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pucker up! beauty

By E va n g e l i n e P o l i t i s

Give your lips that perfect pout this winter with a lip stain. Unlike a lipstick,

which just covers your lips, these products literally stain your lips and are supposed to last longer. The only downfall is this can sometimes lead to drying results (an effect we’ll want to avoid this season). So from YSL to Bobbi Brown, we critiqued several brands to find you the most long lasting, kissable lips!

LipSurgence Lip Tint If you’re looking for something with extra moisturizing power—this is your product. Tarte claims it will increase moisture content by 6000% (we’re pretty sure that’s a bit of an exaggeration), but it does act a lot like a lip balm. We were wondering if it’s this extra moisture that keeps it from lasting as long as the other products. If you use it with a bit of gloss, it’ll stay longer and keep it from looking too chalky. $24, Tarte

Lip Stain This stain comes in six beautiful colors and probably wins the award for being the longest lasting product. The biggest disappointment is that it is in a pot, leaving users to their own devices for application–either it’ll get all over your fingers or you’ll have to carry an extra brush. Perhaps Laura Mercier should consider a redesign for a more convenient application. $20, Laura Mercier


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Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm Smashbox’s stain has the best packaging of the bunch; one side has a marker-like tip to apply stain and the other side applies a waxy balm that can be worn alone or over the stain for extra gloss. We just wished the product’s quality would last longer: after several uses the tip on the stain side didn’t work as well—applying less product and feeling sort of dry. $23, Smashbox

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