Benefit is famous for its funky, old-fashioned and great products: Bathina body balm is a good example of that.
Bathina ‘Take a Picture it Lasts Longer…’ is a glimmering body balm. It’s pricey — $30. However, the case is pretty big, so it doesn’t feel like a total ripoff. The case is very cute: 50s style tin box filled with pink balm and Bathina’s velvety puff. When I hold this thing in my hands, I feel like a flirty girl from the fifties’ movie. To me, just that feeling is worth 30 bucks. 🙂
The purpose of this balm is to add a light, golden-pink sheen to your legs and body. I bought Bathina right before a trip to Mexico and used it every day over there. The balm gave my skin a subtle and seductive sheen that looked like a combination of natural glow and transparent glimmer. With this balm, my skin doesn’t look and feel oily (that’s why I avoid body oils like NARS Monoi Oil) or sticky. Also, this balm doesn’t stain your clothes. I would usually wear it to the beach and in the evenings. Under certain light (like direct sun and evening lights), Bathina-treated skin will look particularly sexy and healthy. Bathina balm is not particularly moisturizing (and it’s not supposed to be) but it does give my skin a soft, velvety feel.
I usually cover my forearms, shoulders, neck and legs. I always use the velvety puff because it really is very good for Bathina application. Application takes 5-10 minutes because the balm is rather thick, so save some time if you’re planning to use it.
On me it stays for a pretty long time, at least 6-7 hours. It would stay even after I swim in the pool or take shower.
The scent it peculiar. I find it pleasant but if you’re very sensitive to smells and/or allergic to some, try it first at the store. It’s hard to describe the scent: it smells like some interesting candy – sweet and just a bit sour at the same time. It doesn’t smell like any particular flower or plant that I know of.
Overall, I like Bathina balm a lot – it’s definitely not a necessary beauty product but it certainly is a very enjoyable one. I absolutely recommend it: indulge yourself, we all live only once.
I bought it here: Benefit Cosmetics Bathina ‘Take a Picture it Lasts Longer…’