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Benefit Benetint Lip Balm

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      08.06.2012 20:33
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      Get Vintage Red Lips!

      Each payday I normally treat myself to one or two new beauty items, sometimes I buy things that I have lusted after for ages other times I just browse the beauty counters and see if anything catches my eye. I was in Boots (dangerous) at the benefit counter (even more dangerous) when I came cross this cute little pot of lip balm. I love generally love benefit products and I certainly love lip balm so I impulse bought a pot there and then!

      Benetint lip balm is in effect the sister product to Benefits cult product Benetint which is a multi-purpose stain for the lips and cheeks in a universally flattering colour. The lip balm is simply benetint in lip balm form!
      The colour itself is a really flattering crimson which is rather sheer and lets the wearers lip colour come through although you can of course layer the product for a stronger colour. The finish is glossy but not in a way a lip-gloss is, it looks more nourishing like Vaseline. Being a lip balm be prepared to having to do touch ups throughout the day as it doesn't have the staying power of a lipstick. I tend to use this product when I am in a rush and I cannot be bothered doing a full on red lip so I just whip out my benetint apply it and go! Otherwise I use it when I want some colour but I don't want to look too "done" or try hard so I just use some benetint and blusher and make sure my brows are okay and I am done!

      The other thing I love about this product is that it smells of roses! You cannot help but smell the product before applying it each time and its light and not at all overpowering. Admittedly when applying the product it is rather sticky but once it is one the lips it is incredibly moisturising. However, I would not recommend applying when it is windy as you will get the majority of your hair coated in product via your lips!
      It comes in a cute little glass pot with a vintage/retro inspired design. Benefit products are fun and this is reflected in the packaging. Whenever I touch up my benetint friends always enquire "ohhh what is that?" and ask for a quick test of the product as it looks so appealing and different.

      I would put benefit products in the affordable luxury price category. Whilst the products certainly are not cheap they are not in the same price point range as Chanel or Armani for example. Benetint retails at around £14 and at this price I don't think that it is worth the money. You could pay a few pounds more and you could afford a Chanel lipstick which in my opinion is a bigger treat!

      This is definitely not a staple product and I could live without it but for the girl who loves beauty products it's a welcome addition to any collection. I do love this product it is easy to use and turns pale dry lips into beautiful glossy red ones, the price is hard to justify, I feel a reasonable price would be more liKe £7 - £9. I don't think I will be repurchasing this product myself although it would be a welcome present! Having said that I am still working my way through my first pot which I have had for around 4 months and I am about one third through it and that is with frequent use so by the time I work through the rest of the pot I may have changed my mind!

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      23.03.2012 11:38
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      I feel ripped off.

      I'm one of those girls that is so obsessed with makeup, I often pick stuff up on a whim because it's either cheap or looks nice, and then forget about it, which is the case with this little pot of lip balm from Benefit. I purchased this in early 2011 I think, as I can remember being drawn in by the adorable packaging and I remember 2 of my friends buying one too as we all loved the cuteness of it, plus Benefit products are usually of a high standard and Benefit is a kind of 'must-have' brand for anyone who's into high quality, professional looking makeup.

      This is a tinted lip balm, which is basically like a vaseline which has the same high pigmentation that a lipstick has. The lip balm is only available in one shade - rosy, which is a very deep pink with hints of red. Benefit state that the product perks up your lip colour and has a smooth and shiny formula. They also brag that it has sunscreen it (SP15) n it to protect your lips, as well as vitamin E which is a very nourishing product. They describe the fragrance as 'rose petal'.

      I paid around £14 for this and it's available from shops such as boots, john lewis, debenhams and so on. Prices range from £10-£17 excluding delivery, so it is obviously a high end luxury type of product. I can imagine a lot of people not wanting to pay over a tenner for a tinted lip balm but I was fooled into thinking it was something it isn't and regret paying so much for a small pot of lip balm!!

      The lip balm comes in a little glass pot which is adorable and very sturdy. The pot contains 6.5 grams of product which isn't a lot considering how much I paid but a little goes a long way so this is not a massive issue. The lid is plastic and screws on/off which I love. With a majority of lip balms they come in a metal tin which can be awkward to open where as this is very easy and simple to open and I don't risk breaking a nail! The little pot comes packaged in a cardboard box which is a cube shaped. It is very colourful with a picture of a cartoon retro looking woman. The box can either be kept for show or recycled.

      The lip balm is a bright red colour in the pot which concerned me as I thought it would be that colour on my lips! It isn't though - it's a subtle light pink colour which I am not keen on, as i'm pale as it washes me out a little, although over red lipstick it looks okay. The texture isn't very nice and it has a thick, gloopy consitency with a moist, greasy feel to it which feels unpleasant on my lips. It is easy to smooth on however it kind of just sits on the lips - it doesn't absorb into them and moisturise them .. just sits there.

      I always make sure I only use a small amount as it gets gloopy if you use too much and a little goes a long way. The smell is pleasant and it has a light, rose scent which isn't too noticeable. The lip balm doesn't do anything positive to my lips other than give them a hint of colour, so I don't reccomend this. It is expensive and not as good quality as I would of liked, due to the thick and gloopy feel. The colour is okay but would look nicer on tanned girls as it's so pale. 3/5.

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        31.10.2011 21:58

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        will give you kissable lips

        This is one of my favourite products in my make-up bag. I find that lipstick doesn't suit me but love to have red lips. I layer this product on and unlike so many products it is not at all sticky so your hair does not get stuck in it!

        It can be worn day to day or applied thickly for a night out.

        It may be expensive but anyone who buys from the benfit range expects to pay a designer price and i have yet to find a cheaper version that is quite as pretty.

        It comes in a small glass lip balm pot which fits easily in your handbag and has a pretty retro lady design on the lid.

        It is also possible to buy benetint lip and cheek stain which although in a large tub and has multiple purposes it costs a lot more and doesnt leave your lips with the shine of the balm.

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        20.09.2011 15:53
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        Nice....but not nice enough for the £14.00 price tag!

        Benetint lip balm, is a rose tinted lip balm from benefit with SP5 15 sun protection. It retails at £14.00 and comes in a cute, glass 6.40g tub and it has a 1950's lady on the top of the container giving it a retro feel. The product can be purchased from Boots, Debenhams or can be despatched within 24 hours from www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk.

        I tend to use lip gloss more than lip balm, but find that lip glosses can be a bit too sticky for day wear. So I saw this lip balm and thought great not only will it protect my lips from the sun, it contains soothing vitamin E and can still make me feel glamorous with a rose tint gloss finish. The colour looks blood red but when it is applied the colour is far more subtle. I have found that the lip balm does give you a nice tint and it does leave lips feeling smooth and moisturized. The fragrance is fairly pleasant with its rose petal odour however I would personally prefer a sweeter strawberry or cherry flavouring.

        So although the product does sooth lips and give a subtle tint of colour, I do not believe it is worth the retail price; you can get other tinted lip balms which are just as effective and smell even nicer. Another negative is that it does not last long and it slides of easily; this however can be true of other lip balms. I also found that application of the product can be difficult; as it's in a pot form you can get the product under your nails when applying it. It may be better in the form of a stick or with a little brush. Overall I would say that if you want a subtle tint, although they are more expensive the benetint lip and cheek stain and posie tint are better products, which also have the benefit of also being used as a blusher.

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        09.09.2011 21:49
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        No repeat purchase from me

        It is not often that I find myself reviewing a Benefit product that I'm disappointed with but that is very much the case here. It is a lip balm that does provide some protection from the sun, SPF 15, which is at least one positive thing to say about this lip balm however the problem is that lots of other lip balms have this feature and this is a standard problem I have with this particular product.

        While it is quite a good product there is no way that it is sufficiently different from other brands to justify the £14 price tag that it comes with when you can pay a third of that for something just as good. Don't get me wrong I love the colours and it looks good on but it is not sufficiently different or better to make me want to buy it again.

        I do like the packaging which has a retro feel to it, it is a small glass pot with a screw top lid and on the top of the lid there is a picture of a woman that looks like it was taken in the sixties.

        There is a strong flowery scent with this lip balm which is quite pleasant, it is very smooth to apply and it does apply evenly and leaves your lips with a nice shine to them. It really does absorb into my lips well and I like that in a lip balm. It is also quite light and does not feel like your lips are being smothered which is another positive.

        So you can see from my review it is not the fact that it is a bad product, it is just that it has nothing to really offer me that I cannot get from cheaper brands. My lips do not feel and more moisturised and it lasts no longer than other brands yet it charges a premium price and for that reason I will only give it three stars.

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        02.09.2011 19:02
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        A lovely but very over priced product.

        Another birthday present from my cousin I was chuffed to receive this as I'm a big lip balm user, and I do like a little colour on my lips too so this seemed to be a perfect product.

        What it says on the website

        "A rose-tinted lip balm with SPF 15 created from our legendary benetint. The translucent shade perks up your lip color for a perfect smooth, shiny, rose-colored finish"

        The little pot is tiny, very cute and easily carried. It's made of a nice heavy glass and feels a quality product. The screw top lid has a 1950s style lady on it, mine must have been bought just before this was added as it has a plain white lid, I prefer it without someones face on it to be honest. The amount of product you get is also tiny, 6.40g this is less than a similar products for example Carmex lip balm (in a tin) at 7.5g which also has spf 15, though it doesn't have a tint it is only £2.69 compared to £14 for the Benefit balm..

        This lip balm smells divine and has quite a strong rosy pong, perfect for a sweetly scented smooch, the taste is barely there but what is there tastes a little like it smells, though not particularly the sort of taste that you would be temped to lick obsessively off your lips.

        The texture is lovely quite slick, and not at all gloopy and melts onto the skin straight away, it feels like a light veil over your lips rather than a heavy coat. The colour too is a winner for me, I don't wear red or other vivid colours on my lips, and although this balm looks pillar box red in the pot it takes on a sheer subtle wash of colour on the skin, better than the Benetint alone in my opinion. You can if you like layer this over the Benetint or other 'tints' to give more depth of colour, or over other lip colours to alter them slightly and make them more moisturising.

        Vitamin E is the main ingredient which is mentioned by Benefit to promote the balm, it also contains Castor seed oil, lanolin (which doesn't agree with me at all), and beeswax, while nice ingredients they are nothing that can't be found in much cheaper products. I've included a full list of ingredients at the end, taken from the Sephora website, as there are lots of them I thought you might like to take a peek.

        The negatives of the product for me slightly outweigh the positives but it's a perfectly lovely balm which gives a nice colour to the lips and for that may outweigh my negatives, mine are are: The price, I could never justify buying such an average product costing for (us) a quarter of a weeks shopping bill. It doesn't last long on the lips, neither the colour or the actual balm/gloss. While it does moisturise the lips it doesn't do it spectacularly well as I'd expect from the price, or any better than some much cheaper products. It also doesn't leave a very effective protective shield on top of the lips like most other lip balms do. The fact that it has a SPF of 15 is not a big selling point these days with most cheap balms having the option of that in their ranges. For the price I would prefer to have a lip brush included or use it in stick form. I love the little kitsch pot, but as the pot is deep and narrow it doesn't allow your finger to rub over the top when you dip it in to collect product for application, so you can end up with red gunk under your finger nails which can be difficult to get out if you're not at home with access to a nail brush. To get at the product as the pot empties I tend to use a nail drawn across the product but so that it collects on the upper surface and not underneath.

        I've come across a site offering Benefit products at a reduced price (old packaging or near sell by possibly I haven't used it yet so can't personally vouch for it) it has the Benefit logo as its page head and looks at first glance similar to the Benefit web site, but it doesn't seem to be 'pretending' to be them to fool customers into buying fakes. It's called cheap Benefit cosmetics (www.cheapbenefitcosmetics.co.uk) where this is available for £6.93, but in relation to my reservations above whether these are genuine or fake products I'm not sure, if anyone has used them I'd love to know what you think. This is one product I wouldn't even bother looking for a dupe (duplicate) for, because there are just so many products that offer more for your money with a similar effect.

        Although I love the idea of this product for me it just isn't worth the money, and I would prefer to use a tinted Blistex stick.

        Ingredients.
        Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate) 7.50% Others: Diisostearyl Malate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacylapidate-2, Bis-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Polybutene, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) wax, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Carmine (CI 75470), Fragrance (Parfum), BHT, Geraniol, Tocopherol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate.

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          28.07.2011 09:08

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          More of a cosmetic product than a balm

          I really love this product. I used to wrk for benefit and it is one of my favourite things that they do, even though it may not be the best value product. At around £14 fo a small pot it probably is a little overpriced for what is essentially a lip balm. However, I think this product is more like a lip gloss than a lip balm, but without the stickiness because it does deposit a nice rosy, translucent red tint to your lips. I find most calms tend to look coloured in the pot but don't when you where them which is disappointing. You certainly don't get that with this. For even more colour I like to use a small amount over posie tint. 

          This does make you lips feel soft and smooth when you wear it. However, I wouldn't use it as a solution to improve dry lips. With spf15 in it though I will be taking it on holiday with me. 

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          19.07.2011 12:33
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          2/5 a nice rosy tint but that's the only benefit.

          I receive Benefit Benetint as one of my stocking fillers last Christmas, a rose- tint lip balm which also contains SPF 15. My Mum knows these sorts of presents usually go down well with me as I'm forever trying to add moisture to my lips with various lip balms and tend to buy new varieties regularly. Benetint isn't cheap, in Boots, Debenhams and online it retails for £14, I find Benefit products often are overpriced and this isn't something I'd buy for myself unless I was paying with my Advantage Points.


          The balm comes in typical Benefit packaging, with a very retro feel and a picture of a fifties woman on top of the lid with a big grin and rosy lips, the Benetint logo is clearly visible along with the SPF 15 claim. The balm is contained in a small glass round container which holds just 6.5g of the balm, not much for £14! The lid screws on/ off and is very secure.


          When I opened the pot I was quite shocked at just how red the balm looked, however Benefit claim the balm is 'universally flattering' so I hoped it would fade a little when I put it on my lips. When I first dipped my finger into the balm I found it very gloopy and sticky, but applied it to my lips anyway. On my lips it also felt gloopy and I found myself removing most of the balm and leaving just the bare minimum remaining. The colour was okay, quite subtle and a rosy pink/ red it wasn't really very noticeable which I like as I prefer a more natural look. I find the colour fades pretty quickly and I tend to reapply after a couple of hours which, although I only use a small amount of the balm on each application, means that I do end up using quite a lot.


          After wearing my lips don't feel particularly moisturised, the balm isn't drying at all but I wouldn't say it has any positive effects either. The stickiness I find, does stay on my lips, this is one of the reasons I don't wear gloss very often, because I always wear my long hair down and hair stuck to my lips is never good. I have also used Vaseline in the Rosy Lips variety, this moisturises lips much better and have the same rosy tint for £1.99, a much better buy.


          I've been disappointed by Benefit Benetint, it doesn't moisturise my lips, just leaves them feeling sticky. The rosy tint is nice but this can be achieved for much cheaper using, a waste of money in my opinion, one to avoid!

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            31.03.2011 23:00
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            Benefit lip tint

            I bought this because my lips were dry and in need of some tlc.
            It promises to be " the rosy tint that has you in mind", and is apparently a universally flattering tint which uses Benetint's legendary formula, a combination of vitamin E, SPF 15 and a light rose fragrance. Good stuff in a small box!

            I always tend to like the Benefit packaging and this didn't disappoint. The lip product comes in a small cube shaped box with a picture of a lady on the front and all the information and instructions on the side. The picture, as with the pictures on all of Benefit products does look like it has stepped out of the 1950s. The small 6.5g tub of lip gloss has the same picture on the screw on/off lid When I unscrew the lid the lip product itself does look very red- more red than I would usually wear, but I am emboldened by the fact that it tells me that it is universally flattering- surely I can't go far wrong with this one.

            I dip in my finger and find immediately that it feels very sticky. I usually find that lip glosses feel more moisturising and when I apply it to my lips the stickiness does remain. I don't feel as though my lips are being instantly moisturised but they do have a nice rosey tint which isn't overly obvious. The stickiness does fade a little but the whole time I am wearing it I feel that it is sitting on my lips and protecting them from the elements rather than giving them the moisture they need. I use my finger to apply the liptint but a brush can be used. After a while I did start to use a brush to see if it applied any better and because I didn't like the feel of the sticky and quite thick product finding its way behind my nails.

            The RRP is £14 and whilst I bought mine in Boots, it is widely available in other stores and also online.

            MY THOUGHTS...

            I usually like Benefit products but this is definitely not one of their best and I won't be rushing out to buy another. For me it was rather like spreading Vaseline onto my lips which would have been a cheaper option. It is sticky and didn't help my lips although the colour is nice.

            Definitely not one I would buy again but not awful if what you want is a Vaseline type product

            Thanks for reading

            Daniela xx

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