Review: Benecos lip products, and how I learned to love red lipstick

Productos labiales de Benecos

Benecos lipstick, gloss and lipbalm.

I’m baaack! The new year so far has brought me awesome and challenging new work projects that have kept me away from my blog during all these days… however, like Ah-nold, I promised I’d be back, and here I am, with a fresh new review of Benecos lip products.

I’ve already talked about this German brand some posts ago, and despite my less-than-stellar experience with their (dreadful) mascara, the lip products I’ve tried from them have made me want to go back for more…

A couple months ago I went back to using my favorite product from this brand, Benecos Bio Lipbalm. And when I say it is my favorite, I mean that I actually go into withdrawal when I don’t find it, like the last time I went to buy it, so this time I nabbed two, just in case. And while I was at it, I also bought Benecos’ lipstick in “just red”.

The first was a necessity, since my lips dry up terribly in winter, which leads to cracked corners (they tend to split open in summer too, and when the seasons change, ugh); the second was a whim: I’ve decided that 2017 is going to be my Year of Red Lipstick. I’m definitely ditching my old hang-up about red lips, which I’d begun to rebel against with my Benecos gloss, which I’d bought some time ago, and which completes this review’s lippy trilogy.

Benecos Lippenbalsam

Benecos Bio Lipbalm

Benecos Bio-Lippenbalsam

Okay, first thing that you need to know is that my objectivity goes out of the window where this lipbalm is concerned. I could eat this stuff. From the get-go it became a must in my daily routine.

The product itself is as you see in this image: no color to interfere with your lipstick’s, no flavor and no added fragrance… although when I wear it I do feel a whiff of shea butter’s characteristic scent, which I personally adore… a shame it dissipates rather quickly.

However, if you’re not one for greasier products, note that this balm is a bit on the greasy side, as can be expected of a product loaded with so many emollient ingredients.

That is precisely the thing I like best about this lipbalm, and the one that best suits my lips, leaving them perfectly nourished and protected: no flaking, no peeling, no cracked corners (ow!), nada… and it also doesn’t feel heavy or overwhelming; it absorbs quite well and quickly, and soon feels like nothing, in the best sense. Just feels like pampered, super-smooth lips.

Benecos Lippenbalsam

Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Cera alba (beeswax), Rhus verniciflua peel cera, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Copernicia cerifera cera/ Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil. Source: brand website.

Still, if you prefer firmer, less greasy lipbalms, you may want to watch out or perhaps pass on this one. Additionally, the duration is a little shorter than other harder balms I’ve used; I usually apply it at least 3 times a day. This doesn’t bother me, and in fact I prefer it: once I open a product, I try to use it up as soon as possible, because it so often happens that it goes on weeelllll beyond the best-before date.

Would I purchase this again? Yes, in fact I will be buying it in twos just to make sure I don’t run out like last time… and hope Benecos never, ever thinks of reformulating this product. Makes me so mad when makers fiddle with great products…

So, I give 5 points to Benecos Bio-Lippenbalsam. It is one of those products that are perfect for me, and has more than earned its place in my stash.

Benecos Natural Lipstick

This is the first red lipstick I can remember having ever bought… This may sound a little odd coming from a beauty blogger, especially considering how fond I am of mid-20th century aesthetics… in theory, I like the idea of Forties’ true red lips and adore almost all things retroish, but in reality I’ve never felt truly comfortable with firebrand red lipstick.

And do not think for a moment that I’m one of those Tasteful Types™: I usually have no fear of color and splashiness, and I approve of judiciously administered vulgarity. I belong to the school of philosophy of Saint Diana Vreeland, who said a little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika.

Red lips – my experience so far:
Expectations:
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Reality:
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Nevertheless I have my limits and preferences, and among these, mine are for big eyes that strike enemies dead, and nothing else should try to steal the spotlight, but lately I was feeling like a change of pace… so when I went to get my balm, this lovely red lipstick decided to jump into my basket.

Benecos Natural Lipstick

As you can see in the photos and swatches, this is a brick red, not much of a true red, as you’d expect from the bar and the name. In any case, I quite like it, and find it very wearable with my skin tone and dark hair.

Anyway, as the image shows, the Benecos Natural Lipstick isn’t terribly intense or opaque… if you’re searching for fiery, true red lips, keep searching, since this product isn’t going to give you that. However, if you’re new to the cherry-lips look, and still don’t quite feel like it’s really you, I think this product is ideal. This is what I’d call an “office-red”, not a big, bold, bright red.

Besides, it is rather creamy and pleasant to wear, even without previous moisturization (I still prefer to wear it over a bit of balm). The duration is okay: it lasts at least a couple hours on me, and it can last through tea and snacks without much damage, though certainly won’t stand to a proper meal; if your aim is to keep your look more or less intact for an event, you’ll either need to reapply, or choose another lipstick that’s formulated for battle. Given my habits and preferences, this one works very well for me.

Benecos Natural Lipstick

Benecos Natural Lipstick “just red”. Ingredients: Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Euphorbia cerifera cera/ Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, Lanolin, Isoamyl laurate, Caprylic/Capric trigliceride, Cera alba (beeswax), Copernicia cerifera cera/ Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, Maltodextrin, Parfum (natural essential oils), Tocopherol, Limonene, Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, Ascorbyl palmitate, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) extract, Rhus verniciflua peel cera, Citral, Linalool, CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77492 (Iron oxides). Source: brand’s website.

Additionally, being formulated mostly with botanical ingredients, I’m okay with knowing it will likely wind up consumed in my food and drink… I am not a believer in “natural=good, pure and moral”, nor fundamentally opposed to the use of cosmetics formulated with the kind of synthetic or petroleum-derived ingredients that makes bio-bunnies quake in fear of chemikillzzz, nor do I think that anyone who chooses to use such products is asking to die of cancer, but when it comes to lip products, I do love to find these type of formulas. I love it even more when they are reasonably priced, like this brand’s products are: IIRC, this lipstick cost me about 7-8€.

Would I use this daily? Surprisingly, I would…  which makes it a pretty good purchase. I rate it 4 points; it isn’t a product that I’m wild about, at least enough to give it a full 5 points, but I do see myself using it frequently: it does its job very well without causing any issues.

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Above, a swipe of Benecos Natural Lipstick in “just red“. Below, a swipe of Benecos Natural Lip Gloss in “kiss me“. Personally, I think  Natural in this case is right for this lipstick, in the sense that it looks kind of like a color balm that’s a little stronger, rather than giving an opaque lipstick coverage; I quite like this effect myself, but in any case, the coverage is buildable, and the lipstick holds up rather well.

Benecos Natural Lip Gloss

Benecos Natural Lip Gloss – color: “kiss me”

Benecos Natural Lip Gloss

Months ago, I bought this lovely Benecos Natural Lip Gloss in “kiss me”, the color shown in the image. I’m not really one for most glosses, but there was something about this lovely, luscious cranberry red color that drew me.

And as I said before, this is also highly unusual, because for the most part I’m not much into bright lipcolor: I have bee-stung, Dali-esque lips and I normally prefer color balms, the odd gloss, and sort of nudey/MLBB type of stuff. If I wear something opaque or very vivid, I can’t help feeling too done, tacky and over-the-top in the worst sense.

Still, this ended up being one of those rare products I thought I’d use in a few occasions, but that I wound up applying with some frequency. And that’s even though this gives a lot of coverage for a gloss, even more than the lipstick… if you’re like me and feel like getting out of the box, and trying a big, bright color for an event, I think this one is just great, especially for those who prefer cooler tones.

The duration is what you could expect from a lipgloss: left undisturbed, I find it can last for over an hour, but it won’t withstand a full mug of coffee or tea, nor much less a full meal, but hey, it’s a gloss… to me, more important than this is the fact that it feels okay to wear: another of the reasons why I don’t often use this type of products is that I just hate the stickiness… don’t much like feeling my lips like I just wolfed down a glazed doughnut. This lipgloss doesn’t give me that unpleasant feeling.

Benecos Gloss Kiss Me

“kiss me” Ricinus Comunis (Castor) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordii Oil Copolymer, Silica, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Parfum (Natural Essential Oils), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Limonene, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Maltodextrin, Citral, Linalool CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 75470 (Carmine). Source: brand’s website.

Would I wear this daily? No, but I do like it for going out somewhere that requires some dolling-up, or for days that call for an extra dose of cheer and good energy… much as I liked it, I’m not sure I’d buy again this particular color, mainly because it’s rare for me to repeat colors, but given my experience with this product, next time I’m in the market for some lipgloss, this brand will probably be among the very first options.

So, 4 points / 5 for Benecos Natural Lipgloss; just like the lipstick, it isn’t one of those can’t-live-without products for me, but I enjoy it a lot, and it’s very likely it will show up on my makeup table again.

1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.

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