Review: Sephora Cream Lip Stains in Endless Purple, Strawberry Kissed, and Classic Beige
Sometimes, you just want to eat a Dagwood-style sandwich. Bread piled high with layers and layers of salami and ham in the middle. Other times, you want to eat home-fried tacos filled with there-is-no-such-thing-as-too-much-avocado, Cotija, and grilled chicken. Sometimes you want to eat a rack of lamb or a burger.
Sometimes, you want to eat those things and still have your lipstick on at the end of the meal. It’s not particularly hard to make lipstick last through cereal or soup. Other meals, however, are a real challenge. The Sephora Cream Lip Stains are one of the products that I use when I want to eat a sloppy meal without making oodles of post-dinner touch-ups.
I have three of the four matte shades. (I skipped Always Red because, in a brief moment of honesty with myself, I admitted that I probably didn’t actually need another classic blue-based red in my collection. The others were totally necessities, though. Yup.) I have never tried the satin-finished or shimmery ones, so I can’t comment on their formula or longevity.
Although they are being billed as a “lip stain”, I feel like that is a slightly misleading characterization. They don’t actually stain your lips– they’re just a thick, creamy liquid lipstick. These products have the same texture as slightly melted frosting or some whipped cream that you saved in a bowl in the fridge overnight–They’re slightly more liquid than the NYX Matte Lip Creams and similar in texture to the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. All three products smell like store-bought vanilla frosting and dry to a lovely matte finish.
The Sephora Cream Lip Stains are madly opaque and very easy to work with whether you use the doe-foot applicator or your own lip brush.
|Sephora Cream Lip Stain Swatches from left to right: Endless Purple, Strawberry Kissed, Classic Beige|
Endless Purple is a plummy, dark mauve. Despite the name, it’s not particularly purple.
|Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Endless Purple on Human Face|
Strawberry Kissed is my favorite of the three colors that I have tried. It’s an electric pink-y red.
|Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed on Human Face|
Classic Beige is a light brown with pink undertones. It adds unconventional drama; This is a product that always makes me do a double-take when I go by a mirror. I like the fact that it looks like I’m in sepia when I wear it. Since it tones down one of the main sources of color on your face (your lips), it draws attention to anything that’s not brown, such as an eye color or a cheek color. (And all without resorting to a nude lip!)
|Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Classic Beige on Human Face|
Of course, you need to know how these suckers last. Here’s how Classic Beige fared on a “four hours and a meal” test:
|Sephora Cream Lipstain in Classic Beige when applied.
(You know it’s old if the pictures are vertical!)
Four hours and a meal later:
|Sephora Cream Lipstain in Classic Beige Four Hours and a Meal after applying.|
Like all long-lasting products, these lip creams are a little bit drying. However, I didn’t find this issue to be particularly severe.
As would be expected from a Sephora-brand product, Sephora Cream Lip Stains are neither cheap nor expensive when looked at by the ounce, retailing for $13 for 0.169 oz ($76.92 per oz). For comparison, the NYX Matte Lip Creams come in at $6 for 0.23 oz ($26.09 per oz) and the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks are $22 for 0.10 oz ($220 per oz).