Benefit Cosmetics has a few varieties of lip products on the market.
Full-finish lipsticks are formulated for the woman who loves the feel of a classic full coverage lipstick. Some of the more noted colors are “lady’s choice”, which is a nude color with peach undertones and “flirt alert” which is a classic candy apple red color. For $18 you get 3 g of product. These apply very smooth and not gritty or grainy like other full lip colors can. Lady’s choice is a great nude color that doesn’t wash out your lips completely. It is not a matte, but not a glossy look either. It gives just the right amount of sheen for the nude look.
Silky-finish lipsticks are just that, silky. The feel like satin and offer a more sheer color, but you can also build on the color as much as you like. Jing-a-ling is a nice girly pink color offered in this line. It is very shimmery and buildable. It has a bit of golden glimmer but the color doesn’t seem to last very long. For $18 you also get 3 grams of product. They have creamy and pearl like finishes in this line.
The packaging is nice, but simple. I wish they would have really put the lipstick in a more fashionable or girly tube. Benefit’s packaging is always so nice, it seems that this is just lacking from that retro appeal that most of their other products have. I personally like Benefit because of the cute packaging, and let’s face it, most of us will buy something if it is packaged nicer even if it does the same thing. This just doesn’t live up to the Benefit name for me. I do have to say that the box that the lipstick tube comes in is very nice and girly, but who keeps the boxes? I wish they would have incorporated that same type of image to the black tube somehow and not the box you end up throwing out.
Most upscale lipsticks are similar in price, though none of the colors really jump out at me and scream that they are something different than drug store brands that cost less than these. The reds are just reds and the pink or nude colors are similar to basic drug store buys. I do not see spending more than double the amount on these lipsticks if you can get a similar product for less. Plus the packaging of the tube is quite normal. The boxes are a delight though and see how they can be appealing.
$18 does seem a bit too much for these slightly above average lipsticks though. If you are a big fan of Benefit, you might try one anyways and like it, but in my opinion, you could probably go to the drugstore and find similar formulas and colors for a much cheaper price.