Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Rant & Rave

Tell us why/what you love, hate, or are indifferent about… LIP STAINS!

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20 thoughts on “Rant & Rave: Lip Stains

  1. I love the idea of lipstains but they never seem to look right on me and I’ve tried a fair few.
    The Benefit ones looked really weird on me and most drugstore ones I’ve tried have faded from the middle but not from the outside if that makes sense. It’s the same problem I have with longwear lipsticks.

  2. The only one I’ve really tried is the one from NARS (Lip Gloss/Lip Stain duo). While the stain did have staying power, the color was totally wrong for me. It’s like you have to choose the color perfectly. Aside from the fact that the color looked awkward on me, I think they are super amazing! I’m actually going back to Sephora to buy a different shade of the NARS lip stain this weekend.

  3. I actually bought and returned the new Cover Girl lipstains. Your lips have to be perfectly moisturized at all times. I didn’t think my lips were dry but, the stain made it look like it was. My lips were more stained I guess in the more drier areas of my lips so my lip color looked very uneven. I tried lip balm before applying the lip stain but, it didn’t seem to help.

  4. sprut

    I absolutely hate the benetint lip pal. It’s awful! The gloss is really cheap and sticky. The tint is like a water downed version of the regular benetint. Such a rip off and definitely one of my least favorite products I tried of ’08.

  5. IZzySA

    I LOVE lipstains — the original ones were made by Bonne Bell. LOL, later by Clinique, et al. I have Vincent Longo, UD,Benefit, NArs, BB, Faber Castell (these are the BEST!) Intercos, and Laura Mercier. I also have the Cover Girl lipstains.. and yes, you do need to have smooth lips for any of these. The idea of lipstain is to give the color and no texture..So you might need to exfoliate lips. I usually use a similar or different shade on top of the lipstain. Only product I love as a lipstain is the Tarte stick.. dunno the color but it is a perfect red and looks super natural. And, always remember to put the caps back on!:D

    • ellebelle

      so are the new Covergirl ones comparable enough to the higher end ones you’ve used, or would I just be better off forking over a few bucks more for a non-drugstore stain?

      • IZzySA

        I think for the money, you could try CG lipstains.. they cost about $7 so you can see if you like the look and the feel. Your lips must be exfoliated and moisturized otherwise NO lipstain will look right. In the CG I got the Nude, the Mauvey (not a hot pink but kind of browned out) and the Rapberry. I think at this price it isn’t such a big risk. The other Lipstains go from about $15 up to $22.. I don’t know what the Vincent Longo is now as mine is almost run out and I don’t plan on re-buying. If you want a glossy finish, use gloss of your choice. If not just chapstick it, or balm it with Tarte colored balms (Revlon also makes some cheaper balms but I have not tried). Good luck!

  6. Lena

    I like them due to their durability and versatility. The application process can be tricky.

  7. I LOVE Lipstain because they stay on my lips forever, I don’t have to re-apply them like lipgloss. They dont transfer to my cup when I’m drinking. :)

  8. Sarah

    I like lipstains when i want a break from my usual glossy look. I don’t buy lip stains, just use a lipstick or a stila convertible colour to dab on lightly with fingers creating that anne hathaway pout.

  9. evangelia

    I <3 Vincent Longo lipstains!

  10. Yaya

    I also have the Vincent Longo lipstains. They go on beautifully, but I don’t wear them much since I think it can be easy to mess them up.

  11. hi

    I like lip stains because they last a long time and are subtle, even if you use like a fire engine red stain.

  12. Ruth

    I’m a huge fan of lipstains, it’s a look that is very easy to maintain. Stains are usually very long lasting and never need touch ups, on the dwon side though, they are quite drying to the lips. No matter what company I buy my stains from there is always the dreaded fuchsia stain, which I hate with a passion. I do love the new Cover Girl stains though, alot of color choice and great price !

  13. cmferrets

    i only use it if i am going to the gym, on both my lips and cheeks , so i have that great flushed look, so i dont have to wear any makeup except that !

  14. Diana

    i love them!! they work so great !!

  15. I am a huge fan of lip stains! I can never get enough of them! When Revlon introduced them in a limited edition over a year ago, I bought two of every color! I have one left from MAC’s launch a bit before that as well as the one from Benefit and The Balm. I guess you could say I am the “Queen” of the lip stains. I haven’t met one I didn’t like.

    There are a few general rules to keep in mind with stains…
    1. Your lips have to be in good condition. If your lips are dry, this look won’t fly!
    2. The colors are not suppose to be nude! It may take a while to get use to having some color on your lips if you’re use to something neutral. If you feel the need to soften or tone the color down, try MAC Plushglash in
    Wildly Lush.

  16. Allison

    i like lipstains because they give your lips color that doesn’t fade the way lipgloss does. i like benetint and i also like the new Covergirl ones. (i have everbloom.) i have noticed that the Covergirl i a bit more drying and tends to fade a bit more compare to benetint, but overall i think its really good! i always use gloss over lipstains anyway.

  17. I absolutly LOVE and ADORE Urban Decay lip envy!! its fabulous!!
    there are 2 colours and my fave is GREEDY!! LOVE them!!

  18. Melissa

    I don’t know if I get dry patches on my lips more often than other ladies or what, but lip stains always make my lips look like a patchy wreck, even if I exfoliate beforehand.