I bought this on a whim when I saw it at Wal-Mart. I purchased "In the Buff" and thought it would be so pretty because I love soft nudes and pinks. As soon as I tried it on I almost wanted to scream in disgust. What an awful piece of crap this is. It's a deep cherry red! Why would you name it "In the Buff? Ridicuous. What a waste of $5.50. If you like reds then by all means, give this a try.
This product is awful! I hated it! It dried out my lips, and little pieces of the felt tip would come loose and get stuck on my lips. Not a good look! It wears off in no time and the colors aren't represented well with the packaging.
Alright, so I don't hate this lipstain. I had high hopes for it and did quite a bit of research before deciding to purchase one. I had been looking for a nude pink lipstain for awhile and was intrigued when I saw In the Buff in store. I knew from all the reviews to expect it to be darker than a nude pink, but I was at least hoping for something in that general color range. Once I tried it on at home, it did turn out to be a fairly bright raspberry pink, nowhere near the color of the cap. It was actually a pretty color, in spite of not being what I expected it to be, and it smelled really nice - just like raspberry Jello! So I decided to see how long it would last on my lips. This is where the product failed me. I waited for it to dry completely and then drank some water and had a snack. When I looked in the mirror afterward, the stain was completely gone save for a faint ring of color around the edge of my lips. I have lipsticks that last better than this. After all, isn't a lipstain supposed to be just that - a stain? People buy it for the lasting power, right? Unfortunately, this one just didn't hold up. I exchanged it after one use.
I have two of these, in Wink of Pink and Bitten Berry. Wink of Pink is a lovely pink-raspberry shade, and gives a perfect 'just bitten' look to my lips. Bitten Berry is a true berry shade, with slight purple undertones. I really like both shades, and they compliment my fair skintone and green eyes beautifully. However, application is key here; both shades come out much darker than I expected and prefer. I like lipstains because I prefer a natural look, and use them to liven up my lips when I'm particularly sleepy in the morning or to polish a going-out look. These are definitely buildable, and you can get a lot of long-lasting color out of them, but you can also easily tone it down for a more natural flush.
The color does last, and I only have to reapply every 5 to 6 hours. Once dry, I can apply a light coat of clear balm without the color rubbing off (kind of a pet peeve I have!).
I like the marker packaging, and have had no problem with these drying out, even though I don't store them facing down.
They are also cheaper than other drugstore stains. I have not tried the Revlon stain, as the colors seem too dark and garish, but I do know that these are much better than the Covergirl lipstains. They last longer, taste better, and apply more "smoothly".
I would definitely recommend this product! But beware- those with dry lips may not like these, as they can accentuate the problem. I don't find that these specifically dry my lips out, but if my lips are already dry, I can see every flake.
Nothing about this stain is good. It's super drying and doesnt stay on the lips for any length of time. The first time I applied the color(25 feelin rosy) was perfect, but in an hour had worn off completely.I did apply a clear over gloss but waited 5 minutes before I put that on to set stain. When I went to use it the next time it had NO color payoff at all. I've tried storing it marker end down, sideways and under to no avail. No color and dried up basically. Worthless. 8 bucks for a one shot stain is no deal to me.
Love this stuff -
No, it doesn't last all day, but does anything? I drench my bottom lip, mush that into my top lip, and it gives a wash of color that keeps me from looking dead throughout the day when my other lipstick wears off. I do layer chapstick and then a similar lipstick color over the stain, I find the stain wears off more quickly if I don't put lipstick on over it. But again, at least there's some color for hours after my lipstick wears off.
I personally don't like the look of the stain by itself, it looks like you drew all over your lips with an opaque marker. By putting it only on one lip and then mushing it into the other it softens it.
Edit (12-27-2010): This lipstain is OK, but it could have a bit more staying power.
I am a fan of lipstains because of their sheerness and the fact that they don't transfer onto drinking glasses or other things. This is a nice lipstain with average staying power. It wears off gradually, but the color does stay on your lips for several hours. I own the shades In The Buff, Feelin' Rosy, and Blushing. Blushing is my favorite shade; it's a clear cool berry shade, vivid but not too bright. (For reference, I am a light but not pale-skinned ash blond, and bright, sheer berry shades tend to look good on me.) In The Buff is ok for me - it is a neutral shade and adds color to the lips without an obvious makeup look. My least favorite, personally, is Feelin' Rosy. It is a warmer, almost hot, bright pink. However, I could see it being flattering on a warmer, deeper skin tone that favors hot, bright shades.
For me, this product is a lifesaver. I am now on my 3rd course of Accutane treatment since 1994, and as a consequence, my lips are chronically dry. Most lipsticks -- even the "moisturizing" ones -- suck out what little moisture my lips have managed to retain.
This is the first lip product I have ever been able to use for more than an hour. It gives my lips color without sitting on top of them and draining moisture away. It doesn't rub off on every cup I touch, and I don't have to reapply it constantly throughout the day. I can put ChapStick over it when my lips do get dry and the color stays the same.
I line my lips with my Jordana lip liner pencil and then finish it off with this. I will never use another lip product again!!!!!
I seem to have more luck than the average person with these drugstore lipstains, as I really like this Maybelline one.
I already own a few darker, raspberry shades in the Revlon stain and Benefit's Benetint, so I jumped at the chance to try Maybelline's lighter colours. I opted for 'In The Buff', which by looking at the other reviews, I'm sure you already know that it comes out much darker than the cap indicates. This was disappointing at first, but I actually adore the colour on my lips. It's a rosy, natural blush - like a rush of blood to the lips. It suits my light olive complexion with yellow undertones very well, and it's the most 'barely there' of any lipstain I've ever tried.
While I don't love the pen applicator, and wish these stains would come in a rollerball or something, the stain went on smoothly and the colour deposited evenly and didn't sink in to any cracks. I applied my regular clear lipbalm over the top of the stain and an hour later my lips are still moisturised. As for wear, it's hasn't budged in an hour and hopefully will fade nicely to a lighter colour; perhaps closer to the one advertised on the cap.
Highly recommended; particularly in this colour.
I like the lipstain. It lasts enough if you don't drink. If you do, you better use a straw or it will melt in the inside and you'll have just the contouring line left, with some weird effects if you choose a bright color. I used the berry shade and I love it. It is a classy red. But to make it last longer I use moisturizer on the lips after applying the lip stain.
It is a good choice for those who don't want sticky creamy lipstick.