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Friday
Jan252013

Benefit Fine One One

There are many ways to achieve a healthy flush on the cheeks. My favorite product to get that natural glow, however, is cream blush! Cream blushes give a sort of wet finish to the cheeks, and looks like it's coming from the skin instead of sitting on top. They're also quicker to use than powder blushes since they need no more than fingers for a beautiful blended finish.

One of the latest cream blushes to hit the market is Benefit Fine One One (P1,700). This tri-colored blush in stick form gives a wonderful peachy-coral flush on skin with just a couple of swipes. It has Pink Champagne, Sheer Watermelon, and Soft Coral shades in one tube to give the cheeks some "lift, shape, and pop". I quite agree with this. The well-chosen combination of colors and textures does give cheeks a sort of dimensional look, as if they're plumper (not chubby!) and healthier.

I also love how it makes my skin look brighter. Pink Champagne is a pretty good highlighter by itself, reminiscent of my fave Benefit Watt's Up! (read the review for a mini-tutorial on how to apply a cream highlighter). 

This blush dries down into a powder finish that lasts a decent amount of time (three to four hours) on cheeks. It also delivers the right amount of color every swipe - not too clownish, but not invisible either. I use two layers on the apples of my cheeks when I want color, and one layer when I only want a cheeky glow. Then, using my fingers only, I pat the product outwards going to my hairline.

Soft Coral, Sheer Watermelon, Pink Champagne

Worn. Sorry just took this photo with an iPhone. I hope you get the idea though!

Now, as good as this product sounds, it has some limitations. It's best worn on top of bare skin or skin with wet base makeup (like a tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation). Fine One One is difficult to blend on top of powder without actually erasing everything else you're wearing underneath. :/

So, fair warning. If you wear a lot of powder, have blemishes on and near the cheeks, and have very oily skin this might not be for you. However if you don't wear that much face makeup most days, this is a great companion because of its fab color and convenience! I think it's best for oily to combination skin. If you want to have a flush that won't fade all day, just set it with a coral or peach powder blush.

By the way, I would not recommend this as a lip tint. The texture is a little powdery which feels weird on lips; it also doesn't give much color on pigmented puckers even with furious layering. 

All things considered, I still find myself liking the Benefit Fine One One a lot. It brightens and gives my face a gorgeous flush - you know me, I love anything illuminating! It's also convenient because of the compact size and stick shape which means that I can retouch anywhere. I prefer using it on low-maintenance days, you know, with just a spot of concealer, eyebrows, and a natural lip. :)

What do you think? Does this look like the right cream blush for you?

Reader Comments (30)

I saw this in Youtube and was actually looking forward to a review about it. Thanks for this Ms. Liz! You look so pretty and fresh in the photo. By the way, I think you have not included on how to apply it, I mean the highlighter should always be on top and the darkest should be at the bottom. Great review!

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheng

Application sounds complicated (there's a specific application per Sheng?) and it's expensive! I haven't tried any product quite like this, yung may separate colors that you can blend for a slightly different effect, and in a cream form. This reminded me of NYX Mosaic powder though. Hmmm... I'm intimidated. Research, research, research!:-)

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

Nice packaging though. I thought initially it was perfume. Classy rather quirky. Something new from Benefit, for me at least.:-)

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYani

This is a very good alternative to powder blushes, as powder blush makes my skin look dry even when I wear moisturizer underneath. I also love a dewy look rather than matte because they look more fresh! Thanks for the review! I hope the price would be cheaper, though. But I guess it worth the quality that you get naman.

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana Tan

@yani to me naman, it looks like a super posh deo! haha. Benefit never fails to amaze me with their packaging ideas!

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana Tan

I love your makeup in this post! Any chance you might do a step by step tutorial? :-) You look very fresh with a radiant glow!

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersh3lly

omg natawa ako sa posh deo comment hahahaha.

I love cream blushes, they look quite natural. But will skip this, cute and innovative as the packaging is, there are dupes with more bang for your buck.

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEula

Gorgeous! But expensive. Well duh, it's Benefit. I'm actually using this amazingly cheap and effective cheek tint these days--Sophie Magic Pink Cream Blush. It looks so natural and literally lasts ALL day. For only 80 pesos!

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

You look fresh in the photo, it's true that it illuminates your face without outshining the rest of it. :-) And it even gives a hydrated-skin effect. I'm seduced by the stick form, the colors and the packaging but the price is a damper, sayang.

@Mindy: That's an interesting info, at which store did you buy your cheek tint? It got me curious, I would like to check it out.

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaybelle

Just powder on the oily areas when you're using cream blush! I just powder my T-zone. Less powder, less cakiness :)

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

They're all right! It does look like a deo. :)) It looks good on you! You always pull off the dewy look so effortlessly..

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

Geez. This product is genius. It's awkwardly shaped like a deodorant, though. Haha! Anyway, the blush really looks nice on you, Ms. Liz! It gave your cheeks a healthy and natural glow.

Haaay. All these luxury items I cannot afford =))

January 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

I really wanted to love this product but trying it a few times, it's just not working for me.

Christine from Temptalia didn't give this a glowing review. :< It seems like a pretty blush though! Still sticking to my favorite Her Bench lip and cheek tint. :)

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGett Baladad

The shades look so intimidating when you look at the stick but appears gorgeous when swatched. I love the way it highlights your cheeks. I wish it does the same for me. :)

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJing

Looks gorgeous on you Liz! Haven't had any cream blush and I'm willing to dive in. Kind of expensive though. But packaging is soo cute!

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

yeah looks like a deo. not for me kasi naturally oily ako. also there are other cheaper alternatives out there , i think, pero to each his own ;-)

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

@Yana Tan LOL at the super posh deo comment.
Since I have oily skin, this one is not for me.
Cream blushes usually slid off my cheeks pretty quickly although I love its more natural dewy effect than powder blushes. I just compensate by retouching more frequently. This is kinda expensive and the packaging is small which is handy however, I would easily finish this up if I have to retouch so often.
The only one that I encountered that stays longer on my oily skin is The Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless sculpting blush in Lush berry. I think i bough it before at P700( I can't remember exactly) but there is a lot of product in the container and you would just need a small amount per use. I have bought it for a year already and I am no where near hitting pan on this one. Its just a little bulky though on your makeup bag.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

@Yana Tan: It does remind me of a deo stick. "Posh deo" made me laugh too.

First off, I do love the individual colors as much as when they're mixed together. My problem with cream blushes is that it can't be on top of powder. I need to powder my cheeks for extra coverage so my blush needs to be on top of it. I found a tutorial on applying cream and liquid products and I think that it makes it possible for the cream product to be applied on top of powder. I'm not sure if it also depends on the formula of the product though. Problem: its harder to find the ELF SMALL stipple brush than the Real techniques stippling brush (which I think would work as well).

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O48S7Sb52U&list=UUtC8m_F7jX2fGOQ3_nomg4g&index=34

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikka

Oh. This one's not for me. I have all the skin imperfection you mentioned above. And the price is a bit hefty. Though I like the color combination and the packaging. It's so cute!

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

@Nikka I saw some small ELF stiffling brush inside SM north Edsa dept store but that was end of december, maybe there still some left.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

I would love to buy and wear this only if my skin isn't as oily as it is. Loving the colors

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzinfandel

Oooh I saw other blogs reviewing this and got real curious! I love products that brighten skin :D I love how its pearly but not glittery shimmery, I dont wear much make up too and the packaging is super pretty but im afraid ill most likely just scratch throwing and tumbling it in my bag :p the price is pretty steep too.. @-@

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCam

Too bad only works for fairer skin. Bakit ba mahirap gawan ng shades and products ang mga mid/deep skin tones??? Arrgggh.
I tried this one, but I didn't get it. If one were to splurge, better get the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick nalang.

January 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpong

Wow, this looks nice. I have always been a dud in applying highlights on the cheeks. I guess if it is swiped together with the color (then just use fingers to blend the layers), I'll get the look that I want. Haha.

January 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPrudenceMD

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