Benefit Cha Cha Tint - review and swatches


I've been promising myself that I'll finish off my Benefit reviews for the last couple of weeks, and I keep getting side-tracked!

This is mainly because I've had a ridiculous amount of Memeboxes show up and I've been doing unboxings for those. But I do want to knock these Benefit posts off so I can focus on another brand. I think that next brand will be Bodyography, since I keep going on about how good those products are and I haven't posted a thing on them (basically because I've been trying to finish off half-empty products so I can clear out my stores a bit before the new year).

Anyhoo. Benefit's Cha Cha Tint is a mango-tinted lip and cheek stain. I've been mucking around with it for a while now and feel I'm ready to give my thoughts.

Benefit claims/product details:

  • This mango-tinted stain beautifully blushes lips and cheeks with a tropical coral hue
  • Smooch-proof and smudge-proof, our sheer stain has a natural finish that will leave you looking deliciously vibrant for hours
  • Application: for the most even flush, dab Cha Cha on your foundation brush and blend on one cheek at a time; for a true fun-in-the-sun flush, sweep our bronzing powder Hoola on cheeks over the top
  • RRP $30US for 12.5ml and $55AUD
  • Available from Benefit US website and from Oz at eg Myer

See above swatch on hand. It looks orange in theory and, also in theory, looks like there's a reasonable amount of pigment.


Here it is outdoors in natural light:

As you can see, it pulls red on me and I can't tell you how much I had to apply to even get it to show up. Honestly, it was three thick coats - and I had to wait for it to dry in between coats before slathering on some more. You can also see that it's drying on me and definitely requires a gloss - my lips aren't normally that wrinkly, promise ; )

Here it is again, outdoors with flash:

On cheeks, outdoors no flash:

Again, I had to apply lots of it to get it to show up, and even then you can barely see it. This is actually why I've taken so long to review this product: I keep taking photos and they keep not showing the product, so I keep taking them again. 

These shots are the best of the bunch, and they're still not that great in terms of giving you an idea of colour (or maybe they are - there almost isn't colour and that's something you should know (!)).

Here's another outdoors one, no flash. I've applied extra. Not sure if you can tell ; )


Obviously, I'm not overjoyed with this product. Why does this keep happening to me with Benefit?! I wonder whether it's something to do with my skintone - I had the same problem with Coralista (ie, you can barely see it and I have to apply a truckload to get it to show up).

So many people rave about Cha Cha and Coralista, I think it must be a skintone issue. So do be aware of that if you're in the market for these products: test them prior to purchase, and try them in a variety of different lights.

When I tested these in store, it was winter and my skin was paler. I do remember them showing up better, so this could be a summer issue. Having said this, they're definitely not the most pigmented products on the market and I'm not the first person to have said this.

You'll note with Cha Cha that it has a red base. Ie, once I wiped off the swatch on my hand, a red stripe was left behind. For me, that's meant that it pulls red on my lips and I therefore won't be using it on them (red generally doesn't suit me).

As for longevity, the product does last reasonably well but, yes, it's the red that lasts and not the orange bit. So do be aware of that too.

When I combine this product with Coralista, I obviously get a bit more punch from them - but I don't want products that don't stand alone. I want a tint and a blush and I want to be able to use them separately.

Low marks from me I'm afraid. Hoh well. At least I now know to give the Benefit stand a wide berth. That's kind of good, to be honest - Benefit prices are ridiculous in Australia so I'm happy that I haven't fallen in love with anything! (Well, I might have with Boi-ing...)

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