|L-R: BeneBalm, Posiebalm, Lollibalm, Chachabalm|
As soon as I saw the packaging for the new(ish) Benefit Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms, I knew I had never seen anything quite so pretty. Of all the quirky, unique and vibrant packaging akin to Benefit products (something they're very well known and loved for), this has to be my absolute favourite range for sheer packaging alone. The Benefit Benebalms were created after Benefit listened to their customers over their love for the Benetints range (which includes Benetint, Chachatint, Posietint and Lollitint), but who felt they could be a touch too drying when used as a lip tint. The Benefit Benebalms are Benefit's answer to keeping lips soft and nourished, whilst still using your favourite Benetints for a pop of colour.
Each shade is featured in light-weight packaging with a high-end feel, with each colour-coded to their shades. Each differs slightly in design, with the designs on each (ranging from cute polka-dots to pretty florals) corresponding with their matching Benetint. The packaging for each shade is so spot on to the shade of the Benebalm in the bullet, and I think it really makes these lightly tinted balms stand out in my stash. I've said it already and I'll say it again - so pretty.
Each has been specially formulated to condition and hydrate, with Mango Butter and Sodium Hyaluronate; the sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid, smaller in molecule size than Hyaluronic Acid which makes it easier to penetrate the skin's surface, able to hold up to 1,000 times it's weight. There's a lovely fruity scent to each, and there's no denying they feel moisturising when on, probably due to the lovely Mango Butter. The shades are each very, very subtle. We're talking sheer hints of colour, but they can be built up for a touch more intensity too. They go lovely above the partner Benefit Benetints, but also work well alone or above other lipsticks and tints. Benebalm (£14.50) has a lovely touch of cherry red, Posiebalm (£14.50) a gorgeous pale pink, Lollibalm (£14.50) is a subtle pinky lilac, whilst Chachabalm (£14.50) is a vibrant toned orange.
Now, since they're release I've seen a lot of negative reviews. We all know that no matter how much we want to love every product, some of us just aren't suited to every product out there. There's two main grumbles people seem to have with the Benebalms; colour pay-off and how much they actually benefit us as a lip balm. Because of this, before writing my review I wanted to give these hydration promising balms a proper run for their money, and used them as my sole lip balm choices for two weeks. If I wasn't wearing lipstick, I was wearing a Benebalm!
So OK, the shades are pretty sheer. But there is definitely hints of colour there with each and like I said, they can easily be built up for more intensity. I personally have a pretty dark colouring to my lips, which means a lot of shades are a no-go for me. Yet despite my naturally darker lips, I still get that hint of colour from each balm when built up. They are super sheer, but they are also super pretty and for me, that hint of colour is enough. Hydration wise, I sit on the fence. I didn't see drastic changes to the condition of my lips through two weeks of continuous use, but I also never suffered from dry lips, peeling or soreness, which is something I often experience in summer due to the constant temperature changes and air-conditioning. If you already look after your lips and have a good lip-care routine; regular use of a lip scrub and applying balms and salves regularly throughout the day, then you'll find the Benebalms a delight to use. If you don't and often suffer from dry, cracking lips, these won't offer you the care your lips need to repair and protect, and for that I would definitely recommend trying the budget-friendly Burt's Bees Pomegranate Replenishing Lip Balm (£3.70) as a fantastic alternative!
I do think the could be a touch more purse-friendly in price, perhaps more around the £11.50-£12.50 mark, but overall I am really happy with the Benebalm range and they are a product I have enjoyed using daily - something I see continuing throughout summer! What do you think to the Benebalms? Have you tried them? What's your favourite high-street alternative? Mine is definitely the Revlon Lip Butter range!
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