Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review: Sephora Cream Lip Stains in Endless Purple, Strawberry Kissed, and Classic Beige

Sometimes, you just want to eat a Dagwood-style sandwich. Bread piled high with layers and layers of salami and ham in the middle. Other times, you want to eat home-fried tacos filled with there-is-no-such-thing-as-too-much-avocado, Cotija, and grilled chicken. Sometimes you want to eat a rack of lamb or a burger.

Sometimes, you want to eat those things and still have your lipstick on at the end of the meal. It's not particularly hard to make lipstick last through cereal or soup. Other meals, however, are a real challenge. The Sephora Cream Lip Stains are one of the products that I use when I want to eat a sloppy meal without making oodles of post-dinner touch-ups.


I have three of the four matte shades. (I skipped Always Red because, in a brief moment of honesty with myself, I admitted that I probably didn't actually need another classic blue-based red in my collection. The others were totally necessities, though. Yup.) I have never tried the satin-finishes or shimmery ones, so I can't comment on their formula or longevity.


Although they are being billed as a "lip stain", I feel like that is a slightly misleading characterization. They don't actually stain your lips-- they're just a thick, creamy liquid lipstick. These products have the same texture as slightly melted frosting or some whipped cream that you saved in a bowl in the fridge overnight--They're slightly more liquid than the NYX Matte Lip Creams and similar in texture to the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. All three products smell like store-bought vanilla frosting and dry to a lovely matte finish.

The Sephora Cream Lip Stains are madly opaque and very easy to work with whether you use the doe-foot applicator or your own lip brush.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Swatches from left to right: Endless Purple, Strawberry Kissed, Classic Beige
Endless Purple is a plummy, dark mauve. Despite the name, it's not particularly purple.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Endless Purple on Human Face
Strawberry Kissed is my favorite of the three colors that I have tried. It's an electric pink-y red.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed on Human Face
Classic Beige is a light brown with pink undertones. It adds unconventional drama; This is a product that always makes me do a double-take when I go by a mirror. I like the fact that it looks like I'm in sepia when I wear it. Since it tones down one of the main sources of color on your face (your lips), it draws attention to anything that's not brown, such as an eye color or a cheek color. (And all without resorting to a nude lip!)

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Classic Beige on Human Face
Of course, you need to know how these suckers last. Here's how Classic Beige fared on a "four hours and a meal" test:

Sephora Cream Lipstain in Classic Beige when applied.
(You know it's old if the pictures are vertical!)
Four hours and a meal later:

Sephora Cream Lipstain in Classic Beige Four Hours and a Meal after applying.
Like all long-lasting products, these lip creams are a little bit drying. However, I didn't find this issue to be particularly severe.

As would be expected from a Sephora-brand product, Sephora Cream Lip Stains are neither cheap nor expensive when looked at by the ounce, retailing for $13 for 0.169 oz ($76.92 per oz). For comparison, the NYX Matte Lip Creams come in at $6 for 0.23 oz ($26.09 per oz) and the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are $22 for 0.10 oz ($220 per oz).

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for this review! After this post (and your recent neon colors look with the orange lipstick), I was wondering how you make your lips appear so smooth and hydrated, particularly with matte products. Although I use a sugar scrub and balm, I can't stop my Sahara lips from inevitably drying out. Do you have any tips or suggested products, or do they just come naturally to you?

    And on an unrelated note, are there any beauty blogs that you follow and would recommend?

    Thanks for writing!

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    1. I think it might be genetics, sorry. :( I use a sugar scrub and a balm usually, as well.

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  2. Great review! I have a couple NYX matte lip creams and really like them, but the staying power isn't very good, so I think I will try these next.

    http://mattekat.blogspot.ca/

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    1. I like the NYX Matte Lip Creams! I wonder if these will work any better for you...

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  3. HOW did I miss that these were a liquid lipstick?! I LOVE liquid lipsticks! You said the texture is similar to the Stila Stay All Day lipstick; how do they compare in finish and wear time?

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    1. They are very, very similar, although the colors are totally different.

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    2. That's actually great news -- very few of the Stila colors work on me at all.

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  4. You wear the Classic Beige one well. It's pretty much a nude, but doesn't erase your mouth into the rest of your face. Has just enough warmth to perk up the lips and make them pouty.

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    1. Yeah, that's what I like too. I don't like looking like I white-ed out my lips.

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  5. I will have you know I totally bought this from Sephora earlier this week because of you. I fell in love with it (and put it on my buy list) before you did this review, you wore it in another review and I was in love. Anyway I just put it on tonight for the first time and HOLY CRAP ITS AWESOME. Thanks for the fantastic recommendation, I may get classic nude next based on this review.

    Have you tried any other shades besides these three? I want to try them all but I do not have the moolah for that right now, I spent it all at LUSH's boxing day sale.

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    1. Those are the only three I've tried! Glad they worked for you!

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  6. I wouldn't have looked twice at these lip stains if it weren't for your review. THANK YOU FOR INTRODUCING ME TO MAJESTIC BEAUTY! I know logically that I have too many red lipsticks already, but I went and got Always Red anyway. It lasted through a cup of frozen yogurt and a greasy meal at my favourite Chinese restaurant with some minimal fading around the inner parts of my lips - sold!

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