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Spend vs Save: Benefit Silky Finish Lipstick in Skinny Dip vs Mentholatum Lipice Color in PrettyPink

 I got the mentholatum lipice color because I though it was a lipbalm, stupid me it was a lipstick instead 😛
but it was a good thing, since it’s a close dupe of benefit’s. See how it fares below..

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Benefit Skinny Dip is a popular choice and highly recommended as a MLBB (my lips but better lip color) and hubby got this for me instead of the coveted Chanel Rouge Allure in Insolente (a hot hot wearable pink that I’ve longed for so long). I was browsing around watson’s in search of a lipbalm since I just emptied a Carmex pot.
I’m not too fond of carmex, just finished it because Im doing this finish-something-first-before-buying-a-replacement-thing. It dries the heck out of my lips.

Mentholatum is an asian brand commonly seen in drugstores, they have cosmetics and skincare which are affordable but have good quality. Only the sunscreens and lip products are available in the Philippines for now, hope they can bring all other good watson’s stuff like ZA, Cezanne, and more Mentholatum soon hehe.

Mentholatum Lipice Color in Pretty Pink
Benefit Skinny Dip
A warm, my lips but better pink with sheen
A cooler my lips but better pink with sheen
Color
Silky soft, but more firm than benefit
Silky and soft and easily melts!!
Texture
A bit cheap looking for me, but it’s slim and compact nonetheless
Classy slim and black
Packaging
The color stayed up to 3-4 hours with drinking, it sorta stained the lips
1 hour max, and I was oh so careful
Staying Power
Slight medicinal-floral
Fragrance-free
Fragrance
113 PHP
25 SGD
Price

Verdict: Mentholatum is a close dupe, a really close dupe, it’s not even that noticeable of a difference when applied on the lips. You can just notice that benefit is just a slight cooler and paler.

Sorry for the unruly hair XD

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8 Comments

  • Reply MINAKICHU February 20, 2011 at 10:41 am

    I love Benefit lipstick! so silky and smooth to apply. And you seem to have found a dupe! i could barely notice the difference in your lip shots. 🙂

  • Reply roxyfoxy February 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    i can't wait to get that mentholatum Lipice color in Pretty pink! thankx for the reviews and swatches!.. uhm, can you do a review for the nars multiple in orgasm please? it's so hard to blend in my skin, since i tend to have dry skin in my cheek area. thanks!

  • Reply Hollie February 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Nice review! I'm sooo getting that lipice variant now!

  • Reply Aya February 22, 2011 at 5:14 am

    It's ironic how Carmex dries your lips, isn't it? Following you now 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous March 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Hi there! I'm still a student and a beginner when it comes on makeup products and with that may I ask your opinion about this item http://www.tameraonline.com/servlet/the-535/Neutrogena-MoistureShine-Lipstick-with/Detail. Hope to hear from you soon! :))

    nice review anyways. :))

  • Reply K March 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    ^^Thanks for following me aya! Yup carmex dries em so much 🙁

    Hi anonymous, hehe, I havent exactly tried neutrogena's moistureshine lipstick but I have tried their skincare, highlighter, and face products. So far, their products are highly satisfactory so you should give it a try.

  • Reply K March 8, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    hi roxyfoxy! Im sorry but I think it would take a bit more time to review nars orgasm multiple because
    1. I havent tried any NARS multiple at all
    2. I have no plans of purchasing it

    but it seems like a cream blush, try moisturizing really well and put on a good primer to make makeup application smooth and easy

  • Reply Kaycee Enerva July 24, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Most of the time, ang thinking ng tao ay mas mahal, mas maganda ang quality. But based on this review, parang mas practical yung mas mura kasi halos pareho lang sila ng effect, and mas matagal yung lasting power nung mura. Love this review! 🙂

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