Revamped and Brand new!
Hi all, I’m Kelly from the nail polish blog Vampy Varnish. Normally you’ll find me reviewing the latest, greatest in nail products but here’s a little known fact; I like other makeup as much, if not more than nail polish! One of my favorite things is lip gloss. You could say I have a deep and serious love for it.
Benefit recently released some new lip glosses into their beauty arsenal called Ultra Shines ($18), and let me just say, woo hoo!
The back-story: Not too long ago Benefit did a lip gloss overhaul and came out with eight new colors and a new formula. I was a bit bummed because they got rid of one of my favorite colors (Talk To My Agent), but I decided to give the new ones a try. Unfortunately, I was none too impressed. While the colors were decent, the texture wasn’t my favorite. It was thick and at all not-glossy, more of a lipstick consistency. They also noticeably dried my lips out.
I had all but given up on Benefit lip glosses until these new Ultra Shines came out. But I’m happy to say, I am super pleased with both the colors and texture this time around!
They come in five new colors that are bright, cheery and very spring-like. And they do actually live up to the “Ultra Shine” name. They are very glossy and have much more of a wet gloss look and feel about them. No more dryness either!
Another pleasant “side-effect” of these glosses is they have a nice, light fruity scent to them, which I like. They are not sticky in any way, shape or form, hooray!
But wait, there’s more! The old lip glosses come with a sponge style applicator, which isn’t my favorite. It’s a little long and floppy for my liking, which makes controlling the product a pain in the arse. But the new Ultra Shines have a small brush applicator instead, which makes applying them a lot easier.
As far as wear, I give them 4 stars. They do tend to fade on me within 2 hours or so, and also I noticed some “color slippage” with Wild Child on my lower lip, but it was minor. Overall I can say I am really happy with these and now I want all the other colors. I think Benefit redeemed themselves with this new collection, and I hope to see more colors added soon!
Don’t forget to check the comments for the we heart this review team’s thoughts and experiences with all 5 Ultra Shines.[ratings]
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