Want to know why I love lip stains? Reapplying lipstick or gloss can be a real chore when you’ve got a busy day ahead you. You want to look polished and pretty, but having to constantly check on your makeup isn’t exactly feasible when you’ve got your hands full! Good thing lip stains were invented and we can simply dab and go. With one simple application we have hours of color and wear without having to worry about fading or feathering. If you’re looking for some of the best of the best when it comes to lip stains, keep reading!
1 Laura Mercier Lip Stain
When I think of lip stains, a marker-like tip comes to mind. While I love the creativity of the design, I’m not so fond of the dryness of those formulas. Laura Mercier understood the plight of women everywhere and created a balmy lip stain. It goes on smooth like a balm or gloss, but has the appearance and look of a lip stain. Choose from six alluring, long-lasting colors.
Price: $20.00 at lauramercier.com
2 Benefit Cha Cha Tint
Benefit is known for their cheeky beauty products but their lip tint is serious business. Douse your lips (or cheeks) with the color of sweet, juicy mangoes. This sheer, natural-looking color is totally budge-proof and gives your face a gorgeous glow of the tropics so you’re already ready for some fun in the sun!
Price: $30.00 at sephora.com
3 OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Lip Tar Stained Gloss
If you didn’t know, OCC makes some of the most pigmented cosmetics around and their lip stain is no different. Take your pick from a range of psychedelic orange to translucent burgundy to leave an intense stain on the lips with a lustrous finish. You’ll never experience another lip stain like this one! 100% vegan.
Price: $18.00 at sephora.com
4 Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain
If you’re looking for something a little subtler than the last lip stain, Jane Iredale’s Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain might be what you’ve been searching for. This lip stain is super natural-looking on and is said to work with your natural lip color so you get a customized color. Lips (or cheeks) will be a soft shade of pink with just a hint of shimmer and shine. Ultra moisturizing and smooth, this lip stain might just give your fave lip balm a run for its money!
Price: $25.00 at beautybar.com
5 Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain Rebel Nudes
Ready to give your lips the 3D treatment? YSL’s Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain combines the all the goodness of a lipstick, lip stain and gloss all in one with euphotic colored-light technology for a dazzling 3D effect. You get all-day shine and all-day color without any drying so your lips stay comfortable and luminous.
Price: $34.00 at sephora.com
6 TheBalm Cosmetics Stainiac
theBalm’s Staniac allows for just a hint of tint or a whole lotta tint in your lips and cheeks with their 2-in-1 product. Just dab some of the gel formula onto your cheeks or lips (or both) and blend with your fingers to get a rosy, natural look that complements all skin tones. You can easily layer on more to build up the color if you wish.
Price: $17.00 at thebalm.com
7 NARS Satin Lip Pencil
As you can see, this ain’t your ordinary lip pencil! The pencil is bigger and the colors are out of this world. You can use this to line and fill in your lips and top it off with another product or use it all on its own. This versatile lip product drenches your lips in moisture while it dresses them up in bold, beautiful colors.
Price: $25.00 at sephora.com
8 Tarte Lipsurgence
Give your lips a surge of moisture, color and staying power with Tarte’s Lipsurgence. This hybrid beauty product combines the staying power of a lip stain, the creaminess of a lip balm and the pigment of a lipstick in one convenient pencil. Infused with peppermint and made with a proprietary blend of oils, this lip stain has been clinically proven to increase moisture content on the lips by 6000%.
Price: $24.00 at sephora.com
9 Stila Lip & Cheek Stain
What’s so special about Stila’s Lip & Cheek Stain? Well for starters, you can use it on your lips and cheeks. It contains antioxidants and moisturizers to hydrate and protect your skin. Lastly and probably the coolest feature of this beauty product is that it reacts to pH levels in your skin so this lip and cheek stain will not look the same on anyone else!
Price: $24.00 at sephora.com
10 Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm
A fragrance-free lip stain in a glossy balm stick. Clinique’s Chubby Stick nourishes your lips with mango and shea butter while leaving your lips shiny, smooth and with a beautiful wash of color. Another great feature about this lip stain is that never needs to be sharpened. Just twist the pencil and you’re all ready to go again!
Price: $17.00 at sephora.com
11 Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
While this lip product isn’t technically a lip stain, it can be used as one and gets such high marks for long-lasting color and shine. You get super creamy color that lasts and lasts but won’t dry out your lips. This has the staying power of a lip stain, but the color it leaves behind is much more opaque so it’s like a lipstick. Either way, your lips are sure to love wearing such a nourishing lip color.
Price: $19.00 at sephora.com
Lip stains provide just enough color, luster and shine to carry you through the day. Have you tried any of the stains on this list? Let us know your favorites too, and don’t forget to share your favorite shades!