Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Great Lipstain Review

I like lipstains. I want my makeup to be hassle-free and don't want to touch it up during the day. I have tried every lipstain that available in Finland so far and I've liked most of them, so I decided to share my experiences :)
All my lipstains! From top to bottom:
Gosh 003 Berry, Gosh 002 Pink, Rimmel 200 Grippy Grape, Rimmel 210 Everlasting Mauve,
Max Factor 06, Rimmel 600 Carry On Cherry and Lumene 15 Eternity.
Gosh
The Gosh stains are one of the first on the Finnish market. The come in only four colours: two reds, a pink and a brown shade. I have the pink and a dark a bit pink cool red, called 002 Pink and 003 Berry. Both are very pigmented (the pink is lighter, but still stays well and gives colour) and last well on my lips. They don't have a lip balm attached, but leave a nice finish. You can add balm on top to give moisture, it doesn't affect the colour.

Rimmel
Rimmel stains are the newest additions to the selection. They have a lip balm on one end and the standard felt tip at the other. I have three colours. 200 Grippy Grape is a cool, purple toned dark red, 210 Everlasting Mauve is more brownish and lighter, and 600 Carry On Cherry is a warm red. They are generally not as pigmented as the other stains and you can have tip marks on your lips if you are not careful. With two coats or more they settle nicely. Everlasting Mauve is really a "my lips but better" shade on my pout, it defines my lips and makes them just a bit darker. A great way to look smart!

Max Factor
This was the first lipstain I got. I have the 06 shade, which is a dark cool red. It applies perfectly, doesn't leave any brush marks and suits my skin tone very well. It's dark and best for heavier makeup looks. I wasn't too thrilled with the colour selection, this one was the only one I liked, but it works really well.

Lumene
The Finnish brand Lumene also came out with stains a while ago. The colours were quite boring, but fit the brand image. Most were really light which usually doesn't work with stains, but shade 15 Eternity caught my eye. It's very light compared to the other stains. I like how it goes on, evenly and easy. It's close to Rimmel Everlasting Mauve and lightly defines my lips. The lip balm also works well.

Gosh 003 Berry, Gosh 002 Pink, Rimmel 200 Grippy Grape, Rimmel Everlasting Mauve
Max Factor 06, Rimmel 600 Carry On Cherry and Lumene 15 Eternity.

A bit lighter shot of the swatches.

In general, I would say that light shades don't usually work in lipstain format. Light colour doesn't really show and it's hard to get on evenly. With dark reds the stains really shine, they wear well and last a long time and have no chance of smudging. Rimmel stains are the hardest ones to get to go on evenly (I think you can see it in the swatches too) but the others were easy to put on. 

My personal favourites are the Gosh 003 Berry, Max Factor 06 and Rimmel Everlasting Mauve.

I have also reviewed the Maybelline Super Stay 10h Tint Gloss, which is quite similar to lipstains but has more shine to it.

10 comments:

  1. im glad for the review, i really like lipstains, i reviewed one on my blog too, its a red shade but slightly disappointing for colour pay off

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    1. I hope this was helpful! I was kind of suspicious about lipstains too, but when I tried the darker colours they really worked well. I sometimes layer them with regular lipstick or a gloss, that works fine too :)

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  2. Thanks for this!
    I was afraid of purchasing lip stains in fear that they sounded like a complete waste of money.
    Rimmmel is probably the one I'll purchase.

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    1. You are welcome! Rimmel is really nice, they have lots of good shades to choose from and not many in the range are too light to work properly. I hope you like the stain as much as I do :)

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  3. Sweet. I have been wondering to get a lip stain for a while now, great review.

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  4. These things seem to cycle in and out of the market. I always have to stock up during "in" years so I'm not without them on "out" years. I like the ones Revlon is making nowadays... "Crave" is my perfect color.

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    1. Interesting! I hadn't seen stains before, but it might be that they haven't reached Finland before or I just didn't notice. Lip products haven't been a passion for me, but the stains are just great. I do see some cycles, I was quite surprised to see hair mascaras in the stores again. I think I last saw them when I was 14 years old! Oh, the joys of the blue hair mascara on mousy hair, what a look ;P

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  5. Nice review. I've never tried stains so I might give it a try.

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  6. Catrice does nice stains. I have yet to buy one.

    I only swatched them on my hand (it's insane how much hits that post gets from people searching specifically these swatches)

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