Korean Lip Tints and Stains I’ve Tried

In keeping with my extremely lazy minimalist makeup philosophy, I tend to go for lip stains and tints over lipstick (although I really do love red lipstick, I just don’t actually wear it very often). I’ve read lip tints are supposedly more drying than lipsticks, but I haven’t found that to be the case. I wait for them to dry and put on a lip balm if I need it.

There are several varieties of lip tint/stain, including liquid, peel off (YES, peel off), and sticks.

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The strangest, but also the most fun

Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint would be a super girl’s night activity if you could do anything at all but wait for it to dry (for a full 20 minutes) when you use it. Yes. You have to wait for it to dry because it’s peel off.  You can’t do anything like drink wine or chatter. You CAN do things silently other than eating—it doesn’t slide off your lips. But you can’t move your mouth around a lot. Like. You have to keep it half open like a catalog model.

You apply a thick layer of the gel to your lips, trying not to get it either inside your mouth or outside your lip line too drastically, wait for it to dry, and peel it off. The color lasts a long time (they say 12 hours, and that might not be too much of an exaggeration), but it’s not impossible to remove. It rubs off with coconut oil (or any oil) you may have around. I really like these—they all leave a really nice, natural-looking, summery stain—but I don’t use them very often because they’re so time-consuming—an investment you don’t always want to make right before you do something. If you leave yourself enough time before you have to go places to wait 20 minutes for a peel-off lip tint to set, I applaud you.

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Cheery Ade!

Etude House Water Tint in Cheery Ade is a straight up dupe of BENEFIT’s Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain in Rose at a fraction of the price ($6.90 vs. $30). It’s a happy, translucent, buildable red. The color—and bottle—lasts a good while.

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Cherry Juice!

Here’s another one that’s really close to Rose Benetint. Peripera Peri’s Tint Water in Cherry Juice is ever-so-slightly thicker and a little more of a true red than Cheery Ade’s berry color, but I like them the same. They perform essentially the same function of popsicle red.

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The rabbit is being coy.

IPKN (“Independent Professional Korean New Yorker” without the “Y” I guess) launched in 1999 as the first NYC-inspired beauty brand, And Esther Kim of EstherLovesYou is an artist out of Los Angeles and Tokyo. IPKN x EstherLovesYou is a collaboration line of makeup based on sweets. The Limited Edition Long-Wear Ink Tint in Cherry Coke has a slightly thicker gel consistency. I love the color—a deep red with no blue in it. You’re not getting three in that package. The picture is just showing you the three colors. So yes, it’s like, more expensive than $6. *sigh*




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