I really like these lip stains. They're long lasting (~7 hours) and they STAY ON WHILE EATING. I can not stress how amazing this is to me; I've never applied a lipstick that can come close to that kind of staying power. Also, they last freaking for. ever. The stain I own is still going as strong as it was when I bought it over a year and a half ago.
However there are definitely a few caveats:
-The balm will eventually break off... everyone I know who owns this is missing the balm end (hence the 1 star for packaging)
-It does not have a buttery/smooth application. It actually feels similar to a marker because of the firm tip and the consistency, so I always apply a balm before this. "Stain" is an apt description.
-I can't vouch for the actual colors offered, I only own one and it is not the most flattering color on me. So I will be curious to try a different one.
I'll keep this simple. I really love the stains, but they need to come with more balm. Without more balm it's kind of a waste.
I'm really happy with this stain and the balm. It made my lips look better. Not like lipstick where its cakey and high maintenance but like youve just had a red icy pole and are ready for a kiss. Its long lasting and comes with a balm so doesnt dry out your lips
I can't recommend this but only if you like running a magic marker across your lips.
You have to apply this product as if you were coloring a picture. It has a tendency to go on unevenly so not exactly goof-proof. Dried out my lips and kind of left a burning sensation. Um yeah. Not repurchasing.
I freaking love this stuff and am worried about the bad reviews :-/. I am one of those people who have very pale, un-pigmented lips naturally. I'm always envious of people with naturally pigmented lips because everything looks better over top, especially nude or light pink shades. Even people that have to mute out their natural lip olor before wearing nude lipstick, because at least when it fades throughout the day, they still have a rosy color left. I could never wear those colors because when they faded, I looked dead again. I LOOOOOVE this stuff on its own and especially under lighter lipsticks or glosses. Some of the bad reviews complain of it being drying. It is by no means meant to hydrate your lips which is why it comes with a balm, which I find to be quite hydrating. It is also not great if your lips are chapped or very dry and can come off un-even, but if your lips are exfoliated and fairly smooth it is wonderful. This has become one of those products that I cannot live without and would be devastated if discontinued. I also find them to last a long time without drying out. I've read others complain that they didn't get many uses before it dried out, but I haven't had this problem and I have many many shades. I DID however have that problem with the Cover Girl stains. The ones I'm currently using have been in use for 5 or 6 months now and are just now starting to fade and that's with rotating between 2 or 3 shades EVERY day. My favorite shades are victorian, frenzy, crave, and passionate. I've also read complaints that it does not have a long wear time, and I also haven't had this problem. I feel like my lips still have color at the end of an 8 hour day. The lighter shades don't last as long maybe, but the shades I wear last me all day. I don't know. Maybe I have weird lips that work perfectly with these or something because I LOOOOOOVE these stains, and I have a HUGE makeup collection and have tried many products. If you've never been able to pull off nude lipstick, or want a very natural wash of color, try these. I hope they don't discontinue ever :-/
I was really excited for this product. The colors and and the idea of a lip stain are great. However, these don't last very long at all; and for the price they aren't with it to me.
I'm thrilled with this product. What a vast improvement lip stains are over lipstick. I'm an older person, and it looks fine on my lips. After years of applying lipstick and having it smear outside my lip lines and come off in under an hour, I can't tell you how happy I am that someone invented something better. I have the color Beloved/Adoration, and it really makes my lips stand out, becoming darker but natural-looking, without being too flashy. The matte color is fabulous; I was unhappy with frosted or shiny lipstick at my age. You do have to be careful to get the color on evenly with the marker tip, but it's easier to handle than a wand full of sticky goo. All you need to do is go over it a few times, like coloring on paper. The balm on the other end is nice and moisturizing. My color dried quickly and stayed well. I'll re-do this review if I feel differently later, but this is a winner, and it's staying in my wardrobe.
Might be HG for some...but not for me.
Patchy and uneven application. Uneven stain. Bleeds into my liplines. Horrible and would never use or repurchase again. Might be great for very young lips under gloss or in lieu of gloss,.
I bought this is in a few colours -Beloved, Valentine, Frenzy, Crave, Forbidden, Flame, Desire, and my favourite is "Passion" - some don't show up like the lighter nude shades barely show up on my lips. But the pinks and reds looks really nice. They go on soft and really do look like you just bit your lips - sheer, natural colour and like your lips but much better. Passion shows up like a bright pink shade. The stain lasts about 6 hours and I don't really like the application of it but way it looks is worth it to me. I don't really use the balm side, I usually use any plain lip balm.
I am slightly shocked by some of the bad reviews but this isn't for a full-on lipstick colour, just a stain - and for that this is a great product. It can be slightly drying so you do need to re-apply lip balms throughout the day.
Overall, I think it's worth the price and I would repurchase. I like this for a subtle lip colour at work. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a sheer wash of colour for the lips without that obvious "lipsticked" look.
I've never used any sort of lip stain before, though. I've got this in "crave" and "victorian". I love the colour of both. Because they are stains I never expected the colour to come out opaque, which it doesn't, but if i put on a second or third layer, the colour really shows very well. That being said, one layer still does add a decent amount of colour. "Crave" and "victorian" are darker colours (crave especially), so I don't know how well the lighter stains would show up on lips.
DEFINITELY use the balm (or any clear lip balm will work, I've found) otherwise it will feel very drying. With balm it's fine.
As for staying power, these stains last quite a long time for me. The colour is still there after around 4 hours, even though I drink water throughout the day. As for eating, it depends on what I eat. I have eaten a sandwich with this on and it was still there afterwards. But if you eat a full on meal it will likely come off and will need to be reapplied.
The packaging is really where this product falls short. I don't WHY they thought the way it is packaged was a good idea. The balm on my "crave" broke, which was disappointing but I just use any other clear balm and it works the same. The balm should really be retractable, I have no idea why it isn't.
Another shortcoming of this product is that when applying it on my upper lip, the colour doesn't come out of felt tip very well, but I just hold it upside down for a few seconds so the colour flows to the tip and keep going. It's not a big issue, in my opinion.
Overall I like these lip stains, and I will probably purchase one again. (I've got my eye on "gothic").
PS: I've had these two stains for about a year now, though I haven't used them THAT much since I purchased them. I recently rediscovered them when I was sorting through my makeup and throwing away stuff I no longer used. I expected them to be dried out, but when I applied them, they were still perfectly good!! So they've got a pretty long shelf-life.