I am not a big fan of lip gloss due to the stickiness factor. In fact, I generally use lip balm about 100x as frequently as lip gloss, but when I saw Tumblr Friend ItsLikeK’s rave review of Benefit Dandelion gloss, I had to try it. It took me a few months to get around to it, but when I did, people, she was not kidding that it is absolutely, positively, not even a little sticky. It’s a very natural, wearable color on me that moisturizes my lips and lasts for about two hours. Miracle lip gloss! The only drawback to this Benefit (see what I did there?) is the $16 price tag.
So, when I started reading rave reviews of L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Le Gloss lip gloss, I wondered a) if it was as good as the reviews said and b) if it could be a dupe for Benefit Dandelion. After trying it, I found that Le Gloss does indeed have a very good, non-sticky texture. It’s not quite as silky as Benefit but very close. Both glosses wear for similar lengths of time - about two hours.
But what about the color? I tested three shades of L’Oreal Le Gloss, looking for the closest match, and Golden Splash was the winner. As you can see from the swatches, Golden Splash is a bit brighter than Dandelion, but on my lips I can barely tell a difference.
Overall, Benefit Dandelion is definitely worth the money, especially if you are an inveterate gloss hater, like me. But if you want to spend half as much, L’Oreal Le Gloss in Golden Splash is very respectable dupe.
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