Benefit Sugarlicious Lip and Cheek Kit Review
Recently I was very kindly sent the Benefit Sugarlicious Kit to try out. I’ll be honest, I’m someone who really needs to get onto the Benefit bandwagon. I’m forever seeing their beautiful quirky packaged products on various blogs and YouTube channels and I love reading their social media posts, however, I just haven’t really given them a good and proper tryout. Having said that, after trying out this product I’m definitely going to be delving more into the brand as I’ve been really impressed with the four miniature products in this kit.
The kit I received was the Benefit Sugarlicious Kit which currently retails at £25.50. The kit contains four Benefit miniature products housed in a beautiful keepsake cardboard box. In the box as well as the products you’ll find a mirror, step by step instructions as well as a little brush. Now the brush isn’t terrible but I do think a good blusher brush is a much better option but if you were desperate and you didn’t have your favourite brush on you, the one in the kit does get the job done.
In terms of the instructions they’re pretty basic and a typical guide on how to apply face and lip products. The majority of people already know how to apply each product, however, I do think this would be ideal for someone who is maybe just getting into makeup and cosmetics, like a teenager for example. Anyway, here are my thoughts on the products within the pretty box.
Over the years I’ve heard lots and lots about Benetint so I was over the moon to see a little bottle in the kit. Benetint is a rose tint that can be used both on the lips and on the cheeks. It was actually originally created for an exotic dance in the 1970s but today it is much-loved by makeup artists, guys and gals and even celebrities. The product comes housed in a glass nail polish style bottle and also contains a brush similar to the one you’d find in a nail polish bottle.
When I received this I kind of expected it to be a really concentrated and highly pigmented product, however, in reality, it is actually quite a sheer stain. Now when I say that, I don’t mean it is a bad thing as I actually see it as a positive. As you can see from my swatch above, the stain is subtle yet noticeable without being over the top. It is very pretty on the cheeks and although it gives the cheeks a pretty blushed look that is suitable for day-to-day wear, it also provides a nice base if you want a more intense blusher look. Another thing that I like about the product is that it can be built up if you do want a stronger colour payoff which means that this is potentially suitable for a whole host of skin tones ranging from light to dark.
A fast drying cheek and lip stain
In terms of the formula, it is quite runny. At the same time, it is quite fast drying. This means that you do have to work quick with it to get an evenly blended out look. But it isn’t too difficult to work with. For the wear time, I’ve found it to last hours on my skin without budging or smudging. So if you are looking for a long-lasting cheek product, do be sure to give this a go. So far I’ve used Benetint on both my cheeks and my lips. I do prefer it as a cheek stain as I find not only is it ridiculously similar to my natural lip colour that it seems pointless applying but I also find it does tend to settle into the cracks and lines of my lips whereas it works much more nicely on my skin.
Sugarbomb Box O’Powder
The second product in the box is a miniature Sugarbomb Box O’Powder. The blush consists of four different shades, peach, soft plum, pink and rose. You could potentially use each shade individually however, I’m taken a liking to swirling all the shades together. When mixed you’re left with a prominently peach coloured shade that contains beautiful shimmer running throughout. The colour is a refreshing change from my usual favourite pink toned blushes. It just gives my cheeks a beautiful healthy wash of colour. I love that the colour can be built up or blended out easily and I really like the shimmer that it contains. In terms of the wear time, it lasts around 5-6 hours on my skin before it starts fading which isn’t bad at all. The formula is a teeny bit powdery but it’s nothing hard to work with or off-putting.
The third product I discovered in the box and quite possibly my favourite from the bunch was, of course, the extremely famous High Beam highlighter. One word, WOW. I honestly cannot believe that I haven’t tried this stuff sooner as I’m in absolute love with it. The highlighter is a satin pink colour and works wonders with my pale and cool toned complexion. This is a highlighter that you can use on your cheeks and brows. As well as on the nose and basically anywhere else that takes your fancy. I’ve tried applying this product two ways and both have been a success.
The first way I apply it is by placing a few dots on those areas that I want to highlight. Such as my cheeks and my brow bones. I then simply blend it in. And hey presto, I’m left with a gorgeous dewy glow which is ideal for events and evenings out. The result is truly gorgeous as when applied and blended properly it gives the skin a wonderful sheen. The only thing that I have found wrong with it is that much like Benetint, it does dry really rather fast. This means that you have to be careful and work quickly. Also, do be wary about what you apply this on top of as it can disturb the makeup underneath.
One product, two ways uses
The second way I apply the highlighter is by applying it under my foundation for a more toned down look. This just gives my makeup beautiful luminescence and more of a natural effect. If you’re wanting to achieve a more awake, perked up skin look, I definitely recommend using this method. One thing I will say is that with this, less is more.
I really do not recommend applying lots and lots of High Beam as not only will this make your cheeks look like disco balls, it also decreases the wear time of the product which means that the product (mainly the glitter/shimmer) is more likely to travel around your face due to not being set on the skin properly. However, if you do apply it correctly I find on my skin it lasts around 6-7 hours which is quite impressive in my opinion. In terms of the packaging, it is pretty much the same as Benetint. It comes in a glass bottle with a brush however, the formula is much thicker than Benetint.
Sugarbomb Lip Gloss
And last but not least, inside the Benefit Sugarlicious Kit box was a little mini Sugarbomb Lip Gloss. This is a super smooth lipgloss that puts those horrible sticky glosses to absolute shame. It feels nice and comfortable on the lips and does a brilliant job at making them look plumper and prettier. In terms of the colour, it is a gorgeous pink nude with micro shimmer running throughout.
It is super flattering on me and is perfect for both day and night. Often I find lip glosses can be very hit and miss. Especially when it comes to their sticky formula. But for me, this ticks all the right boxes. I’m sure the little tube is still going to last me for a little while. However, once used up I think I’ll more than likely be purchasing the full-size version. It’s not that often that I enjoy glosses as much as I did with this one.
A great kit for makeup lovers
All in all, I really like the Benefit Sugarlicious Kit. I’m loving the products inside as they all perform well and work nicely with my skin. I think the kit is reasonably priced for what it is. I also think that it would be an ideal gift for any makeup lover or a newbie to the Benefit makeup range. To get your hands on the Benefit makeup kit, be sure to head over to the House Of Fraser website. Also be sure to check out some of the other great products like lipsticks that they have to offer as their range is pretty darn good. Oh, and if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Benefit High Beam, check out my Benefit High Beam dupes post.
Have you tried the Benefit Sugarlicious Kit? What did you think of it?