In my search for anything but lipstick, because for some reason lipstick drives me nuts, I have come across many a lip stain. Almost every makeup brand out there has some sort of long lasting or stain lip color, but what actually works? I decided to test the three main kinds found at drugstores: the marker stain, glossy stain, and a lip balm type stain. I grabbed one of each, and I was on my way! For each test I wore the stain for at least four hours, none of them lasted any longer than that.
Marker type stain: CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Scarlet Pucker
Pros: no fuss after it had dried, vibrant color
Cons: can’t mess up during application, only lasted one hour, made lips look dried out and cracked after initial application, flaked off into teeth after a couple of hours
*On a different occasion I tried adding lip gloss and chapstick over this to help with the dried out look, I found it just makes it flake off faster, so that was no good!
Balm type stain: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic
Pros: easy to apply, kept lips moisturized for a couple of hours, didn’t flake off, wore off evenly
Cons: color wasn’t as vibrant as the others
Glossy type stain: L’Oréal Color Riche Wet Shine Stain in Endless Red
Pros: super glossy, wore out fairly evenly, lips felt moisturized, shine lasted almost the full four hours, very vivid color
Cons: very sticky, did seem to flake color into my teeth a tiny bit, a little difficult to get on
Overall I would probably go for the balmy stain on a daily basis, but if there were a special occasion I would go for the glossy stain. Also, a little tip, I used and always use Too Faced Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil to keep everything in the lines. It works with everything from gloss to lipstick to even these stains! Definitely can’t live without it.
I hope this helped! Let me know what stains you have tried and your opinions on any of the ones above!