The Sample: NEW Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss (Review, Swatches of All Shades & Photos)

22 Jun

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For some reason, whenever I see the packaging for any Benefit cosmetic I am immediately transported back to my youth. I think it has something to do with the vintage-inspired, delightfully whimsical packaging–or maybe it’s the fun, feelgood philosophy of the brand. Benefit was also one of my first higher-end makeup purchases. I was about 15 and I remember my mom told me I could pick just a few things and she would treat me. I was excited beyond belief, but what to choose? I wanted literally everything! Be it the colors, the fun, nostalgic packaging, or the huge array of goodies to choose from–I was stumped. It took me hours (literally) of poring over one of their little catalogs (aren’t they so cute? I used to read those babies cover to cover like they were Elle magazines!), before I finally came to a decision: a BadGal eyeliner (the original version that was later replaced with the current waterproof version), BadGal mascara, and Dandelion blush. It was love, love, love all around. Cut to a little over a decade later (*sob*) and I am still a devoted Benefit fan. They consistently come out with such fun and totally lust-worthy products that quickly become cult-favorites. Benefit’s always been a staple in my beauty collection, and I have no doubt that their newest offering, the Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, will become a permanent fixture in the lineup.

*Warning: this is a picture-heavy post!

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Described as “a silky, plush gloss that glides onto lips”, they “drench your lips in brilliant shine and a burst of juicy color that’s never sticky.” These new glosses were created to correspond to a matching Box Blush counterpart, with 6 varieties in total: Bella Bamba (sheer bright watermelon), Coralista (sheer coral), Dallas (dusty rose), Dandelion (softy pearly pink), Hoola (shimmering golden nude), and Sugarbomb (shimmering pinky nude). I don’t know about you, but I love the concept behind these glosses. I am big on matching my lips with my blush…but maybe that’s just me? Of course, everything moderation though…and I like that these glosses are obviously supposed to go with their matching blushes, but they’re also not totally the same. If I’m wearing a super shimmery blush, I generally don’t like to go heavy on the shimmery gloss too. The glosses and blushes have enough variation between them that it doesn’t take the idea overboard yet they still play off of each other nicely. I would say they compliment each other rather than being a complete match.

First off: packaging. The Ultra Plush glosses come in a plastic squeeze-tube that have a soft, rounded tip that makes it ideal for contouring to the shape of your lips. I prefer to squeeze a bit of product out onto the tip and then use my finger to apply it, but that’s just how I’ve always preferred to apply glosses that are in this type of packaging (otherwise, the tip gets all messy and gloss tends to get into the threading of the tube and cap). As an aside, I absolutely adore the boxes that the tubes came housed in–so cute!! Benefit always gets the small details right, and it makes such a difference!

The feel of these glosses is really great: non-sticky with the perfect medium consistency–not too thin to where it drips off your lips but not too thick so that it’s really hard to squeeze out of the tube. Dallas definitely has the creamiest, “liquid lipstick”-like feel–being the most pigmented, that’s kind of to be expected. The rest have a very smooth, slick feel to them. They glide onto the lips with the ease of a much thinner gloss but don’t run off your lips like one. I wouldn’t say the formula is incredibly moisturizing, but it leaves my lips feeling very comfortable and I don’t have to rush to apply lip balm after it’s faded away. There is an artificially-sweetened peaches kind of smell to these glosses. It’s not too potent though, but it does tend to linger on the lips. I don’t mind it at all.

In terms of finish, the glosses do vary a bit. Bella Bamba, Coralista, and Dallas are shimmer-free and Dandelion, Hoola, and Sugarbomb are shimmery. In terms of opacity, however, I find that Coralista, Dallas, and Sugarbomb are the most pigmented, with the remaining 3 being a bit more sheer. I like that they mixed up the finishes, but I do wish the the pigmentation was just a little more consistent. Worn, Bella Bamba lends a sheer pink tint to the lips, Coralista leaves a warm sheer coral hue, Dallas looks almost like a light, glossy, “my lips but better” rosy lipstick, Dandelion looks clear with a pearlescent sheen, Hoola looks clear with a hint of golden glimmer, and Sugarbomb is another “my lips but better” kind of pinky-plum with beautiful silver microshimmer. I love Dallas and Sugarbomb. I really do think Bella Bamba and Coralista give a nice, pretty tint to the lips and I like them a lot–but if they were just a touch more pigmented, I think they would have been perfection. But I can barely tell the difference between Hoola and Dandelion on my lips, so they definitely could have used an extra bit of oomph too. They’d look great layered over a lipstick, though!

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The wear time on these was good for a gloss, averaging in at about 2 hours on my lips (without food or drink). These didn’t even come close to lasting through a meal and after a cup of tea, I definitely need to reapply. But, I will say that I’m not a huge stickler on gloss longevity–I just think that if you really wanted your lip color to last, you would invest in a different formula. Glosses, tinted balms, and sheer lipsticks generally don’t last long on the lips and I’m really okay with that! I think even if I didn’t need to reapply, I still would just because the habit of reapplying my balms all the time is so ingrained in my head. But, different strokes for different folks–I understand that some people will have different requirements from a product. Wear time for a lip gloss is not one of mine, though (within reason, of course. If a gloss slides off my lips within like, 15 minutes, then I will not be a happy camper!).

My picks? Probably Dallas and Sugarbomb because aside from being nicely pigmented, I feel like they are neutral enough to go with just about any makeup look and are total “my lips but better” shades (for not being a huge fan of that term, I seem to use it quite often!). Still, Bella Bamba and Coralista are my new go-to, easy daytime glosses for summer. They’re bright and girly and give some polish to my look. My “least favorites” (I don’t not like them by any means–it’s just, if I had to pick my favorites out of all 6, I’d probably leave them out) would have to be Dandelion and Hoola. They are just too sheer for my taste and look like any other clear drugstore lip gloss I could pick up for $5. Still, they’re nice to have and now that I own them, I will be getting a lot of use out of them–so it really depends on you. If you really love Benefit and try these and adore the formula, packaging, smell, and everything, then by all means–these are great! They’ll be a quick and easy way to add some “pretty” with a touch of shine to your look.

Pros: love the concept of matching the glosses to their cult-favorite Boxed Powders; smell is pleasant enough; shades are lovely; packaging is SO cute!; formula has a very nice, super smooth consistency and is non-sticky; rounded tip is comfortable on the lips; decent wear time

Cons: inconsistencies with pigmentation (I wish Dandelion and Hoola were a tad more pigmented)

»»Pricing: $16/0.5 oz. (15.0 mL)

»»Availability: Sephora (available in-stores by July), Benefit, and coming soon to Benefit counters *update: I was just told by a friend that these glosses are now available in-store at the Ulta she works at, so they should be pretty much everywhere by now–if not, by next week probably

»»Recommended for: anyone looking for an easy, pretty gloss that matches their blush!

»»Overall Rating: A/B+ for Hoola & Dandelion


So what about you guys: do you like matching your lip gloss to your blush? Will you be checking these glosses out? What’s the story of your first Benefit purchase (or beauty purchase in general)?? I’d love to hear, please share with me in the comments!


Disclaimer: the product(s) featured in this post were provided to The Beauty Sample free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only. Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.

38 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Benefit Ultra Plush Lip Gloss (Review, Swatches of All Shades & Photos)”

  1. Memoiselle June 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    Bella Bamba and Coralista are my favorites :) :) love love love emmmm

    • becca June 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      They are SO pretty! Really, really great for just throwing on with anything during the summer! and you would not believe how comfortable they are on the lips–so smooth without that silicone-y slickness, if you know what I mean. Love these!

  2. Paris B June 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    I’m getting Coralista soon and I’m glad its pigmented! Im also glad to know they are non sticky. Nothing I dislike more than sticky gloss that glues your lips together :\

    • becca June 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      I know me too, Paris–which is precisely why I’ve never truly gotten the obsession with MAC lipglasses. They do have some really pretty ones and yes, I own a few–but they hardly get any use from me because I wear my hair down pretty much all the time and it always gets stuck on my lips! Nothing is more annoying…

  3. Makeup Morsels June 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Can I just say how much I love these pictures?? Especially that first one, so lovely! I keep telling myself I shouldn’t buy anymore lipgloss because I only wear lipstick these days, but these just looks so perfectly summery. Coralista is definitely my favorite, although all the shades are beautiful :)

    • becca June 22, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

      Aw, thank you so much! That means a lot to me (seeing as how it takes me hours upon hours to take them and edit them :P)

      And only wear lipstick? NO! You NEED this–everyone needs a pretty lipgloss for summer, right?! :D Do you own any of the boxed blushes?

      • Makeup Morsels June 27, 2012 at 1:08 am #

        Erm I don’t wear blush. At all. I know I know, let the staring and judging begin :P

        • becca June 27, 2012 at 1:11 am #

          Excuse me?!?………….

          ……….I don’t even know what to say right now. I’m literally speechless. NO BLUSH?!? EVER??? WHYYYYYYY?!

  4. Beauty by Linde June 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I lóve Belle Bambina, so pretty! And I totally agree with Makeup Morsels, you clearly put a lot of time and effort in every picture and it really shows, keep it up :)

    • Beauty by Linde June 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      Of course I mean Bella Bamba :’) Fail

      • becca June 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

        Thanks for you sweet comment, Linde!! and lol on the Bella Bambina–does that mean “pretty baby” in Italian? Hey, at least it actually means something and you didn’t just type utter nonense ;)

        • becca June 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

          ….like I just did. I meant “nonsense” of course lol

  5. Shivani June 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    Want Bella Bamba and Corallista so bad! Gorgeous sheer glosses, would be so perfect for the young ones, especially. Even I am gravitating towards sheer glosses lately.
    And I just wanted to say that I truly appreciate your detailed, thorough reviews.

    • becca June 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

      Thank you so much, Shivani–your comment made me very happy! :) I sometimes worry that I might be rambling on too much–but in the end, I’d rather have too much information than not enough, ya know?

      I think these are really great glosses for everyone! That’s what I love about Benefit: the packaging is so cute and nostalgic that it appeals to everyone–young and old alike! And their products really work. These glosses are beautiful–pretty basic but work well and feel *amazing* on the lips!

  6. Rinny June 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Thanks for the review and swatches Becca! These new glosses look great and I love that they all match one of their blush shades. Every company should start doing this! It’s a shame some of the colors are so sheer. Dallas looks gorgeous though.

    • becca June 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      No problem Rinny, I’m glad you found them helpful!

      And that would be SO awesome if all beauty brands started doing this–I would LOVE to have a matching lip gloss for my Edward Bess Quad Royale in Monte Carlo!

  7. svetlana June 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    though hoola and dandelion only got a B+ those were the first blush/bronzer for my face i used in my younger years. wow! trip down memory lane. very pretty colors and ideas. :)

    • becca June 23, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      You’re a Hoola fan, Svetlana? I never tried the powder before, but after trying all the glosses I am *desperately* wanting all the matching powders :P I love Dandelion though, it’s very subtle but brightens the face beautifully!

      • svetlana August 3, 2012 at 4:15 am #

        i’ve been curious about hoola. i’m always afraid it looks so dark for my skin.

  8. Sunny June 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    Oh wow, well done Becca! Love your pictures as always, and you actually got the whole bunch! I do try to coordinate my blush with my lip color (though not exactly matching all the time), but I might not be too interested in these. Most of them are just a bit too sheer for my taste!

    • becca June 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Aw thanks Sunny! Yeah they are admittedly quite sheer (except Dallas, that baby is like a creamy, light lipstick in a tube!), but for sheerer glosses, they rock!

  9. Popblush June 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    All those shades are so pretty, especially Bella Bamba and Dandelion! I love the shiny finishes of lipglosses especially when they are non-sticky!! I agree that Benefit’s packaging is lovely with its vintage concept.

    I find myself matching my lips to my blush when I am going for cherry/red shade blushes. For most everyday looks, I apply a my-lips-but-better lippie and go for either a coral or pink blush.

    • becca June 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

      That’s a good choice! Cherry red lips look *amazing* with just a touch of a reddish blush–it looks so natural and pretty!

      And yes, most of the time I do wear a “my lips but better” shade so it will match anything I put on my eyes easily, but when I want the look to pop, I match. And I think if I had the complete set of Benefit Box Powders, I would match these glosses to the blushes everyday! :P

  10. Vonvon June 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Hmm, I think they are pretty but somehow I never really got attracted to Benefit products except their eyeshadows, Creaseless cream shadow/liner to be exact.

    But I agree with you on sticky lip glosses! Yuck! And my hair sticking to my lips… But I do like MAC lip glosses, for the colors that I like.

    • becca June 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm #

      Is the packaging to cutesy for you? I can see how it could really go either way–people will either adore the Benefit packaging or think it’s too kitschy.

      I didn’t mean to bash MAC lip glosses–I agree, I think they come out with amazing colors. I just really wish it weren’t so darn sticky! I mean really, really sticky!

      • Vonvon June 27, 2012 at 9:51 am #

        No, no….I like cutesy packaging. Like I said, I have many if their eyeshadows, especially the cream ones, a couple of their lipsticks, mostly from years back. :)

        And no worries…. I like MAC, but you were not bashing MAC lip glosses. ;)

        Reply your comment, yes, as much as I am tempted to purchase, say, a Chanel nail polish, I’d rather spend the money of some nice eyeshadows instead, as to your blushes.

        • becca June 27, 2012 at 10:06 am #

          Oh sorry, lol! I actually haven’t tried Benefit’s cream shadows. I haven’t tried many brands’ cream shadows though, because I have very oily lids and generally speaking, they don’t stay put on my eyes unless I wear them with a primer (although, I always wear primer anyway, so that doesn’t really make sense…). But I will definitely give them a swatch tomorrow when I’m at the mall (wish me luck that I don’t bankrupt myself at Sephora and Nordstrom!! :P)

  11. Louise June 27, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    This was such a great review! I cannot wait to see these in person :) Dallas especially looks like such a gorgeous everyday color!

    • becca June 27, 2012 at 10:12 am #

      Thanks Louise! Dallas IS really, really pretty and is by far my favorite everyday gloss of the bunch. It goes with everything and has the perfect level of pigmentation. Are you going to check this one out? If you do, you have to let me know what you think!

  12. Yessie July 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    I haven’t tried many Benefit face products- I love They’re Real mascara! The blushes are very pretty but despite the excellent pigmentation, are often too light for me:(

    • becca July 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

      Oh, really? Which blush shades have you tried? I know Dandelion was a bit lighter than I usually prefer, but Dallas, Coralista, and Bella Bamba are so pigmented! lol I guess I haven’t tried Hervana or Sugarbomb though…definitely on my wishlist!

  13. Amanda July 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    I don’t necessarily want to match my gloss with my blush but these do look nice. But for the amount of pigmentation these have, I’m not sure they are worth the $16 per tube. I think I’m going to pass on these unless they come out with a multi-kit of minis for the holidays. In that case, I won’t be able to resist!

    • becca July 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      Yeah, I can definitely see that. I think it will be most popular for those that already own the boxed powders and want something fun and easy to match–otherwise, it’s just a pretty sheer, tubed gloss. I’m so glad I have them, but if I didn’t, I’m not sure I would go out and actually spend the money on them. At least not for all of them (Dallas and Sugarbomb are just SO pretty!)

  14. Joyce July 4, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Hi Becca! I don’t know why I’ve never seen your blog today, but I’m totally following now! :) I love these photos that you took!

    I agree with some of the other commenters that I probably won’t purchase this lipgloss… BUT I spotted a kit with lip gloss/blush (etc) that is supposed to come out at sephora later this month, so that may be a good value and something fun to purchase!

    • Joyce July 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      sorry for the typo, I meant *until* today! lol

      I just looked in the magazine I saw the kit in & it’s called “Go Tropicoral” with mini cha cha tint, high beam, coralista and coralista gloss for $28. I think I will definitely pick that up when it’s available at sephora! (magazine credit says July 14)

      • becca July 4, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

        Thanks Joyce, and welcome!!! :D

        Oh, thanks for the info on that kit. I think that sounds like an awesome deal–even I want to pick it up :P I’ve been wanting to try the Cha Cha Tint for a while now (and you only need just a bit with these tints, so a small size will probably STILL last you forever!), plus I really want Coralista to match my gloss now. And all for $28?!? That’s freaking amazing!

  15. Kai July 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    I got the dandelion, I liked how sheer it is, i really just wanted to try something from benefit, but after trying them on on my lips, they’re just too sheer to show on my lips… it’s okay though, i’ll just use if as a clear gloss (that’s not sticky!)

    • becca July 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

      ooh, yeah–I wouldn’t have recommended Dandelion as my first choice–that is unless you REALLY just wanted a sheer, shimmery gloss. Dallas and Sugarbomb are much more worth the money. The sheerer ones could easily be duped with drugstore glosses :/

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