4.02.2015

Best High-End Lip Stains

Yesterday it felt like spring, but really, it felt more like summer. I spent a lot of time outside with my charges and we had a blast. We played on the playset, blew bubbles and Easter-ized (says the 5 year old) the front walkway with chalk. I'm talking chalk bunnies, eggs, and more in all colors. Speaking of colors, when the weather gets hot, my lip product choices change. I gravitate towards bright colors (bring on the corals and pinks) and long-wearing lip products. For today's post I'm sharing some of the best high-end lip stains I've tried.

First, why lip stains? These deliver natural washes of color that can be worn by everyone, but most are very pigmented. They last for a while meaning you don't have to reapply. Many of these can be worn as a base shade--kind of like a lip liner, so you can apply lip glosses or lip sticks on top. They're easy to wear and to apply. Basically you need to try them! Keep reading to see my faves!




1-Benetint--When I think of lip stains, this is the first one that comes to mind. It's been around for years (you can look up the history if inclined) and can be used on cheeks as well. It is the very first thing I ever purchased from Sephora many years ago. Who remembers stuff like that? Crazy beauty fanatics such as myself! Anyway, it is very liquid-y and leaves a light, buildable just-bitten look. 1 shade, $30 *best for just-bitten lips*

2-Becca Beach Stain--A créme stain that tints lips and cheeks with a natural wash of color. The oil-free, streak-free stain is enriched with antioxidant vitamin E to repair and soothe skin and the water-resistant formula stays put with a subtle, fruity (watermelon) scent. If you want a matte finish, this is the one to get. It comes in 8 shades and is a must-have for me. I want them all and a little goes a LONG way. $25 * best for matte and long-lasting*

3-Dior Cheek & Lip Glow-- Cheek and lip blush that gives the skin a flush of pink. This two-in-one hybrid formula is infused with Fresh Color Reveal™ technology, which instantly reacts to the moisture in the skin and lips to give them a luminous custom pink glow. Similar to Benetint but more moisturizing and more of a gel-like feel. It's beautiful and natural. 1 shade, $37 *best for natural wash of color*

4-Sephora COLLECTION Rouge Infusion Lip Stain-- A zero-texture lip stain that is buildable up to a point as it can roll off. It is very moisturizing and lightweight. It comes in 12 shades ranging from natural to pigmented. $14.99 *best for affordable option at high-end level*

5-Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain--This is one the best long-wearing liquid lip stains out there. As the name implies it is glossy and doesn't dry out lips. It comes in 20 shades. There are other lip products in the line that are great as well. This one is my fave! $36 *best for long-lasting and moisturized*

Initial swatches of each right out of the tube/bottle. Dior is showing purple here, but it is more of a pink color.

Each product on the lips. You can choose natural shades, like I did for most of these, or more pigmented.


Extra Elle:
  • This week is flying by for me--I'm super busy and still behind on everything. I am soaking up the good weather before it gets too hot here in Atlanta.
  • For those who want drugstore or DIY options, check out my Just Bitten Lips (5 Ways) post.



48 comments:

  1. I have never tried lipstain before! sounds fun!
    kelseybang.com

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  2. Oh great review! I wasn't the biggest fan of the Benetint one but that Becca one sound like it just my float my boat :

    Allie | RainyAllie

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  3. I want to try the ysl stain so badly.


    xo
    PinkSole

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  4. Benetint is one of my favs because of how natural it looks. I just recently found the YSL and I have to admit, I'm hooked!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  5. Yes I agree. Love Becca, Dior and YSL :)

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  6. I always shy away from lip stains because I thought that they were drying and that I would totally mess them up. I will have to give the a go, love that YSL color!!!
    Xoxo,

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

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  7. I really like the YSL on you! I am a fan of a little more color on my lips. It's great to know the different between them all!

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  8. I've always wanted to try one of those YSL ones. I might have to check out the Sephora ones next time I'm in the store.

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  9. I have the Benetint and yes, it's light, kind of natural. I love Sephora and Dior brands, but Dior, impressively, is a no-go for me, for lips (facial products are great), but after your review I really really really want to test the YSL one! More color pigments and moisturizing power, I want it!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  10. I've heard amazing things about the YLS tint and lip color, I may have to pick one up. I used to turn my nose up to stains because they weren't shimmery enough. But now, that I've grown up [haha] I find that stains are pretty awesome in their own right.

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  11. Lips, eyes, hair....you ROCK it all girl. Just love ya!!!! Nice selection here!!! Happy Day!

    livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com

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  12. I have really gotten into lipstains this year! I used to only wear lip gloss and now I'm like.... ew, how did I ever do that?
    The Adored Life

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  13. I LOVE Benetint - but I have really been wanting to try the YSL lip stain. These all look lovely!

    Rachel's Lookbook

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  14. So much goodness in one post! I've heard great things about all of these products - I'm going to check out the Sephora Collection one next time I'm at my parents!

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  15. The YSL glossy stains might be my favorite lip product ever. I'll have to check out the other ones! xoxo Lauren

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  16. I haven't tried any of these but the Dior and Becca colors looks like colors I would wear.

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  17. I actually don't own any lip stains but I've heard a lot about the benetint

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  18. Ive been dying for the YSL stain! Everyone always raves about it! Next time I'm picking it up for sure!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  19. I'm not sure I'd be inclined to spend a ton of money on lip stain, but your descriptions make me want to!

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  20. I LOVE the Becca Beach Stain - so perfect for the warmer months! The Sephora shade looks brilliant on you!

    xx

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  21. I have never tried any of these so now I'm going to have to!

    Mel
    http://www.girlandthepolkadot.com/

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  22. These sounds great! I didn't even know about these until your post!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  23. I think I might need to try a lipstain. I like the idea of not really having to reapply all the time.

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  24. The only one of these I've tried is the Becca Beach Tint. Thanks for the rundown Elle!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  25. That Becca color looks gorgeous! I don't think I realized it could be used on the lips as well as the cheeks! The YSL sounds like such a good option too-- long lasting and moisturizing is a definite winner!

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  26. I haven't try any of these out before.

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  27. Yep - I gotta check out the DIY or Drugstore link. No high end for me - I loose stuff like that too easily AND the hubs hates lip 'stuff' anyways. What a bore.

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  28. I hear great things about the YSL stains but I would probably go for the Sephora brand one because of pricing.

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  29. OMG! I think Benetint was the first thing I bought at Sephora too! Love love love it to this day:)

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  30. I've been meaning to pick up a Becca Beach Tint- and I think you've convinced me here! :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  31. ooh i'm not big on lip stain but I love #2 and 4!

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  32. I've still never tried a lip stain, but maybe I will this spring or summer. I love the five year old's description of "Easter-izing" the sidewalk! :)

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  33. I have never tried lip stain. I love all of these colors on you and I love they way at the end that you said what each kind was best for! Makes for easy shopping!!!

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  34. Benetint is the first stain I tried, and it's still my favorite :)

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  35. I couldn't agree with you more....the YSL Glossy Stains are my HG, go-to lip stain product. I've also recently sampled the Sephora Rouge Infusions and have to say they are also pretty impressive and a great price!

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  36. Lipstains are very diff to find in India but I love the options u mentioned :)

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  37. I never really liked lip stains - I always have this tendency to lick my lips when I'm wearing a stain and it tastes baaaadd haha. Not saying they product itself is bad of course, but I just don't think they're for me!

    becky ♡ star violet

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  38. I love benefit anything. They make amazing products.

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  39. The dior has to be our favorite both as a swatch and on your lips. Ok Elle, you sold us, we're going to go get it. Sometimes we feel like we want all the beauty products because of you ;)

    xx <a href="http://365hangers.com/blog/> 365Hangers </a>

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  40. I just recently bought my first YSL lip stain and you're right - it's worth every penny! I looove it and can't wait to try out some of the other colors. This is a great comparison - thanks for sharing!

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  41. I've heard really good things about the YSL lip stain. It looks beautiful on your lips! :-) I've never been a fan of lip stains, but I've been tempted to give this one a try!

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  42. YSL is my favorite!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
    Http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.blogspot.com

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  43. I have only tried Benetint and I liked it. I would most likely try out Sephora's. Thanks for sharing!!

    Naturalle Drea
    www.naturalledrea.blogspot.com

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  44. I know nothing about lip stains and now everything I know is from you and I always count your advise, so thanks Elle. =))

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  45. I love lip stains!! I'm all about things that are easy, so I love not having to redo my lipstick a million times with lip stains! I've been wanting to try that Sephora one!
    ~Sara

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  46. I have not tried any of these yet but I really want to buy one of the YSL Glossy Stains at some point. You didn't mention it, but I love the Sephora Cream Lip Stain. We don't have Sephora in the UK but I will certainly be looking for more shades next time I go travelling. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  47. I really want the YSL!!! Thanks as usual for your suggestions Elle :)

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