23 September 2013

Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Colour: Review, Photos, Swatches

Benefit Hydra Smooth Lip Colour

New this month from Benefit is a 10-strong line of lipsticks designed to be universally flattering and to moisturise the lips. 

What's really interesting here, aside from the gorgeous art deco packaging, is the fact that three levels of coverage are on offer - sheer, medium and medium-to-full - and I have samples of each to show to you today. 

Benefit Hydra Smooth Lip Colour Packaging and Presentation

They all go on sheer to begin with, but the medium and medium-to-full shades will build up easily in a couple of swipes. The finish of each is quite youthful and flattering, with a soft and glossy sheen.

The formula, enriched with shea butter, mango butter and vitamin E, feels nice and lightweight and does a good job of hydrating the lips - on par with the Revlon lip butters, but with a thinner consistency and a bit more slip. 

Longevity is better than average for this type of product and you should get a good few hours of wear (depending, of course, on how much tea/wine/cocktail swigging you've planned). 
Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lipstick Swatches
L-R: Dare Me (medium to full coverage); Tutti-Cutie (sheer coverage); Talk Flirty (medium coverage) - several swipes of each 
The packaging and presentation divides people but I'm a fan - the double slanted tip is clever and helps with application (I turn it on its side to follow the shape of my upper lip) and the product winds up from the base. I worry, though, for how that faux-crystal lid is going to fare in my handbag...
Benefit Hydra Smooth Lipstick Tutti-Cutie Swatch
Sheer Shades: Tutti-Cutie (coral, pictured); Lip Service (pink-peach), Air Kiss (bubblegum) 
So that's the good news; is there any bad? Well the shade range is limited enough; there are lots of easy to wear neutrals, but Dare Me is really the only bold shade in the bunch. Tutti-Cutie looks quite intense in the bullet but because it's in the sheer category, it (quite deliberately) doesn't translate to the lips. I'd like to see some reds, oranges and purples in the mix and I'd be surprised if we don't see more colours introduced down the line. 
Benefit Hydra Smooth Lipstick Talk Flirty Swatch
Medium Shades: Talk Flirty (orchid pink, pictured), Nice ‘n Teasy (rosy neutral); Frisky Business (shimmering nude); Juicy Details (natural pink)
The other negative is a common complaint with Benefit: the currency conversion. The Hydra-Smooth lip colours are €22 here in Ireland, but pitched at a more affordable £15 in the UK -  so by rights, we should be forking out no more than €18. With Irish consumers being such supporters of the brand, it's disheartening that we have to shell out more than our UK sisters. 
Benefit Hydra Smooth Lip Colour Dare Me Swatch
Medium Full Shades: Dare Me (fuchsia, pictured); Fling Thing (Very Berry); Wing Woman (Peachy Neutral)
What do you reckon, and have you tried any of the shades in the range? 

30 comments:

Felicity said...

Heh, reckon I'll take a look next time I'm in Newry! Although I'm more intrigued by YSL Glossy Stains Rebel Nudes (having an issue with leaving lipstick on fag ends and coffee cups, as I do)

Laura said...

Love this range! 'Dare Me' is gorgeous! Fab packaging too xo

Sarah Stanfield said...

Benefit is one of my favorite beauty brands! These lipsticks look absolutely wonderful!!

The Purse Snatcher

Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt said...

I really like the look of these, and would love to try ehm. Quirky packaging too! Xx

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Keit said...

This is exactly what I need! Something moisturizing, all my lipstick drain the life out of me :D

Karen Constantine said...

Hmm, I'm not that pushed on the packaging, it looks a bit cheap and plasticy, but the colours itself are gorgeous. I think purely for the possibility of the little lid getting lost in my bag, I might be giving these a miss x

The Dainty Dolls House said...

They look lovely...I'd have to try them though, most shades don't show up all that well on my lips with my skin tone. But, they do look gorgeous. And you should be paying the same as us here really, that's a bit amiss there. Hope you have a gorgeous week doll xx

The Dainty Dolls House said...

P.S. Sorry for missing the Henderson tartan doll, I didn't even put my husband's family tartan up there - haha! Shocking I know ;) There's so many of them, haha!!

Zoe said...

Wow I adore the packaging of these! And your so pretty Emma! I love the look of dare me. I think the shape of.its pretty unusual , bit like you said ...the thinner bit would help with the line of your lips :) .

Adele said...

How gorgeous is that packaging! I'm not overly keen on sheer lipsticks, but love the colours on the medium & full coverage.
Have a wonderful week Emma xoxo
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Pink Elephant Blog said...

Wow, love the colours!! The packaging is really cute too :)

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Vicky said...

The colours look lovely. Definitely a few stocking ideas for the girls with Christmas coming up. I'm not completely sold on the packaging but haven't seen them in real-life yet! The jury is out...

♥ vendy ♥ said...

so cute---fabolous colours dear
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Anonymous said...

I love them all on you Emma! Especially the Talk Flirty one! It's a great pink on you!

Kim Alston said...

I like the Dare Me one. It has the most pigment. Love the packaging of these.
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Rowena @ rolala loves said...

The packaging and the colors are so sweet! I love the look of the Talk Flirty shade!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Lilli said...

I havent idea about these products before, look nice especially Fling Thing shade. Kisses! xo

Ale said...

I love the packaging... great shades too!!! :)

Eimear Mc Keown said...

Apart from the beautiful packaging I'm not too pushed on these to be honest. Far too pricey & the colour range is disappointing.

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I've never tried their makeup before, so thanks for the info on these lip colours - so pretty!

yummychunklet said...

Great post!

Chloe said...

They look lovely but I definitely wouldn't pay €22 for them - The conversion is awful! There aren't any colours I like enough to justify it, but they do look nice on you x

Johanna said...

I've been dying to try these...I'm sure you're shocked. Hello pretty packaging!

Linda Leavy said...

Good spot on the currency conversion. That makes me so mad. I bought a topshop cost online recently to save about €20!!! Anyway, enough tangents. Colours are nice, packaging cute but would wonder is it practical. Like the idea of a range with buildable finish. In London this weekend, will check out. Linda

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Krystal said...

the packaging on those is gorgeous!

Megan Roisin said...

The assistant at the Benefit counter put one of these on me and i really liked it but can't for the life of me work out which it was. I get the feeling it might have been Tuttie Cutie though...
Megan x | MeganRoisinn

Aoife - A Little Infinity said...

Dare Me looks amazing on you! I have one of these in Lip Service and while I'm not that mad about it (a little too sheer for my liking, I think), I am totally in love with the packaging, including the box. So cute!

Yolanda Grunewald said...

gorgeous shades! id never heard of these before.. xx