October 04, 2013

Review: Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in "Air Kiss"

October 04, 2013
Another product I received from Benefit's product launch back in July was something from their new Hydra-Smooth Lip Color line. If I'm not mistaken, it was released locally just this September. I'm a self-proclaimed lipstick fiend, so of course I have to do a review on this too!


The outer packaging alone is to die for. Am I the only one that's getting Great Gatsby vibes from it? Trust Benefit to come up with the best vintage-inspired designs for their products.

Product description:
hydra-smooth lip color is the fun & flattering future of lipstick! It’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 that’s custom designed to define AND fill. This collection was specially created to bring you the Top 10 most universally flattering shades…so they’re easy to pick & even easier to wear. Available in three levels of coverage: sheer, medium and medium-full. (1)

The shade I received is 'Air Kiss' which falls under the sheer category and is described as a 'bubblegum pink'.



How cute is this tube? It doesn't have the sleekest design (not a fan of the cap with its hard and sharp ridges especially), but it's unique and I love the Benefit logo sticker, even if it's not aligned properly. Haha.


On the left, it looks like a little bit of the product 'overflowed' from the tube, but that's okay.

I like the double slanted tip on the lipstick itself because it easily allows me to be precise when applying it and you all know how much I need to be precise with my very defined lip shape.


You don't get a whole lot of product, which is a bit disappointing. This is certainly the least amount of product I've ever gotten with any lipstick product. But since the lipstick is sheer and can only be buildable up to a point, meaning that it reaches full opaqueness after a certain number of swipes, this can still last you quite a while.

Swatches: Natural light (left), artificial light (center), with flash (right)

From the swatches alone you can already see it's definitely a sheer type with a glossy finish. I love the shade of it though. It's a true bubblegum pink, as Benefit described, with minute glitter particles so it has also has some subtle shimmer.

Lip swatch

I can describe this as an MLBB (My Lips But Better) color almost. I'm usually not a fan of sheer lipsticks because truthfully I find them pointless. If I wanted a sheer lipstick, I might as well reach for a lipgloss. I can't deny that this is a lovely shade though, perfect for sporting during the day especially, and it applies very smoothly. It's not drying, but it's not particularly moisturizing either. It can also cling to dry spots so I still suggest prepping with a lip balm and/or scrub beforehand just in case.

Wear time isn't great, though you can expect the same thing from most sheer lipsticks really. Don't expect this to last through a meal. You'll need to retouch even after just drinking too. Thankfully, since it's not highly pigmented, then retouching is quick and easy. Another thing I like is that the combination of the shade and the glossy finish almost makes my lips look healthier and fuller, don't you think?

Overall it's a nice lippie, especially if you're the kind that prefers the sheer type since it gives just enough color to liven up both your lips and complexion. I'll definitely be purchasing another Hydra-Smooth Lip Color for myself, but this time I'll take my pick from their medium-full range!


WHAT I LIKE:
  • Very cute, unique, and high-quality packaging.
  • Available in nine other shades with three levels of coverage.
  • It has shimmer, but it's subtle.
  • The combined shade and finish almost makes my lips look plumper and healthier.
  • Non-drying formula.

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Lipstick doesn't fully retract into the tube until it's been used up significantly, risks damage from the cap.
  • Poor wear time (but it is a sheer lipstick, so I can't really deem this as a bad feature).

Price: PHP1,000.00 (received as a gift), Can be purchased from: All Benefit boutiques

75 comments:

  1. This is sooooo pretty!!!! I love the packaging and the shade is perfect!!! :D

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  2. @miming I'd love this lipstick even more if it were medium-full coverage because I agree the shade is perfect! :)

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  3. Hmmm, I don't think I would want to spend a thousand bucks for something so sheer. Or maybe it's just me, I still want my MAC creme sheens :D

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  4. @MissApriil I think those who love their sheer lipsticks would happily shell over the money, but as for me, it'd have to be lipsticks with at least medium coverage :) And I love the MAC creme sheens too!

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  5. It looks good on you :D
    I like this kind of sheer lipstick but.. it's too expensive :/


    PS : I've followed ur blog, mind to follow back? ^^
    chelchellatte.blogspot.com

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  6. I love the shade! And yes, your lips do look lovely and luscious with this product. :)

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  7. @icelacel Thanks! And sure, I've followed you back :)

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  8. @RebelSweetHrt Thank you! I'm glad it has that added benefit, haha.

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  9. I love the packaging! so unique. the shade looks perfect on your lips! but yea, sheer ones are not meant to stay long. If the lipstick is as pretty as this, I don't mind applying it again in the middle of the day :) thanks for the honest and nice review :)

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  10. Benefit products never fail to amaze me. The packaging is cute even the bullet shape. The color is perfect for everyday use.

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  11. I hate when lipsticks don't fully retract. Anyways, the packaging is so cute x

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  12. This shade is beautiful! Love the color :)

    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  13. the packaging is cute, like all other Benefits products! =) Shame there isnt much product though..

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  14. love this color! so much like the lip glosses i have <3

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  15. I thought it was just a beautiful canister! But then, it was more than that! Love the color!

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  16. @disqus_XKIR0jIdBU Same here! I always end up nicking the lipstick at some point. Always!

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  17. The packaging is so cute! I prefer lip products like this because my lips tend to flake and get dry SO easily - nice find!

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  18. I feel like every time I read a review, it's about how amazing a different Benefit cosmetic is. I think this is a sign from the gods that I need to finally try out this brand. ;) Thanks for such a thorough review. I would really like to try this shade.

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  19. I love the packaging! :D
    and the color looks good on you :)

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  20. chichicho chichichoTuesday, October 08, 2013

    it's so pretty and i love the packaging. really love pink lipsticks

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  21. I love this lipstick! The packaging is so cute and I like sheer, natural looking lippie. :)

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  22. beautiful beautiful packaging! :D From benefit, I've been using their glosses and they've been wow so far. I haven't tried their lipsticks yet though :D

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  23. I so love it! :)

    #gigbloggers #giglove

    www.giveawaymaniacs.blogspot.com

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  24. the color is sheer but very pretty!

    #giglove

    http://patrinesthoughts.blogspot.co.nz/

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  25. I absolutely love the packaging!. I´m in love with!. Benefits products are great most of the times, so I would love to try some of the shades of this collection!.

    xo,
    Gime from http://www.coolrunwaystyle.blogspot.com

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  26. this will definitely be a colour that I will wear, but the packaging DOES put me off it :(

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  27. I love this shade! I was just at Benefit Brow Bar in Shinsegae the other day and I was admiring their new range... their packaging is fab, as usual. ;)

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  28. Caity @ Moi Contre La VieThursday, October 10, 2013

    I love Benefit & it's really cute packaging!

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  29. Awesome packaging. I also love the shape of the lipstick!

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  30. The packaging is sooooo cute!!! And the shade to... but I would hate that u cannot retract the lipstick :&

    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  31. at first I thought the concept of this lipstick would be like those chubby sticks from Clinique but then you said something about it doesn't last very long...so in your point of you, do you think this product worth the price considering its vague category as a lip product? But as usual, lovely packaging though :D

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  32. @genzelkisses You're welcome! And yes, at least this is easy to retouch whenever you need to. Sometimes I don't even need a mirror anymore with sheer lipsticks.

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  33. @dishysammy It's a perfect everyday pink for me too and I think it'll suit a lot of different skin tones, which makes it better.

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  34. @8b1e8dc2f9a199d780a6a3a731dc403c Me too! If it wasn't sheer, I'd love the lipstick even more.

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  35. @k_yap I know what you mean. I sometimes wear bold lipsticks to try and detract attention away from my less than perfect complexion!

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  36. @jakesauvage My lips are the exact same, which makes my love for matte lipsticks difficult to deal with sometimes. lol! That's why I always use a lip scrub every other way :) This lipstick is thankfully not drying at all.

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  37. @disqus_aUGVjS7uuI Benefit is one of my favorite brands ever, that's for sure. I particularly love their blushes and eye products. Hope you get a chance to try this lippie out! :)

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  38. @ginabestari I think it's worth the price if you like sheer lipsticks and the pros and cons that come with them. As for me, my ideal kind of lipstick is medium to full coverage with a matte or satin finish :)

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  39. @8b1e8dc2f9a199d780a6a3a731dc403c Yes, you do unfortunately have to wait until you've used up almost half the lipstick before it retracts fully.

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  40. @choulyin The packaging is cute, but it's not the most practical basically.

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  41. @gime_vacarezza I've tried a number of different Benefit products in the past and I've really liked most of them so they're a great brand overall :)

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  42. @maiarose It's definitely sheer, but still opaque enough to show off a distinct shade of pink which I like.

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  43. @kumiko_mae I've tried their new glosses myself and I like them too! I especially like how they're not sticky like many others from different brands. Definitely give their lipsticks a try too when you get the chance! :)

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  44. @chichichochichicho I can never get enough of pink and red lipsticks :)

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  45. that's true! their lip glosses are vivid and non-sticky!

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  46. This is soooooo pretty!! OMG, OMG!!

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  47. shade looks pretty but i would prefer if it was more pigmented. packaging is too chinkiy for my liking

    yukluistyle

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  48. shade is pretty but would prefer if it was more pigmented. the packaging is too chunky for my liking ;(

    yukluistyle

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  49. Looks great on your lips. :) I love the outer packaging, but the tube looks a bit childish.

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  50. benefit packaging and design is always so pretty and cute.

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  51. I love the outer package! Soo cute and Kitschy.. This colour surely suits you :)

    xx Chaicy - Style..A Pastiche!

    GIG

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  52. Michelle BuganteSunday, October 13, 2013

    Love the packaging! It does look very 1920s! I agree with you about sheer lipsticks. I want opacity when it comes to lipsticks ;)

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  53. I just love the packaging! Its too cute! I'm also not a very big fan of sheer lipsticks but this looks really good on you :)

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  54. candyzmakeuptreasuresSunday, October 13, 2013

    Benefit always has cool packaging and names! I’m also not a
    fan of sheer lipsticks.

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  55. The packaging is so cute, I adore Benefit products! Thanks for the review! Toni xxx ohheytone.com

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  56. The packaging is simply amazing!!!! I'm going to get this for the packaging alone! LOL I'm not crazy about sheer lipsticks, but this does give a nice natural looking finish.

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  57. what a fun packaging... never seen the one like this before

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  58. Kajsa Josephine AndersenMonday, October 14, 2013

    Sad that the lipstick does not last long, at least it looks pretty :)

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  59. cute packaging!!! :D i like how it looks like vintage

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  60. Just found your blog and I love it! New follower here, I can't wait to read more of your posts xx

    www.poptartsbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  61. @disqus_jxv8x6wYxk Thanks so much, dear! I've followed you back. Love your blog as well! :)

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  62. @Guest The packaging isn't super sleek, but the uniqueness and how cute it is sort of makes up for it for me :)

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  63. @Nicol Wong The packaging isn't super sleek, but the uniqueness and how cute it is sort of makes up for it for me :)

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  64. @Beauty_Blogette Thanks! Yeah, it does sort of remind me of play makeup that I used to collect actually, haha.

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  65. @nurina adhalia Benefit has always been about great packaging One of the things I love most about the brand :)

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  66. @Michelle Bugante Usually Benefit's packaging is more retro so it's very 70's inspired, but this one gives me a 20's vibe for sure. x

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  67. @Porshia Mitra Thank you! x

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  68. @candyzmakeuptreasures Part of the price you may when buying Benefit products is for the visual appeal of the product, I think. :)

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  69. @Kajsa Josephine Andersen The shade sort of makes up for it for me, at least! x

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  70. @Natasha Though I don't love sheer lipsticks on me, this is perfect if you want a more natural or light look on certain days :)

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  71. In love w the way it looks! so cute and the pink its refreshing and sweet! really like that color on u!
    xo,
    Dee Trillo
    http://HauteFrugalista.com

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  72. the packaging really looks good.. :) currently I wanted to try their fakeup concealer :)

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