Benefit Posie Tint blush
I wasn't expecting to find anything for serious skincare in this lighthearted brand, but I thought I should check to make sure there was nothing in Posie Tint that I should be seriously worried about. Benefit isn't going to win any green and chemical-free awards, but it isn't sheer poison either.
The presence of phenoxyethanol would make me reluctant to give this blush double duty as a lip rouge. There are several animal studies that demonstrate that it is toxic – with effects on the brain and the nervous system – at moderate concentrations. On the other hand, studies suggest that another preservative in Posie, tetrasodium edta, is probably more harmful as an ecotoxin than to me. Ethylhexyl stearate is a mild irritant and, although disodium edta is not, it does encourage other ingredients to penetrate the skin.
On balance, as it seemed that there was no need to don a hazard suit, I decided to give Benefit Posie Tint a whirl. I was surprised to open the packaging and find that it comes in a bottle with a brush that is just like a nail polish. The consistency is like that of nail polish too and the neon pink color quite alarming. I'm supposed to paint my face with this? In fact, the three strips I painted on the apple of my cheeks, blended in perfectly with the tip of my finger leaving my skin with a fairly natural looking rosy blush. And, I am pleased to say, no irritation.
Water, ethylhexyl stearate, butylene glycol, hydroxyethyl acrylate sodium acryloylmethyl taurate copolymer, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, squalane, polysorbate 60, titanium dioxide, disodium edta, tetrasodium edta, iron oxides, red 27.