Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lip Tints/Stains galore !

One of my dearest friends had requested a post on lip tints/stains last year. At that time, I was not well equipped to do this post, I only had a lip stain (read : Revlon Just bitten kissable balm stains) and a tinted lip balm. 

I have a few more lip stains/tints kind of things in my collection now and in today's post, I will share with you my thoughts on the different ones I have tried. 

Rituparna, this is for you :)

Lip Balms and Lip Stains are terms used synonymously however, I do think they are slightly different. 

Lip tints, in my opinion, give your lips a subtle tint/flush (e.g. a tinted lip balm, sheer products) and Lip stains are products that leave your lips with a stain behind (e.g. long wearing lipsticks), or products that are sold as stains (e.g. marker type products). They can be drying as usually are long wearing.

I have categorized the different products I have tried (in the order 1 to 5, as numbered in the pic above)

1. Cheek and Lip tint - Featured in the pic above is Benetint, a cheek and lip stain by Benefit. Don't be scared by the color, this comes out as a very sheer flush of red color (it is buildable). If you are looking for a very natural color, then this is a good one to go for. 

  • Love the packaging
  • Smells gorgeous
  • 2 in one product, can be used both as a blush and lip tint
  • Benfit does them in other colors as well
  • Not moisturizing, however not too drying either
  • Pricey

2. Tinted Lip Balm - I have been using this Burt's Bees tinted lip balm for a while now and I completely love this product. I have it in 'Hibiscus'. Its comes out as a gorgeous peach MLBB color, perfect for when you cannot be bothered with a lipstick but want some color.
  • Natural
  • Very moisturizing
  • Not long lasting
  • Subtle color 
  • One of the best lip balms out there IMO
  • Available in other colors as well
3. Lip Crayons (lip balm stains) - The market is full with the crayon products, every company has their own version. The only lip crayons that I have tried are the Revlon Just Bitten lip balm stains. I have tried the original release and also the newly released matte variant. These are moisturising on the lips (like lip balms). The originally released were sheer, while the recently released matte ones are pigmented and creamy. If you fancy the whole crayon thing, do these give a try. I prefer the latest matte release.
  • Moisturizing
  • Mint flavor and fragrance
  • Leaves a subtle stain behind
  • Easy to apply 
  • Affordable
  • Stay for 4-6 hours
  • Twist up (no need for sharpening)
  • Lots of shade variety

4. Lip Lacquers - Super pigmented, liquid Lipsticks that pack a punch and leave behind a stain. The only liquid lipstick that I have tried is Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar. It is a gorgeous, bright color. 
  • Pigmented
  • Creamy and Opaque
  • Leaves a stain behind 
  • Not drying, not moisturizing either
  • Exfoliation of lips prior to using is a must
  • Available in bright to nude shades

5. Lip Tint - The lip tint featured in the picture above is the Lush Santa Baby Lip tint (Christmas Collection 2013). It comes in a little pot like lip balms/tints from Lush. Santa Baby is a beautiful bright red color. The texture is quite creamy and comfortable on lips. Blot it for a softer stain like look.
  • Super Pigmented 
  • Little goes a long way 
  • Leaves a stain behind
  • Exfoliation of lips prior to using is a must

Hope you liked the post.So these were the lip tints/stains I have used. 
Which are your favorite lip stains/tints ? Any recommendations (leave them in comments below) ?


  1. Ohhh I love all of these! I actually have Santa Baby but I've yet to try it out.. I really need to now! xx

  2. Ha ha Jasmine :) Yes you should absolutely try the Santa Baby, its a beautiful red :) stunning color .

  3. I haven't tried Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm range but I absolutely love their lip shimmers! Revlon Balm Stains were a favourite for a long time and I'm currently loving Rimmel's new range too :)

    1. O wow I need to try their lip shimmers. Are they like lip glosses ?


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