So, Jen wants a lip stain.
…but not a lip stain that is, like, so stain-y… More like a lip stain if a lip stain was actually a lip balm, but makes your lips look like they’re wearing lip stain with lip balm over it, maybe? Or maybe just a lip stain that got mixed up with a lip balm so you can, like, put it on without it just being thin and runny and everywhere but still have it be all stain-y and great…?
You know what I mean.
Okay, okay, in case you are still mystified by my thought-flow, I’ll clear things up. Most lip stains that I’ve used are basically liquid that’s piped through an absorbant tip, used as the stain-to-mouth vehicle. This could be a stain in a package that looks like a felt-tip marker, or this could be a stain that comes in a lip gloss container – bottom line is this: it’s runny, it’s hard to control, and it can often leave lips feeling dry.
Fortunately, lots of people hate that about lip stains, so companies have started giving us a bit more… solid options.
Clockwise from top right:
$24 at SkinStore.com
This stuff is legit – I can attest to it’s plumping power (thanks to cinnamon oil or peppermint oil, or something like that). I remember my best friend and I, in our late teens, running to Sephora to get our hands on DuWop’s Lip Venom when it came out… I had it for at least 4 years after that! Combined with a balm and stain? Yes, please.
$25 at Beauty Bridge
This color is not my personal favorite, but it’s the only color I could find from this line of perfect, balmy stains by Jane Iredale! It’s definitely perfect for someone who has an envy-inducing pink lipstick collection, though.
$14 at DermStore
How cute is this little Tarte-let?! I just want to keep it in my pocket forever and use it every day! …Which is actually kind of convenient because each color is named after a day of the week. You could be the drunkest lipstick enthusiast and this little guy would make your life that much easier. It has a lot of great stuff in it like coconut oil, peppermint oil, and mango butter (!!!).Bonus: This is an eco-friendly pick due to Tarte’s love for the environment (it’s a vegan product!), and the lack of parabens & mineral oil!
$24 at DermStore
The big sister to the previous sheer stains, this is a classic, bold, inky lip stain in a hyper-moisturizing, 3-Free package. This product comes in a bevy of red-based, warm hues – none if which get too dark (the darkest they have is a true, warm red called Fiery). All colors are paraben-free, synthetic flavor/fragrance-free, and petroleum-free! Your lips will enjoy the benefits of beeswax (so this product is not vegan), peppermint oil, Vitamin E, and soybean oil. Sounds like a Christmas stir-fry.
$8 at Ulta
See how juicy that color looks? It’s because it wants to be on your face. I’ve never tried this specific product, nor have I heard anything about it (have you tried? Comment!), but the colors are spot on, and the price is the most right out of anything else I’ve seen today.
$9.99 at Sally Beauty Supply
Another brand I’m unfamiliar with but very interested in. I love small packages like this (hur hur) because they’re easy to take with me wherever I go, and the color range on this line of stains from Femme Couture is… well, kinda sad. This stain is available in the color Blissful Coral (pictured) or a super-sexy red called Rosie Red.
$20 at Sephora
You knew this was coming. This is the stain to end all stains, and the first thing I recommended to Jen when she described what she was looking for. This stuff’s history spans generations of nipple-enthusiasts and hot babes. The creaminess and intensity of this stain is top of the line, despite its place at the bottom of this list.