Lip Stains are the most ideal lip product for my busy lifestyle. Between work all day, then rushing to class all night, the last thing I want to worry about is touching up my lip color. Rite Aid was having a 40% off NYC sale last month, which struck me as the perfect opportunity to pick up their Smooch Proof 16H Lip Stains in Berry Long Time and Forever Fuchsia.
For around $4.99, you get .10 fluid oz of product in plastic felt-tip pen style packaging. The felt tip has a thick base and comes to a precise point, which I like for lining. The formula is very liquidy yet I don’t find that it settles into the cracks of my lips, which is a huge plus. However, my lips tingle for a little bit after application. My friend who has this product said she also experienced the same feeling when applying hers. I’ve never experienced that kind of sensation from a product that was not marketed as lip-plumping, so it slightly turns me off (and scares me).
Berry Long Time is a deep berry color that truly reminds me of the color your lips would turn after eating blackberries all afternoon. This shade is buildable and can be brought from a subtle flush of color to a deep, vampy shade with a few extra swipes.
Forever Fuchsia is a bright pink that will really make heads turn. This bold color screams “spring” to me, and would look great with most skin tones.
I found the pigment of these to be surprisingly better than some high-end lip stains I’ve tried (I’m looking at you, Stainiac). However, the formulas seemed to be inconsistent. I had a difficult time getting Berry Long Time to apply evenly on my lips. It went on very patchy, while Forever Fuchsia was much more effortless. I also found Berry Long Time to cling to dry patches on my lips much more obviously. The best way I have found to fix both of these problems is to apply on top of a lip balm, and top off with another coat of lip balm. The first coat will moisturize, and the second coat will smooth out the color for a more even coverage.
Now let’s just address the biggest elephant in the room: the claim of 16 hours of wear time. I would REALLY like to know where they got this number from. The only way I could see this lasting 16 hours is if you applied it, then didn’t talk, eat, or move your lips for 16 hours. This product lasted a whopping 4 hours for me before it started to look faded. Although, I will give it kudos for very minimal transferring while eating, or kissing… (Hey, I had to try out the Smooch Proof claim, ok?)
Although I find them to look decent with my lip balm trick, the staying power is pretty disappointing for what is marketed to be a long-lasting lip stain. Although I’ll continue using these because I think the colors are pretty, I wouldn’t repurchase or run out to buy more shades.
Do you have an affordable lip stain that you love?