Shades from left: Barry M in shade 145, Kate Moss for Rimmel in shade 110, Just Bitten Kissable in Crush by Revlon, Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses in Timeless Tango by Rimmel, and Colour Sensational in 480 Shy Red by Maybelline.
I wasn’t blessed with an impressive pout – the very opposite in fact. I’ve always tended to steer well clear of lipsticks to avoid a ‘mum’s dress-up box’ moment when out in public, and I often liken myself to a china doll when wearing anything darker than a pale shade of gloss (Julia Roberts I am not).
I also didn’t believe I’d ever have the confidence to wear a shocking, sexy red – that colour’s reserved for the likes of Miss Moss, right? So imagine my surprise when I donned a slick of red for a night out a few months ago, and fell in love with it. Since then I’ve experienced a sort of ‘mini lipstick revolution’ – experimenting with everything from postbox red to daring plum – and I can’t see it ever stopping.
And my most exciting discovery? Lip stains. Unlike lipstick, which has an unfortunate habit of sliding off of my lips in a most unattractive manner, lip stains are often transfer proof and I find that I can eat and drink without having to reapply. I actually even managed to brush my teeth a few days ago and emerge fully-lipsticked.
I’ve tried a fair few lip stains in the past few weeks after reading about them in an issue of Stylist, and can honestly say that they completely change the way you wear colour on your lips. Gone are the days of worrying about red smudges on your teeth or pink stains all over your coffee cup. Instead most lip stains simply wear away, fading from an intense colour to a more natural looking shade. It’s nice not to have to worry about whether your lipstick is bleeding mid-morning in the office, or whether that guy staring intently is for entirely the wrong reason…
Two of my absolute favourite stains are Just Bitten Kissable in Crush by Revlon, and Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses in Timeless Tango by Rimmel. Both give intense, long lasting colour, and wear off gradually so you don’t need to worry about constantly reapplying.
My only issue is that I’ve yet to find a pillar box red with a pigment as vivid as you get from a proper lipstick. I recently picked up the new Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in shade 110, and there really is no beating the intensity of the colour. Although not as long lasting as the lip stains, the texture is smooth and surprisingly wearable.
Another lipstick worth noting is Barry M in shade 145 – the colour is really on-trend and the price is very reasonable.
Have you tried lip stains? How do you find they compare to a traditional lipstick?