I love lip stain. It is one of the best ways to get long wearing lip color without your lips feeling dry or goopy. Forget those long wear products at the drugstore and go for a stain instead with a gloss or balm over the top. It will be more comfortable, last longer, and look better! A great choice for this is Julia’s Lip Tint.
Julia’s Lip Tint is an indie brand with a multitude of shades. That alone makes them great, because so often lip stains come in only a few shades. But beyond that, this stain wears particularly well. I was sent a few samples to try and the tint lasted better than any stain I have ever tried. At $14.95/bottle it is very economical as well.
Below is a swatch of Truly Yours Red, a nice basic red that would work with most complexions.
I also tried sample sizes of Coralesque and Plum Terrific.
Here are swatches of those shades, the plum is on the left and the coral on the right:
Each bottle comes with an applicator, or you can simply use a cotton swab. These are especially good for summer since they wont sweat off. In fact, I'm willing to bet that you could swim with this stain and it would stay on!
You can get Julia’s Lip Tint here.