The Gloss Report: Lip tints

August 22nd 2013


The latest lip products come in the shape and form of a crayon, with a barely-there hint of a tint. This week the Glossies test them out

Kiko Creamy Lipgloss in 107


Price: £6.90

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Feedback: “I am a big fan of a lip pencil, in its chubby form it makes for easy application, and for me, that’s essential as I am quite a klutz when it comes to getting a precise line with my lipstick and the traditional lip pencil to deter bleeding isn’t my most favourite thing. This Kiko Creamy Lipgloss really did what it says on the tin; the texture on my lips was really nice, and not drying at all, which is a huge problem for me when it comes to lip colours. The colour however wasn’t what I expected - it didn’t have the punch that I thought it was going to have from when I had initially put on my hand. The ‘magenta’ of the shade seems to just blend nicely with my natural lip colour, instead of giving me the hit of pink that I really wanted. It does make me wonder how the other shades would work on me… I suppose I will just have to try them all!”

Reviewer: EC

Score: 6/10

Models Own Colour Lip Stix Pretty Pink


Price: £5.00

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Feedback: “Lip tints and stains are a dangerous territory for me as I always struggle to find the right shade to suit my caramel skin-tone. However, with a bit of trial and error I’ve come to find I favour shocking pinks, with a hint of a purple undertone, or nudes. I tried the Model’s Own Twist Up Colour Lip Stix in Pretty Pink, which is certainly a vibrant, Barbie-like pink! The colour is really strong so you don’t need to layer it up too much and it also has a lovely subtle floral fragrance. It also has good staying power as I found I only needed to reapply once during the day - but be warned, you might find yourself pouting subconsciously when you wear it…”

Reviewer: FD

Score: 9/10

Pür Minerals Lip Gloss Stick in Coralline


Price: £16

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Feedback: "Sorry to be a party pooper here, but I hate wearing lip colour. I don't have the mouth for it and I'd much rather beef up my eyes with lashings of mascara, eyeliner and shadow instead. That said, I loved the shade of this pencil as its orange undertones were not too much for my fair skin and blonde looks. A self-sharpener (tick), this chunky crayon feels nothing like a pencil (double tick) - it glides on like a really soft balm, leaving a gently glossy pop of highly pigmented colour in its wake. I suffer with very dry lips all year round but loved how this felt; it was hydrating but not sticky and completely foolproof in terms of application. Add to that it's a mineral make-up brand and it's pretty much perfection. The colour lasts well - my only wish would be for it to be more sheer so I could wear it more often. I'll be dotting it on less liberally from now on to see if I can get away with pairing it with my signature bold eye make-up."

Reviewer: JJ

Score: 8/10

NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park


Price: £17.50

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Feedback: “Let’s not beat around the beautybush, I love NARS. I love the colours, I love the packaging, I love every single product. I’m a NARS addict. And thankfully, the Satin Lip Pencil didn’t disappoint. Rather than spend forever faffing around with lip pencil and then lipstick, this clever crayon combines the two; resulting in an easy to achieve, truly flawless lip. What’s more, the crayon feels like it stains the lip rather than paints it like a lipstick might, rendering constant reapplications a thing of the past. As to be expected from NARS, the colour is incredible: highly pigmented and utterly timeless, leaving you feeling like a Modern day Marilyn.”

Reviewer: ER

Score: 10/10

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable™ Balm Stain in Lovesick


Price: £7.99

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Feedback: “Rarely have I had so much fun with a lip colour. No stickiness, no dryness and no cracked, matte mouth - this chubby crayon is easy to use (a la Crayola) and had me ready for daytime and later, playtime, in a flash. No wonky lipliner or hair-caught-in-gloss-in-gust-of-wind predicaments to speak of. It’s juicy, bright, highly pigmented and delivers an expensive looking finish akin to similar products at higher price points. It’s gel formula makes it feel really lightweight and my lips felt soft, and a particular plus point for me was that there was no lippy residue on my tea mug. This lip colour would wow at even the most sophisticated of soirees - it stains your lips but not your glass. Even if you don’t have to wash it up yourself, it’s not a good look. Revlon has Just Bitten me and I love it.”

Reviewer: AH

Score: 10/10

No7 High Shine Lip Crayon


Price: £9

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Feedback: “I always carry a lip crayon in my handbag as they’re the perfect combination of lip balm and lipstick, providing great conditioning benefits and a quick pop of colour to my permanently parched lips. I found this particular tint extremely moisturising and would even put it on par with my loyal Chubby Stick in terms of ease of use and colour pay off. I’ve knocked off one point simply because the high shine finish as implied by the name, was not as glossy as expected and also because it wasn’t as long-lasting as I would have wanted for a tint. That being said, I would definitely use it again - I particularly liked the Daydreamer shade which was a lovely deep berry, ideal for subtly taking your make-up from daytime to nighttime.“

Reviewer: AM

Score: 9/10

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in 05 Plushest Punch


Price: £17

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Feedback: "Being a big fan of Lucas Pawpaw Ointment which, in my humble opinion, is the best lip balm ever created, and my trusty MAC lipstick in Chatterbox, I've never really considered using a hybrid of the two. When presented with the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturising Lip Colour Balm I found just that. A chunky crayon that is absolutely foolproof to use, this gem of a multi-purpose product is incredibly nourishing for the lips and yet is highly pigmented. Achieving the exact same results as my usual combination of lip balm and lipstick, I finally understand the Clinique Chubby Stick craze. The quickest way to a perfect pout."

Reviewer: KB

Score: 10/10

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