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I normally use Benefit's silky finish lipsticks but loved the shade of one of the full finish ones (No Competition) so thought I would give it a try.
I ordered two lipsticks from Benefit's own website and they arrived in a shoebox sized package with lots of paper inside to pad the items. While the lipsticks were well protected and arrived in perfect condition, I did think this was a bit excessive. When I opened the package, the 3.6g lipstick was inside an attractive little box decorated in Benefit's trademark retro style. The lipstick casing is black with white swirls around the bottom half and a sticker on the bottom with the company details and the shade printed on it. As with most lipsticks, you take off the upper half of the casing and twist the bottom half to get the make up to rise up out of it.
I chose the No Competition shade, which is a gorgeous wine colour that is perfect for autumn and winter. On first inspection, it appeared a little too vampy for my taste but it looked great when applied and blotted. It is the kind of shade that is suitable for both daytime wear and night time glam.
Unlike the silky finish lipsticks, this full finish one has a point at the tip, which I find makes it easier to apply, particularly when it is quite a dramatic change from the natural hue of my lips. It glides along the lips nicely when applied and doesn't feel as greasy as some I've tried. When applying lipstick I put on one coat, blot with a tissue then apply another coat, blotting again afterwards. I find the colour holds well and I don't need to reapply very often at all. While I can't feel the lipstick on my lips, they do feel moisturised enough and I don't feel like I need lip balm as well (I often get very dry lips).
Overall, I really like this product. The shade and the wearability combine to make me sure that this is my go to lippy for the autumn and winter months and I'll definitely be trying out some of the other shades in the range.
I am not really a lipstick wearer but I recently received a Full Finish Lipstick by Benefit as a present from a friend. This is a firm favourite of hers and she was determined to convert me into a lipstick wearer. The product promises to give a good coverage of colour using its creamy formula, leaving your lips with a smooth finish and looking pretty.
There are 20 shades available altogether so there should be something for everyone. The colours range from red to pinks to corals to browns to nude and they all have comical, flirty names such Wanna?, Flirt Alert, Sassy Frass, Pillow Talk and I tink I Love You. My friend got me Do tell which is blossom pink.
Packaging and Price
The lipsticks all come contained within a glossy black tube which has some white detailing on it, and Benefit is written in white letters. You pull the lid off in order to access the lipstick and then twist the bottom to move the product up. The lipsticks are quite expensive, as are all of Benefits products, and they cost around £14 each. They can be bought from any department store with a Benefit stand and also from a variety of online websites.
The texture of this lipstick is really creamy and silky. One of the things that usually puts me off buying lipstick is that it can show up all of the flaky and dry skin on your lips and make them look worse but this one doesn't do that so I needn't have worried. The lipstick is already moulded into a shape which allows you to apply the lipstick precisely and easily. It feels completely comfortable on my lips and it even made them feel hydrated.
The product did make my lips look really pretty. It has quite a shiny finish which makes my lips look in a good condition. The coverage is really good and even, and the colour is quite intense which I thought would put me off but it hasn't. The lipstick stays on for hours, even after eating and drinking, and I don't find reapplication necessary unless I am moving from day to night. It doesn't dry out on the lips and it continues to look pretty for hours. When it is time to remove the product, it is easily removed and doesn't stain my lips. It doesn't dry them out either.
All in all, even though I'm not a big fan of lipsticks, I am definitely a fan of this one. It makes my lips look full, healthy and pretty and it has long lasting results. It is easy to use and comes in a shade to suit everyone. I like it so much that I am tempted to buy another shade and I may have been converted to being a lip stick wearer.
First of all I need to say I am a lipstick wearing girl, the only thing that goes on my lips is Vaseline. I got two of these lipsticks in the colours 'LaLa Land' and 'Wild Card' free through the competitions on the Flake Bars a year ago. Originally I was going to sell them on to make a bit of money but I got enticed by the very pretty packaging, they had little cards with a cheeky saying on which I have kept too.
The lipsticks themselves are quite plain, in black tubes with a white swirl pattern on around the bottom. The name and colours are printed on the end of the tubes. I do like them but I sometimes mix them up with other makeup products in my makeup bag which can be annoying when I'm looking for a mini mascara or something else! When you pull the lid off there is a smaller swivel tube with benefit written on, and then the lipstick is in here, it is cut slanted for easier application.
The first time I tried one I put off by how dark it was however this is the first lipstick I had tried so I would apply it every now and again to get used to seeing colour on my lips. My lips are very thin so it's quite difficult for me to apply and see colour on them. However after a few goes I used to it.
The lipstick glides on very smoothly, although if your lips are chapped or dry it does go on all lumpy and thick so make sure you're looking after your lips! The colour doesn't budge easily from talking or sipping on drinks and I don't need to apply it very often but it is easily taken off at the end of the end of the day with a wet wipe or even just a tissue. It also left my lips feeling very soft afterwards too which is a plus.
Something I always notice about makeup is the smell of it, if it has a clinical chemical smell to it, which a lot of the cheaper brand lipsticks do I don't put it anywhere near my face, especially if it's lipstick because then you are likely to smell it all day. These benefit ones don't really have a smell at all, which I prefer to ones that have a fruity or floral smell because it tends to get stuck in my nose all day and puts me off the product.
I like the colours on offer for this range as they all have a soft matte look but with a slight sheeny glitter to them which isn't over the top, they are more of a daytime lipwear collection and there are many shades to choose from.
I don't think I would buy this product full price as it is very expensive and isn't too much different from other brands out there either, I'm sure you could find something out there that's cheaper but just as good.
REASONS FOR PURCHASE
I was completing a large Benefit order online recently and decided to try this lipstick. Although it claims to be 'Full Finish', I know that Benefit lipsticks are usually quite sheer and glossy. Comfortable on the lips too in most cases, so very suitable for day time and work wear.
The colour I selected is called 'Shy' and Benefit describe the colour as 'Ballet Slipper'.
WHAT BENEFIT SAY:
"why we love it:Your search for the perfect lipstick is over! From naughty nudes to red carpet reds, these rich, seductive full-finish lipsticks give you the coverage and color you've been longing for.
With 18 glamorous shades to choose from, you'll want them all!
3.0g Net wt. 0.10 oz."
PRICE / AVAILABILITY / APPEARANCE
The RRP of this lipstick is £14 for the full sized 3g tube.
The lipstick can be purchased from Benefit's website, and some other websites such as ASOS. You can also purchase Benefit from department stores such as Debenhams and House of Fraser.
Shop around and keep an eye out for any voucher codes for % discounts at the above mentioned places!
Might be worth to run a Google Shopping search on the lipstick too, in case it ends up cheaper elsewhere at any point.
Not all the shades will be available at all the places listed either, so if you can't find the colour you're after, check the Benefit website.
The lipstick comes in a pretty cardboard box with a different 50s style lady on it for each different shade. The Benefit packaging is mostly fun and quirky, and these lipsticks are no exception!
The lipstick case itself is black shiney hard plastic (although it feels almost metal like) with white swirls. The lid clicks on and off easily but firmly, so it's not likely to come loose in your makeup bag. The lipstick twists up and the lipstick itself is at a slant for easy application.
I will use my thoughts on the colour Shy for the purpose of this review. Shy is described as 'Ballet Slipper' which we can assume means that it's the pretty pastel light pink colour of a ballet slipper! My verdict on the colour would be a dusky / beige tinted mid pink. That is how it looks in the tube!
When you apply your Benefit Full Finish lipstick, don't be afraid to go directly from the tube to lips. I don't feel a brush is necessary here since these are not highly pigmented or matte. 'Shy' glides on and feels smooth, creamy, light, and moisturising. The colour is somewhat sheer, but not 'wishy washy'. You can add another layer for a fuller coverage. Some sheer lipsticks can be glitzy and have shimmer, but this one is nice and matte in colour (though not in texture).
On my lips it's a very subtle pink, a step up from wearing a tinted lip balm. This colour is ideal for daytime and I think it would suit most skin tones, actually, I would dare to say all skin tones!
My 'Shy' lipstick is such a lovely colour and I feel comfortable wearing it any time, however, due to the silky / shiney finish, it's not long lasting. I would suggest carrying it with you if you want to wear it all day. Luckily, as I said before, it glides on easily, so a quick touch up won't take you long at all. You probably won't need the aide of a mirror either because the colour is so close to a natural lip colour.
I love this lipstick, the colour 'Shy' in particular (I do own a few more of these, but still love 'Shy' the most!). The formula is spot on, and makes it easy for even a novice to apply them. The colours are subtle so you won't feel like you have makeup plastered on, but you'll still feel your look is polished and complete!
I think that £14 is a bit too expensive, even though you'd expect to pay a little more with a brand like Benefit. The £8 mark would be a lot more reasonable baring in mind that these seem to go down very quickly (probably because I use them a lot, reapply them a lot throughout the day).
If you don't mind paying £14 for a lipstick, I'd definitely suggest that you try these lipsticks out for yourself. Don't expect the finish to be bold and matte though! These are very high shine and almost a little sheer if only one coat is applied (despite the 'full finish' title!).
A must have day time lipstick for me!
I dont wear a huge amount of make-up and quite frankly generally do not spend a lot on it, flicking from Rimmel to Collection 2ooo if i am brasic.
So i found a site online that sells branded make-up and perfumes at discount prices and i managed to bag myself Benfit silky lipstick in 'breathless' for a mear £7, (retailing at £13 at the Benefit counter). At that price i was a little dubious about the quality and whether it was legitimate, but low and behold was delivered by Special delivery and came packaged in the very evident Benefit packaging - consisting of a retro style box, and inside a black lipstick holder roughly 2 1/2 inches long in black with a white swirly pattern around the base of the holder. On the underside of the lipstick is a sticker stating the colour, the weight (3g), where it is made, with London being underlined and the Benefit logo. This lipstick feels quite heavy to the touch, and therefore oozes with quality.
Taking the lid off is when you get to see the product itself, and the applicator is at a slant in itself with the Benefit logo inside also.
AS expected the lipstick has a sheen to it and needs to be turned anti-clockwise to release the lipstick and clockwise to retract the lipstick back down. There is a good amount of lipstick to be had and you do not need to apply a huge amount as the colour itself is very vibrant. The lipstick appears to be odourless, and certainly not offensive.
The application is easy as there is already a slant to the top and the diameter of the stick itslef is roughly 1.2cm (smaller than most i have used), which i do feel is easier to apply, especially if you have thinner lips than others.
My quarm with this product is the life on the lips. Considering it holds the Benefit name, i dont feel that it has long wear, 2 hours at most. This is such a shame as the colour is great, and like previously said, so easy to apply. The lipstick feels very moisturising, which may be why it comes off as easy as it goes on. You only need to have a bite to eat and a drink and it needs reapplying, a shame when used on my wedding day ;(.
None the less though, at the price paid, it is still a great product, just a shame it dissapears twice as quick as you may first think!
===What is it, and what does it claim to do?===
"Do Tell" Full Finish Lipstick from popular brand BeneFit. It is a dark-rose matte lip colour with very little sheen, that claims to provide a "full, rich color". I received this product through the Flake promotion that ran from February to October this year (2010) in the "Do Tell" colour. There are 17 other shades to choose from.
It comes in a swivel tube, and has a slanted tip for easier application.
The item comes in a lovely black cardboard box with the image of BeneFit's Lana on and the BeneFit logo. The lipstick is in a substantial tube that feels metallic to me; I would certainly expect it to be able to withstand the toughest of make-up bags or deepest of handbags. The item itself is decorated at the bottom, and the swivel tube holding the stick has benefit emblazoned across it. The stick of colour takes up about half of the total length of the tube.
===What's the colour like?===
This shade falls into the lightest category of the three offered by BeneFit for this type of lipstick - the "Lanas". The Lanas are supposedly light, neutral shades and "Do Tell" is advertised as "Pink Blossom". However, in my opinion there is not much light or neutral about this shade! It is a very dusky pink, and when slicked straight onto the lip seems to appear even darker. This is probably because of my pale skin - I'd be a little scared to see what the heavier shades looked like on me.
Before buying a lip colour from this collection I'd recommend heading down to the local BeneFit counter to try some out for yourself, as the descriptions given are from my experience not very accurate.
This lipstick reacts slightly with my skin - which is not a problem I have had before with other products from BeneFit or other brands. I would therefore be cautious if you have had problems with other cosmetics in the past before you put this lipstick onto your skin.
It is also rather drying, and over time your lips can start to feel quite rough. Moisturising the lips first could help, but I find it a bit of a pain and prefer my products to do the whole job, not just half.
===Any particular texture/smell?===
I could only discern the mildest scent when I shoved this near my nostrils, so anyone who likes a fragrant experience from applying their lip colour would be disappointed with this. I admit I rather like a little scent, but it isn't a major factor in my decision-making.
The texture is very thick and creamy, and it appears to have extraordinary staying power. I put some on a friends hand to demonstrate the richness, and four days later you could still see a hint of the colour left there. (I assure you that she's a regular hand-washer.) I wasn't sure whether to be impressed or slightly perturbed - but if you're looking for a colour that'll stick right on in there through to the end of the day (or night) then you might be in luck!
To apply, remove the cap and turn the swivel tube to release the colour stick. One can either apply by sweeping across the lips for the "full" colour, or you could dab it gently to apply a little bit of the colour. The latter is preferable for me, and due to the hold of this colour, it is more effective than the lip stains I have bought specifically for the job of providing that little bit of matte colour.
Due to this incredible lasting power it requires a bit more elbow grease to get rid of compared to your average lipstick. In particular the dark nature of this colour makes it a little harder. However, all good make-up removers should be able to cope with it.
As aforementioned, I won this in a Flake promotion. The RRP for this product is £13.00 but a quick search of the internet can yield prices well below this.
Overall, a nice product for the right person - this colour just wasn't for me, and I prefer to stick with a simple balm.
posted on ciao under the same name
This is another product that I got from the Flake & Benefit promotion.
This product has very grown-up, sleek black packaging. It feels sturdy and very high quality which I do love about more expensive products, in particular with Benefit. It is metal rather than plastic which gives it an edge.
The lipstick itself is very unusual. It is in an odd shape (as you can see from the picture) but it glides onto your lips just as well as any other shaped lipstick. It goes on very easily and is lovely to apply. Its quite buildable but for a strong colour you only need to apply one coat.
There are 9 shades in the range which I think are all lovely and there is sure to be one to suit everyone. I bought the shade 'Do tell' on a bit of a whim as I didn't know whether it will suit me but i'm very impressed. It is a pinky purpley shade and quite dark, but it suited my pale skintone. The colour is quite matte but it is a pretty shade.
The lasting power of this lipstick is fantastic- it almost stains the lips so that even when you eat etc there is still a hint of lipstick on. It's very moisturising which I love, especially as I don't expect this from a matte lipstick.
As this is more of a pricier lipstick I think many pepole would be put of buying it. However, for its staying power and pretty colours I definately think it's worth the money as I think the lipstick will last a very long time.
Up until the day I got married I had used a mixture of make-up. Nothing really that I purchased on a regular basis. I had quite a few mini make overs in a local Boots store and found that the best for myself was Benefit.
I purchased this lipstick among many other items, if the sales assistant was on commission she would have earned a lot that day!
The lipstick shade that I purchased was Finders Keepers. I wanted a nice neutral shade that had a hint of colour. And thats what I got.
I would describe this lipstick as subtle and lasting.
I applied the lipstick around 1pm and by 10pm it was still visable.
Considering all the crying and kissing cheeks that were done that day I found it to be really reliable and a must have for that special occasion.
You can purchase this lipstick for around £13. It is worth the investment.
After 6 months I still have over half left so it really can't be that bad.
Other shades in this range of lipstick are:
La La Land
On The Sly
A lipstick not to turn your nose up at!
I don't buy a lot of Benefit products, and received this as a gift. I was surprised with how well the lipstick stayed on which generally doesn't happen for long with the more moisturising lipsticks as this one is. It feels very much like a lipbalm and is non-drying which is an added advantage. My only real gripe is that there isn't a great deal of shades to choose from, but if you are looking for a neutral or pink shade, then you will have no trouble finding one from here.
Lipstick costs £13 so around mid-range cost. Benefit is generally a fun brand and their products tend to be good quality, and I would recommend this range of lipsticks for their staying power and moisturising properties too. Plus, although not really related, the packaging is always quite cute as an added bonus! Worth a try especially if you haven't used the brand before.
For full rich lip colour!