Beauty Test Drive: Benefit’s Cha Cha Tint Cheek Stain

If a makeup salesgirl (or makeup sales-gay) descended upon me at a beauty counter with something orange, I would visibly make a face and say, “I don’t think that will work on me.” You see, I have the pallor of Katie Holmes at a morgue in Antarctica — not a sun-kissed California girl like Kate Hudson who can pull off something with the word “mango” in the title.

But because Benefit gave me a sample of their Cha Cha Tint cheek stain to test out, I tried it. I already owned Benefit’s Posietint and wore the pinky-pink blush every day. Why not test another hue, even if it’s going to look terrible?

It didn’t look terrible, my friends. Not at all. In fact, the first day that I wore it to the office, the first thing our marketing manager Sophie said to me in the morning was “Your makeup looks great.”

Applying cheek stains can be a little weird for those of us used to powder or cream blushes to get used to, but it’s super-easy to transition. The Benefit bottles look like nail polish bottles and you really do look like you’re daubing spots of polish on your cheeks. They recommend you daub three dots on each cheek, although I’ve usually do more like four or five dots (over foundation and bronzer) because I have huge, round cheeks. Then you take your finger and stroke the dots around in a circular motion. Cha Cha Tint might look like bright mango in the bottle, but it goes on peachy sheer, so you can easily control how natural/intense it looks on your cheeks. Voila! Magnifique!

One more thing: Benefit also calls their Tint products “lip tints.” I haven’t tried Cha Cha Tint on my lips, but I have tried the pink Posietint. Honestly, I just wasn’t into it. It gave my lips a little color, yes, but because the product is so sheer, I would find it more economical to use a regular pink gloss on my lips and save the $29 bottle of pinkness for my cheeks. It also didn’t taste or smell particularly nice (which sounds superficial until you realize that I apply my Too Faced lip gloss almost constantly because I love the way it smells).

I am definitely happy with the Cha Cha Tint and will replenish the bottle on my own when I’ve run out. Makeup pun ahead: color me surprised (haha, get it?) that mango blush looks more natural on me than pink!

[Benefit Cosmetics Cha Cha Tint, $29,]

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