Long time no blog! Hope everyone's well! I've been...not so well as I've been unbelievably sick for over a week :( Previously I was busy running around for a friend's bachelorette party and bridal shower and as soon as we finished with both, I got sick! Literally as soon as I walked in my house from the weekend's festivities, my throat started hurting and you know the rest...stuffy head, nose, sore and itchy throat, sucks! I did save a lot of money during this time of course but I broke my "financial silence" by hitting up Target the other day and "Poppy" caught my eye.
I am not sure if it's a new product or I have just not seen it all this time! I always wanted to try Benefit's cheek stains but they are a bit pricey ($28/.42oz). I think this was a great alternative to the pricier ones just to test if I like cheek stains. For the most part I prefer powder cheek colors/blushes on myself but I still try non-powder ones every now and then. One of the first things that attracted me about this product, other than it's gorgeous color, was that it had a pump! I also thought the packaging was simple but cute.
Formula is liquid and light. I have made the mistake of doing a full pump of it and that was just way too much, you really need about half pump for both cheeks. Trial+Error=Lesson :) It dries to a sheer finish with just the right amount of color and gives a really nice glow to cheeks! I find it really easy to blend and it does not mess up foundation. I personally just use my fingers to blend, but using a brush will also do the trick. It does have a sweet/floral and pleasant scent to it, very summery! I love the fact that it's not sticky! Staying power of this tint is pretty good. I have used it over my foundation and bronzer and haven't noticed any smudging or disappearance for hours. In the bottle the color looks like a bright (and maybe scary for some) coral but when applied and dried like in the picture below, I think it looks more pink/rosy.
I think this tint is great for those days when the sun is scorching (i.e. NOW!) and you just don't want pounds of make-up melting off your face but still want to look your best! I think it may also be a great base underneath your powder blush to get a better color pay-off, I have yet to try this. This product comes in total of 3 colors, the other two are called Peony and Rose; names are almost identical to Benefit cheek stains, hmm interesting! They are $9.99 (.57oz) and so far I'm loving cheek stains! If you want to try cheek stains, give this a try and if you don't like it at least you haven't spent a fortune :)