March 7, 2008

Japan’s Answer to Benetint

I adore stains! Big time ! I love the natural, flushed look you can get from a stain. I’ve been a big time user of Benetint for ages but in all honesty I’ve found far better alternatives. Benetint is a bit sheer for me and I can get a deeper color from other brands. Good quality stains don’t come cheap however I’m about to show you an inexpensive, high quality one!

I got this off of JPmon but believe it or not I’ve also seen it in various Asian supermarkets in the US. Fact is I never knew what it was prior to seeing it on JPmon. When you’re in an Asian supermarket surrounded by stuff you aren’t familiar with you practice caution when making your selections. My main reason for not purchasing it was the fact that I wasn’t sure what it was for. Sure it has a beautiful geisha-like girl on the cover but that doesn’t mean anything! This could be dip for chicken or something how could I know it was cosmetic? Seriously have you been to an Asian market before? EVERYTHING has cute labels! Packages of Baby Star (this is a snack) have really cute images on it! The US is not yet exposed to the kawaii packaging of food and just about everything else. Hell, the only thing cute about our food packages would be cereal. America wants to shove cereal down the throats of babes so they showcase cute tigers, tucans, and three strange little elf like chefs named Snap, Crackle, and Pop. Hey, I never claimed we were creative in the US!


I was ordering some Kose Airy Whip on JpMon as the shipping is a bit cheaper for a few cans in comparison to my friends buying it and shipping it over (because you have to stock up on Airy Whip like it’s the end of the world as we know it) when I noticed that this same cheek stain that was available in my local Asian market was here at JpMon! Hmm! After being hypnotized by the delightful animation of the cute girl applying this I knew I must have!

So on with the review after all that babbling…!

I can’t recall how much I paid for this on JpMon but it was cheaper in the store I believe at $6 bucks or something like that. I just added it to my cart at JpMon as I was doing an order anyway so why not!

This is a bit thicker then Benetint but easy enough to blend. Three dots across your cheeks, smile, blend, and perfect flushed cheeks. A tiny bit lasts all day, literally. As with all cheek stains it’s virtually waterproof, smudge-proof, and atomic bomb proof! This stuff isn’t going anywhere unless you take it off!

This will work well enough on medium light skin tones like my own and it’ll also flatter a medium dark skin tone. My sister is what I call a coffee skin tone and it looks beautiful on her and even more flattering then on my own paler skin!

This is something you might want to nosy around your own markets or small shops for if you have any local ones! If I can find it here I’m positive you’ll be able to find it in similar markets! Who doesn’t have a local Asian market around?

If anything it’s probably the best cheapest brand of tint I’ve come across and I’ve tried them all! Works way better then Benetint that’s for sure!


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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Adina

    Did this darned thing just go and delete my comment re: bp blushes at mac pro? Grrrr!!

    You will love these blushes! They give you such a bright flush (in an array of colors) I saw these yesterday and instantly thought of you! You are gonna love the bright colors (not sheer imo) and the sheen you get from them. So silky too!!

    I got me a true romantic and shy beauty!

  • the Muse

    Hey Adina 🙂 What’s up darling!

    I believe so! Damn blogger 😉

    I see the piccies and was going to do the release info for ’em but didn’t have a sec. They look amazingggg!


    I can’t wait to see them! They are official counter release right? From what I understood they were. Not just pro?

    The images I have aren’t fab but I have a feeling they are going to be gorgeous and not your rec that they are 🙂

    the Muse likey 😉

  • Adina

    LOL, you made me smile with that!

    yes, they will be released at all counters. I just happened to be lucky enough to check these out at the mac pro yesterday.

    you will most def likey- i can feel it. I have some swatches up on specktra. i can email em to you if you want 🙂

  • Izar

    I love tints too. I haven’t tried Benetint yet, but there’s this Swedish brand called Oriflame (they’re like AVON and sell from brochures) who had one and I just had to have it. 😉 I was pretty impressed, it looked and felt so natural.

    You know I love that you often give us the background story of a product, like how and why you got it and such. It makes your blog more personal and enjoyble to read. And you have a great sense of humour too. ^_^

  • the Muse

    hey adina!

    hehe! YAY! I’m trying hard to be strong and save my little pennies for heatherette but I know the damn BP’s are going to get a chunk of change!

    yes yes please email 😉 If you want write a short blurb and I’ll post it as a “guest first impression”



  • the Muse

    Hey Izar!

    You aren’t missing much as Benetint is a tiny bit too sheer!

    I love love love stains! I never heard of Oriflame! I gotta google that curious about it! 😉

    I too love the natural look of a stain!

    Aww I’m glad you like my little story telling prior to reviews or info about a product 😉 AWWW thanks! I’m sorta corny 😉 but I hope you get a few laughs out of my idiotic nature on occasion hehe!

    Your comments and compliments mean the world to me thanks Izar 🙂


    Have a super weekend!

  • ilove

    Where can I get this? Is the site JPmon English? I want to try it. >o<;
    I love tints too! <33

  • the Muse

    hi ilove!

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting it!

    You can get this at local asian markets as I’ve seen in several here in New York! If not you can definately get it on jpmon. It’s chinese sadly but I have a tutorial if you search “jpmon tutorial” and it’ll help you complete an order online with jpmon!

    I adore tints myself 😉


  • ilove

    I have seen it!! <333 The tutorial you did, though the site has given me a headache to even play around with the buttons to see if I'll get lucky and go to the cosmetics section. I've been searching online for Japanese cosmetic places that'll sell them for good price unlike the English sites I've seen sale the drugstore brand for HEAPS! D:

    Unfortunately I don’t live in New York and the Asian market Ive been in so far in CA don’t carry cosmetics. 🙁

    If I find a site in English with good prices I’ll let you know. <3
    There are good China/Taiwan based sites that sells goods from Japan, Korea, and China. That’s where I make my purchases for CDs and DVDs as they are affordable. But I have yet to find an English site that carries a cosmetic that is affordable at that. 🙁

  • the Muse

    hi ilove

    sorry about my delayed reply 🙂

    Aw good good!

    The site is overwhelming to say the least 😉

    have you tried he’s fairly inexpensive!

    Damn so sorry to hear you don’t have a local market!

    I’d definately try out

    He’s in HK and his prices aren’t too too bad!

    Let me know how it works out for you!


    Do tell me where do you buy your dvds? I normally by from dvd asia or yesasia but the prices aren’t that fab!

    are they region free?