Benefit Lollibalm and Posibalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms Review & Swatches

Benefit couldn't have released their new lip balm at a better time considering that Summer is all about light and fresh makeup! :)

Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm
Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm
Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm
Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm

The new line of Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm consists of 4 shades: Posiebalm (poppy pink), Lollibalm (candy orchid), Benebalm (rose), and Chachabalm (sheer mango). Each one is tinted with sheer pigment to coordinate with their own Lip & Cheek Stain — Posiebalm coordinates with Posietint, Lollibalm with Lollitint, Benebalm with Benetint, and Chachabalm with Chachatint.

I have Posiebalm and Lollibalm to review today. Lollibalm was my first choice since I love purple! :) Posiebalm was my second and the reason I chose it over Benebalm and Chachabalm was because I wanted something a little more “neutral” that I can wear easily on a day-to-day basis.

The packaging of these balms is identical to their respective tint, except they are in a twist-up stick form that you can apply directly to the lips. The surface of the tube is super shiny and has a metallic finish with the color of the tube matching the color of the lip balm inside. It's always a perfect ten for me when it comes to Benefit packaging! :)

Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm
Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm
Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm
Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm
Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm
Benefit Posiebalm and Lollibalm

These balms are formulated with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate to condition and moisturize lips during wear, but from my experience, they are not the most moisturizing balm I've tried. The hydration level is alright in my book. I do, however, really like the smooth creamy texture that basically just glides on the lips without resistance. It's such a pleasure and comfort to apply. The formula is non-sticky and scented with a sweet floral fragrance that I find quite pleasant!

Now comes the most talked-about aspect of these balms: pigmentation. On their own, these balms barely have any color payoff. It is not buildable even with layering, but the shine does increase with each layer. If you have naturally pigmented lips like mine, I think you are safe to try just one color because they are all going to look pretty much the same on you. However, if you have pale lips, the difference between colors will be much more obvious and you may be tempted to pick up more than one (oh how I envy you!).

Dark lips or pale lips aside, if you just want to tint them with a sheer wash of soft color, I think these will fit the bill. :)

The longevity is somewhat average. I find that I need to re-apply every couple of hours to replenish the shine and moisture. I don't mind doing so because the stick form allows for convenience and the light pigmentation is basically foolproof — you can apply it without a mirror!

Layering with Lip & Cheek Stain

Now, if wearing these balms alone doesn't exactly entice you, try layering them over their respective Lip & Cheek Stain! The outcome is a whole different story! As you will see in the last photo below — when paired with the Lip & Cheek Stain, the color payoff is more than triple compared to when the balm is worn by itself!

The Lip & Cheek Stains really enhance the color intensity of these balms (and vice versa)! And if you are like me, who find the stains to be too drying to use alone on the lips, these balms are your fix! Together, they beautifully create a perfect combo for a high-color impact and extended hours of hydration. :)

Benefit Lollibalm (L) and Posiebalm (R)
Benefit Lollibalm (L) and Posiebalm (R)
Benefit Posiebalm
Benefit Posiebalm
Benefit Lollibalm
Benefit Lollibalm
L: Benefit Posiebalm alone and over Posietint; R: Benefit Lollibalm alone and over Lollitint
L: Benefit Posiebalm alone and over Posietint;
R: Benefit Lollibalm alone and over Lollitint
Top: Benefit Posiebalm alone and over Posietint; Bottom: Benefit Lollibalm alone and over Lollitint
Top: Benefit Posiebalm alone and over Posietint;
Bottom: Benefit Lollibalm alone and over Lollitint

If I were to be honest, I do think the price is a little steep for the product. A little more color and a little more hydration would have been nice but where else can you find a packaging this cute, and a matching color for your favorite stain. If pigmentation is your priority, these may not represent the best option for you. But for me, I kind of had a feeling they would be sheer before I purchased them, so the lack of pigmentation didn't come as a surprise. My intention was to use them in combination with the stain that I already have and since the two play so well together, I am nothing but absolutely happy with my purchase.

So, what do you think of these balms? Do they pique your interest? Share with me your thoughts in the comments! :)

Purchase

US$18 at SephoraUltaBenefit

฿750 at Sephora Thailand

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22 Comments

  • Such a helpful and thorough post as always, Jaa! I think I will pass on these for the moment as I have too many lip products as is, haha! If it were more hydrating and more pigmented, I’d definitely be interested though. I have to agree on Benefit’s packaging — so cute and whimsical!

    • Thanks, Carolyn! Yeah, wish they were a bit more pigmented and hydrating! Can’t wait to check out your blog!!!! I may have been a little bit more excited about it than you are haha! :D

  • โอ๊ยยย!! อยากได้ๆๆ ชวนเสียทรัพย์อีกแล้ว ล่าสุดพึ่งซื้อ Chocolate Bar ตามพี่จ๋า ตอนแรกว่าจะไม่ซื้อแล้วแต่พอเห็นSwatch พี่จ๋าเท่านั้นละ ชั้นต้องมี. อะไรก็ทนได้ แต่ Neutral Palette นี้ไม่ได้จิงๆค่ะ

    • ฮ่า ๆ ขอโทษทีน้า พี่นี่ทำให้น้อง ๆ เสียตังค์อยู่เรื่อย!!! ส่วนลิปบาล์มอันนี้พี่ว่าถ้าอยากได้จริง ๆ ลองซื้อซักอันแล้วเลือกสีเข้มก็ได้ค่ะ ก็ใช้สนุกอยู่ แถม packaging ก็ออกจะกิ๊บเก๋!

  • Tested these out at my Sephora and they were super super sheer and didn’t feel as moisturizing as my Dior one… Thinking twice about them now but their packaging is sooooo cute :(

    • Yep, another step you have to do! But together they last a really long time on the lips! Even longer than most lipsticks! :)

  • Welcome back! I just can’t really stomach the idea of paying so much for a balm unless it’s going to be really really nourishing, so pass here as well. But I do like the idea of lots and options, so that’s nice…for somebody. :)

    • Thank you, Aimee! Good to be back! :)

      LOL, I totally understand your point! A step up in pigmentation would have been awesome!

  • They are so pretty in the tube! But i was disappointed to read that they lack in pigment and hydration.. whats the point then? :-|

    • The packaging may be the point. Ha ha. Sucks me in every time!! Perhaps they were not meant to be used alone, but rather in combination with the stain? Just my guess. :)

  • I have the Lollibalm because I LOVE the shade but just cannot work with the formula of the cheek stains (they just don’t blend for me). I kind of like it, but yes, super sheer, and yes, not that hydrating. In terms of hydration and pigmentation, I think it’s better to spring the extra ~$6 and get a YSL Rouge Volupte Sheer Candy.

  • The lollitint has such a great shade! I’m kind of tempted by them, because I have pigmentless lips, and I love the packaging, but they’re gonna be something like $40 each here, and I just can’t pay that for a lip balm, LOL!

    Hey Benefit, wanna send me some so I can show how pigmented they are? ;-) I will accept the sacrifice, somehow… :-P

    • LOL! I would never ever pay $40 for a lip balm, lol! Crazy!

      Would be nice for Benefit to send you press sample to try! I’d sure love to see how it looks on you! :D

  • Your pictures are just breathtaking, Jaa! WOW. Someone should hire you to shoot stills for magazines. Your photos make me want products I didn’t before I visited your blog! AMAZING.

    Secondly, even though these are sheer, I still think I’d like to have one b/c they’re kind of ridiculously adorable and, overall, I’m a fan of sheer lipstick! It’s one of those easy breezy things you can toss in your bag and swipe on your lips without having to crack out a mirror, lip brush, lip liner, lipstick, blotting sheets, and a gloss! That’s a win to me!

    • Wouldn’t that be THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD for me?!!! Shooting photos for a living – omg, I can only dream…. lol!

      What color do you plan on getting? Let me guess, Lollibalm!!!

        • Now I want the BeneBalm, too!!! I really should brave myself and wear red lips more on a regular basis!! BeneBalm sounds like a good start!

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