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Just Bitten; the Best Lip Stains

Just Bitten; the Best Lip Stains

We love a bold lipstick but sometimes change is a good thing and a lip stain is the perfect way to switch out your lip colour. Find out more about the trend and discover our favourites.

Why Choose a Lip Stain?

Lip stains and tints are set to be huge this Spring. As always, this has been led by K-Beauty trends; the ‘just bitten’ look is in. An ombré lip with rich colour in the centre and soft-focus edges has been a real trend and now we’re seeing it trickle down to beauty influencers, catwalk models and celebrities too. It is fresh, pretty and oh-so-easy.

But why choose a lip stain over a lipstick?  The two are very different and there are a few things we love about a lip stain:

  • It is ultra long-lasting. Even the most hardy of lipsticks can’t compete with the longevity of a lip stain. Most will last up to 12 hours.
  • You can build up a custom colour. Just a quick sweep will add a wash of colour but add extra layers to get a more vibrant finish. It is totally up to you how you want to wear it.
  • They feel weightless on the lips. Unlike glosses or lipsticks, most lip stains are pretty much unnoticeable on your lips; not sticky, drying or smudging.

With a huge variety of colours and textures around, lip stains are the new must-have for your beauty bag.

Our Top 10 Lip Stains

From Korean lip tints to creamy balms, there are a lot of different lip stains on the market. We’re sharing the best ones around right now.

  1. Clinique Pop Oil Lip And Cheek Glow
    £17.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Clinique Pop Oil Lip And Cheek Glow

    A tint-oil hybrid, this is one of Clinique’s latest lip launches. Perfect if you have dryer lips, it is enriched with nourishing oils like Safflower and Jojoba Oil to help it glide on.

    The shades are gorgeous, with a selection of poppy reds and sweet pinks. With their sheer, hydrating finish, they add a perfect juicy pop of colour to the lips.

    Buy now with free delivery
  2. Skin79 Colour Capture Water Tint
    £8.90 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Skin79 Colour Capture Water Tint

    Skin79 are one of our go-to brands for Korean beauty and this tint is one of the originals.

    It has a soft gel formula that gives the lips a beautiful colour and its clever spoon-tip applicator lets you get the perfect shape.

    We also love that the formula is amazingly nourishing, with Damask Rose Water, Safflower and Vitamin E helping to soften your lips.

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  3. Benefit Benetint
    £21.68 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Benefit Benetint

    We can’t mention lip stains without talking about Benefit’s Benetint. It is such an iconic beauty product, with devout fans right from the moment i launched.

    This liquid tint was originally formulated from rose petals and it gives a beautifully rosy blush to cheeks and lips. Just dab it onto the lips for a pretty pink pout.

     

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  4. Pixi Lip Blush
    £12.50 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Pixi Lip Blush

    If you prefer a very natural, ‘my lips but better’ look, then the Pixi Lip Blush is for you.

    With a felt tip applicator that makes getting a crisp edge a total breeze, these stains give soft pigmentation that dries down to a smudge-proof, long-wearing finish.

    Want to know which one to go for? The shade ‘Luck’ gives a beautiful soft, nude-toned pink that is the perfect everyday look.

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  5. Lilah b. Divine Due Lip and Cheek Stain
    £38.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Lilah b. Divine Due Lip and Cheek Stain

    If you tend to like the formula of cream products, then these soft balms from Lilah b. are the ones for you.

    This is the best-loved product from the brand, containing extracts of Aloe and Agar to help protect and hydrate your lips.

    The colours range from rich berry to soft corals, so there is something to please everyone and we are in love with the sleek ‘pebble’ packaging too.

    Buy now with free delivery
  6. Trifle Cosmetics Candied Apple Lip and Cheek Stain
    £16.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Trifle Cosmetics Candied Apple Lip and Cheek Stain

    Trifle Cosmetics are one of the newest makeup brands to launch on lookfantastic (although any beauty box customers might already have been luck enough to try them in January!).

    Known for their pretty packaging and sweet, feminine makeup, this lip stain adds a hint of shimmer and shine thanks to added Mica, as well as a vibrant touch of colour.

    Buy now with free delivery
  7. Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain
    £16.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain

    How could we talk about lip products without mentioning Stila? They make the list of top liquid lipsticks as well with their amazing ‘Stay All Day’ formula and their lip stains are just as good.

    With a brush applicator that provides just the right amount of product for each application, this is a must in your makeup bag.

    Our favourite? The juicy ‘Cherry Crush’ shade.

    Buy now with free delivery
  8. Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain
    £18.50 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Vincent Longo Lip and Cheek Gel Stain

    If you haven’t tried Vincent Longo, then this is a brand to watch. With sophisticated formulas and sleek packaging, we have fallen for them.

    The gorgeous Lip and Cheek Gel Stain has a water resistant formula that glides easily on the lips.

    With a sheer to full coverage, the colour can be layered and built up for added intensity; just allow each layer to dry as you go for a flawless finish.

    Buy now with free delivery
  9. Revlon Colourburst Lip Balm Stains
    £5.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    Revlon Colourburst Lip Balm Stains

    If you’re wedded to your lip balms, then this is what you need to try to add a little colour into your life.

    With a base of Shea, Coconut and Mango Butter, this applies like a silky balm but leaves behind a sweep of rich colour that lasts all day long. Plus, the chubby crayon-style applicator makes it a breeze to top up as you go.

    Buy now with free delivery
  10. theBalm Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain
    £14.00 Buy now with Lookfantastic UK

    theBalm Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain

    For a classic pop of pink, look no further than theBalm’s gorgeous lip stain in Beauty Queen.

    With a formula infused with Aloe, it is simple to blend for a flush of colour and comes with a doe tip applicator. As it is free from oil and alcohol, it isn’t greasy or drying either. Just dab and go!

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Laura

Laura

Make Up Specialist

Major fan of scented candles, Make Up brushes and Highlighter. I’m always on the hunt for those Holy Grail products and my dressing table is covered in more beauty products than I like to admit. As an adopted Northerner originally from Brighton, I spend most my days wondering what all this rain is about. My hair isn’t grateful for the move. Currently loving: NIOD Photography Fluid