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Monday, February 27, 2012

Review, Swatchfest, and Comparison: The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain in Rose Pink

At first glance, The Body Shop's Lip & Cheek Stain ($14) reminded my of Benefit's Benetint ($29). The dupe sleuth in me wouldn't rest until I knew, so here I sit one stain (and a few bucks) richer.

The Body Shop's Lip & Cheek Stain in Rose Pink
Convenient doe-foot applicator

Before I get to the comparison part of this review,  I want to share my thoughts on the stain by itself. The consistency is gel like and, while very blendable, manages to keep from running everywhere during application. A doe-foot applicator proves ideal for application on the lips and a nice way to apply a good amount of product either directly to your cheeks, the back of your hand, or to a stippling/blush brush. The color, Rose Pink, turns out to be more pink-leaning and less crimson as I imagine a rose, but it can be built from a sweet, light pink flush to a deeper, bolder pink hue. This makes it so versatile as both a lip and cheek color. It blends out very evenly and the texture works well with both liquid and powder products that have been previously applied. While it only ticks around for about 3-4 hours on the lips, it stays the whole day on the cheeks. Definitely living up to its rep as a stain!

Too see the full effect of applying it to both the lips and cheeks and get some application tips, you can check out the tutorial below where I use it to get a natural "no makeup" look.

Now, as it compares to Benefit's Benetint, I think it's an exact color dupe, but performs better! Benetint has more of a liquid consistency, where The Body Shop's stain is more gel-like. I find the gel provides a better medium for application and blending. Benetint's applicator is a little brush that is a little too small for the lips let alone the whole cheek area. Overall, I recommend The Body Shop's Lip & Cheek Stain for a great, natural looking product for the lips and cheeks as well as for a good way to save $15 on Benefit's Benetint.

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