Do remember how hard it was to get hold of a lip stain back in the day? I used to stock up on The Body Shop’s stain when I travelled otherwise I just couldn’t find one in store. Now, just about every brand has their own lip stain (thank God!) including Maybelline who’ve just launched Super Stay 10 H tint gloss.
It promises to go on like a shiny highly pigmented lip gloss that stains your lips with a colour that lasts for up to 10 hours. I was given two shades to play with:
When you wipe the gloss away, this is what the stains look like:
Of the two shades, I liked Forever Coral best but let’s just get this out the way; there’s absolutely nothing coral about it. Seriously. It’s like one hundred-percent rooi and would’ve been better off being called something like Unremittent Red… or Perpetual Scarlet… But hey, that aside, this is a lovely product. The leaf-shaped brush makes it easy to apply and once on it does have a nice gloss-like sheen. This doesn’t last very long though. In fact, it kind of sinks into your lips within half an hour, leaving a lovely scarlet stain that makes it look as though you’ve been sucking on a lollipop.
Alas, the stain doesn’t last ten hours. I found it started to fade after five or so and I had to reapply to recreate the initial colour intensity. Still, five hours of colour is five hours of colour. Oh! And did I mention the scent? This product’s got a seriously sweet smell that reminds me of a Fizzer. It’s the kind of thing you’re either going to love or hate but ‘cos I quite like Fizzers it didn’t bother me at all.
Just one top tip; don’t attempt to wear this is your lips are dry or chapped in the least! It will cling to the bits you don’t want to enhance so rather make a point of getting your lips in good nick with something like Blistex DCT. (It’s got exfoliating acids in it to gently sizzle away any dry, flaky bits.)
Keen? It comes in eight different shades and each is going for R130 a pop.