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Beauty Inside & Out | Three lip stains to try this summer

Swatch of the lip stains. The bottom color is Cynthia Rowley, the middle color is Wet N Wild, and the top color is e.l.f. Photo by Stephanie Bouzounis for The Surge.
Swatch of the lip stains. The bottom color is Cynthia Rowley, the middle color is Wet N Wild, and the top color is e.l.f. Photo by Stephanie Bouzounis for The Surge.

Admittedly, I’m not a fan of lip stains. I don’t see the point, unless you’re using it as a base for lipstick.

But, I decided to give a lip stain review a go because it’s summer, and why not?

e.l.f is a brand available at Target and Ulta, and very affordable. Of course, Wet N’ Wild has been around for ages and is widely available. The colors I’ve chosen were red or pink.

The third brand, Cynthia Rowley, was introduced to me via Birchbox a few months ago but their products are available at stores like Ulta, as well as online.

Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Poppy

▪ $20 full size

I received this as a sample in my May 2015 Birchbox. I loved the red color when I first saw it, but after application, I noticed it’s more red-orange. It’s more of a creamy gloss than a stain, and doesn’t last especially long. I will say after reapplications throughout the day, my lips did seem to retain a bit of the red color by the end of the day.

Wet N’ Wild Megaslick Balm Stain in Mauve

▪ $2

This was more of a colored balm than anything close to a stain. The color is a nude pink, and unfortunately doesn’t last very long. After maybe two hours, I had to reapply. The upside is, my pout didn’t dry out.

e.l.f. Lip Stain in Crison Crush

▪ $2.99

This stain lasted. When I first tried it out on my wrist, it lasted so long I almost thought I cut myself and didn’t notice. I had to actually scrub it to make it come off. It did dry my lips, though. This is something I’d use as a base for a red lipstick, but not necessarily alone.

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