In Our Makeup Bag: New York Color Lip Stain

What It Is:
New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain in Persistent Pink

Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
Like most girls I know, my collection of lip products is overflowing. I have more lipsticks, glosses and colors than I can EVER possibly use up. However, one department I’m lacking in is lip stains. I’m not exactly sure why, but I only have a couple and can’t say I reach for them very often. Most disappoint me with their less-than-stellar wear times and boring finishes.
But, I’m always willing to give a product a second chance. New York Color says that their Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain gives “a sheer to intense flush of color that sticks around longer than most guys in the City.” The packaging makes the product look like a more baby-pink shade, when in reality, I would deem this a true, natural pink.

How To Use It:
Lip stains are really good at highlighting any lip imperfections, so make sure you heavy-duty exfoliate before putting this on. You can purchase lip scrubs or just use some coarse sugar.
This lip stain comes in the usual marker-like packaging. You just need to put some pressure on the lip when applying, and product flows out! The sharp-tipped marker did make it easy to create a really defined lip. If you can color with a marker, you will have no problems with these!

CC Rating: B
I did like this product, but overall, lip stains aren’t my favorite. I prefer a lipstick or a gloss and find that the finish lip stains leave needs to be topped off with a gloss.
The New York Color Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain didn’t wear close to 16 hours. I’ve never met a lip product that stayed totally put for that long and I’m not sure a drugstore brand is going to be able to fulfill that promise. That being said, this stain did wear perfectly for a good 4 hours and didn’t fade much with eating or drinking. At the end of the day, I still had some lip color but not nearly as much as that morning when I applied it.
I think that as far as lip stains go, this is a pretty good bargain! It’s only going to run you $4-5 and works just as well as my higher-end lip stains. Persistent Pink was a lot darker than I expected, especially considering the packaging color, but I still liked it. I think someone purchasing just based on the packaging might want a baby-pink lip stain instead of a deeper color, but I thought it was gorgeous.
If you’re a lip stain kinda girl, this is definitely worth a try. As for me, I’m gonna stick with the 1,567 other lip products in my makeup bag.
[Need some new makeup but not sure what to buy? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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