Countdown To Love – Days 5-8

Another few days have gone by so I wanted to give you guys an update about the products I found in my Benefit Countdown To Love advent calendar.

Countdown To Love - Days 5-8

5. Benetint

Full Size: 0.4 fl oz, $30
Sample Size: 0.08 fl oz, $6 value

Countdown To Love - Days 5-8 - benetint

“The original—and still the best—rose-tinted cheek and lip stain.”

This is probably the Benefit cult product. I only tried this once on my lips but so far I haven’t been blown away. It was very hard to spread, possibly because I applied lip balm underneath. I was only able to achieve the slightest hint of color – not what I was expecting from something that touts itself as a stain. I’ll keep on experimenting with it and see if I can get some better results.

6. Bow Barrette

Countdown To Love - Days 5-8 - bow

This is a cute hair accessory but I don’t think I’ll find much use for it. I don’t use barrettes very often. Actually, I can’t remember the last time I wore one. The design seems to be geared toward a younger audience although I’m not sure what teenager would be able to afford a $68 advent calendar.

7. Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in A-lister

Full Size: 0.5 fl oz, $16
Sample Size: 0.22 fl oz, $7.04 value

Countdown To Love - Days 5-8 - Ultra Blush Lip Gloss

“Our soft & silky glosses glide on sooo smooth, drenching lips in luscious color that’s never sticky.”

This lip gloss is very similar to the Dandelion one that I posted about last time, just in bubblegum pink. I love how this gloss feels on my lips but it’s pretty sparkly, again, so not really appropriate for everyday wear.

8. High Beam

Full Size: 0.45 fl oz, $26.00
Sample Size: 0.08 fl oz, $4.62 value

Countdown To Love - Days 5-8 - highbeam

“Benefit High Beam is an ethereal pink liquid highlighter that creates a radiantly dewy complexion.”

I haven’t had a chance to try this product yet since I don’t usually contour my face. It looks very shimmery when I swatched it and a little definitely goes a long way. I may try to use it under my foundation in the hopes of toning down the sparkliness.

These last four products haven’t been as great as the first four but I’m still glad I got them. Some of these items, like the Benetint and the High Beam I’ve been wanting to try for a while. The sample size is great for testing the product without spending a whole bunch of money on the full size.

I could’ve definitely done without the barrette. I think Benefit missed the mark on that one. If you put out a high-end, expensive advent calendar don’t include accessories that are better suited for teenagers. In principle it’s a neat idea but the design and quality of the accessory has to match that of your own products. Otherwise, you just cheapen your brand.

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