My lip tint love is only thwarted by my hatred for their usually watery drying formula. In order to get that perfect popsicle-like stain effect, I would have to withstand Sahara-level conditions — which can look kind of sexy in a lip-bitey way but always feel awful and terribly uncomfortable. Why must I choose between comfort and style always? Always!
And then I saw this scroll my my feed:
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Popsicle stain tint? Snack-proof? $5??
It’s from K-Beauty brand Etude House (who also make other very good lip colors), called Dear Darling Tint. It wasn’t long before I used my beauty editor powers to procure all the shades and swatched my hand to the high heavens. This was pleasantly alarming considering that the red and pink swatches still remain faintly on the back of my hand literally 24 hours later (including many hand-washes and a shower). So… careful, y’all.
There are eight shades, all of which are somewhat similar in orange, pink, and red tones. My favorite one is RD302, the deepest red — like cherry cola red. The tint comes in a tube like lip gloss with a doe-foot applicator. The formula is gel-like and goes on quite pigmented — you really only need a little bit to get a super saturated stain. If you just want the faintest tint, I suggest dotting some in the middle of your lips and smushing them together to spread it. I like to use my finger to pat in the color, which led to me having a red stained fingertip for a while so maybe use a cotton bud if you’re wary about that (but it didn’t rub off anywhere so that’s good at least!). It feels slightly sticky, like a thick gel, upon application, but dries down to a moisturized balmy feel. It miraculously stays feeling balmy throughout its wear.
I proceeded to go about my day, eating a sandwich, a peach, several blueberries, a piece of banana bread, coffee… that’s all I can remember eating, thus far.
Moral of that story is that my lips were perfectly intact — the color stayed on my lips and didn’t rub off on my chin (the bane of my existence) or my food/cup! What a miracle! It continued to feel perfectly comfortable throughout the wear, eventually fading as I am a perpetual lip-licker because I’m also a creep. Also, I ate spaghetti for dinner and I’m pretty sure the olive oil in the sauce most likely acted as a sort of edible oil cleanser. I appreciated that it faded evenly though, not settling into fine lines or the outline awkwardly.
Anyway, I’m straight-up fiendishly obsessed with this lip tint. It’s $5 at Sokoglam.com and at press-time is currently sold out, so obviously I must not be the only one hot on this tip. Keep your mouse hovering over Add to Cart until restock.
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