Searching for a matching red, pink or violet-hued lip color for your Valentine’s ensemble or simply to celebrate your fierce independence? This cruelty-free, all-natural, herbal based lip stain feels lightweight and natural on the lips, and, depending on application, leaves just enough impression of naughty or nice. This brand’s Ayurvedic Couture ™ cosmetics line “combines modern science, the latest in cosmetic fashion and Ayurveda, an herbal health tradition used in Eastern medicine for over 5,000 years”. Combining just water with botanical ingredients – including henna, lavender, flax seed and wheat proteins – this lip stain will not budge: the color lasts at minimum five hours but reportedly often longer. It is both kiss- and smudge-proof and don’t be surprised if you wake up the next morning with a lovely hue still on your lips if you forget to wash it off. Like other stains, you must be expert at applying it after practicing with your shade and depth preference. To help matters, the applicator is double-tipped for precision both when filling and lining lips. However, differing from other stains, there is no drying effect post application2 or synthetic taste or odor. If you like the freedom of applying and forgetting about your make-up and using color3 that you can darken or play with according to your mood, this cruelty-free, all-natural herbal product is the answer.
Note: Lip stains take practice and are tricky (don’t swipe them for the first time before walking out the door) but with practice1 and once you determine your preferred method of application they can become your standby, really enhancing the lips. Stains are great if you like the one-step/once daily convenience of applying your make-up, loathe lip “gunk” on your wine glass and get frustrated with hair being stuck in gloss.
1Our tip: exfoliate, moisturize, wait and start small with a shade lighter than your normal lipstick color. You can play with the shade and we suggest you do so a few times before heading out: 1) for a more natural, lip-bitten, flushed look apply a clear lip balm first, then apply the lip stain to your finger or a cotton swab (do NOT apply the lip stain applicator to the lip or you will clog the applicator), then apply from finger or swab to lip and quickly smudge, apply more balm, apply more stain by finger or swab then to lip, etc. 2) For a shimmery look, follow steps above to desired color then add clear balm, shimmery gloss or lipstick on top of the stain to provide a glossy finish. 3) For a strong, striking, matte lip – simply apply applicator directly to DRY (but previously exfoliated and moisturized) lips with no balm and fill in lip area, tracing lip outline. For a primer on applying lip stain, visit these links at wikiHow and YouTube.
2According to the manufacturer, this product is not intended for hydration. For dry lips, after exfoliating and applying the stain, then apply lip balm, gloss or any hydrating product after desired color has set on lips.
3Note that for all lip stains, the color as advertised online or elsewhere will typically appear different than the actual color on skin and for this brand, the tone may also vary on each person due to the herbal ingredients.
Maybelline® ColorSensational® Lip Stain image: Amazon
DALiiA Ayurvedic Couture™ Cosmetics The Original Herbal Lip Stain image: Amazon
- Cruelty-free; no animal-derived ingredients
- 100% all-natural ingredients: botanicals used with water
- No parabens
- No phthalates
- No silicone
- No synthetic preservatives
- Recyclable plastic tube without wasteful additional boxing or filler packaging
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