|180 - Wink of Pink|
640 - In the Buff
I got mine in Boots for £5.99 each and they are currently part of their 3 for 2 deal. On the Boots website, this product has received some pretty poor reviews. This was mainly down to three factors: not a strong colour payoff; felt dry on the lips; dries out after a week.
I have to say that I am so far in disagreement with these reviews. Personally, I am after a lightly pigmented stain that gives a hint of colour - much better for my job as a teacher and much more suited to my skin tone. As the colour can be built up with a few applications, this point seems to be a bonus for me rather than a downside. Secondly, I would expect a stain to leave my lips with a natural, dry finish that I could add a slick of balm, gloss or Chubby Stick to in order to achieve a different texture - this seems no drier than other stains I have used. Finally, mine has not dried out after at least 3 weeks, though I have not been using it everyday.
The first thing I notice with these stains is the smell - a fruity, raspberry fragrance that lingers pleasantly on the lips (or arm when swatched) for a while after application. The lip stain has Maybelline's first pen applicator and I like this; the tip can be used to line the lips and then you can use the side to fill in.
The colours are natural and buildable. If you are looking for a bold statement then these are not for you! Maybelline recommends choosing 1 or 2 shades darker than your lips for 'the ideal everyday shade'. This is how the two colours look swatched on my arm:
In the Buff 1 coat / 3 coats Wink of Pink 1 coat / 3 coats
Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Stains are easy to use with a nice fragrance. The shades In the Buff and Wink of Pink are the perfect nude-but-better shades for my skin tone and they are buildable to create a more striking effect. You will need to use a balm or gloss on top if you want to add moisture or to obtain a glossy texture.
Have you tried these lip stains?
What do you think of them?
Do you have a different lip stain that you would recommend?
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