My search for the perfect lip stain continues, and this month I’ve been trying out Collection 2000′s Colour Pout Lip Stain Marker in ‘Pout’, which is a bright, kind of blue-toned red. Actually, I was wearing this in these photos (as you can probably tell from the fact that I’m wearing exactly the same outfit in these shots: two birds, one stone, and all that…) but I figured it deserved a post of its own because, of all the lip stains I’ve tried recently, it’s probably my favourite. So far, anyway.
It’s not, however, without its issues. The main one is that, like most of the other marker-style stains I’ve tried, this does have a tendency to highlight every little flaw on your lips. I wouldn’t say it’s drying in itself – it’s actually really easy to wear, and I’m not aware of it at all once it’s on – but if your lips are dry to start with (and mine almost always ARE), this is a great way to make sure everyone knows it. The other issue – and again, I’ve noticed this with a few of these markers – is that while I find it really easy to apply to my bottom lip, it’s not nearly so keen on the top one, and it takes a little more effort to apply it there, which is kind of strange.
On the plus side, it’s a great colour: very bold, very pigmented, and a good choice for anyone who loves a bright, BRIGHT red. Oh, and it smells sweet, too, which makes me happy.
As far as the staying power goes, in all honesty, I’ve found that most so-called lip stains don’t. Stain, I mean. I’d love to find one that really sticks to the lips, and doesn’t even come off when you TRY TO remove it, but so far my search has been a fruitless one. This is perhaps a little better than a regular lipstick – it’ll last a good few hours if you don’t eat or drink, but will need to be touched up after the first coffee of the morning. I have a LOT of coffees of a morning, so it doesn’t last all that long on me, but it doesn’t really matter: although I’d love to find a product that truly “stains”, I’m mostly interested in this kind of lip colour at the moment because they’re just so easy to use, and don’t sit greasily on top of the lips, like some other products can.
Verdict? Well, it may be my favourite SO FAR, but the bar is set pretty low at this point, so I’m going to keep on looking. If you have a spare £5, and lip stain-shaped hole in your life, though, it’s definitely not a bad buy at all. You can find it here.
P.S. It’s not a stain, and I find it very drying/a bit cakey but if you’re looking for something that REALLY doesn’t budge, Maybelline Super Stay is your girl…