup is, the more quality you get for your money. This may be true for some but definitely not all cosmetics. In fact, I even sold some of my expensive cosmetics because I ended up not liking them anyway. Lesson learned – it’s always good to try local and cheaper brands. One particular item that I would be most glad to trade all my blushes and cheek tints for is surprisingly an item that I bought for less than 300 pesos, the Bench Pretty When Pinched Lip and Cheek Tint.
I can still recall years ago during high school, when cheek tints became so popular. Bench Pretty When Pinched Lip and Cheek Tint is the only makeup that I have been constantly repurchasing since then. I’ve tried other cheek tints that are more expensive and I must say that Bench Pretty When Pinched Lip and Cheek Tint is superior when it comes to staying ability and of course, the competitive price tag it comes with. It took me nearly 6 years of using this and now I am pretty sure that I am firm in making this review.
Left: unblended; Right: blended
Bench Pretty When Pinched Lip and Cheek Tint – Pros:
• Really inexpensive and readily available.
• Gives a natural glow to the cheeks no matter what skin tone it’s applied to
• Doubles as a lip tint to give a natural-looking set of puckers
• Comes in a glass packaging that makes it less resistant to environmental deterioration factors
• Does not smell and go bad after using for quite awhile
• Lasts a long time since one only needs to apply a little amount
• Sweat and oil resistant
• The tint is very subtle and natural-looking
• Small enough to be carried around when traveling
Bench Pretty When Pinched Lip and Cheek Tint – Cons:
• Can come out quite streaky if applied after powder/any dry product
• Dries fast if not applied with prior moisturizing
• The nail polish-type of brush is a bit unhygienic
• Dries and crack the lips
• Once over-applied, will be very hard to remove
Overall, Bench Pretty When Pinched Lip and Cheek Tint receives two thumbs up from me. The trick in getting this to really work is prior moisturization. I highly recommend applying this after any liquid product so that it would be easier to blend and won’t leave streaks. Applying this on a dry face or any powder product will “ball up” the powder off your cheeks, not to mention the cheek tint will dry so quickly that won’t permit you enough blending time.
On another note, I don’t really fancy using this on my lips as it tends to dry my lips out even if I sufficiently applied lip balm beforehand.
I actually find it really difficult to apply on my cheeks without contaminating the entire bottle. If I apply it on the back of my hand, it dries up before I can even start patting it on my cheeks. If applied directly using the brush, then it will contaminate the product. What I do instead is I make sure that my fingers are dry and extremely clean, then swipe a few strokes on my finger then gently dab on my cheeks. I also use a damp sponge in blending as it gives off fewer streaks.
For a more natural finish, I highly suggest to not over-concentrate this on the apples of the cheeks. Instead, start from the apples of the cheeks and then just blend outwards. Apply it in dots instead of swiping a harsh line.
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