Lip paints are a relatively new offering on store shelves that, at first glance, may not look a whole lot different from the glosses, stains, and lipsticks already on the market. Despite their appearance, lip paints do have a few things going for them that other lip products don’t.
Lip Paints aren’t subject to a frequent problem with lipsticks– staining or drying lips because of overpigmentation. Some lipsticks tout having very rich, bold colors, but adding pigment to a formula reaches a point of diminishing returns after awhile. Very highly pigmented formulas can suffer a loss of quality and consistency, resulting in a thick, drying lipstick that leaves an unpleasant stain behind. That said, lip stains and paints marketed as stains are a bit different. These formulas are deliberately designed to tint lips to a long-wearing shade, and a good stain will still be easy to apply and won’t be too drying.
Most lip paints come in squeeze tubes, similar to glosses. Even though these tubes have applicators, paints are best applied with a lip brush for the most precise, complete coverage, best color payoff, and least wasted product. Since they are less thick than solid lipsticks, applying them properly also takes some practice. To avoid feathering and slipping, they’re best used with a lip liner.
If you’re looking for a product that allows you to skip layering a gloss over a lipstick to get rich color with a glossy finish, or just prefer the feel of a liquid lipstick, you may find lip paints to be a useful addition to your makeup collection. With a lip liner, a brush, and a steady hand, you can get bright, easy-to-wear lip colors that last.