Time for some realness: as much as you might love your matte liquid lipstick, sometimes the look is just a little too much. That’s where long lasting lip stains come in. They deposit all of the color with none of the (sometimes crumbly) matte finish, and leave your lips looking naturally rosy.
Of course, there’s another reason you might want to choose a lip stain over a matte liquid lipstick. At the end of a night out, even though you know your matte lipstick is staying put through that goodnight kiss, your date could get intimidated thinking they’re about to get a face full of smeared color. The best lip stains will give you the tint you want while giving you the confidence to go in for the kiss yourself!
Ready to stock up on makeout-proof lip stains? This list covers all the must-have lip stains to last you all night long.
Benetint Rose Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain By Benefit
The original lip and cheek stain from Benefit was the first of its kind, and still holds its own against the newest products on the market. Dab some on your lips, cheeks, or anywhere that could use a hint of flush. Pick it up at around $30 on Amazon.
Glossy Stain Lip Color By YSL
This lip stain from YSL promises to be a lipstick, gloss, and stain all in one – and it delivers. The color is high-shine and long-lasting, but the best thing about it just might be its delicious pomegranate scent. Get it on Amazon for $65.
Generation G By Glossier
Millennial favorite beauty brand Glossier has created the ultimate, almost-sheer, this-color-is-totally-natural lip tint: Generation G. The matte formula comes in six shades and costs $18.
Dear Darling Water Gel Tint By Etude House
This popsicle-shaped, water-based tint from K-beauty brand Etude House hits the nail on the head: it stains lips as sweetly as the summer treat, leaving a cool sensation behind. Get it on Amazon for $7.50.