I recently got interested in lipstains as a lazy way to keep my makeup on all day. The idea of applying lip color once, very carefully, in the morning, and then not reapplying all day is very appealing. This inspired me to swatch Stila’s Lip Rouge markers, but their $20 price tag and short list of similar-looking colors made me curious about Covergirl’s latest offering.
The primary reason I hesitate to buy drugstore makeup (and the reason I usually don’t swatch it) is the lack of testers. I realize not having testers keeps the prices down, and that the testers would get pretty gross, but — especially in this case — the packaging tells me nothing about the actual colors of the lipstain. And so, in a moment of total insanity, I bought them all.
Based on my arm, Teasing Blush looked like my kind of color. It was bright on my lips, a poppy or bright wine shade. This discouraged me from moving on to any higher number. The marker tip felt a bit dry, even on first opening, and I had to work a bit to make sure the color was consistent. I gave it a few minutes to set, then ate a bowl of cereal (the ultimate test!). It did not last, and it wore off unevenly, meaning I had to reapply before going anywhere. First objective: failed.
Outlast also didn’t pass the Chapstick test: given time to set, the color still came off on my tube of chapstick.
I also tried Everbloom Kiss, and it was a lighter, safer version of Teasing Blush… but looked pretty similar.
Covergirl lipstains are water-based; they feel very light and dry quickly. They also look like a tint — they don’t give a lot of coverage, and I think this makes one look like another. Teasing Blush and Everbloom Kiss weren’t really different enough to make me want both.
The only other lipstain I’ve put through this kind of testing is MAC’s Not So Shy!, and I preferred it. MAC’s stain is more like a gel — it takes a little longer to set, but the color lasts perfectly through multiple meals. (And it doesn’t come off on my chapstick.)
Covergirl lipstains are $7 – 8 at full price, though if you can wait, you’ll eventually get a Buy One, Get One Free offer. They also have a somewhat sweet smell, which I detected more with 10 swatches on my arm than just one shade on my lips. (This also made me wonder whether some shades were more fragranced than others.) I’d recommend against applying a lipstain when your lips are scuffed, cracked, feathering, etc., because the stain will adhere to the damaged part better… which can make your lips look like they’re bleeding. (Ew.)
Covergirl Outlast Lipstains: Lip stains, lip stain, lipstain, Everbloom Kiss, Berry Smooch, Bit of Blossom, Teasing Blush, Sassy Mauve, Plum Pout, Coy Coral, Flirty Nude, Wild Berry Wink, Cinnamon Smile