Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Review: Benefit Fine One One

When it comes to blusher I am very boring - I have used the same powder blusher by Jane Iredale for years. So trying Benefit Fine-One-One was definitely interesting for me! 

Benefit Fine-One-One is a cream to powder formula described as "a sheer, brightening colour for cheeks and lips". It comes in beautiful rose gold packaging and comes in stick form that you twist up to apply. The stick is split into three colours; pink champagne, sheer watermelon and soft coral. Pink champagne is a pretty iridescent highlighter and the watermelon and coral are quite matte and very bright! It's a fantastic multi-tasker though; the name Fine-One-One is actually a play on words for 9-1-1, so I guess this means in a cheek and lip emergency Benefit are the ones you're gonna call! It retails at £23.50.


To apply, I swipe the stick across the apples of my cheeks and slightly up towards my temples. I then blend the colours together just by dabbing along the stripes with my fingertips. The creamy formula means it is really easy to blend and takes no time at all. It's surprising how sheer the colour is when you're done, because the coral and watermelon look so scarily bright in the tube, almost neon. I actually find that I need to swipe Fine-One-One across my cheeks a second or third time to get the pop of colour I like. Therefore I don't think darker skins wouldn't find this colour strong enough, although it is very buildable.

Initial Application / Initial Application Blended / Second Application Blended

Unfortunately the one big negative of this product for me is the staying power. Despite the formula being cream to powder, I get half the wear time compared to my normal pure powder blusher. It lasts around four hours on me, five hours at the most. My skin type is oily/combination, so perhaps the formula of Fine-One-One just isn't suited to last on my skin type.

When it comes to lips, I really don't like the feel and finish of this on my lips. It's quite drying and just doesn't sit well, it seems to collect in all the cracks.

The Verdict
The big positives of Benefit Fine-One-One are that it's so easy to use, it's a blusher and a highlighter in one product so the perfect multi-tasker, plus I love the colour. However it's not good on lips and the staying power just isn't long enough for me. So unfortunately I won't be willing to spend £23.50 on this when it runs out. If your skin type is normal or more on the dry side, then perhaps you'll find this has a longer wear time so bear this in mind if you're thinking of buying it.

Click here to view this product on the Benefit website.

Have you tried Benefit Fine-One-One? What's your favourite blusher?

Beauty Bird xx


P.S. Please note that this is a PR sample, received in the Bristol Blogger Meetup goody bag.


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26 comments

  1. I love this product, it's so easy to use.. one swipe and a bit of blending and your done! No brushes or powder blushes that can be smashed in your handbag :D xx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. I definitely agree with you on that point - my powder blusher broke up in my makeup bag recently :-( xx

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  2. I love this too, it is so easy to use and I don't have to faff with loads of brushes xx

    http://beautyqueenuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. It's definitely travel friendly! xx

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  3. Nice to see a not 100% positive review on a product, very refreshing x

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    1. Thanks Hayley! Honesty is the best policy :-) xx

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  4. Great review. I have been unsure about this product & your post has confirmed my doubts. Something for me to avoid I think! I'm really enjoying MAC's Peaches, Bobbi Brown Slopes, Pale Pink, Pot Rouge in Powder Pink & Urban Decay's Naked Flushed palette - hmmm... naybe I have a little bit of a blusher problem!!!

    Tania x

    http://taniad5786.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Haha you have a lot of blushers!! I'm really fussy with blushers xx

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  5. Aw no it's a shame about the staying power not being so good! I use powder blush but I'd probably struggle with that too :( xx

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    1. If the staying power was longer then it'd almost be perfect! I'm not too fussed on it as a lip product xx

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  6. This is really pretty on you! Too bad the lasting power wasn't better :(

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    1. Thank you, it does have a lovely flush of colour, if only it lasted! xx

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  7. Nice to know what you actually think, and i wont be wasting my money on it, Was thinking about getting but I have changed my mind now!

    Pipp x
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm glad you found my review helpful :-) xx

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  8. The second application creates such a nice flush on you! But the staying power is a bit of a shame, this probably wouldn't farewell on my skin either! xx

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    1. I definitely need the second application, the first isn't quite enough colour xx

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  9. I feel exactly the same about this product, i think it leans a bit far on the side of being gimicky but isn't a great product from Benefit, its very handy for carrying around though xx

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    1. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who thinks the same! It definitely was over hyped, but if it lasted longer I can see why people would love it xx

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  10. I agree with your review on this product. When I first saw it I thought it looked scarily orange, but I find it so hard to get the colour to even show on my skin when I blend it in x

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    1. It blends so easily! At first I used a brush but that just seemed to make the colour even more sheer! xx

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  11. It's a shame because it's such a good idea in principle - however it'd be no good for me with darker skin I reckon - pity the staying power isn't better too! xx

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    1. It's definitely a good idea! Yeah I'm not so sure about darker skin - I'm seriously pale and the colour struggles on me! xx

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  12. Im really glad to see you have a review for this! I have been eying this product for a while undecided if it was worth the money!

    http://lovelyinlipstick.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks I hope it was helpful :-) xx

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  13. the packaging is amazing! I love this product! great review love your blog!
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    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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