Review & Swatches: Benefit Tinted Lip Balms

Benefit are one of my favourite beauty brands ever, I love their products, their gorgeous packaging, their amazing advertising campaigns, as well as all the good things they do for various charities. I’ve been a big fan of every product I’ve tried from them, with one of my all time favourite products being the Benefit balms. There are 4 balms altogether – chachabalm, posiebalm, lollibalm and benebalm that Benefit created to compliment and work with their ‘tint sisters.

Benefit Balms Review & Swatches emilyloula Chachabalm Posiebalm Lollibalm Benebalm

Benefit released these balms after customers feedback said the original tints (chachatint, posietint, lollitint and benetint) were too drying to be worn alone on the lips for a long period of time. These hydrating balms can be used alone for a beautiful sheer colour, or on top of the tints for some extra moisture and another dimension of colour.

On the first release of these balms, I knew I had to get my hands on them, I just didn’t think it would be all four! I got benebalm and lollibalm, along with their tinted sisters in Benefit’s Christmas Sweet Tintations set which I reviewed here. After falling in love with the formula of the balms, I then chose chachabalm as my free gift with my Benefit haul (which is here). Since I then had 3 out of the 4, I knew I had to complete my set, so finally ordered posiebalm with my Birchbox points (you can see that haul here)

Benefit Balms Review & Swatches emilyloula Chachabalm Posiebalm Lollibalm Benebalm

I’m absolutely in love with the packaging of these – I mean just look how beautiful they are! I love that the colour of the tube matches the balm itself, and each one has a different design, making them super easy to distinguish from each other. They feel really weighty and of good quality – the caps close with that satisfying click so they won’t be coming undone at the bottom of your bag.

Now, if you’re looking for a tinted balm that can cure your chapped lips, unfortunately you’ll need to keep searching. These don’t have that intense repairing formula, but instead, the right amount of moisture to keep your lips feeling healthy and hydrated throughout the day. The balms have a fairly thin consistency, meaning they’re really comfortable to wear, and aren’t heavy or sticky on the lips at all.

Benefit Balms Review & Swatches emilyloula Chachabalm Posiebalm Lollibalm Benebalm

I’ve read some reviews about these balms that say that the colour payoff is really poor and they barely show up on some people’s lips. They’re definitely not the most pigmented lip product I own, but this was expected due to the ‘tinted’ part of the name. The colour isn’t intense, so again if that’s something you’re looking for you’ll need to keep searching. The swatches you can see below are after about 3 swipes of the bullet as I really wanted to build up the colour to show you that you can get a good pay off with them eventually. For me, I love the amount of pigmentation they give to my lips, it’s just enough to give a pretty tinted sheen.

I’ve always been a bit scared of that classic bold red lip, so benebalm is my perfect alternative. It gives me a lovely healthy looking red tint without being too in your face. I would say that benebalm is the most pigmented on my lips out of the four, and is my personal favourite. Chachabalm is the one I get the least use out of, as I don’t think it’s particularly ‘my colour’, and the pigmentation isn’t as good as the other three. I don’t have the chachatint but I would imagine that paired with that, chachabalm would be gorgeous in the summer.

Benefit Balms Review & Swatches emilyloula Chachabalm Posiebalm Lollibalm Benebalm

Overall, I absolutely love these balms and I pretty much always have one stashed away in my handbag. At £14.50 I do think they’re a bit pricey, and think they would sit better at maybe the £10/12 mark instead. Saying that, I know that as soon as mine start to run out, I will be sure to pick up some replacements. If you’re after a super pigmented or highly nourishing lip product, these won’t be for you. However, if a gorgeous tint of colour with some added moisture is on your wishlist, these are absolutely perfect and I would thoroughly urge you to pick up at least one to try. If you fancy it, you can find them at Boots here

Have you tried these tinted balms from Benefit? What’s your favourite tinted balm – any recommendations for me? As always, thank you for reading and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

emily x

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