Most of us adore Benefit for their fun and colourful packaging. It is very difficult to pass a Benefit counter without being completely drawn in by the explosion of girlyness and fun! I often find myself unconsciously walking towards the counter when in fact, I should be heading somewhere else! I love how Benefit find a balance between feminine and chic; making this a brand for not only younger makeup addicts but also mature.
For Christmas, my Husband bought me one of the "Hydra-Smooth Lip Colour's" in "Talk Flirty". He had asked me to choose the colour I liked best in order to test it out for review. It was hard to choose online as sometimes the colours don't show up as well. I fell in love with this shade though as it is a raspberry shade of pink which, I believe, suits me best. After using this shade a few times, I wanted something darker to compliment the Winter season. I decided to try "Fling Thing" which is around two shades darker than Talk Flirty and is more of a plum colour.
I am very fortunate to have been able to test two different shades of the Hydra-Smooth Lip Colour's as this helped me see whether the two different shades applied exactly the same or differently. Both lip colours apply smoothly, with not much need for a mirror! The finish of each lipstick is identical and leaves a nice subtle sheen to the lips. Although they do have a sheen, these lip colours are not moisturising so I like apply touch of lip balm which helps to keep my lips smoother for longer.
The wear of both lip colours is not impressive as the colour tends to wipe away very easily leaving little, if any, stain to the lips. Not everybody likes a lip product that leaves a stain though so this may be a plus for you... Overall I do like this product. The packaging is very cute but I don't advise leaving it loose in your bag as the lid tends to pop off! For the cost, which is £15.00, I don't think I would make another purchase in a hurry. However, the colours are beautiful and I can't imagine not having them in my collection!