Snag a lip stain and tango with a tinted pout that lasts beyond lunch
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / July 08 2022
Ever taken a look at your lip collection and felt a little bit overwhelmed? We know, we know; first world problems right?
But selecting a seemingly Goldilocks lip product for the day is a task that seems so simple, yet is fraught with its own intricate complications.
You could wear lip gloss. But what if your hair gets stuck in it? Liquid lipstick would solve that problem, but they're so drying for everyday wear. A tinted lip balm? Maybe on a no-makeup makeup day.
But just when you think you’re all out of options and it’s time to phone a friend, you spot a sneaky tube of lip stain hiding behind a lipstick bullet.
Lightweight, non-sticky, impactful, and long-lasting lip colour in perfectly purse appropriate packaging. We’re full of solutions here at BEAUTYcrew. We also love options.
Here are nine lip stains to trust on the days when nothing else will do…
Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain
You’ve probably seen this puppy pop up on TikTok’s For You page countless times in the last few months. The cult product has garnered attention for its unbelievable staying power. A one-step solution for achieving a popsicle pout, it goes on as a wet-look lipstick and fades to a tint that makes you look like you’ve got stuck into a few too many Calippos. And it’s garnered ‘waitlist only’ status on Sephora and Fenty Beauty online as a result.
Dior Addict No-Transfer Lip Tint
Dior’s latest lip tint formula feels like a lip cream but wears like a lip stain. No seriously, you’ll have a hard time getting this stuff off after application – it lasts up to 12 hours and is transfer-proof too. The doe foot applicator allows for precise application so you can nix the lip liner that’s been left abandoned at the bottom of your purse with this luxe pick on hand.
$57 at Sephora
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Water Stain
Formulated to create the perfect wet-look lip, this stain is the best in show for achieving long-lasting, lacquered colour. Enjoy lightweight, glossy shine without constant reapplication (because who has the time?).
$62 at YSL Beauty
Clarins Water Lip Stain
Recently reformulated, Clarins lip stains are the perfect solution if you’ve been feening for lip shades inspired by fruit-fettered jelly, but prefer a longwearing matte finish. Apply a little bit for a sheen of colour or layer for more impact.
$39 at Adore Beauty
Victoria Beckham Beauty Bitten Lip Tint
After the kind of “I woke up like this” beauty that oozes out of Victoria Beckham? Well, why not sample the lip satin that Posh Spice relies on for a flush of no-fuss colour? Here she is. Ultra-lightweight and infused with lip-loving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, squalane, and mustard sprout extract, this pick conditions and plumps lips too.
$77.17 at Net-a-porter
Burberry Beauty Lip Velvet Crush Sheer-Matte Stain
This cushiony soft formula may feel creamy on application but give it a second and it’ll dry down to a budge-proof powdery, matte finish. Push up your pout with a touch of colour or amplify the drama with a layer or two.
$52 at Sephora
Charlotte Tilbury Tinted Love Lip & Cheek Tint
Like a lippy that goes above and beyond? This lip stain doubles as a cheek tint and can be built up to create seriously impactful colour. Of course you always have the option of keeping things natural with a soft sheen of monochromatic makeup, but you only live once right?
$49 at Charlotte Tilbury
Dear Dahlia Blooming Edition Satin Glow Lip Stain
Benefit Floratint Desert Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain
A fan of the OG Benetint? This new rose-tinted release delivers that enviable ‘your lips but better’ shade that we’re all after with minimal effort. Tap it onto cheeks too for an all over rosy glow.
$33 at Sephora
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.