Benefit’s LolliTint

LolliBalm Closeup

We all know I’m super picky when it comes to lip products. (Exhibits A, B, and C.)

But here’s the thing: I love the idea of a lip and cheek stain. Love it. But so far, I’ve yet to find one that’s blendable enough that I can blend it out on my cheeks without leaving it looking splotchy. Benefit’s Tints are no exception: they set too quickly, making it incredibly difficult to get a good blend going no matter what tools I use to do it.

That being said, I still got mega-excited when they released LolliTint, which is their gorgeous candy-orchid-purple shade. And I swatched it, and I adored the shade as much as I thought I would. On me, it’s a deep, saturated fuschia-purple hybrid. But I still can’t get on board with the un-blendy formula.

Fast-forward to a few months ago (wibbly wobbly timey wimey, eh?), when I spotted the Benefit Tinted Lip Balms in stores. I swatched them all, and at least the formula is consistent: they are all extremely unpigmented. The BA informed me that all tinted lip balms – Benefit or otherwise – are both sheer and drying, but I chalked that up to pessimism and picked this one up anyway.

LolliBalm Full Face
(I cleaned my glasses for this picture and it was like turning the lights on on the world. I can seeee.)

First off, the shade. LolliBalm just doesn’t work on me. It’s far paler than its Tint counterpart; it still has the same general hue, but it’s seriously lacking LolliTint’s saturation and intensity. Super sheer – in this case, the BA was right.

My other complaint is the formula. It is ultra-drying on me. Like a lot of lip products I’ve tried, it just sits on top of my lips and leaves them even drier once it’s gone. Super drying – that negative BA was right again.

So this little number is yet another lip product flop. I’ve only held onto it this long to write this review, and then it’s heading back to Sephora.

But never fear, for I have found tinted lip balms that are both comfortable and pigmented. Some to try are YSL Sheer Candy Rouge Volupte, Fresh Sugar Lip Balms, some Revlon Lip Butters (swatch before buying – some are more full coverage than others) and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Maybe that BA wasn’t right after all – just in the case of LolliTint.

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  • Gena

    Out of the many Benefit products I’ve tried, only The Pore-fessional has worked for me. BAD-gal mascara is truly garbage, in my opinion. It seems like they put all of their energy into designing the cutesy packaging and naming/descriptions of the products, with very little attention paid to their performance. Their “technology” (again, apart from The Pore-fessional, which isn’t that special, just much better than the other benefit products I’ve tried) is far behind other brands; it hasn’t advanced since the early ’90s.