The Ultimate in Stealth Weaponry?! Rolling for Perception with Benefit Posiebalm…

Greetings from a surprisingly tiny chamber in the dungeon, fellow rogues!

Gird your loins, fellow adventurers! The process of wading into that enormous pile of miniature loot continues today as we stumble into the fourth chamber of the dungeon. There is…not a lot of space in here, to be honest. Especially with the paladin and his massive, uh, pauldrons, getting in everyone’s faces! For some reason, though, it’s getting hard to see the other party members, despite how close they are…time for a perception roll, everyone – who knows what’s going on in here! To keep everyone in the loop on the context for this post, you can still hear the echo from the first chamber of this dungeon:

I should mention first off that a large number of the minis came in the form of the Sephora Give Me More Lip holiday special set, which contains 17 lip products in three loose ‘colour schemes’: red, nude and pink. I ordered this set from Sephora through the indomitable Jaa, who was kind enough to wrangle all the goodies into a parcel small enough that it wouldn’t cost me the contents of Erebor to ship it here. Jaa was also kind enough to take me a couple of pictures of the set before the packaging had to go…

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

The 2014 Sephora Give Me More Lip set (photo courtesy of Jaa)

Sephora Give Me More Lip Set 2014 Review and Swatches

…and here the inside! So much miniature lip goodness *drools*. The Tarte pencil at the left centre is the only full-size product. Yet more photographic awesomeness from Jaa!

 ‘I was rather excited when I saw what this set contained, because it was basically a laundry list of brands I’ve wanted to try for the longest time. Since there are so many products here, and because I’m a rogue and we’re funny like that, I’m going to review the contents in spearate posts (or in small groups) so that I can devote proper attention to obssessively photographing each miniature lip product with other miniature things ❤

Soooo then, let’s find out what in the name of Moradin is going on – with Benefit’s Posiebalm artefact! Fittingly, for this product, this review is going to be relatively short… 😀

Benefit Posiebalm review and swatches

SHINEH *rogueish eyegleam*

Inkeeping with my recent trend, I’m going to talk about packaging first. It makes sense, since the packaging is the first thing you see, and in this case is also very nice indeed. The bits in this set are supposed to be deluxe samples, and in terms of the case, Posiebalm is holding up its end really well. The packaging is a cute, chubby little version of the full size, peachy chrome effect and everything. It has a strong snap closure (almost too strong) so you don’t have to worry about the goblin ratriders actually getting *into* your lip balm, even if they do manage to steal it (it is very shiny after all).

Where things get kind of interesting is on the inside….

Benefit Posiebalm review and swatches

A tiny pink nubbin – not inappropriately accomapnied by nipple-shaped mushrooms (it’s a unique sort of dungeon, this one…)

As you can see, this ‘deluxe’ sample contains precisely bugger-all product. I think this is why there was such confusion when we entered this chamber of the dungeon – everyone was having to do perceptions rolls (and failing most of them), because this artefact is enchanted with some serious stealth in terms of its contents. If you were looking quickly, you might assume it had been incorrectly filled in the factory, or made in honour of some sort of headless spirit, or attacked by extremely neat orcs with special decapitation scimitars. Or raised from the dead by a really, really distractable necromancer who never finishes the job and leaves partly raised corpses all over the landscape like mouldy mushrooms… 

Benefit Posiebalm review and swatches

A closeup, just to confirm that the amount of product in here is actually on the same millimetre scale as the miniature backdrop 😉

OK, I’ll stop now. Suffice it to say that I (and many others, I see) gave an involuntary snort when we saw the contents of the ‘deluxe’ sample.  It wouldn’t even be quite so arresting if the other samples in the box weren’t significantly more generous, and we didn’t all know that the price of the full size (relative to its pigmentation) is something that can be a bit hard to swallow in the first place. This is, perhaps, the first time I will be able to bring you a review of a product that is brand new to me…that I have already used up! 😀

Benefit Posiebalm review and swatches

You should have seen the gymnastics I did to get this to show up in a photo on my arm… I was using ALL THE DEX, people. Also, I forewent (?) the base makeup, so you get random dry flakes and pores, as my special gift to you 😉

This is the point where I have to wheel out the caveats and such. If you take a look in the picture above, you may be persuaded that this is a nice, gently tinted pink balm, and you wouldn’t exactly be wrong. It’s just that my natural lip colour is approximately zero, meaning that (inadvertently), I am the perfect person to showcase this product, from Benefit’s perspective. If you have any lip pigmentation or blush at all, this product may not show up on you. I will say, after going through the whole sample, that it has, vaguely, the feel to it of one of those ‘colour change’ lip products – you know, it goes on clear and then claims to tailor itself to your skintone or whatever (*snort*). Posiebalm goes on with colour, but it has that vaguely fluorescent edge to it that reminds me of the ‘pH’ lipsticks/balms. I think the other three shades (I kind of wish this sample had been Benebalm – red – or Lollibalm – lilac ) are all somewhat more pigmented, so those with rosier or darker natural lips may have better luck there. Benefit does seem to push the idea of wearing these balms over their matching ‘tints’, and I do own a sample of Posietint, but since the tints are plenty pigmented, you could just wear a  clear lip balm over them for the same effect. These balms shouldn’t *have* to be supported by another product underneath for colour; Benefit might as well just have released the balm formula in ‘clear’. In terms of that ‘balm’ part, it’s pretty nice. It feels soft and jelly smooth going on, it makes my lips feel soft and hydrated, but it only lasts about an hour. This wouldn’t be a problem, except that the full size is $34 here in NZ, and $18 in the US. That’s a lot for a not-very-long-lasting, very-slightly-tinted lip balm. There’s also the matter of the smell, which is…rose? Now, I quite like the rose smell on my Benetint, but this one, as Sunny found recently with another Benefit product, smells like the roses are past their best, with a somewhat sour note. It’s not unwearable (the scent doesn’t last much on the lips), but it doesn’t polish my daggers, if you know what I mean.

Basically, I wouldn’t be opposed to trying one of the other shades, if, (like with the Fresh Sugar balms), I was feeling flush in the gold purse department. To sum up in pros and cons (or chests and mimics, as I prefer):


  • Smooth and hydrating
  • Pretty colour (technically)
  • Fabulously shiny packaging
  • Rogue-appropriate stealth-theme


  • Expensive (for what it is)
  • Sour-rose smell?
  • Only lasts ~1 hour (on me)

What do you think, fellow adventurers? How miniature is miniature? Would you try (or have you tried) one of these balms? What’s your favourite SHINEH packaging?

The practicalities: Benefit Posiebalm (and its sisters) is usually 0.1 oz / 3 g, and costs US $18 / NZ $34 for the full size. These balms may be acquired from Benefit’s own website,, the and, in New Zealand, from the Benefit counter in Smith and Caugheys and online. The Sephora Give Me More Lip set does not, sadly, appear to still be available on the Sephora website. It was ~$60. There is, however, the Give Me Some Lip set for $25, which contains a shiny Bite lip pencil, as well as some other goodies.

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

19 thoughts on “The Ultimate in Stealth Weaponry?! Rolling for Perception with Benefit Posiebalm…

  1. Hey Syl, hmm I’m not too sure I’ll get along well with this at all. I was SO surprised to read you already finished this, but then I discovered it only lasts an hour, so it totally makes sense. So sorry to hear this also smells like roses past their best. I have enough problems putting that on my brows, so I don’t think I want to try it on my lips! My favorite shiny packaging probably goes to Guerlain Rouge G, although that thing is a b* to photograph to say the least!


    • Haha, indeed! Shiny packaging is the worst to photograph – either you get pictures of yourself reflected in it, or the reflection from the light obscures the colour/text on the case T_T

      Yeah, I wasn’t too sure about this balm in particular, but as a bit of a lip balm junkie I’m open to the idea of the other ones because it felt so nice. I’d also like to take a sniff of some full size ones or instore or something, as (since my Benetint smells like nice roses) I wondered if this sample wasn’t a bit off in fragrance. Of course, I can say that I’d *like* to try a $34 lip balm, because I have an existing MOUNTAIN of balms that I have to finish first, which kind of buffers me from actually buying one of these 😉


  2. Hahaha what? That’s IT? When I first saw the photos, I assumed you’d just twisted up the tube one-third of the way or something. I actually had no idea that Benefit made lip balms in the same shades as its lip tints, but that’s no surprise: I can’t remember the last time I got excited about a lip balm or did an extensive internet search for the latest in balm technology. This one is awfully pretty, though, if you like that sort of thing.


    • Yep, that’s it! T_T I know it’s a sample and all but…in terms of actual product quantity, it’s not doing much better than those cardboard lipstick samples with the foil-sealed divot….

      I only knew about the Benefit balms because they came up on Temptalia and MBB and my other usual makeup browsing spots. I saw that they were sheer + expensive, and kind of just moved on. The packaging is pretty though, and I am glad I cot the chance to try some, because the balm itself is really nice. Not terribly long lasting, but during that hour it certainly earns its keep.That’s what kind of makes me intrigued to try a more pigmented one… *laughter of wallet in background*


  3. The tube is so stinkin adorable! However, I think I’d rather they have put their money into actual product, and put that in a less than stellar package (even one of the stupid cardboard/foil packets!) than do this nice packaging and then put virtually NOTHING into it. :/


    • Haha, I know, right? This was kind of the ‘troll’ sample of the box. They really do get full marks for packaging, but…when the product is finished there’s not really anything I can do with that package. Like, a YSL rouge volupte case I would FIND a way to repurpose (toothpick holder? :-D) But this one was kind of in the ‘all sound and fury signifying nothing’ camp on that front…


    • I’m a little bit ambivalent on Benefit – their packaging/advertising divides me between eye rolls and ‘cute’, and their products are a hit or miss (mostly a miss). I do like Benetint, and I like the look of that peachy Majorette blush that Jaa reviewed, but given how expensive the stuff is here I…find it hard to get *too* excited in the end!


  4. Even for a sample, that is super teensy. Would have cost them so much more to make the packaging than the little scoop of actual balm within it! I don’t have much of an interest in these though I do think the packaging is very cute. Off roses doesn’t sound too appealing either, haha.


    • Yipes! How did I miss replying to this!? O_o

      I know exactly what you mean – the packaging is so good, that the product itself is a major letdown! It’s like a beautifully wrapped present that contains, like, one shoe or something…


  5. Come on, girl, stop pointing every ‘flaw’ in your close-ups! Even when I look REALLY close I can barely see what you’re talking about!!! You’re too hard on yourself.

    As for the color, I guess I like it. I mean, it’s pink, glossy and very subtle, so I’d totally wear it. But man, what a tiny sample, lol. It’s like a miniature mini!


    • Hehe, I can’t help it. I do actually find the lipbeard funny in closeup precisely because you *can’t* see it in normal life/from a normal distance 😜

      The mini mini (miniception?!) thing is so weird. It’s kind of all about placement – if you just got it as a freebie with another random purchase, you might be like ‘Sweet! It’s so cute and pretty!’ But since it’s here deliberately among other minis that are way larger and more generous, it kind of looks a bit sad, LOL!


  6. Wow that’s really, like, really, really TINY! They totally took deluxe size to the next level! LOL! I own a couple of these Benefit balms and I agree with you, they are a nice quality balm but sit a little on the expensive side considering the sheer pigmentation and short wear. Love, love, love it on you, though, Syl!


    • So, apparently I’m fabulously bad at replying to your comments. Maybe it’s because I feel like we communicate telepathically, LOL! ❤ ((((Jaa)))))))) long arm again…

      Thanks for the nice words about how it looks on me, heh! I really do think that my natural zombie lips give it a bit more credit for pigment than ill probably happen on most peoples' lips though! It's actually a shame that the balm and the packaging are so nice – makes you want to love it!!


  7. I’m sorry, but the size of that balm is LUDICROUS. Benefit spent more money on the cute packaging than provide you with a decent amount of product. OUTRAGE, I SAY. *waves scimitar*

    Um. But it is pretty on your lips. :DDDDD


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