After reading a glowing review from Paula Begoun* of N.Y.C.’s Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain I decided that I just had to try this product. So far I’ve bought this lip product is two different colors – smooch proof and champagne stain. The champagne stain color is very close to my natural lip color so I find that I use it almost every day to enhance my natural lip color and give it a little more punch. The smooch proof color goes on a more intense pink/red shade. You can play around with the intensity of the color by how hard you press on your lips as you apply it. Wielding the lip stain like a pen produces a darker color, but you can also glide the product across your lips and then smudge it with your fingers. Consider applying sheer gloss on top. The color does fade as the day goes on, contrary to the claims by the manufacturer, and as you eat and drink, but you are still left with some color on your lips at the end of the day which is pretty incredible for a $5 product. I have to say that I am very impressed with this $5 product and am glad I tried it.
My other new fave lip product is Mint Balm from Glominerals. This is a very hydrating lip balm that also has spf 15 (yea!!) and feels minty and cool on your lips. You can use it under or over your favorite lip product. Now it costs $12.50 and, of course, you may wonder why I am calling this a cheap lip product. I definitely think it is cheap for the amount of product you get for $12.50. The tube is HUGE! Even if you use this product multiple times during the day I can’t imagine that you use it up in less than 8 or 9 months. Everyone needs a lip product with spf in it; I recommend trying Mint Balm.
* By the way, Paula Begoun’s Beautypedia, which used to cost money to access, is now free. You can easily read all her reviews now.