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December 30, 2017

The Best of Lip Stains

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets

It’s no secret that our entire team loves lipstick (join us at #BBlipservice)! Any why not? A quick pop of color on the lips is one of the fastest and easiest ways to transform your appearance. The right shade can go so far as to make your skin look more vibrant or help your teeth look whiter.  This season, however, we are really feeling lip stains. More sheer in consistency than lipstick but deeply pigmented with serious staying power, they’re he perfect foil for long days in the office and big nights on the town (hey NYE).

In our minds, the ideal stain adds a beautiful wash of color to lips, without leaving much visible product on the surface, allowing stains to look more natural, even though they might be a bright fuchsia or deep red. All lip stains are not created equal, and quite often brands label them as “stains” when they are really more of a balm (and vice versa). After some tedious trial and error we’ve rounded up some of our favorites for you to add to your lippie repertoire in 2018:

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets


BECCA Beach Lip and Blush Tint ($25) – BECCA cosmetics are formulated without parabens, and this multi-tasking stain provides water-resistant color for cheeks or lips. Plus, the tube seems to last forever.

Revlon Color Stay Balm Stain ($5.59) – This has long been a go-to favorite not only by the majority of our team, but by most of the beauty bloggers I know! And you can find it right in the beauty aisle of your local Target for a little more than $5. It also comes in a matte option, but we prefer the original formula.

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain ($7) – This stain is currently 50% off (win!) which makes it a perfect time to give this crowd-pleaser a try! We love this stain’s ability to deliver color and moisture while still looking natural and not-sticky.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($30) – fun fact: this product was originally created to tint the nipples of exotic dancers (what?!) and worked so well that women are still using it 40 years later. Just for, you know, more than their nipples.

Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stain ($24) – We love this brand for their gorgeous nail lacquers, but couldn’t wait to take their lip stains for a test run! The formula inside is as stellar as the packaging, trust us!

Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain ($18) – We love that this one not only has great color and trendy packaging, but the formula is vegan and filled with good-for-you goodness such as black currant and olive oil.

The Best of Lip Stains: 6 high-powered, beautifully pigmented lip stains to try now | Beauty Bets
  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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