The words lip stain truly sends shivers down the back of my neck. I think it’s because, way back in the day when I first tried one my lips had a real adverse reaction to it. The formulas were liquid-y and beyond drying. Worse still it would crack if you smile or talk and if you ate it would leave a dark ring around the inside of your lips—awful.
Luckily for us, formulas have come a long way since then. Now, we can opt for a creamy matte liquid lipsticks with a super-pigmented pay-off or a high shine PVC-like finish that genuinely sticks around but I had yet to try a stain that tints the lips without leaving any kind of residue. All I’ve tried either tint the lips well but the formula is incredibly drying or don’t stain them at all.
But of course, Fenty Beauty was going to be the one to remedy this. The launch of the Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain kind of dropped in the UK with little fanfair in the beauty realm, especially when you compare to some of the brand’s previous launches like first foundation or gloss bomb lip glosses. But once it made its way to #beautytok the hype went stratospheric, which is about the time that I started taking notice.
I think the thing that really sold it to me is the word "hydrating" being in the very name of the product. Surely Rihanna wouldn’t play us like that and say something is hydrating when it’s really not? But I’d tried dozens of stains and none of them had an ounce of hydration it the formula, so how could this? Well, it's honestly like magic. It applies like a non-sticky lip gloss and then stains so the colour basically infuses into your lips instead of drying in. Genius.
Before applying Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain
Applying it couldn’t feel more comfortable, like swiping on your favourite lip oil or gloss, just make sure you’re careful with the outline of your lips as the colour will stain anywhere you apply so, even though it’s a gloss, you need to apply with the same precision.
The stain comes in 4 shades that genuinely work for all skin tones. They deepen on the lips and can be layered too for a bolder finish. The best thing though is that you can wear it multiple ways, a lip oil/gloss look? Sorted. Want to pat it down into a true stain look? Easy. Or you can layer it under another gloss or lipstick to make your finish punchier. As a stain, this lasted about 6 hours before fading. However, when I wore one and didn’t pat the gloss off it didn’t last as long so that’s definitely something to bear in mind.
After applying Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain
I’m honestly a huge fan of this product, in fact, I think it’s actually made me a lip stain convert, and I never thought that would happen. I think for everyday use, I'll apply it while doing my makeup first thing, then through the day, top up with a gloss so the colour acts as a primer of sorts, and then even when my gloss wipes off you have this lovely hue on your lips.
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