I added the Benefit Fine One One to my collection recently, and was completely surprised with how much I liked it. Based on first impressions, I thought it was going to be difficult to use and I didn’t want to fall for a gimicky product — again.
This is described as “a sheer, brightening cheek-and-lip color for instant lift, shape, and pop.” The color is flattering and I can envision it working for everyone. This “lip-and-cheek illuminator glides on sheer in three different shades for a coral pink flush that builds from soft and natural to bright and cheery.” I admit, the concept is unique; and, one that I like much better than Benefit’s famous lip-cheeck stains — which I like, but I find them difficult to work with.
The packaging feels cheap, but the product needs to swivel up to reveal all three colors. So I feel like I can’t really be complaining about that. Also, it’s important to plant the product flat onto your skin/finger to get even pigmentation and application of all three shades. As you can see, there’s a shimmery/highlighter, a bright pink, and bright coral — three sections — all mixed together to create a universal, bright pop of color that’s pretty and fun for spring/summer. Benefit calls it a trio of “pink champagne,” “sheer watermelon,” and “soft coral.”
I prefer to apply this with my finger. I noticed if I apply it directly onto my cheeks, I wipe off whatever I have on underneath by the time I’ve blended everything to my liking. I just swipe my finger a few times and dot the color onto my cheeks. I blend using a small synthetic brush most of the time. However, when I’m in a hurry, I do appreciate that the product blends easily and fast with my finger. This is very easy to use.
I like the concept and it’s something fun and new to try. I can’t say that this product is a must-have or that it’s one of Benefit’s best products. However, for the spring/summer months when dewy and glowy skin is in, this product does a fantastic job at making you look healthy and pretty. The pop of color is really fun detail. While the color itself isn’t anything unique, the brightness does add some oomph to the face, especially if you’re going for the natural look during warmer months.
Here, I’ve swatched the product directly from the tube (left side) and you can see that the colors do distribute quite evenly. You can always manipulate the application by adding the color/shimmer that you want more of. The blended out application (right side) is quite true to color; and, if it’s too strong for you, you can always blend some of the pigment away.
Retails for $30.00 USD.