Thursday, March 22, 2012

Skinn Cosmetics "Tint & Shine" Luscious Lip Stain & Gloss

Tired of your lip stick and/or gloss wearing off after a couple of hours? Would you like something that can last through talking and eating? Sometimes it’s frustrating having to touch up your lip product(s) throughout the day. This can especially be true if you are going on a date and you don’t want to apply a lip product continuously, or maybe you’re just going out with some friends. I think a big reason why most women don’t wear many lip products, especially in bolder colors, is because they dislike having to touch up so often to keep these colors looking perfect on the lips. 

Today, I will be reviewing some lip stains/lip glosses for you. These products are from Skinn Cosmetics and they are dual lip stain and lip gloss, called “Tint & Shine, Luscious Lip Stain & Gloss Set.” Now, I know what you’re thinking…. another lip stain marker, they dry out so quickly, you can never see how much product is exactly inside, what a waste of money… but I am telling you, you are really going to love these products!
According to Dimitri James, Skinn Celebrity Makeup Artist, these lip stains are especially wonderful because you can play with the intensity of the lip stain. You can apply one layer for a lighter stain, or build it up for a deeper and more vibrant look. 

The two colors that you see pictured are the only shades available in the Tint & Shine’s right now. Villa Rosa is a nice, deep burgundy red. It is more blue-based. In the tube, it appears to have a Merlot red wine kind of a look to it, but do not be scared by the darkness in the packaging! The other shade is Ciao Bella and looks like a bright strawberry or watermelon colored lip stain. It actually is a nice dark pink on the lips, and is very wearable! Both of these lip stains give such a classy effect when worn. 

The glosses on the other end of the wand are very neutral. They are pretty sheer, but once applied over the lip stain give a really nice finishing touch to the overall look of the lips. They are similar in color, however the one on Ciao Bella appears to have a bit more shimmer and is slightly lighter in shade. These products retail for $18.00. In each tube you get 5 ml of stain and 4.5 ml of lip gloss. 

What I honestly love about these lip stains is the fact that the product is in a wand as opposed to the typical lip stain marker type packaging. You can actually see how much product is in the tube and know how much you have left. I think this is an absolute genius idea. This will also eliminate the issue of the lip stain marker drying out because you can see the liquid stain. Once capped, it’s not exposed to any residual air on the packaging. Brilliant!

The “Tint & Shine” lip gloss & stain duo has a thin brush applicator which allows for extremely precise application. You can simply use the brush applicator as a lip liner, so to speak, and then dip back into the product to fill in the rest of your lips. They are super buildable and give such a natural touch to the lips. What I mean by natural is that while your lips are of course tinted, they do not appear to have that look that you’re actually wearing lipstick. 

These are not drying on the lips at all. In fact, it doesn’t have that typical “lip cracking” feeling after it dries. You don’t even need to put the gloss on top if you don’t want to. However, I will say that the gloss is actually quite smooth and the texture is amazing. It is not in the least bit sticky and stays comfortable throughout hours of wear. 

As far as length of wear, the gloss is of course going to wear off a lot faster than the actual lip stain. I have found that the gloss usually lasts for about three to four hours. I do work in a law firm so I am on the phone and talking quite a bit. I noticed that the lip gloss would start to wear off after about 3-4 hours. Interestingly enough, I find that Ciao Bella (the pink lip stain) lasts about 5 hours or so, through eating, drinking, talking, etc. I did find that Villa Bella (the red lip stain) lasted for at least 7 hours, although it did start to fade towards the center of the lips. So, you would obviously need to reapply after a while, but these are by far some of the best lip stains I have tried. 

The scent of the lip stains are a little odd, it’s a smell that I really can’t put my finger on. It’s not strong at all though so this won’t be an issue for you unless you have an extremely sensitive nose. One thing to note is that these lip stains are water-based and have alcohol-free dye (so they won’t dry out your pucker!) The lip gloss on the other hand has a somewhat light fruity scent to it, which is rather pleasant. 

I would definitely recommend these to someone who does not like or have time to constantly touch up their lip products throughout the day! I give these 5 out of 5 stars. I would definitely purchase this myself. I do wish there was a larger color selection. Skinn Cosmetics, if you’re listening, please create a nude colored “Tint & Shine!” 

“Tint & Shine” luscious lip stains and glosses can be purchased at or wherever Skinn products are sold.

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