Words can’t even begin to describe my excitement when I first saw these new Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Glosses ($16 USD / $18 CAD each)! I’ve been obsessed with the original Benefit Boxed Powders (they’re like Pokemon to me, I’ve gotta collect them all!) for such a long time, so to see these cute new lip glosses inspired by each of the shades, I knew I needed them! These glosses are launching May 2012 (…I can already see them up on Sephora.com, just not in stock yet!) so get ready, they’re coming soon!
Each of the lip glosses come in their own cardboard box, with a design very similar to their Boxed Powder counterparts. Each gloss comes in a squeeze tube with a slanted tip, and individual labels that also match the boxed powders. I love the look of them- they’re so fun and colourful! The gloss tube feels comfortable to use, and although I would prefer a doe-foot applicator for more precision, these work pretty well because the glosses are sheer.
The Lip Glosses
Benefit is releasing a total of six lip glosses, Bella Bamba, Coralista, Dallas, Dandelion, Hoola and Sugarbomb (I have four of them to show you today… but I’ll probably get the other two once they launch)! So as you can see, not all of the boxed powders are included (we’re missing out on Thrrrob, 10, Georgia and Hervana), but its a good start and hopefully they release more!
The glosses are very sheer- so even though the colors look ultra bold in the tubes and swatches, they go on much more subtly and look a lot more similar to the boxed powder colors. I really wish they were more pigmented though. The formula is super silky, not sticky at all, so while that means extra comfortable, it also means that they don’t have a super long lasting power. They are also extra shiny, so it makes your lips super juicy and in their words, ‘plush’ as the gloss name states. They really do feel amazing, but personally I prefer thicker, stickier glosses because I would rather them last longer. They smell a little floral and a little sweet, but nothing to overwhelming.
My one problem with the glosses is since some of them are bold colors, yet very sheer, it makes them a bit more tricky to apply. For the deeper shades like Bella Bamba and Coralista, I found I needed to use a mirror or else I’d get color over my lip line, but the lighter shades like Dandelion and Sugarbomb went on a bit easier and a bit more fool proof.
A pale nude pink gloss with shimmer; the most sheer gloss out of the collection, and the most fool-proof to wear. The color itself resembles the powder quite well, but when it’s on the lips it’s virtually transparent (hey, kinda like the boxed powder! Haha, not so much a fan of that powder..it just doesn’t show up on me at all). This one is probably my favorite gloss because it leaves my lips with a gorgeous nude sheen and it’s easy to wear.
This gloss is a mid-tone rose with silver shimmer. It definitely looks a lot deeper than the powder, but since it is sheer when it’s on the lips it’s much more subtle. I really like this color a lot too, but I do wish it was more pigmented!
Ahhh Coralista, I was so excited for this one because the boxed powder is my favorite blush! The gloss is shockingly vibrant when swatched and in the tube, but again, since it’s so sheer, it goes on the lips with a beautiful orange-coral tint. It’s a really great and easy way to wear the trendy orange-coral shade, and it makes my lips look ultra juicy. A little more difficult to apply because of the noticeable color, so I definitely need a mirror for this one.
This reddish pink gloss looked the most different from its boxed powder sister- the powder is much more pink and has shimmer in it (lots actually, and this gloss had none). I really don’t even think these two shades match at all! The gloss is pretty, but I was pretty disappointed because I was expecting a bright shimmery pink like the blush. This one looks more pink on the lips then in the tube, but it’s still much more warmer. It was also the hardest gloss to apply- I found that it too easily smudged over my lip line and looked a little messy.
- Price: $16 USD / $18 CAD for 0.5oz / 15mL
- Availability: Sephora (May 2012)
- Overall: I love the concept of these glosses- matching the boxed powders makes them totally relatable and addictive (I knew I had to have them just because I already love the powders)! The lighter shades are easier to wear, and the more bold colors are a little more difficult, especially with a slant tip applicator. They are all very sheer, and while many of them do resemble their boxed powder counterpart, Bella Bamba was almost entirely different. I wish these glosses had more pigment to them. Silky and smooth, these glosses are super comfortable but lack lasting power.
- Rating: A- (For the collection overall, individual shades rated above)