Benefit Silky-Finish Lipstick Review and Swatch

May 29, 2008


From Sephora: This innovative formula slides on silky smooth for the softest, sexiest lips ever. Sheer coverage with buildable color – wear as little or as much as you like. Lipstick glides on effortlessly with the slant tip for flawless, even coverage. [$16]

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never tried MAC’s Slimshine lipsticks, but I’d imagine that they’re pretty similar to Benefit’s Silky-Finish lipsticks. I was walking around Sephora looking for things to spend my gift card on when the slim/sleek packaging of these lippies caught my eye. After swatching them on my hand and realizing they were quite similar in consistency to my beloved Dior Addict Ultra-Shine lipsticks (and almost $10 cheaper!!!), I decided to give them a shot. These are a cross between a gloss and a lipstick-they feel ultralight and somewhat glossy going on (no waxiness here!) and leave a pleasant sheen on the lips. If you hate the stickiness of gloss but don’t really like wearing lipstick, something like this is a great alternative!

Overall I’m relatively pleased with the lipstick, but I don’t love it nearly as much as I do my Dior. Although some of the Silky-Finishes have a good amount of glitter/shimmer to them, they lack the shiny, almost wet-looking finish that my Dior gives me, and the glitter in my Benefit lipstick seems to congregate on certain areas of my lips which drives me a little crazy!


I picked up this lipstick in Candy Store, which is a rosy pink shade with copper/gold shimmer. It’s a little rosy for my taste (I was hoping for a lighter pink), but gorgeous nevertheless! The color goes on relatively sheer, but it’s definitely buildable (although this definitely doesn’t qualify as a full coverage lipstick). As with any glittery lipstick it can be a tad drying, but no more so than any other lipstick I’ve tried.

Swatch of Candy Store

Candy Store on Lips 🙂
(The color is actually much rosier in person-the color in the tube is a pretty accurate representation of what it looks like on)

Tried Benefit’s Silky-Finish lipsticks before? Loved them? Hated them? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!

Read about Laneige’s Ideal Glossy Rouge (which is similar in shine/consistency) here!

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