Review: Benefit Fine One One


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Last night I was lucky enough to be invited along to the launch of Benefit's newest product, Fine One One, at the Hard Rock Cafe in Edinburgh. This was super exciting as not only were we getting to try out a brilliant new product but we were also getting to do it before anywhere else in the country - even London! We're often forgotten about up here in Scotland, so I think it's great that Benefit recognise not all bloggers live in London, and this has made me love them ten times more than I already did. Thank you so much to all the Benefit girls and the Hard Rock staff for putting on a great event, here's hoping it's the first of many! Have a look over on my Facebook page for a few photos from the night. We were treated to lots of cocktails and mini-versions of Hard Rock's burgers (yum!) and got to see a demonstration of Benefit's brow bar techniques, plus of course trying out Fine One One.

Now, on to the review itself. Fine One One* (a play on 911 for emergencies - at first I didn't know why it was called Fine One One but now it all makes sense!) is a sheer brightening colour for cheeks and lips. It's a great multi-tasker and is able to highlight, add colour and definition all in one go. It comes in an easy to use stick, and I love the sleek packaging which is perfect for putting in your makeup bag - nice and sturdy but not too big. Fine One One will be great if I'm travelling or in a rush as the one product works as a highlighter, blusher and lip colour so there's no need to cart about loads of different products.

There are several ways you can apply this product, but my favourite way that I've tried so far is just a simple sweep from the apples of the cheeks up to the temples. Making sure the pink champagne highlighting colour is facing upwards, with the sheer watermelon in the middle and the soft coral at the bottom, just glide the product along your cheeks in an upwards motion. Don't be alarmed if you end up with a bright pink streak along your face - just blend it out with your fingers and the three colours will mix together to form a gorgeous peachy-pink glow. For daytime makeup, this is enough for me, but if you have a darker skintone, or are doing makeup for a night out, then you can easily build up more of the product to create a brighter pop of colour. If you want a bit of extra highlighting, just dab a bit of the pink champagne on your finger and add it where it's needed.

Fine One One can also be used as a lip colour, and sweeping the product across bare lips gives a really pretty and subtle flush of colour. You can also use the highlighter to accentuate the cupid's bow and make your lips look nice and full. I love that Fine One One looks like a slightly different shade on the lips than on the cheeks, so your makeup tones nicely but doesn't end up looking too matchy-matchy.

As Fine One One has a cream-to-powder formula, it's best applied on top of your foundation and then you can finish with a light dusting of powder on top to keep everything in place. This is my first full day of wearing the product so I can't comment on exactly how long it will stay put for, but I applied it first thing this morning and it's now lunchtime and there are no signs of it fading from my cheeks - so things are looking good! It will probably need to be reapplied on your lips a few times throughout the day, but as it gives a sheer colour and has almost like a lip balm consistency I wouldn't have been expecting it to last all day anyway!

Overall, I absolutely love Fine One One and I definitely think I'll be getting a lot of use out of it. As someone with naturally very pink cheeks, I'm often a bit scared of blusher in case I apply too much, but with this product application is so easy and it gives such a lovely natural result that even I couldn't mess it up! Fine One One will be launched nationwide on the 26th of January, so keep an eye on your local counter or the Benefit website and snap one up soon. Definitely one to put on your wishlists, I think!

Will you be trying out Fine One One?

Gillian x


  1. This looks like a deodorant and reminds me slightly of neopolitatin ice cream haha! But I like the concept and would like to try it. Good on Benefit for launching it somewhere different than London first!

  2. Looks lovely on you - especially with your flawless skin. I wonder if they will launch a few colour variations? I don't know if this would completely suit my yellow-toned skin as much. I love the idea though - especially where speed is concerned! xx

  3. I really like the concept of this! I've tried a few Benefit products before but the only one I've taken to is Hervana. As a blusher lover though I'll be taking a look at this at the counter for definite!

  4. This is such an interesting product,it looks so pretty on your skin Gillian! And got love the packaging too xx

  5. This looks lovely on you!I really like the packaging - so cute x

  6. I really like the look of this product! I love the packaging and also how easy it is to apply. I've added it straight to my wishlist :)

  7. Hadn't heard of this before, it looks so nice :) x

  8. I'm such a Benefit fan usually I know about their new products but this is the first I've seen of it! It looks amazing, I was putting Benetint on my birthday wish list but might change it to this instead!


  9. This looks darling on you! I'd love to know what the staying power is, once you get a better idea. :)

    xoxo Chris

  10. You look amazing!! This looks like a great product, too!! Yay benefit!

  11. This looks so lovely on you! I always a bit leery of creme cheek products b/c of my combo skin, but this just look so pretty, I might have to give it a try!

    xx Louise
    A Little Beauty Luxury

  12. This looks lovely, I always love Benefit products.

  13. I'm addicted to all things Benefit and Fine One One looks like a great product! It'll no doubt be on my beauty wishlist soon!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  14. Oooh this is such a cool idea, and must be quick to use! Just a bit of a blend and et voila! Do you know how much its meant to be? Looking forward to this one!! xx

    1. It really is super easy, definitely a good one for early mornings! It's £23.50 if I remember correctly! x

  15. This looks fantastic, the shade is gorgeous and it looks amazing on you! xx

  16. This is such a interesting concept!
    Lovely post and pictures!!

    - Andrea Marie xx

  17. I didn't think I'd like this but it looks gorgeous on you! I wonder if they will come out with more shades stacked like that xx - Boho Vanity

  18. I have yet to see this look bad on anyone yet. I thought it would be sticky but with you saying it is cream to powder it sounds amazing.

    Love your blog layout with the cartoon of you.

    P:S Found you on Scottish Blogger Network


  19. One One looks awesome to use on my skin.

    Boutique Bag Lady


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