I’m kind of a tough crowd when it comes to beauty, if you haven’t already gathered that from reading here. I was initially a Glossier holdout. I wrote more about that in my review of Boy Brow which was really when the brand first blew me away. Boy Brow is the best brow product I’ve tried. I literally use it every day (I use the brunette shade as I like my brows to be a bit darker.) I just like feeling like my brows are groomed + defined, but not in an unnatural sort of way.
More recently, the brand launched a few more makeup items. I was excited to try them but also a little skeptical. Anytime a brand gets such a crazy amount of PR, I’m always a little bit skeptical. And then I tried the new lip stains. Oh boy, I had a new favorite.
The lip stains are the perfect lip product for those of us who want a low-maintenance but still really pretty look. The formula is a bit magical as it glides on very smoothly, and isn’t the tiniest bit drying, but it’s also super matte (but a natural, I’ve been eating berries/sucking on a popsicle matte, as opposed to the Kylie Lip Kit sort of matte. There’s nothing wrong with the Kylie look, I just happen to prefer a more natural look… and I like to be able to see my lips through the color.
The stains retail for $18 a pop, and they’re practically perfect. I really love them all. I’ve swatched them below but to summarize… “Cake” is your perfect nude. Think of your lips but a little bit better and more even in tone. “Like” is for when you want a subtle pink shade. It’s like applying blush to your lips. It isn’t obvious that you are wearing makeup, you just look a bit more flushed. “Crush” is probably my favorite of the bunch as it’s a red… but red “undone.” Know when you’ve had lipstick on for hours and don’t look in the mirror for a while? Ninety percent of the time, you look terrible. But every now and then the lipstick just fades to a subtle red stain and you look really pretty. That’s what this looks like… without the guessing game. Last but not least, “Jam” is the modern-day Clinique black honey, in that it’s got that same beautiful berry pigment… but it’s matte. It’s also the most saturated of the bunch.
This is my favorite lip product right now. I daresay I’m obsessed!
(swatched, from left: Jam, Crush, Like, Cake.)
(in package, from left: Cake, Jam, Crush, Like.)