Benefit's Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms are supposed to be complementary products to the brand's famous liquid lip and cheek tints, such as Benetint and Lollitint. While those tints get high marks here on Beautypedia, these lip balm sister products most certainly do not!
These tinted lip balms are named for the lip and cheek tints they resemble (Benebalm, Lollibalm, and so on) and come in a standard lipstick tube. They feel incredibly creamy going on, gliding across the lips with ease. They also provide a pretty sheer tint in shades like soft orchid, peach, and rose, and the finish is an attractive soft shine.
The issue with these balms is that unlike the tints they're named for they contain a lot of fragrance! The smell is overpowering, to the point that we actually had to remove the Lollibalm we were wearing because it was so strong!
Putting the unpleasantness of the smell aside (Lollibalm in particular has a very strong orchid scent that made us feel like we were eating a floral arrangement,… but everyone has different sensibilities), fragrance in lip-care products is a problem because it can cause chronic irritation. That's the exact opposite of what you need from a healing lip balm! See More Info for details on the problems with fragrance in skin-care and lip products. You'll find much better options on our list of Best Lip Products.
- Feels creamy on the lips and applies with ease.
- Pretty, sheer tint.
- Attractive soft-shine finish.
- Contains a high amount of fragrance, but fragrance isn't skin care!
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Benefit was developed by twins Jean Danielson and Jane Blackford, whose initial claim to fame was a stint as the Calgon twins back in 1960s television commercials. They opened their first cosmetics store, The Face Place, in San Francisco circa 1976, and then, perhaps recognizing the need for a name with more impact, The Face Place became Benefit in 1990. From there the line took off and expanded its presence beyond the Bay Area to include national department stores and, eventually, Sephora boutiques. Sephora's parent company, LVMH, purchased Benefit in late 1999, and, for the most part, has allowed the brand to stay true to the zany irreverence that put it on the map.
Fortunately the change hasn't eroded Benefit's makeup philosophy, which is outrageously fun, or its product arsenal centered on impossibly cute names and a lexicon that aims to make beauty enjoyable. Benefit single-handedly started the trend of selling makeup and skin-care products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. It seems that in recent years, LVMH's influence may have trickled down to Benefit's marketing department, because most of the cute, attitude-based product descriptions have been tempered to more clearly communicate the products'... you guessed it, benefit. But that's a smart move given the number of products Benefit competes with in department stores and at Sephora.
Yet even with the more straightforward claims, most of these products simply can't do what they say they can. In almost every instance, the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are not even remotely true. Despite this, if you're in the mood for a fun experience and can manage to choose products wisely while enjoying the whimsy, Benefit deserves a look.
For more information about Benefit, call (800) 781-2336 or visit www.Benefitcosmetics.com.
It's refreshing to see a cosmetics line espouse fun and frivolity, but if product quality and performance aren't there to sustain the philosophy there's not much to discuss. Luckily, that's not the case with most of Benefit's makeup. As with most lines, there are enough missteps and problem products to shop carefully, but Benefit shines in several categories, including foundation, bronzing powder, blush, and shimmer products.