What Is the Nature of Your Beauty Emergency? Dial Fine-One-One for Benefit’s Latest Cheek and Lip Trio

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Wearing the new Benefit Fine-One-One on my cheeks and lips

This is Benefit Fine-One-One. What is the nature of your beauty emergency?

(Mumbling) Uh…


Hello? Miss, you’re gonna have to speak up.

(Whispering) I can’t. My guy is sound asleep in the other room, and I don’t want to wake him.

Okay…what is the emergency?

Well, I’m kinda sorta panicking because it’s the morning after our first sleepover, and I forgot my makeup bag.


Yeah, he hasn’t seen me without my war paint on yet, and I’d like to maintain the illusion that I just wake up with great hair and makeup, ya know?

OHMIGOSH! I think I’m hyperventilating!!

Alright, first of all, I need you to remain calm. Can you do that for me?

Yes…okay. I think so.

Good. Now I’m going to dispatch our Emergency Glam Squad to your location and a stick of Benefit’s new Fine-One-One.

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Ooh, what’s that?! I’ve never heard of it before.

It’s a new brightening cheek and lip stick — a trio of creams perfect for situations like these. They can be used separately, or together, whenever you need a sheer flush in a flash.

How do I use it? What do I do when it arrives?

First, remove the cap, and twist the dial at the bottom. The stick, which has a shimmery pink champagne color, a matter watermelon and a matte coral, pops up like a tube of deodorant.

Swipe it directly on your cheeks…

benefit fine one one review, swatches and photos

…and then your lips.

benefit fine one one review, swatches and photos

Resist the temptation to bite the stick…even though it looks a little like a Creamsicle.

For a sheer, pinkish coral flush that says, “This is how I look when I wake up, baby!” blend out the edges with your fingers.

Gah! That’s exactly what I need! Um…how much will this cost me? ‘Cause I’m saving for a new pair of Choos.

The fee for this service is $30. That gets you one 0.28-ounce stick. Shall I send one over?

Yes, please. And if it’s not too much trouble, could you also ask the squad to bring some coffee and doughnuts?

I’m sorry, miss. That’s not a service we provide.

I understand… Just thought I’d ask. 🙂

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benefit fine one one swatches

Swatches from the left: Fine One One directly applied to skin from the stick (see the stripes?); all the colors mixed together; all the colors mixed together and then buffed out with a blush brush

benefit fine one one review, swatches and photos

Before Fine One One (left) and after (right)

Benefit Fine-One-One

  • So cute! And what a neat idea with the stick. Seriously, Benefit has a knack for fun packaging.
  • I like it better on bare skin. Fine One One seems to look smoother and more pigmented on my combination dry/oily cheeks when I wear it by itself. When I try to layer it on top of foundation and/or powder, it kinda looks patchy…
  • My lips aren’t crazy about it. I find it a little drying on my lips, and it highlights each and every flake if I over-apply at all.
  • Prepare to reapply. Good thing it’s so portable! — because on my cheeks, it lasts from 4-5 hours when I wear it on top of foundation and/or powder; 3-4 hours on bare skin.
  • Like a more expensive version of the MAC’s Casual Colours lip and cheek creams. The two feel a lot alike to me, but Benefit’s version costs considerably more. You get 0.43 ounces of product for $20 with a Casual Colour and 0.28 ounces of product for $30 with Fine One One.
  • Coming to Benefit stores and counters this December.
  • Probably better for lovelies of light and medium skin tones. Yes, darker damsels can probably rock it, too, but they might need to wear several layers (I use two).

With Fine One One, Benefit’s got a nifty idea with great packaging on its hands, especially if 1) your skin’s in great shape and you usually skip foundation and powder, and 2) you don’t mind having to reapply throughout the day.

Too bad it’s not a bit more flexible…

PRICE: $30
AVAILABILITY: Coming to Benefit counters, stores and benefitcosmetics.com this December

Trying something new

I wasn’t very good about eating well last week. 🙁 I was just so tired at the end of the days that I didn’t want to cook; I resorted to a steady diet of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches…

I didn’t want a repeat this week, so yesterday I prepped a whole bunch of food.

I made a pot of butternut soup, a few salads, shrimp and veggie pitas, and prepped ingredients for a couple of dinners with shrimp and fish.


Gotta say, I’m kinda stoked! It took about three hours yesterday because I’m not a very organized cook, but I’m basically done for the week.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Thinking of you guys tonight on the East Coast… I wish there was something I could do, something to make it stop. The storm made landfall a few hours ago in New Jersey and New York, and millions of people are already without power.

Please just be careful, and stay safe. I’ll see you very soon.


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  1. Sandy says:

    WOW…good for you Karen! I made a vegie chilli over the weekend and have leftovers for weekday lunches with some quinoa, yum.

  2. Sarah says:

    Your fridge is beautiful! I think I have fridge envy. Ours is full of mismatched leftovers and the cheese drawer is sadly empty, since I’m trying to lay off the “good stuff.” Love your vegetarian/pescatarian ingredients!

  3. Ritu R says:

    wow, i love that shade on you Karen!
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  4. Your fridge is so neat and organized! Mine is chaos. Like the rest of my house lately haha. Seriously, I need to organize my house!
    Aww, too bad about this not lasting longer and looking patchy. I had high hope for it!
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  5. Mary says:

    Um, did you use it upside down? I think the lightest color is suppose to be swiped on the highest point of your cheeks since it’s the highlighting color, right? Lol. I’m confused.

  6. This is SOOOOO pretty on you! I love the concept–and I totally agree with you on the Creamsicle thing. It’s the first thought that popped into my head when I saw the pictures. Great minds…:P

    Is this a cream-to-powder formula, Karen? I don’t really like cheek products in that kind of formulation because I do tend to get patchiness when trying to apply them over foundation. True cream products I usually don’t have an issue with…

  7. Erica Falco says:

    This is a cool idea in theory, but I’m not sure how well it can be used in practice. Looks really great on you though!

    PS. I totally made a huge pot of butternut soup on Sunday as well. It’s been (and will be) my lunch for this whole week too lol!


  8. Eli says:

    Thanks for the review – this looks great 🙂
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  9. Marla says:

    That color looks great on your cheeks. Very natural and gives you a nice glow.

  10. Marla says:

    Oh yes, peanut butter is one of my favorite go-to foods in a pinch.

  11. Teri says:

    Haha, I love this review! In all honesty I’m always a bit wary when it comes to in products, it seems that they either work good for the lips or the cheeks but not both I do have to admit that it looks kinda like a candy and I want to eat it, lol. And yay for stocking up on prepped food, I should do this too because I’m horrible when it comes to that! Thanks for the inspiration Karen!

  12. OK, I’m not too crazy about this one but I like your new food system! I try to do a bit of it as well because I tend to skip lunch. I guess first of all I don’t like to eat alone, and second I can’t make an effort to cook something for myself most of the time. That’s why I usually eat random stuff for lunch and meal at night with the guy. I find cooking bigger portions and saving the leftovers definitely helps though! Hope it’ll work for you!
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  13. Kim says:

    Well, it’s still cute, even if it’s a bit pricey and not very long lasting. 🙂 Nice job on cooking ahead! Your fridge looks super-organized. The boys and I got some grocery shopping done and I have my plan down for the week, too. It always feels better to have that prep work done ahead of time.

    • Karen says:

      That’s so nice that they boys help you! Are they very picky eaters, or will they eat anything?

      • Kim says:

        They’re becoming little champs in the grocery store and love to go off and get things from the list. I have one that will try everything and another who must be threatened to. 🙂 We have a one-bite rule but one of the boys will still pitch a fit. Sometimes I’m frustrated by having a limited menu but, compared to other kids I know, our boys are very open-minded! We just keep trying, again and again. I must say that they’re excellent about eating fruits and vegetables and that’s the most important to me (truth be told, they’re much better than either of their parents about that). 🙂

        • Karen says:

          How sweet. It sounds like you have two very polite young men! 🙂

          Hopefully they’ll get more adventurous with food as they get older. Hey, at least they eat their veggies! When my brother and I were kids, we’d pick most them out off all of our meals. The only vegetables we’d actually eat were carrots with ranch dressing or broccoli doused in cheese.

  14. KPrice says:

    The color looks great on you. But I also love your eyeshadow!

  15. Sara says:

    How does it compare to the cheek stain by tarte? With those, you’re getting an ounce for $30.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sara,

      The texture’s creamier and thicker. It’s also much more opaque. Tarte’s Cheek Stains are more gel-like, thinner and more like a wash of color.

  16. Beccer says:

    It looks gorge on you. Any other powder or cream blush dupe suggestions? I am not a huge fan of stick blushes.

  17. Nina says:

    I really think the packaging is adorable. And its a nifty idea to have that one thing you can stash in your clutch for just in case. 🙂

  18. musical says:

    I’d like to think of it as just a cheek product ;).

    I’ve been cooking for the whole week as well recently. It is so good to be treated to a yummy, nourishing meal!

  19. varsha says:

    Reminds me of Josie’s lip/cheek stain stick..really love that stuff..
    Look at your stash..My fridge looks like its been hit by Sandy.period.

    • Karen says:

      Oh yeah! I like Josie’s blush. It’s really pretty.

      Slolwly but surely I’m making my way through the meals. Here, have one of my salads! I’m happy to share.

  20. S says:

    I want to eat it. Everything featured in this post.
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  21. Marina says:

    I actually really like it on you. Seeing new products literally every day, I do not get super excited about the new launches, but Benefit never fails in bringing out something I love/want.
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    • Karen says:

      Thanks. Yeah, I feel the same way about their line too. There’s a lot of great hidden gems in their perm stuff, especially, like Skinny Jeans and Birthday Suit. What are your Benefit go-to’s?

  22. Katrina says:

    Ohmygosh. Please tell me what you’re wearing on your eyes and how I can make mine look magical too.

  23. Ashley says:

    I absolutely love your blog! You seem like such a fun and interesting person! Please don’t ever stop. 🙂

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