New York Color Smooch Proof Lip Stain (All)


117 reviews

76% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$


on 12/2/2013 5:22:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I can't get over how good these are. Best lip stain I have ever used -cheap or pricey! Most NYC stuff is junky quality - dusty eyeshadows with no colour payoff, eye pencils that rub off 5 seconds after application. . .much of it isn't even worth a second look. But I tried this on my hand at the store one day, walked around, washed hands, did groceries, ate lunch, washed hands, went home, washed hands again and it was STILL there, several hours later and vibrant. How is this even possible?

After that, I went out and ended up buying every colour I could find. I must say not all are great - the nudes don't show up on my lips and the lightest pink was barely noticeable but still good for a more natural look. But the reds, deeper pinks and fuchsia are outstanding. My favourite is Forever Fuschia - and if you are dark-haired or medium/olive yellow-toned or darker skinned this colour will most likely be BEAUTIFUL on you and it is pigmented, bold, bright but still quite natural looking like you ate berries and they stained your lips kind of way. I work in a hospital and also part-time at a club and I don't get many breaks at work. Sometimes I go over 8-10 hours with no break/lunch or even a mirror and I need my make-up to last. That's where these stains come in. Before I'd be using NARS Matte Lip pencils, YSL, etc and no lipstick, gloss or stain ever made it, except this cheap one. I eat, drink and run my mouth all day and it lasts :) The worst that's ever happened was after a popsicle it slightly faded. And even then it wore off evenly, no random patches of colour (which was my worst nightmare due to other lip stains I'd use, and they would fade in odd patches on my lips. .ugh). This is super easy to use: has that marker tip type applicator, swipe this on and let the liquid dry for a few seconds. Done.

I now keep back-ups of my absolute favourite: Forever Fuchsia; and also love Persistent Pink (for a more natural look), SmoochProof (soft red), Forever Freesia (bolder pink), and Forever Mine Wine (deeper burgundy wine). I found that keeping them marker side down so the tip stays moist is the best, otherwise the tip can get slightly dry and it takes longer to apply. Also - they can be a bit drying, not uncomfortably so but annoying nonetheless so I keep lip balm around just in case - I usually use Neutrogena Lip Balm on top which works great.

If you see these I would totally recommend trying at least one shade. I would probably cry if these were ever discontinued and I'd pay double or triple for this if I had to - thankfully these are affordable and I stock up when I find them at stores nearby.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 12/1/2013 1:30:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is the perfect lip stain...and I have tried them all. I first started the quest for the perfect lip stain after the birth of our first child. I quickly realized that my want/need to wear lipstick was in competition with the never ending desire to kiss all over that baby face. Now, 11 years later and 4 babies down, THIS IS MY GO TO LIP STAIN. I can literally whip it on and look put together and presentable instantly. This is what I would think lipstick tattoo would be like (if I had the guts) completely if it was my own lip color that I can enhance with liner, glosses, other lipsticks on top etc. This is the type of lip that is natural. You can wear this to the dentist, during a facial or in the shower. I always carry a few of my fav glosses with me and apply over lipstain when I'm out and about. I get tons of compliments and can vary the depth of the shade during application. Endless Spice is THE PERFECT COLOR.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 11/23/2013 8:51:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have a ton of lipsticks yet I only use them on rare occassion because I can hardly be bothered to touch up during the day. This is where the lip stain comes in, and from the drugstore I've tried Revlon Just Bitten (original and Kissable), The Balm Staniac, and now these. I decided to buy NYC Smooch Proof after I swatched some on my hand and they were still going strong a full 24H later, after numerous hand-washings and a shower. The particular Smooch Proofs I first swatched were stored upside down, and I must say these dry out if you dont store them this way. On the lips they last a full 8 hours, but only if you apply to dry lips and go in with lip moisturizer afterwards. I am in love with Endless Spice, and plan on trying more shades.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I love these lip stains! I have tried Benefit's Benetint, TheBalm's Stainiac, Revlon's Just Bitten and Covergirl's stains, all of which failed me for various reasons. This stain marker-pen does not settle into fine lines, offers smooth, even application, plenty of buildable color payoff, and stays on for 5-6 hours, which is plenty of time for me (who expects 15 hours, even if that's what it says? Cosmetics companies are notorious for exaggerating).

I have this stain in 3 shades -

1. Never Ending Nude (492): this is the perfect MLBB color for me. I LOVE it and it's fantastic with a little clear gloss or balm over it. It looks light brown on the swatch NYC provides, but is more of a rosy brown on my lips. Fades to a natural, more pink than brown color.

2. Rock on Ruby (497): this is actually a pretty great blue-based type of red, IMO. I was surprised by how well this looked on me, as I have a hard time with reds: most come off looking hot pink or orange, but this was just the right shade of true brightish crimson-esque red. Fades to a nice pinkish reddish color. The color really deepens with balm or gloss on top.

3. Berry Long Time (498): this is my least favorite of the three. While I still love the formula, this color pulls very purple on my lips and fades to hot pink, and it isn't flattering with my skin tone.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

on 7/27/2013 12:40:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Oily, Tan, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Black

i bought this in Endless Spice and it is just sooo red! too red for me. but it goes on well and does stay and it was pretty cheap so i can't really complain. i use this under revlon body butter to boost the sheer colour. i would repurchase but in a lighter colour for less tint!

on 7/18/2013 6:55:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

I like this stuff. So no it does not last 16 hours and usually it pisses me off when companies say that about their products but I still like this. I have it in the shade Never Ending Nude and got it for $2-$3 at my local Rite Aid. I have tried putting this on numerous ways and I think I found what works best. I have large lips that dry easily so they must be moisturized however, lipstains are not known for moisture so...I dab just a tiny bit of balm on my lips and rub in well. Then I use the fine point on this baby to outline my lips first which is nice to be able to do. Then dab on the color. Making sure I get the corners of my mouth. Let this dry for 60 seconds then dab just a little more balm on top. I don't mind the extra work b/c I save money with this product. I would not recommend using a heavy oil based lip balm. I tried using my fav lip balm Mocha Java from Chagrin Valley and it made the color fleck off b/c the oils were trying to penetrate to my lips. It does work well with most Chapsticks and I had great results using it with Carmex Moisture Plus in the skinny silver tube. After all this my lips are not really nude and it might have something to do with my pigmented lips but not all of it. It's more of a flushed rose color that works well with my fair complexion. I will be checking out other colors.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 7/12/2013 12:50:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I love this so much, i usually just wear chapstick to school but im trying to spice my makeup up for summer and spring and this is perfect. Lasts all day for me and doesnt dry my lips out. Will deffinately get more colours

on 6/28/2013 4:30:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is one product I will have to disagree with "the cosmetic cop" Paula Begoun on. Not that its bad per say, its just not as great as she reviewed it to be (sorry Paula, but truly, I ain't got nothing but love for you!). Anyway I bought this in "Rock on Ruby" hoping it would be a long wearing, almost touch up free alternative to my red lipstick. NOT! Now, Its a great red, very neutral and natural looking true red, quick drying, light and perfectly matte. I love the color. I do like the feel , I can't feel it at all on my lips, and I do like the marker type application. However its not as presice as I thought- the tip of my marker holds no color so I need to use the sides and I must build it up to get good color saturation. I store it top down and still feel like it not "wet" enough. It feels light and not really drying but in my case it was gone in an hour or so! NO GOOD! I get my .99 cent NYC retro red to last longer than that and this stuff is $5 bucks! So what I have done to obtain red lipstick perfection is to use my Smooch Proof Lip Stain as a base for my lipstick. I apply, let dry, apply my retro red, fix with a lipbrush, blot and reapply then blot again (I prefer matte red lips) and I have perfect red lips with maybe only one touch up per day. So while both NYC products aren't perfect in themselves the combination of them gives me my perfect red I have so longed for. I will repurchase Smooch Proof- for use as a base only with my retro red- and this only when Rite-aid has their usual 40% off NYC sale and until (maybe) I can truly find my ONE perfect red lipstick.

on 6/28/2013 2:07:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I love this stuff. It's perfect for an on the go lip, an at home lip, a I don't give a poop lip, and those who can't keep lipstick on. This is perfect for summer. I apply a few coats, let it dry and top it with a lip balm and I'm good to go for hours. It's perfect for your beach tote or purse and is easy to apply. I have it in Persistant Pink (my fave) and Never Ending Nude. I might pick up a third today just for more variety.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

on 6/27/2013 2:28:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

First of all,this product will b drying on the lips- its a lip stain not a gloss stain or balm stain , like a marker you are painting your lips. With that being said, these are great if you are looking for color, they do dry fast so try to work quickly or you'll get streaks. Make sure to exfoliate before then put chapstick on and blend with your fingers. If you have pigmented lips the color may chnage but it will look more natural, like you ate a popsicle. These arent meant to be opaque, thats what a longwearing lipstick if for. Make sure to store them upside down so the ink can travel down, if you use these often they dry up in about 4 months. They are about $5 cheaper than most stains, wish they were $3 since i o through these quickly. But i do rreccomend these, NYCs best product.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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