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April 6, 2014

Save/Splurge: Lip & Cheek Stain

save/splurge: lip & cheek stain

I bought my first bottle of Benefit Benetint ($30) in 1997 on a school-sponsored field trip to the Mall of America, handing over babysitting money for a tiny bottle of rose-colored stain I’d seen advertised in my Aunt Cyndi’s back issues of Vogue. Forever a spend-thrift, I treasured the stuff as if it were liquid gold, rationing it out in tiny drops, milking that same bottle way past high school graduation.

Now, oh-so many years later, I’ve discovered a dupe of Benefit’s cult classic in the aisle of Sally Beauty Supply: Femme Couture’s Lip & Cheek Stain ($5). Featuring a slick gel-stick on one side and a long-lasting rosy lip stain on the other, this two-in-one wonder imparts the same seductively sheer flush as Benetint, but at a fraction of the price. Both ends are incredibly easy to apply, and the compact size makes it easy to tote to work (I love not having to bring along a brush and blush). And given the bargain-basement price, I don’t have to worry about rationing it out, leaving me feeling older, wiser and richer.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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