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|
|Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Endless Purple on Human Face|
|Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed on Human Face|
|Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Classic Beige on Human Face|
|Sephora Cream Lipstain in Classic Beige when applied.|
(You know it's old if the pictures are vertical!)
|Sephora Cream Lipstain in Classic Beige Four Hours and a Meal after applying.|
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).