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I don't particularly like wearing lip stick but my lips look so pale and boring without anything on them. Luckily I am a big fan of the old lip glosses and even though I have plenty of them, there is always room for more. I love Benefit and all of their product and so I purchased the Ultra Shine Lip Shine.
What does the product do?
The product is essentially a lip gloss which promises to give the lips a lovely splash of colour with a beautiful shiny finish. It claims that it doesn't have the stickiness that is often associated with lip glosses and that it is 'loaded with crystal brilliance'. It comes with a silky brush which promises to allow you to quickly, accurately and easily apply the product leaving you will lips which shimmer and glimmer.
How do you apply the product?
The lip gloss is to swept onto the lips. It can be worn over a lipstick or alone. It is best applied to lips which are in a good condition so you need to use a balm regularly so that it doesn't highlight any dryness or flakiness.
Each shade comes with a cute and lovely name, and I wouldn't expect anything less from Benefit. They have names like Spiked Punch, Back to the Fuchsia, Wild Child and Dancing Queen. They comes in a range of shades that are many pinks, corals and nudes so there's nothing too out there and some of them include a sparkle which others don't. I chose back to the fuchsia which is unsuprisingly a fuchsia pink shade which has lovely bits of shimmer in it.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a lovely black and white box and the lip gloss itself is contained within a circular tube through which you can see the product inside. It has some black swirls on the tube itself and a black band across the top. You unscrew the lid and find the application wand inside. It has a clear stick and the applicator is a brush rather than the usual sponge that you find with lip glosses. The length of the brush is really short. Each of these lovely glosses will set you back around £14. They can be bought from department stores which have a Benefit counter such as Boots and Debenhams, as well as from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product looks lovely and expensive so I don't mind being seen using the product in public. When you unscrew the lid, you will notice straight away that the product has quite a strong aroma for a lip gloss but it is a lovely fruity and sugary one. It may be too strong and sickly for some as you apply the product directly beneath the nose but I really like it. Even if it's not up your street, the aroma does fade away shortly after application. It doesn't really have a taste at all which is a good thing as it stops from being tempted to lick it all back off again.
The short length of the brush really does make it easy to accurately apply the product without you having to worry about getting it on the skin. The product is silky on soft and it feels really nice on the lips. A good amount of the product comes out on the brush and the lip gloss has a thick consistency. The product does glide easily on the lips without pulling or dragging on the skin. It feels completely comfortable on the lips and although it is a bit sticky, it is probably one of the least sticky and tacky glosses that I have ever used.
The shade which I bought is actually quite sheer but I like this in a lip gloss. It does add a bit of colour to my lips making them pretty and pink but it isn't over the top or in your face. It does however add a lovely glassy finish the lips leaving them looking beautifully shiny and glossy. The shade that I chose always has a bit of shimmer included so it has a lovely glittery effect which is not like a disco ball or childish in anyway. The lip gloss is suitable for both night and day wear. The gloss has quite long lasting results and will stay put for about three hours, even when eating and drinking. Reapplication is easy and quick, even without a mirror. The product isn't drying on the lips and they still feel soft and in a good condition even after it has been removed.
All in all, this is a lovely lip gloss which gives my lips a lick of pretty colour and has a beautiful shiny and glassy finish. Mine comes with a subtle shimmer which makes the lips look lovely. It has a fruity aroma and no taste, and has the least sticky finish out of the lip glosses I have used. It sticks around for quite a few hours and when it has gone the lips are still left feeling soft and looking healthy.
Let me start by saying while I love Benefit products (I have several products in my collection and love them all - except Dr. Feelgood), I'm not normally a fan of lip glosses. They tend to be really sticky and feel heavy and gunked up on my lips. However Benefit were doing a "get a free lipgloss with you purchase" so I decided to get one, and now I wouldn't be without them in my makeup bag. These are definitely not sticky, and feel great to have on.
So far I have "Kiss You" (a clear fuchsia with subtle gold shimmer), "Spiked Punch" (a juicy coral with silver shimmer) and "So Frisk Me" (a gilded berry). They all look really pigmented in the tube, but give a sheer or semi-opaque finish when worn. The shimmer adds another dimension to the gloss, which I really love. Some cheaper lip glosses all look the same once their on your lips but not these. The formula is pigmented enough that you can tell the difference. Ultra Shines have a slight fruity scent and taste but this isn't overpowering and fades quite quickly.
The packaging is sleek and chic. Benefit pay great attention to their packaging, which I love. Since I bought my first Ultra Shine, Benefit have changed the applicator from a doefoot applicator to a brush. So if you have fuller lips it may take a couple of extra applications to get a proper amount of gloss on. Kind of annoying, but I think the great formula is worth the tiny bit of extra effort. They last 2-3 hours on me, and feel smooth and moisturizing. In winter I wear them over some lip balm to stop my lips drying out. Another bonus I've noticed is if you have dry chapped lips, they cover and mask the appearance of dry flakes (sorry if that sounded gross, but I thought it'd be a helpful tip to share).
Needless to say, I'm looking to enlarge my collection of Benefts Ultra Shines. They are a league above other lip glosses. Well worth the money and they'll last you a long time!
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Gloss just got a nude attitude! Benefit Ultra Shines Lip Shine collection is now complete with four new glosses in the slickest neutral shades ever! The perfect shiny shades for natural beauty this spring / gals, you're going to need one for every purse / Benefit Ultra Shines Lip Shine drench your lips in brilliant shine and a burst of juicy colour that's NEVER sticky / Now's the time / load up on shine / Directions for use: Benefit Ultra Shines Lip Shines glide on smooth with the specially designed custom brush / Tips: Wear your favourite Benefit Ultra Shines Lip Shine with Sugarbomb, Benefit's Sugar Rush Flush Face Powder for a cheeky sweet treat / Please note that Benefit is available to customers in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden only /