Having tried countless lip stains (each one with as much enthusiasm as the last), I have concluded that sadly, not all lip tints are created equal. Sure, they look the part, but alas, some are just downright disappointing. Some are weak and uneven the moment they dry, and others dry a very different colour to what was expected – and then do NOT budge. Not forgetting the ones that have less staying power than the toy lipstick that came with my child’s doll set. That said, all is not lost. There are a few lip stains that actually look gorgeous and will go the distance. Colours that won’t leave you resembling someone who has been clobbered in the mouth. Read on:
1.Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint, £32, www.victoriabeckhambeauty.com
This is no ordinary lip tint, oh no. The multi-tasking formula contains hyaluronic acid and squalene to effectively smooth and plump up your pout, so you can pucker up with confidence. I love a matte finish and this lip tint creates a perfect natural-looking matte. Furthermore, unlike some of its competitors, it is not sticky and passes the test of time. Simply apply, look gorgeous, check mirror 3 hours later and smile! The gorgeous lip tint is available in 2 shades: Cherie (sheer pink rose) and Bisou (a rich nude berry). Bisou is my fave!
2.Benefit Bene tint Rose Tinted Lip And Cheek Tint, £21.65, www.feelunique.com
Another fabulous lip tint is this one from Benefit. No matter what you do, it maintains its gorgeous sheer rose finish. However, I do have to say there is a way of applying the product. If you don’t do it correctly you may just be stuck with it for several hours. This stuff does NOT budge. Firstly, make sure the shade suits you. Apply lightly, wait for it to dry and then build it up if needed.
When I first tried this, I was in my car and in a rush. I slathered it on – discovered it was too bright for interview purposes – then to my horror could not remove it. Rubbing and smudging in the sheer panic caused me to look like I had applied my makeup wearing a blindfold. Now I’ve given you the visuals, take heed. This lip stain means business.
3.MAC Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stain, £19, www.maccosmetics.co.uk
MAC is the brand that just keeps on giving. If you love the glossy and high-pigment finish, this is the lip stain for you. It is super-lightweight, feels comfortable, glides on evenly and creates a signature glossy look for up to twelve hours. That’s twelve hours of a super-kissable irresistible pout. Game on. You can get this lip stain in 14 equally beautiful shades!