Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm is Benefit Cosmetics second venture into creating lip balms inspired by their very popular collection of Lip and Cheek Stains. In 2013, Benefit introduced Ultra Plush Lipgloss which were inspired by their cult favorite Box o’ Powder Blushes and with tinted lip balms trending at the moment I think Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm couldn’t come at a greater time considering tinted lip balm is such a trend at the moment. Not only does the launch celebrate everyone’s addiction and obsession with Benefit’s Cheek Stains but also everyone’s craving for lightweight yet moisturizing balms with a tint.
And hey let’s face it, I love the IDEA of having a tinted lip balm that matches up with my favorite shade of Benefit Blush!
There are many things right with Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm but they have one thing very wrong.
Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm is a new hydrating lip balm with a slight sheer tint. Benefit promotes them as a sheer lip balm with a conditioning formula that can be worn under your favorite lipstick or on their own as a hydrating, slightly tinted balm.
Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm Swatches (from left to right: Benebalm, ChachaBalm, Lollibalm, and Posiebalm)
Benefit did such a great job with these. First off the packaging is adorable. Each lip balm comes housed in a nice weight mirrored tube featuring a design inspired by their powder blush sister’s packaging. They are a nice size tube and quite pretty and cute to look at. I put a good deal of importance on packaging myself and I think Benefit did a very nice job here!
They do market them as a “fruity” flavored lip balm but they actually taste and smell like the old Benefit Benetint Lip Balm which had a rose flavor and fragrance! It’s very subtle but it is there for those sensitive to fragrance in their lip balms. I like it but others might not!
Benefit actually introduced these in four different shades and if you’re paying rather close attention you’ll realize that Benefit Ultra Plush Gloss are actually inspired by the Box of Powder Blushes BUT the Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm actually all match up with shades of Benefit Lip and Cheek Stain. So you have LolliBalm, ChaChaBalm, BeneBalm, and Posiebalm all of which are Lip and Cheek Stains (and some of which are powder blushes too!) and I don’t know about you but I love playing matchy match with these shades.
If you’re anything at all like me you’re going to want every single shade of the Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm and I’m unfortunately a total killjoy here telling you don’t need every single shade. Le sigh!
Benefit did a nice job with this formula! It’s balmy yet weightless, moist and lightly hydrating, and it looks natural and pretty on my lips. The problem? Too, too, too sheer. I admit I was disappointed. They didn’t market these as super pigmented but I did expect them to have enough pigment to look like their namesakes or even enough so they looked different from one another but once applied it seems like every single shade looked the same on me.
Benefit Posietint Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
Benefit Posietint Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm Swatches
Benefit Lollibalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
Benefit Lollibalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm Swatches
Benefit Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
Benefit Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm Swatches
Benefit ChachaBalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
Benefit ChachaBalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm Swatches
I really had hopes that ChaChabalm would give me a nice coral tint or even a bit of a lilac pinky point from Lollibalm! But unfortunately, all the shades gave me was a very subtle hint of tint with a high sheen finish. They feel quite hydrating on my lips but wear away in an hour. On super dry lips they might not provide as much moisture as you need or like to feel “quenched”. They’ll be a nice companion under lipsticks though! I think the most pigmented shade was Benebalm as that had a nice rosy look on lips but outside of that the others all applied fairly transparent!
Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm bring a delightful idea to the table with very cute packaging plus some nice moisture! But if you’re looking to play the match game with them and your favorite think or powder blush from Benefit you might be disappointed at the sheerness of the tinted finish! For that you’ll need to go the Ultra Plush Gloss way as those did not disappoint this Bene babe!
Wearing Benebalm on Lips