It was just a matter of time before I grabbed myself a Sephora Cream Lip Stain or two ($13), especially considering how much more affordable they are compared to other liquid lipsticks on the market. I'd taken a gander at the range before, but none of the shades ever appealed to me, besides Always Red (the most talked about shade in the line), but since I wasn't on the market at the time for another classic red, I skipped out on these time and time again. However, Sephora recently gave the whole shade range a much needed makeover, and now it's chock-full of both wearable and bold shades. I'm not certain on this, but I believe Always Red and Strawberry Kissed are the only old shades that remain.
Top row, L to R: Watermelon Slice, Mandarin Muse, African Violet, Marvelous Mauve, Blackberry Sorbet, Polished Purple
Bottom row, L to R: Always Red, Peach Tart, Strawberry Kissed, Coral Crush, (missing Infinite Rose), Pink Souffle, Cherry Blossom, Whipped Blush
I picked up African Violet initially, before returning a few days later to grab Pink Souffle because I was so impressed by the formula. The Cream Lip Stain formula ($13) is a liquid lipstick that is quite watery straight from the tube, but it dries very quickly into a completely matte finish. I don't find that it actually stains your lips; it's just that the product doesn't budge at all. As long as I don't eat anything greasy or oily, these last on me for a solid 5-6 hours before starting to gently wear away from the inside of the lips. The doe-foot applicator is just like any other, but I find that it's so easy to achieve a quick and precise application, likely due to a combination of the applicator and the formula's opaque pigmentation. Unlike some other liquid lipstick formulas, these don't feather or bleed on me at all, and they feel only minimally drying, especially considering how matte the finish is.
African Violet is a blue-toned purple with just enough pink in it to make it wearable. I love how bright it is without being completely over the top. It applies perfectly in one coat. I LOVE this one.
Pink Souffle is a medium, warm-toned pink. It's a great everyday, work-appropriate shade. This one applies a tad bit streaky initially, but it can easily be smoothed over with the applicator or by pressing your lips together.
Unlike the Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creams ($28) and the Armani Lip Maestros ($33), both of which I adore, the Sephora Cream Lip Stains ($13) don't feather at all, but they are slightly less comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. Compared to the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets ($17), these are more matte, and they apply much better. I'd say these are most comparable to the Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipsticks ($20), except cheaper (note: Sephora's contains 0.169 oz, while the others contain between 0.2-0.23 oz).
So, all in all, what everyone says about these babies is true. These are fantastic liquid lipsticks for a fraction of the cost of comparable high-end options, and with the new shade range, there's bound to be at least a few shades that will appeal to everyone. I highly recommend these - just remember to invest in a cleansing oil or oil-based makeup remover, because that's the only way these are coming off your lips!