REVIEW: Benefit Posietint

Judging by the depleted shelves at newsagents and supermarkets I’m guessing everyone and their dog got their mits on July’s much coveted edition of Glamour Magazine with its Benefit freebies. Here are my thoughts on Posietint…

First of, it’s small. Be warned, I knew it was a 4ml edition, but was still surprised by how small it is. A little does go a long way and this size it really handy for handbags and holidays. Here it is compared to a 35 ml perfume bottle…

Cheek stains don’t really feature in my make up collection. I love cream blushers and liquid highlighters, but I find cheek stains a little odd – they’re not a cream, not a powder and normally very sheer. I tried Benetint years ago, but found the consistency very running and wasn’t wowed by the rosie shade.

Posietint is a much lighter shade than its older sister Benetint. Straight from the jar it looks like a bright bubble-gum pink, but don’t be scared off, once applied it’s a suibtle petal pink.

The fluid has a thicker texture than Benetint, almost gel-like, and spreads easily over cheeks, simply dab on a few spots or small lines on on the cheeks, blend in quickly. It leaves a lovely glow on the cheeks, but it’s not dewy like a cream blush. For a more intense colour, allow to dry and apply another layer. It also works well with Benefit’s high beam, which can be dabbed on the cheek bones to further highlight the cheeks.

It’s advertised as a lip and cheek stain, but I’m not entertaining it on the lips – it’s too thin and runny. So, am I sold on cheek stains, not really, but this one deserves it’s place in my collection and is a welcome break from my usual routine and gives me a pretty, pink glow.

Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Make-Up

Or should that be Kate Windsor?

Well the wedding’s almost over (sobs) but worry not, we still have the dress, the hair and the make up to obsess about.

Staying true to her “commoner” roots, Kate decided to do her own make up on the day. It was a brave and commendable decision, but with 2 billion eyes watching me and a queue of celebrity make up artists clambering for the job, I’m not sure I would have turned down a helping hand. So how did she do?

Now before I upset anyone, I’ll start by saying the girl’s gorgeous and would have looked amazing in a bin bag. The dress was stunning and the hair, in my opinion, was just right – classy, feminine and understated, and that Cartier tiara was to die for BUT I was a tad disappointed by the make up.

Well actually, just the eyes. For bridal make up, I thought they were a touch too dark. Many make up artists won’t use eyeliner on brides, or bridemaids for that matter. It can shrink the eyes, especially when applied to the bottom lash line, and look severe. Fortunately the rest of the look, like Kate, was pretty and feminine. She has apparently been taking make up lessons from Arabella Preston before the wedding.

Here’s how to get the look.

Skin

Natural and simple, I applaud Kate not for overdoing the tan, like sister and maid of honour Pippa. Create a flawless base with a sheer foundation or tinted moisturiser, I’d suggest a mineral based foundation for a natural glow. Set with a subtle dusting of powder. For the cheeks, choose a rosy pink powder blush to create a flushed look, blending from the apple of the cheek up to the hairline. Kate was spotted stocking up on Bobbi Brown products the week before the wedding.

Eyes

Kate opted for a  smokey eye, slightly heavy on the liner. Start with a neutral base colour all over the lids, then sweep a smokey brown along, and below the socket line. Line the upper and lower lash line with a black kohl pencil (for a less dramatic look try brown or grey) and finish with a natural and glossy mascara. Rumour has it Kate used Lancome’s Hypnose, which I LOVE and it great for creating Volume, and for me, is more of an evening mascara.

Brows

The eyebrows look darkened. To create the look, first comb them in to place with an eyebrow brush, then fill in any gaps with a dark brown pencil or brown powder. Something like Benefit’s Brow zings would work a treat.

Lips

Lips were kept simple, allowing her natural smile to shine through. Complete the look with a nude/pinky gloss.

Nails

Apparently manicurist Marina Sandova, from the Jo Hansford salon, popped into Clarence House yesterday to give her a classic nude manicure using Bourjois Rose Lounge, £5.99, topped with a subtle shimmer in Essie’s Allure, £9.95.

Overall, a job well done. Now I just can’t wait to see the evening outfit,and make up of course.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Kate’s look.