My love for Benefit lip and cheek stains goes way back and they will always have a special place in my beauty-loving heart. I love me some minimal, natural looking makeup and the tints have been my ideal companion for the occasion. When a package with the latest addition to the Benefit stain family arrived at my doorstep I was utterly excited. Lollitint* (£24) is everything I was hoping it to be and well… it was a love of first sight!
Let’s first take a second and appreciate the gorgeous packaging, shall we! The lovely metallic pink design is so pretty and sits beautifully on my vanity. The bottle is quite unusual for a makeup item and it looks more like a nail polish bottle to me, especially with the little brush that comes with it. Lollitint comes with a small leaflet, which shows you how to apply the product, which I thought is a nice touch.
The reason why Lollitint has completely stolen my heart is the unique color. It is described as ‘candy orchid’ and it is this stunning cool-toned pinkish lilac. It is the type of shade that I’ve always wanted in my blush collection but haven’t found until now. It is really unusual and special. The gorgeous blue undertones of Lollitint compliment my pink-toned skin beautifully but I believe that it will suit everyone’s complexion equally as pretty. Lollitint looks super natural and it is perfect for those no-makeup-makeup days we all love. It adds the perfect flush of color and brightens up the skin, making it look fresh and healthy. Lollitint has lovely satin-y sheen to it and I adore the dewy finish it gives. In case you fancy a little bit more intense color pay- off, you can always build up the stain for a brighter pop of color. It’s beaut, let me tell you that!
The formula of Lollitint is also lovely! It has thicker, gel-like consistency (unlike the water-y Benetint) but feels really lightweight on the skin. Benefit claim that the tint is completely smudge and smooch proof and it lasts from A.M to P.M. Pretty bold statement and the good part is that it actually lives up to it! Once you apply Lollitint it will stay on for hours and hours without budging or fading. Impressive!
As for the application of Lollitint - it could be a bit tricky but I’ve managed to make it work perfectly. Basically, you need to brush tree strokes of the stain on the apple of your cheeks and then quickly blend. And when I say quickly, I mean really quickly. You definitely need to work one cheek at a time and blend the product as fast as you possible can. It dries down super quickly and you’ll end up with unblended blotches on your cheek. Not cute. If you work fast enough though, you’ll be left with gorgeous, even flush of color. I know that some people like to use brush to apply Benefit stains but I prefer to use just my fingertips. A quick tip – don’t rub the product in, just dab dab dab until fully blended, otherwise you risk disturbing your base.
Lollitint makes the perfect lip color base for me. The stunning lavender shade is to absolutely die for and I love adding just some moisturizing lip balm or gloss on top. I have uber dry lips, as you know, so I can’t wear it on its own but if you’re lucky you don’t even need to bother with those – the color is insanely beautiful as it is and will last for ages. One thing I have noticed though, is that Lollitint tends to cling to imperfections so give your lips nice scrub before wearing and you’ll be left with an irresistibly juicy pout. :)
If all of the above didn’t give it away, let me tell you – I am absolutely smitten by Lollitint! It’s got it all covered – the beautiful candy orchid color is right up my street and it’s like nothing I’ve laid my eyes on. The formula is amazing and even though it’s a bit difficult to work with, the results are totally worth it. The glowy, brightening pop of color the stain gives, completely transform my face and makes it look radiant and healthy. Lollitint is fun, girly, romantic and dreamy and it will be definitely standing by my side on Valentiene’s Day. Natural looking and kiss proof – check!
Lots of love,