Review & Swatches: Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color and Ultra-Plush Lip Gloss

Hey Guys,

So Benefit has recently launched a bunch of new goodies including a new box powder, a new brow product, and a bunch of gorgeous lippies ๐Ÿ˜€ So today I’d thought I’d review and swatch some of the Hydra-Smooth Lip Colors ($19) and Ultra-Plush Lip Glosses ($16) all available from your nearest Benefit Counter.

Here’s a looksey at the new packaging inspired by the Golden Gate bridge and art deco architecture. I love the retro chic vibe ๐Ÿ˜€

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Benefit_LipProducts_packagingThe packaging of the products themselves are also super adorable. Again they are inspired by that 50’s style art deco architecture.

Benefit_LipProducts_lipstickandglossI picked up two of the Ultra Smooth Lip Colors; one in Tutti-Cutie and one in Talk Flirty.

Benefit_LipProducts_Ultra-SmoothLipColorsWhat benefit says:

“hydra-smooth lip color is the fun & flattering future of lipstick! Itโ€™s enriched with shea, mango butter and vitamin E for lips that look supple & hydrated. It glides on irresistibly smooth with a double-slanted tip thatโ€™s custom designed to define AND fill. This collection was specially created to bring you the Top 10 most universally flattering shadesโ€ฆso theyโ€™re easy to pick & even easier to wear. Available in three levels of coverage: sheer, medium and medium-full.

Sheer Coverage
lip service (pink-peach)
air kiss (bubblegum)
tutti-cutie (coral)

Medium Coverage

nice โ€˜n teasy (rosy neutral)
frisky business (shimmering nude)
juicy details (natural pink)
talk flirty (orchid pink)

Medium Full Coverage
fling thing (very berry)
dare me (true fuchsia)
wing woman (peachy neutral)”

Now on to the swatches:

Benefit_LipProducts_Ultra-Smooth_LipColor_TuttiCutieTutti-Cutie: Sheer coverage coral pink. Super smooth, hydrating and comfortable to wear. It’s extremely easy to apply and glides right onto the lips. Good pigmentation considering its meant to be sheer coverage. the lasting power wasn’t too impressive. I noticed that after 2 hours it was completely gone but my lips were feeling extremely hydrated.

Benefit_Ultra-SmoothLipColor_TalkFlirtyTalk Flirty: Described as a orchid pink with a medium coverage. I would say this is more of a berry mauve shade with slight pink under tones. Again this one is extremely hydrating, easy and smooth to apply. The pigmentation is great for a medium coverage shade. This is an excellent way to rock that berry autumn lip in a more wearable way.

THE VERDICT:

4/5 for the Ultra-Smooth Lip Colors. Absolutely love the packaging. The new tip is easy to use and allows for precision application, at least with the lighter less opaque shades. These lippies are super hydrating, super smooth and glides on effortlessly. The finish on both is rather shiny so no need for a lip gloss (unless you wanted to :D). I like that these products come in a variety of coverage. I also like that they are more on the sheer side..it makes them mess free and more wearable for you more natural guys and gals. The only down side I would say is the longevity factor…although I really don’t mind having to reapply this, not only because its so hydrating but I love pulling out that cute little lip tower ๐Ÿ˜€

On to the glosses we go ๐Ÿ˜€ I picked up the Ultra-Plush Lip Glosses in Kiss You and A-Lister.ย  Benefit_Ultra-PlushLipGlossWhat Benefit says:

“The plushness is poutrageous! Our soft & silky glosses glide on sooo smooth, drenching lips in luscious color thatโ€™s never sticky. From crystal clear to hot pink, the luxurious formulas give your lips a kissable, sexy sheen”.

Benefit_Ultra-Plush_LipGloss_KissYouKiss You: Described as a clear fuchsia and that’s exactly what it is. The pigmentation isn’t very strong at all but that’s definitely to be expected since its meant to be sheer. Its very smooth, super hydrating, smells delightful, and glides on easily without sitting in fine lines. Its definitely not sticky and feels rather balm-ish on the lips. The longevity is rather minimal lasting about 2 hours.

Benefit_Ultra-Plush_LipGloss_AListerA-Lister: Described as a bubble gum pink. Its a sheer, cool toned, milky pink with a slight sheen to it. This has really great pigmentation for a sheer gloss. This one is also hydrating, easy to apply and isn’t sticky. Again the longevity lacked a bit with only 2 hours wear.

THE VERDICT:

4/15 for these bad boys. They were super hydrating, extremely smooth, very comfortable and gave a nice shine without a tacky residue. They look gorgeous on their own and work perfectly layered on top of the Ultra-Smooth Lip Colors. The only down side is the longevity. This will definitely not stop me from wearing these guys on a daily basis…I’m already obsessed with both the lipsticks and lip glosses!!!

Have any of you tried the new lip colors or glosses? What do you think…is it worth the price tag?

Hugs form Beauty Land

March Monthly Favorites and Mini Reviews

Hey there ๐Ÿ˜€

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I thought it would be fun to jump on the monthly favorites band wagon and share all my fave goodies. Im hopefully gonna be making this a regular thing around here ๐Ÿ˜€ Well lets just get to it, here’s what I liked this month of March and why ๐Ÿ˜€

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Dermologica Age Smart Skin Protecting Primer: Love love love this stuff. It works wonders, fills in pores and tiny fine lines, has SPF 30 in it and makes my foundation slide on soooooo smoothly!! It feels really light and soft on the face, plus it smells like white tea or something of the sort which is super refreshing in the mornings.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in shade 2.0: woowiii that was a long title, and that’s the only bad thing about this foundation. This is my go to gem on a daily basis. Its works great on my dry to combination skin (mostly dry though, and slightly oily in the t-zone in the summer). This foundation gives a light to medium to build-able coverage, I like the more light coverage for myself, as I use it mainly to even out my skin tone, so that works well for me :) It leaves my face with a nice dewy complexion, it blends easily, doesn’t cake up and has long lasting power when locked in with powder (I’ve never tried it without powder so I don’t know about the longevity on it’s own).

Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil in DEA: Creamy, smooth consistency, covers imperfections and blemishes really well. I keep coming back to this guy, it never creases under my eyes and matches my skin perfectly.

Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter in Radiant Rose:ย This is a great liquid highlighter without any sparkle or glitter or shimmer. I use it on the high planes of my face (down my nose, chin, cupids bow) and under my eyes to really get that bright and fresh look. Its a great color for pale skin, blends perfectly. And I really like the applicator, the pen and click is super easy to use as you can control how much product you want to dispense. I just blend it out with my tapered blending brush from CoolCos, my beauty blender or any cosmetics sponge.

Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder: I use this everyday to set my under eye concealer and almost everyday on the rest of my face. Its so soft and finely milled, looks great in pics and even fills in my fine lines.

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Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle: Perfect highlighter. I like to use this on my cheek bones, inner corner of my eyes and eye brow bone. It just gives the most radiant and subtle glow. Really a wow product.

Too faced Milk Chocolate Soliel Bronzer: This is the only bronzer I use, (well apart from the Urban Decay Baked Bronzer which I cant find and super bummed about ) and I also use the original chocolate soleil in the summer or when I want a super sculpted look. It blends easily, isn’t orange, is completely matte, and smells like choco…..yummmmiiii!!!

Mac Cream Soda Blush from Archie’s Girl Collection (satin finish): This is basically the only blush I’ve worn since i bought it a few weeks ago. Love the fresh peachy color, and although it’s a satin finish it looks almost matte on the face. It just gives a bright and playful look to everything ๐Ÿ˜€

Monthly_Favorites_March_Cheeks_EyesMonthly_Favorites_March_Eyes_D&GNYX High Definition Shadow Base: Ive been flip flopping between my mac paint pot in painterly and this bad boy and I have to say this guy is the winner. I do love myย  paint potย  but sometimes it’s a bit drying yet i also has the tendency to creases on me..depending on my skin that day!! But this NYX primer does the trick, its moisturizing, stops creasing, makes my shadow pop and last all day and night. Its at a super value too…Definitely going to repurchase this when Iย  run out.

Dolce & Gabbana The Eyeshadow Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Desert: Includes four buttery and velvet eye shadows, three matte shades in bone, tan and cocoa, and one stain finish in mahogany. This has been my go to eye shadow quad at the moment. It has all the shades I need to create a subtle look but also a smoky night time look. The dark cocoa brown works great as a liner too. Its also small enough and very practical for travel. Oh and how cute is that leopard print packaging!!! I would die for more of these quads but the price is pretty steep, thankfully my sister gave me this ๐Ÿ˜€

Tarte EmphasEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof liner in Bronze: Metallic brown clay/gel liner. Easy to use, lasts all day, doesn’t smear, doesn’t make my eyes water and works wonders on the waterline. I actually like to dip an eye kohl pencil in the liner and run it along my water line, its quick and efficient ๐Ÿ˜€ I would definitely love to try more of these guys.

Monthly_Favorites_March_Eyes_Tarte_MAC_EyelashCurlerTarte MultiplEye Lash Primer: Wonderful little buddy in a tube. Strengthens and enhances my lashes before mascara application. It works great with many different mascaras, Benefit They’re Real, Armani Eyes to Kill and of course the Tarte mascaras.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara: Lengthens and Volumizes. The formula isn’t too wet or too dry but just perfect for my liking. The brush is also really nice, its pretty standard but I really like it because it isn’t too big but it delivers in a big way. I have the non-waterproof version. I cant imagine how heavy duty that one is because this one feels virtually waterproof minus all the hassle removing it at night.

Mac Extended Play Lash Mascara: This little baby is fantastic. I actually got this for free with a purchase at Mac about 6 months ago, and it’s lasted me up until now, I’ve already gone out and purchased a new one for when this one dies out. My favorite part is the tiny little brush. I really like to use it on my bottom lashes, but also on the top for extreme length. Mac recently came out with a new version of this, apparently it’s more black. Would like to try it but when I was there last they were sold out…no biggies cuz I defo have a few mascaras needing to be used up.

Tarte Eye Lash Curler: Great everyday tool, couldn’t live without it. It doesn’t snag or pull at my lashes. Creates a beautiful curl and even comes with an extra pad ๐Ÿ˜€

Monthly_Favorites_March_EyeBrows_AnastasiaAnasatasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express for Brows and Eyes: This is my go to eyebrow kit everyday at the moment. The wax is great so the product can really cling on to something, love that its comes with 2 brow/shadow shades…I can mix them to get the perfect color, or use the dark one in those really sparse places. Oh and that shimmery highlight is to die for..the matte one not so much, its too dark for me but I could imagine it to look great on darker complexions. I also never use the brow stencils, but who knows maybe one day I will. I also set everything off with the Anasatasia Clear Brow Gel. This stuff really seals in the deal…careful though because a little bit goes a really long way…beware of crusty brows!!!! LOL!!!

Monthly_Favorites_March_Lips_BobbiBrown_YSL_Collection2000Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15: Great lip balm, does the job and even looks really pretty on, it gives a really beautiful shine to the lips.

YSL Sheer Volupte Shine in Color 5: This vibrant shiny pink is my go to color, its fast and idiot proof, the color is sheer and shiny but can be built up for a more intense look. These lipsticks are just la creme de la creme, they are so soft, moisturizing and they even taste like watermelons ๐Ÿ˜€

Collection 2000 Love your Lips Lip Gloss in Passion 3: What a fun lip gloss. Love the sheer vibrant pink, looks great over almost any lipstick. Its not sticky at all, its actually really soft and hydrating. It even has SPF 20 in it for that added protection. I also bought a nude version of this with some glitter in..they were on clearance at my super market for so cheap that I couldn’t pass it up and I’m glad that I didn’t.

I have really been enjoying a lot of products at the moment and these guys I’ve been reaching for basically on a daily basis. Here’s what it looks like all together and on a face (well my face..lol!!!!).

Monthly_Favorites_March_FaceLook_D&GI also got a really cool photo app for my Iphone5 called PicFrame (it’s what I used to make the black boarders and frames), hopefully it will help make my pics look prettier because lord knows I’m no photographer!!! I hope I didn’t bore you with this super long post, but I thought it was fun ๐Ÿ˜€ I would love to hear about your favorite products of the month or moment!!!

Hugs from Beauty Land

Mac Haul and Mini Review

Hey guys, so here’s a little Mac haul from earlier in the week. Its from the Archie’s Girls collection. I’m sure you’ve seen a bazillion of these out there in internet land but they just launched the collection here in Denmark in early March so I thought I could share with all my Europeans out there ๐Ÿ˜€

So if you didn’t know the details about the collection, its split in 2, products from the Betty line and products from the Veronica line.ย  I only picked up a few items from the collection (mostly from the Betty line): a beauty powder, a blush and 2 lip products. Not like I need more make up but gosh darn that packaging is cute. I’m a sucker for cute packaging!!!! The eye shadows and other lip products didn’t really scream out to me and I feel like I actually have things in my collection which are very similar. Enough of the jiber jabber and lets get on with what were really here for ๐Ÿ˜€

These are my goodies, look how cute that packaging is…Mac knows how to do it right!!!

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So I picked up a powder blush from the Betty side in Cream Soda. Its a beautiful peach color and according to Mac it’s a satin but it looks pretty matte to me. Either way, it’s a great blush, been rockin it since I got it. The pigmentation is great, especially on my fair skin. Its easy to blend so im super happy with this one!!

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Here’s the only item I purchased from the Veronica part of the collection, the pearlmatte beauty powder in Veronica’s Blush. I would say its more pearl than matte (lol) and actuallyย  pretty frosty. I have to say this is probably my least favorite item that I picked up. Im not really sure how to use it to be honest. I tried as a blush but the dark pink hearts were realllllllyyyyyy pigmented so it kind of just made me look a little blotchy. So I tried using only the light pink and only as a highlighter on my cheekbones and that worked out fine. But I don’t think this will be my go to highlighter. Maybe in the summer when im a bit more tan it will work better. But lets see.

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Now on to the good stuff and my favorite part…the lip products, all from Betty’s line. I picked up a Lipstick in Betty Bright, its a satin. Love Love Love this. Its the perfect coral, its pigmented, soft and a perfect color for spring which hasn’t arrived in Copenhagen yet but I feel its just lurking around the corner ๐Ÿ˜€

I also purchased a lipglass in Summer Sweet Heart. Its a milky, opaque peachy pink. It kind of reminds me of the Nars lip gloss in Turkish Delight in terms of consistency and opacity but this ones definitely more peachy/coarlly. The two products together are definitely my favorite way to wear them. They compliment each other really nicely ๐Ÿ˜€

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THE VERDICT

So overall the products I purchased are great.

Packaging: 10/10

Pigmentation: 9/10

Blendability: 9/10

So if your a sucker for cute packaging, nostalgic about your youngster comic books days, and looking for some cute products to add to your collection then I say go for it!!

Stay tuned for more hauls to come and spring manis ๐Ÿ˜€