May 4, 2010

Benefit Summer Collection 2010: Benefit Ultra Shine Lip Shine Review

Ultra: Going beyond others, or beyond due limit; extreme; fanatical; uncompromising; as, an ultra reformer; ultra measures.

Dontcha just love when makeup has the word “ultra” in it? Gets my blood pumping.

Wanna meet Benefit Ultra Shine Lip Shine?

Jump it!

What is it?

Take Benefit Lipgloss and added a brand new brush application and a ton of brilliant shine and you’ll have yourself the brand new Ultra Shine Gloss.

The Good….

Ahhh thick, glossy, and incredibly shiny, I’m thinking Benefit Ultra Shine Lip Shine and I will be BFF very soon. Formula is pretty darn nice on this as it has just the right amount of thickness I desire to make my lips look full plus packs plenty of pigmentation into the mix so I can wear easily alone sans lipstick. The texture isn’t too tacky which is fab as it makes for a rather comfortable wear plus it sticks around for quite a number of hours before needing a touch up, likey! I tried it in Spiked Punch which is a vibrant orange-y peach with a cream finish.

The brush applicator is what really gets me down on my knees singing praises of joy and thanks to the Benefit Gods. I really like brush or spatula applicators as it allows me to build up product in a snap. I find these applicators work much better for application versus a standard, boring sponge.

The Bad….

WTH Benefit? Only available in five shades? Well that stinks. Wasn’t keen on the color I got because of the cream finish so interested to see if any of the other shades contain a bit of shimmer as I can wear that finish easier but I do think most if not all are creams from swatches I seen.

Who might like it?

  • Anyone who likes a thick, glossy lip product.
  • Anyone who wants a long wearing gloss.
  • Those who already enjoy Benefit Gloss as this is similar but on steroids.

Who might not like it?

  • Anyone who wants a variety of color (Five shades really isn’t a whole lot of selection but I’m sure Benefit will release more at a later date).
  • Anyone who doesn’t like a cream gloss (I could be wrong but I don’t think any of the current shades are available in sparkle/shimmer so cream it is).
  • Anyone who doesn’t like thicker glosses.

Final Thoughts…..

I liked the gloss well enough however I’d love to see more of a color selection in the future with a bit of sparkle and shimmer thrown in there or perhaps even have some shades from the regular gloss line available in this new formula. The brush applicator really seals the deal for me as I enjoy this style applicator for glosses which makes the gloss an instant win. All in all a very nice thick gloss with a super finish.


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Whatcha think?

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Stephanie

    Love it!! I am a big fan of Benefit, so I will have to buy some.

  • Shiya

    Thanks for the review! I’ll check them out at sephora next time.

  • Brooke

    I wish I would have bought this! I was debating between this gloss and MAC love nectar and opted for the MAC. While I do like it, I think Benefit has better color pay off. I guess you can never have too much gloss…Maybe next pay day! haha. Thanks for the review!

  • Sarah

    Love the look of it in the bottle, but the swatch looks straight up orange!

  • dina

    ooohh, liking these alot!! look fwd to ck’ing out the colors in person 🙂 because i am in dire need of more lip gloss . . . . 😛

  • Resa

    Oh, I think I hear my bank account crying. Hah, I’ll have to get these for my graduation photo session! Yay Benefit!!

  • pickledgreens

    I love cream finishes, and am looking for a long-wearing one that doesn’t cost more than $20. Thanks for review.

    • the Muse

      my pleasure pickled greens how are you long time no see!