Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Battle of the Lip Stains

Best Lip Stains, YSL glossy stain, Sephora rouge infusion, hm beauty gossamer lip stain, benefit lollitint, swatches


Best Lip Stains, YSL glossy stain, Sephora rouge infusion, hm beauty gossamer lip stain, benefit lollitint, swatches


Best Lip Stains, YSL glossy stain, Sephora rouge infusion, hm beauty gossamer lip stain, benefit lollitint, swatches


Truth time: I'm super lazy. I love lip products. I love them to the point where one of my IKEA Alex drawers is dedicated solely to lipsticks, balms, glosses, liners, etc. You name it, I have it. However as much as I love painting my lips with all sorts of colours and formulas, I'm awful at remembering to reapply. Enter lip stains. The reason why I love lip stains so much is that you can shove them on and literally forget about them. If they fade, they fade but the colour is left underneath so you're not left with a weird patchy lip situation - been there, not so hot. As a lazy lip product loving gal, I think lip stains are wildly underrated in the beauty world so I've taken it upon myself to line up some of the ones I have in my collection and let them battle it out to the death. Or, you know, something slightly less dramatic. 

I'll start with the priciest of the bunch, which is the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 07 Corail Aquatique. This is more of a gloss-stain hybrid and upon application it definitely feels like you're putting on lipgloss. Despite that, the formula isn't sticky and is comfortable to wear. It eventually kind of sets down to a less glossy finish and then fades to leave a stain. Of all of these products, this one is the most comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. It isn't drying and the formula is definitely very luxe feeling. Plus, it doesn't hurt that this is also a really pretty corally nude shade either!

Next up we have the Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in the shade 19 Peony. I got this in a Sephora Lip Kit I purchased last year and it wasn't a product I was initially all that fussed about. However, once I actually started playing with the kit a bit, I started taking this with me everywhere. I found that it was a great lip stain to wear with the coppery eye makeup I was permanently wearing throughout all of autumn last year and it became quite the handbag companion. This is more of a matte cream type formula, and once you apply it it sets in place right away. What I noticed after reapplying this a lot, however, was that the top layer of "moisture" so to speak, disappeared really quickly and I was left with what was certainly a very pretty colour, but in desperate need of some balm. Drying? Yes. Pretty? Yes. Also it smells amazing so that's definitely a bonus in my books.

Surprise surprise, there's an H&M Beauty product in here. I'm sorry, I have a problem! When I saw the Gossamer Lip Stains I was more than a little excited and immediately went for the browny mauve shade - obvs - called Storyteller. The first thing I noticed about this was the smell. I don't know how to describe it but it's definitely a very very sweet scent, reminiscent of a pick 'n' mix isle which I love but others may not be too chuffed about. The actual product itself is weird. This also goes on like more of a lip cream but with slightly more of a sheen to it than the Sephora stain. Once this dries down, the top layer of colour kind of balls up and crumbles off, which is really annoying. Also having weird darker crumbs of lip colour on your mouth is gross. Having said that, once you rub off that top layer of product you are left with one heck of a stain. I tend to apply this, wait a few minutes, get rid of the weird top layer and slick some balm over the stain. But let's be real, that is definitely not something a lip product should be doing and the extra effort involved is way over the top for what's supposed to be a no fuss product.

Finally we have the OG of lip stains: Benefit. I remember the days when Benetint had just been released and I'd practically pour it on my face, waiting for my lips to turn a lovely red shade and instead being left looking like a vampire after meal time. I digress. This is all about Lollitint, another of Benefit's line of lip tints and the most sheer in formula out of this lineup. Whilst with the other colours you can get an even and opaque layer of colour, this is far thinner in consistency and isn't a cream or a gloss but just a through and through stain. There's no layer of moisture or gloss when you apply this, it's one where you slick it on and then follow up with a balm or something. Once you put this on, it isn't going anywhere. When I swatch this it stays put on my arm all day, no matter how much I scrub at it. Benefit surely know what they're doing because this is a pretty hardcore stain!


Best Lip Stains, YSL glossy stain, Sephora rouge infusion, hm beauty gossamer lip stain, benefit lollitint, swatches
From left to right: YSL 07, Sephora Peony, H&M Beauty Storyteller and Benefit Lollitint.

Best Lip Stains, YSL glossy stain, Sephora rouge infusion, hm beauty gossamer lip stain, benefit lollitint, swatches
From left to right: YSL 07, Sephora Peony, H&M Beauty Storyteller and Benefit Lollitint.
So how do these measure up against each other? I realise that these are all marketed fairly differently and all have different formulas, so I think it's hard to compare them on that front. What I decided to do instead, was to apply the swatches as seen in the first swatch photo, wait for five minutes and then rub my arm with a paper towel (very professional) to remove the excess product and see how well the stains held up. As you can see from the second swatch photo, the YSL Glossy Stain is more of a gloss than a stain. It does leave colour behind but it's very slight and had I rubbed harder, I think that swatch would have come off completely. However, this was a nude shade so I think the more intense colours would hold up better in terms of their staining power. The other three performed fairly evenly in that photo and a definite stain was left behind. However, an hour later after repeatedly washing my arm the Benefit stain was the last man standing.

If I had to put these in order it would be the Lollitint in first place because it has the best staying power by a mile. The Sephora lip stain would come in second because it does do what it says on the tin and with some extra balm it looks really pretty. The YSL glossy stain gets the bronze because whilst it is a great product it's more of a gloss than a stain. Sadly H&M's Glossamer comes in last place here because I just can't get on board with a product that literally crumbles off my lips. It's not a good formulation and I wouldn't recommend it, even though the stain it leaves behind is pretty darn decent.

This has been something slightly different to what I usually do, I just thought it might be fun to put these all to the test! As per usual I've been swatching these whilst writing this post, so now I'll most likely be walking around town with a stained hand all day. All in the name of beauty - oh well!


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2 comments

  1. I really want to try lollitint, it looks gorgeous! x

    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

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  2. The lollitint looks absolutely gorgeous! I think I need to get my hands on it asap! x

    http://wildfirecharm.blogspot.com

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