I love a good lipstain, but in my experience, a good lipstain can be hard to find. So often the formulations can be drying and the applicators can be harsh. Few things are more unattractive than dry, chapped lips – and believe me, dry, chapped lips that are stained hot pink or orange are definitely the worst. I speak from experience.
I’ve tried a gamut of lipstains, but never anything like Tarte’s Natural Matte Lip Stain. The previous stains I’ve stanned for were of the gel variety, like Vincent Longo’s. Tarte’s Natural Matte Lip Stain is not what I expected. It’s basically a giant crayon that delivers a wash of light, matte, and super pretty color. Infused with their “LipSurgence” technology, the pencils are made without parabens, petrolatum, mineral oil, all the icky stuff ingredient-conscious beauty junkies strive to avoid. And still they manage to be truly moisturizing. Wonders never cease!
I do prefer to use products that are all natural and chock full of healthy beauty ingredients…but those products don’t always work for me the way I’d like them to. I’m happy to report that these Tarte lip stains do! The LipSurgence technology promises to “deliver a surge of moisture on a cellular level,” and it really does make for a wonderfully soft, smooth application – like a minty lip balm that leaves behind the perfect color. It’s great on its own, but when I’m going to something special, I layer a sheer or pale gloss over it for a little extra POW. I got a sample in Lively (hot pink) at the Cocktails and Couture party, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Now I’m all about getting more – Envy (mauve berry) is next on my list.
They cost $24 a pencil, but if you’re looking for a luxurious alternative to the regular lip stain, you might want to give them a try. And if you’ve already tried them – let me know your thoughts!