I collect the Benefit Boxed Powders (even if the price tag gives me sad face every time I buy one) so I was more than a little intrigued when they released corresponding lip glosses for 6 of the shades. The full sized individual lipglosses cost £13.50 for 15ml but I was lucky enough to be given a gift set of mini sized products (6.5ml per tube) last Christmas. I’m going to swatch 3 here today and the last 3 in another post.
The glosses are packaged in squeeze tubes with slanted applicators. All of the have a similar sweet candy smell to the boxed powders and they do have a noticeably sugary taste as well so if fragranced lip products aren’t your thing sniff before you buy as the scent/ taste is quite strong. The formula is quite lively. These are not sticky in any way shape or form. Instead they feel incredibly smooth, creamy and actually quite moisturising on the lips. They don’t last an especially long time (maybe 2-3 hours on me) but then few non sticky lip glosses do.
Coralista is one of my favourite blushes from benefit with its pink/ coral shade shot through with gold shimmer. I was surprised to see that the gloss does not have that gold pearl to it. It’s more of a jelly coral with a noticeable red leaning. The shade is very sheer on the lips. In fact all of the glosses are really quite sheer.
The thought of Hoola in gloss form was quite frankly terrifying. How on earth were they going to interpret a matte deep bronzer as a lip product without making me look like I’d been eating Nutella with just a touch too much enthusiasm? Actually they have managed to pull it off! Instead of a flat brown shade (thank goodness) they created a very sheer shimmering champagne. It’s very wearable and a good shade for layering over lipstick.
Sugarbomb is another shimmering shade, this time in a dusky rose base. There is more colour to it than Hoola though. This is one of my favourites on.
I really like these although I will say if you are buying the individual full sized tubes the sheer nature of them means you really do not need all of the shades. I personally find Coralista a bit underwhelming on the lips. If I were to pick one of these three my money would be on Sugarbomb.