What’s Different About the New Benefit Full-Finish Lipsticks?

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Wearing Benefit Full-Finish Lipstick in Wanna

Benefit’s boxed blushes aren’t the only girls getting new outfits for spring. In January the company’s Full-Finish Lipsticks ($18 each) are also getting gussied up, with thicker bullets and shorter tubes.


Benefit is phasing out all but one of the existing shades (UPDATE: I just received info from Benefit saying that they will not be phasing out all the existing shades of Full-Finish. Instead, they’ll be adding these 12 new shades to the current line. Some of the colors in the current line will remain and be repackaged into the new tubes. I’ll update you once I get word of which shades will be staying and which ones will be going.) Fame Game (from the It Girl Collection, Fall 2009), and introducing 11 new ones. But all 12 of them have the exact same moisturizing, creamy formula Full-Finish fans like us know and love.

The (NEW) Benefit Full-Finish Lipsticks…

  • Pillow Talk: a hot pink
  • Wanna: a raspberry
  • Espionage: a black cherry
  • Pinking of You: a pop of pink
  • Rumor: a rose quartz
  • Slow Zone: a tropical coral
  • Shy: a ballet slipper
  • Saucy: a sparkling tangerine
  • Fame Game: a dusty rose
  • I Tink I Love You: a bronze rose
  • Mod Squad: a shelly pink
  • Oh Currant: a berry wine

Don’t tell El Hub, but tonight I made out with Wanna, Shy, Espionage, Slow Zone, Pinking of You and Fame Game.

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Benefit Full-Finish Lipsticks from the left front: Slow Zone and Wanna; Back: Espionage, Pinking of You and Shy

Benefit full finish lipstick review swatches photos spring 2011

Benefit full finish lipstick review swatches photos spring 2011 new and old packaging
Full-Finish Lipstick in Pinking of You in new packaging (left) and Full-Finish Lipstick in Fame Game in old packaging (right)

Benefit full finish lipstick review swatches photos spring 2011
Swatches from left: Espionage, Pinking of You, Shy, Slow Zone, Wanna and Fame Game

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Slow Zone

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Pinking of You

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Fame Game

My lips love how soothing, smooth and creamy these feel, and my eyes love the pigmentation, particularly that of the darker shades, which apply a little more evenly than the lighter ones do. As for wear time, it’s a pretty typical three hours.

And speaking of pretty, that’s just what these are. πŸ™‚

PRICE: $18 each
AVAILABILITY: Coming in January to Benefit boutiques, counters and benefitcosmetics.com

Don’t forget me, James Franco


I’m obsessed…with James Franco. I read a piece on him in Entertainment Weekly the other day, and apparently, homeboy’s quite driven and smart. Without putting his acting career on hold, he got his undergrad degree in English with his concentration in creative writing from UCLA last year, and is now working toward his PhD from Yale.

Wow, right? Dude knows how to get sh*t done. And all this time I thought he was just a pretty face.

Still, I have no desire to see 127 Hours, James Franco or no James Franco. I don’t think I could handle it. I mean, why didn’t homeboy just tell someone where he was going?!?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Paris B says:

    I love the Full Finish lippies but I’m not keen on how quickly Benefit runs through their lipstick colours. Still, this probably means the older colours/packaging will be discounted which is nice! πŸ˜‰ I think Slow Zone and Pinking of You look lovely on you.
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  2. Amee says:

    The lippies are great and all the shades are very pretty…

  3. Vanessa says:

    Pinking of you is sooo pretty! I don’t have the guts to try full on color yet :-/

  4. Kate & Zena says:


    Oh, Benefit, I hate you sometimes. I’m officially buying five thousand backups now.

    Wait, wait, wait, I’m safe. I just looked. It’s a silky-finish. Phew.

    Crisis averted.

    I like the old stick. I find it easier to apply lipstick. Maybe it’s just me though.

  5. Lily says:

    LOL I know, that’s what he gets for being all cool and spontaneous hiker like. I heard it was intense but I’m not sure I could handle it either. Fame Game looks great on you, I have my eyes on Espionage!

  6. Nika says:

    I think I like the new packaging better, specially the thicker pointed bullets. I really want Slow Zone!!

  7. rawwrhearts says:

    i love your hair karen! its so alive and bouncy looking. i love fame game and pinking of you. Mmmmmm… i guess these come after the gaga mac lippie. i hope to get that this weekend!

  8. Marina says:

    Espionage is SO HOT! I want!!! I also like the Fame game. And on you I like Shy the best.
    And James is a cutie πŸ˜‰
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  9. Sasmita says:

    Nice shade Karen. Smooth & moderate shiny !
    Never tried exactly this shade of pink.
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  10. Hollie says:

    Espionage looks great on you! Quick question, are any of the old blushes being completely discontinued? I use Dandelion everyday! I dont wanna have to hunt for a replacement πŸ™ x

  11. meibaola says:

    I’ll prob try to get my hands on Pinking of You and Slow Zone as soon as they are released!

  12. gio says:

    Pinking of You looks gorgeous! Espionage is very pretty too but I’m not brave enough to wear it. Looks beautiful on you though.
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  13. Tiffany says:

    I actually kinda liked the old packaging, since it was different, ya know? anyway, Wanna is catching my eye!

  14. Ruchita says:

    I love the lipstick colors! Very pretty. Also, your hair looks great!

    I read the same EW article with James Franco and he does seem very cool. I’m with you on not wanting to see his new movie. It seems like it would be a very long episode of I Shouldn’t Be Alive.

  15. Espionage looks great on you!

    I love the benefit full finish lipsticks but I find that I have to reapply quite often.
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  16. Eleonora says:

    Hi Karen,

    I thunk I’m in love with Pinking of You and Slow Zone.
    SZ looks great on you!

  17. Kim says:

    Oh! I like Espionage. Very nice! And while we’re talking about nice… look at that hair of yours!!!! Awesome cut and color – it looks fabulous! πŸ™‚

    PS I had a funny dream last night. You were helping me to pick out the MAC brush “gems” in some bargain bin dept store (a la TJ Maxx). It involved going through a bunch of random stuff and we finally found a fan brush in an “oh, grab that… quick!” moment.

  18. Toni says:

    Oooh, these are so pretty! I love my Benefit Silky Finish lipsticks. I’ll have to check these out when they’re released. I love moisturizing lipsticks! I’ll take one of each, please! They look great on you, Karen!
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  19. NeenaJ says:

    You rock Espionage… and Slow Zone is a perfect weekend, easy look. I can’t wait to check out Tinking of You and Oh Currant for myself.

    Your hair looks fab, btw. So bouncy & shiny – like you’re in your very own Pantene commercial. πŸ˜‰

  20. Shannon says:

    I really like Espionage and Slow Zone on you. I really wanna try out pinking of you…. hmm.
    I’m surprised at how orangey Slow Zone looks in its packaging and as a swatch, but on your lips it’s absolutely lovely! My grandmother was trying to find a peachy/orangey lipstick at Sephora last summer, and we couldn’t find ANYTHING that was close to what she had in mind. Neither could the staff. πŸ™ I might have to check Slow Zone out when I go to Seattle for Christmas to see if it’s a color she might like…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shannon,

      I think she might really like this shade then. In the pic above I have it built up, but you can also take it down by dabbing the tube on the lips. It’s really, really pretty either way.

  21. Kerry says:

    Wanna looks so pretty on you!

  22. Nina says:

    ohhh shy and slow zone, please be mine!

  23. Appu says:

    All of them look great on you. Slow zone and Pinking if you are my fav. πŸ™‚ Looove James Franco. He’s such a cutie!!! πŸ™‚
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  24. Appu says:

    *Sorry, I mean Pinking of you πŸ™‚
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  25. amy says:

    I love all the pinks you have picked out and my favourite is Pinking of You. James Franco is HAWT and has been one of my celebrity crushes forever. I think he is one of few men who looks HAWT with a mustache which he grew for Movember.
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  26. Stef says:

    Oh Benefit, the only think I heart more than you is James Franco! What a lovely post to wake up too. Check out this old school pic:
    Le Sigh, eh?
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  27. Katie says:

    Well I’m sure excited about these! What shade might you recommend for me? I have very fair skin with pink/blue undertones, dark hazel eyes and red-brown hair. ‘Grats on your James Franco obsession, he’s a beauty!
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  28. Glosslizard says:

    Slow Zone is beautiful on you! Wanna looks great for me though!

    I’m keeping my eye out for a lippie the shade of Guerlain’s Rouge G in Bee, but without the sparkle (easier for daytime). Any suggestions?

  29. BeautyMaven says:

    Not-related but I LOVE YOUR HAIR!!!!!! So incredibly gorgeous!!
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  30. Shyra says:

    Hi Karen. It’s my first time commenting on your blog thought I’ve been reading your blog daily for the last few months since I’ve discovered your blog! Pinking on you looks really pretty on you and I must say I love,love your hair! And your top/dress is pretty too! πŸ™‚

  31. Shyra says:

    Oops,it’s though not thought! Have a great weekend, Karen! πŸ™‚

  32. Sanya says:

    Wow, that raspberry shade looks amazing on you Karen! Definitely in my top 5 favorite lip looks for you!

  33. Rae says:

    Ooh! I liked the old tubes, but the new ones are super-cute too — plus, I can definitely see why you’d want a more precise bullet tip when the formulas are this pigmented.

    Thanks for the swatches, Karen πŸ™‚
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  34. Nicole says:

    Wanna = Wanna have you in my make-up kit right now!!


  35. danielle davidson says:

    i think fame game and slow zone look best on you

  36. kalcedon says:

    Slow Zone looks great on you, especially because the color matches the top you’re wearing :).

  37. Heidi says:

    I’m sure you can guess from my previous comments on my love for all things coral that Slow Zone WILL be coming home with me!

    And I love me some James Franco. If you get a chance, try to catch one of the repeats of his recent appearance on Inside the Actors Studio on Bravo. It was great.

  38. Maria says:

    Ooooh! I’m love, love loving Espionage!!!
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  39. Alice says:

    I have no idea what a shade like “rose quartz” could look like but it sure sounds pretty! And Pinking of You looks so good on you!

    Wooooo celebrity crushes! I’m a biiiiiig fan of Ryan Gosling. Like, you don’t even know. So big that I was kind of sad to hear about him and Blake Lively getting together. 😐

  40. Shefali says:

    Hey Karen! All of these new shades are already at my Macy’s in Arcadia!! Tried almost all of them. Espionage is absolutely gorg!!!!

  41. Svetlana says:

    I want Shy & Fame Game!!!:)

  42. They all look awesome on you! I’m after Saucy and I Tink I LOve You.

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