bareMinerals Tangerine Trance Loud & Clear Lip Sheer ($15.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer citrus orange.” It’s a sheer, warm orange when swatched. Applied, it tints my lips a noticeable warm tangerine–not too red, not too orange. It’s the least like my natural lip color, but from a normal distance, it really looks natural and not at all like I’m wearing a lip color. Benefit Cha Cha is similar in color, but it has a very different formula.
bareMinerals Amped Pink Loud & Clear Lip Sheer ($15.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “sheer fuchsia pink.” When swatched, it was a sheer medium pink–it read neutral, almost yellow-toned, even though it certainly looked fuchsia in the tube. On lips, it made my lips look brighter, pinker, and generally kept the corpse-lip look at bay. It has a soft shine to finish it off. NARS Beverly Hills is slightly darker.
If you haven’t tried one before, lip stains require prep work–because they adhere to your lips, much of your natural lip is “exposed.” There is no gloss or creamy lipstick to hide behind, so any imperfections from your natural lips may show through with a lip stain. Scarlet is dark enough where it is a more forgiving lip stain, but drier lips will find this accentuates dryness, cracking, and peeling. I always exfoliate and then pat clear balm on my lips approximately 30 minutes prior to applying a lip stain. I tend to do this after my morning shower, and then I apply the stain after breakfast.