I can't wear glosses or lipsticks, especially while teaching, but lip stains are perfect for a hint of color without the buildup of other products. If you're talking for 2 hours, you need a product that wont pill into the corners of your mouth!
I also love stains because I can try a color I wouldn't normally wear (like maroon!) and try it out. Stains are buildable, so you can do a light wash of color, or a few layers for a deeper, more pigmented look. If I decide I LOVE the color, I can add a vibrant gloss for a glossy finish.
I. Love. Lip stains!
From left to right:
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey Douce 001, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Cherish Devotion 015, Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain AND Balm in Passion, NYC Smudge Proof 16 Hour Stain in Champagne Stain 493, NYC Smudge Proof 16 Hour Stain in Berry Long Time 498
|The two Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains...Cherish on top, Honey bottom. Both are like a crayon and have a shinnier finish than most stains|
|Revlon Stain and Balm is double ended w/ a clear balm on the other end and a marker-topped stain. This is in the middle, the third from bottom, and has a more flat, stain like finish|
|NYC Champagne Stain, to the left of the shadow|
|NYC Berry Long Time, swatch closest to product|
|L to R: Cherish Devotion, Douce Honey, Passion, Champagne Stain, Berry Long Time|
|Top to Bottom: Berry Long Time, Champagne Stain, Passion, Douce Honey, Cherish Devotion|
I dislike the glossy crayon finish of the Revlon Balm Stains and the other Revlon is not pigmented as much as the NYC stains, although the paper towel swatches really look like they throw that off.
NYC is truly pigmented, smudge proof, and for $5.49 compared to $7.49 - $8.99 for Revlons, I declare NYC the winner!
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