Product Review: Benefit Posie Balm

by Gio

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Name: Posie Balm
Brand: Benefit
Size: £14.50
Price: 3g

From Benefit’s website:
A perfect pucker! Posiebalm conditions & hydrates with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate. This poppy-pink tinted kiss of sheer, buildable color gives you the softest, prettiest lips.

What I liked:
– moisturizing
– sheer colour payoff makes it very versatile
– creamy texture glides on smoothly
– doesn’t feel sticky not heavy on the lips

What I didn’t like:
– you need to layer it for the colour to show up
– lasts only about 1 hour or so on the lips
– pricey

Mini sizes are called mini for a reason. They are supposed to give you a taste of what a lippie or cream can do, wetting your appetite just enough for you to cave in, and rush to the nearest counter to buy the full size. Sure, we’d all love it if they were bigger, but then brands are in the business of making money, not charity giving. And there’s no denying mini sizes are a great way to attract new customers.

Unless it’s done wrong. Like in the case of Benefit Posie Tint. The mini size is packaged in a pretty, shiny, fairly big tube that promises to contain enough balm to last you for a month at least. “Yay!, Finally a generous brand!,” I thought. Then, I removed the cap. My face fell. There’s barely any product inside! Only about 0.01oz, as you can see from the photo above. Nope, that wasn’t taken when the balm had almost run out. The tube was still brand new and unused.

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I don’t get it. If a brand needs to cut corners, surely the first thing to go would be the packaging? Benefit may have chosen to put the balm in a smaller tube, or even just one of those cardboard thingies. At least, we’d know what to expect. Instead, it created a beautiful tube and put almost no product in it. Talk about disappointing! Although the little tube was in a gift set I received at Christmas (it contained pretty much every product Benefit makes so I’ll probably be reviewing its contents till next Christmas!), I still feel cheated.

To make matters worse, Posie Balm lasts only one hour or two on the lips, so the sample runs out in no time. The full size would undoubtedly last longer, but you’d still need to replace it more often than you would other, and much cheaper, lip balms like Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm Shea Butter & Vitamin E SPF 25 or Labello Fruity Shine Cherry Tinted Lip Balm.

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Its short staying power is not the only thing that makes Posie Balm fade faster than a melting ice cream on a torrid summer day. Its sheerness is partly to blame too. If you want it to provide some colour on the lips (and I’m guessing you do or you wouldn’t be interested in a tinted balm), you’d need to apply several layers. I had to to make the lovely shiny pink shade show up in the swatches above. I get that sheerer balms are more versatile and easier to wear, but seriously what’s the point of a tinted lip balm that has barely any tint?

But maybe some of you may like the sheerness and not be bothered by the short staying power. If that’s you, you’d be happy to know the formula is lovely. Although on the thicker side, it is very creamy and glides smoothly on the lips. It doesn’t feel heavy (nor sticky) on. Just conformable. As long as it stays on, it feels hydrating and moisturizing, and makes your lips so soft.

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And those who like matching their lippie to their blush will enjoy the opportunity of wearing Posie Balm with Posietint. It’s true you can just use Posietint on both your cheeks and lips, but I find it too drying for my pout. Posie Balm instead is hydrating. Although creating a cheek and lip tint moisturizing enough for both areas rather than two separate products would have been better, at least for us makeup lovers…

The texture’s not the only pleasant thing about Posietint. The sweet floral scent is lovely too, and not too strong, so it won’t be too bothersome for those of you who prefer your lip products to be fragrance-free.

I know that this review is quite negative. Posie Balm doesn’t entirely deserve it. It is a lovely balm. It really is. It is just way overpriced for what it is. You can get the same thing for a fraction of the price at any drugstore these days. Benefit charges you mainly for its pretty packaging and advertising, which wouldn’t be so bad if the lip balm were amazing. But it is only good.

Benefit Posie Balm is creamy and moisturizing. But the sheer colour payoff and short staying power make it run out really fast.

Rating: 3/5

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Marina (Makeup4all) June 24, 2015 - 12:48 pm

This is the kind of pink I like. I have the “blush” and gives a nice natural flush.

Gio June 25, 2015 - 6:35 am

Marina, I like the blush a lot too. As for the balm, I wish it were more pigmented. The pink is lovely, but so sheer.


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