I despise lip gloss. I don’t like how it looks, feels, or tastes (can’t be good for you!). But I also don’t like lipstick. It smears, isn’t hydrating enough, and lasts for 5 seconds.
Now the trick is finding the right stain and the right color.
It took me a while to find and then fully commit to Stila. When I realized how wondrous lip stain was, I had to try everything. Here are the results:
- Chanel’s Ultra Wear Lip Color: beautiful color (Ruby Lite) and at first looks so nice & matte. But it flakes and clumps and doesn’t last that long.
- Josie Maran Magic Marker: maybe I got a lemon, but this stuff dried out in one week. Not a fan.
- Laura Mercier’s Lip Stain: this looks like it’s been painted on your lips. Really smooth and beautiful. Only issue is that it’s lifespan isn’t much longer than lipstick.
- Benefit’s Benetint: This is a great product, just not a fan of the color on me.
Stila Lip Stains, on the other hand, go on smooth, stay on long, and they have a variety of colors to choose from. I have tried 6 out of the 8 colors and my favorite really depends on my mood or the time of year. Right now my favorite is Açaí Crush. In the summer, when I am no longer lady casper, I love Mango and Yumberry (this one needs a few extra coats, but is very natural looking).
Note, you can also use this on your cheek but I don’t recommend it (I looked clownish). I would recommend something like Aquablush if you don’t want to use a powdered blush. It’s nice when you just have tinted moisturizer on and want a little extra glow.