Lip Plump
Last Updated:04.30.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Lip Plump has been around for too long when you consider its lackluster performance, inconvenient application, and price. It supposedly smoothes and builds the contour of the lips, but is really just a lightweight, flesh-toned concealer that minimally fills in lip lines and takes too long to set. Even the Benefit counter personnel agreed this is a product that is difficult to work with, messy to apply, and, perhaps most importantly, doesn’t really work. It’s not often that we get such candid comments from a line’s representatives but they sum up this product exactly!

Brand Overview

Benefit At-A-Glance

Strengths: Worthwhile foundation and powder options; excellent assortments of blushes and a good bronzer; nice brow-enhancing options; several beautiful lip colors; excellent illuminating products.

Weaknesses: Skincare products could use more innovation (many contain potentially irritating fragrance and have bland formulas).

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.

Benefit's makeup philosophy 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 skincare products with ultra-cute appellations for less than ultra-fancy prices. 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.

Unfortunately, some of the products simply can't live up to their promises. This is mostly true of their skincare formulas, where the showcased ingredients are either present in itsy-bitsy amounts or the claims attributed to them are very exaggerated. 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.

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like white-out for lips

This is impossible to use, it really does looks like concealer for the lips. Doesn't plump, doesn't make a good lip primer either. Very odd unnatural cream/flesh-tone. I'm not sure what Benefit was thinking with this one - it's all around just a poor product. I can't even find a use for it! Wish I had seen this review before I wasted the money. I was told this "was a good lip primer and would help lipstick stay" but does none of that.

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