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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 in my feed:
Popsicle-stain tint? Snack-proof? $5??
It's from K-beauty brand Etude House (which also makes 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 swatch my hand to the high heavens. This was pleasantly alarming, considering the red and pink swatches remained faintly on the back of my hand literally 24 hours later (after many hand-washes and a shower). So... be careful, y'all.
There are eight shades, all of which are in somewhat similar orange, pink, and red tones. My favorite is RD302, the deepest red — like cherry cola red. The tint comes in a lip gloss-like tube with a doe-foot applicator. The formula is like gel and goes on quite pigmented — you really only need a little bit to get a supersaturated 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 on the color, which feels slightly sticky 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, blueberries, a piece of banana bread, coffee... that's all I remember eating, but you get the point.
The moral of the story is that my lip color was perfectly intact — it stayed on 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 day but eventually faded, as I am a perpetual lip-licker. Also, I ate spaghetti for dinner and I'm pretty sure the olive oil in the sauce most likely acted as an edible oil cleanser. I appreciated that it faded evenly though, without settling awkwardly into fine lines or the edges of my mouth.
Anyway, I'm straight-up fiendishly obsessed with this lip tint. It's $5, lasts all day, and is actually comfortable, unlike other lipsticks I'm now holding a grudge against. Can you blame me for wanting to give it an Allure 2019 Best of Beauty Award?
More Apocalypse-proof beauty:
- How to Adjust Your Beauty Routine for the Apocalypse
- Watch Men Try to Find the Longest-Lasting Lipstick, and Die Laughing
- Here's How to Do Popsicle Lips in 3 Easy Steps
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