I’m still crazy about the inky, stained lips. I’ve been lamenting the loss of my favorite lip stain by Bourjois Paris… It was my heart, my soul, my best friend… I need a new BFF.

I love the felt-tip marker style that I previously had… I don’t like the feeling of lipstick on my lips. I don’t like sticky, I don’t like gloss. I have long hair that attaches itself to anything remotely viscous and therefore would much rather draw on a stain with a Mr. Sketch than use a wand to paint my color on.

I’ve tried the drugstore brands – Revlon’s Bitten and CoverGirl’s Lip Stain… But they just don’t have the color or the texture that I want. The Bitten lip stain had great color, but over time, the consistency of the color started to bother me. It was always difficult to get an even coloring – it literally looked like I just ate a popsicle, which is great for photoshoots and drama, but not for every day. CoverGirl’s lip stain pen was okay, but the colors were not optimal. I bought what looked like a serious red, and it turned my lips the most Lolita shade of pink… Not really my style.

I would love to get my old Bourjois Paris lip stain pen in Praline… But I cannot for the life of me find it for sale anywhere. It was sent to me as a sample from BeautyTicket (which is a fantastic discount cosmetics site, but they don’t currently have any in stock – sad. They update their inventory all the time to accommodate overstock and whatnot [which means super, super cheap, name brand stuff]), so now I turn to Sephora to googly-eye up the potential new lovers.

Please tell me if you’ve tried any of these and/or if you have a brand you love when it comes to stains.

Tarte Natural Lip Stain

That’s kind of a lot to pay for a lip stain… But at the same time, it’s natural and has no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes or fragrances, GMOs, etc, etc. I like that. I’d probably get it in the deep berry color. Or Lust. Probably just because it’s called Lust, so when people ask when I’m wearing, I can throw a pose and say, “…Lust” and glance at someone all seductively while making them visibly uncomfortable, before they look the other way and/or make a Mr. Yuck face.

Oh. I just saw that Tarte also has a lip stain that doesn’t have something called “Lipsurgence” and is touted to be “matte“. What is the difference? Is Lipsurgence really that important? Oh, wait, they both have “Lipsurgence.” I have no idea what’s going on. (What I do know is that if your Tarte Natural Lipsurgence Staining Device is matte, what once was Lust is now just Fiery. Sounds like being matte is a little more lonely, no?)

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Givenchy Printed Lips Lip Stainer

Whoooaaa, look at that piece of hi-tech cosmetic machinery. That thing looks serious! It loses points because it only comes in two, non-sexual-imagery-conducive colors, neither of which match my petty wants and needs. But look at that thing – it’s… Well, it’s hypnotizing, don’t you think?

Josie Maran Magic Marker

Why the hell are these so expensive? I mean, granted, they last forever and a good number are all natural and crap – but seriously? It’s a pen. With non-toxic, staining liquid inside of them. Seriously? This is making my head spin.

…Doesn’t mean I wouldn’t pay for it, though, if it was outstanding. This looks mediocre, though, honestly. I’d go for Tarte’s crazy sex stains before I’d buy this.

tokidoki Fantastico Lip Stain

Ah! Reasonable(-ish) price. I’ve never used this brand before, and haven’t really heard anything about them either. Despite the fact that my ideal shade of this product is called “Peperincino” (aren’t they green…?), it’s got that mammoth paint-brush-from-Fantastia pen tip that I loved in the Givenchy pen, and the colors – despite their ridiculous, nonsensical names – are pretty gorgeous. Don’t believe me? The “nude” color is called “Rainbow Cloud.” I can’t offer an explanation, can you?

Please help a sister out. I already took out my nose ring and replaced it with a stud – if I don’t have lip stain… Who am I?

Fill me in on your favorite brands and tell me if Peperincino is going to be my new best friend.

  • I have a few stains I tried and some I like too.

    I’m really intrigued by the ones you have here too. Let me know if you get any. I may get them as well.


  • Breezy

    I tried the Tarte stain a while back and I really didn’t like it. It is supposed to be a moisturizing stain but the whole moisture thing seriously detracts from the length of time the stain lasts. It usually lasted 2-3 hours tops and it felt like it slid off my lips onto the skin surrounding my mouth. Pass on that one.

  • I bought Stila Long Wearing Lip Color in Intriguing last week. It’s more of a matte lipstick-style lip crayon but it lasts for hours without budging and doesn’t have that sticky feeling that you’re trying to avoid. The price is high ($25 Cdn was what I paid) but since you can go about 6-8 hours with one application you’ll be using it for a long time to come!

  • I like the Lorac Lip Stains but do not like the rollerball applicator so I just put it on and then smoothed it all out with a lip brush, you can build the intensity of the stain or keep it more like a wash. Wasn’t too matte or drying either and didn’t end up all liney! I also like Laura Mercier’s but that one goes on creamy like a lip gloss and when the gloss has worn off leaves you with nicely stained lips…favorite color in that one is Mulberry.

  • Haileeyyy

    Just Bitten Lip Stain, by Revlon.
    I love the color ‘forbidden.’

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  • nelly

    i would like to know iam black and i have a lil color like a light balck person and i want to buy a lip stain that looks nice on me an di would like to know which color looks nice i a lil light brown hair and brown eyes

    • Nelly: I would definitely go for a stain that has a bit of a purple tint to it. You’re skin tone can get away with really bold colors (jealouusss!!) so I’d experiment with darker colors and violet tones. <3