Updated: Apr 14
Have you ever walked through the makeup section of a shop looking for a simple lipstick and been overwhelmed by all the different types of lip products? If so, this is the post for you. I'll be breaking down the differences between different formulations of lip products to help you choose the right lipstick for you!
Lip sticks are the classic lip product formulation. When I think of lipstick, my mind goes to the classic bold reds worn by Marilyn Monroe and Madonna, who eventually had a best-selling M.A.C Cosmetics lipstick, Russian Red, made for her tour. Nowadays you can find lipsticks in beautiful pastel and coral shades, and some may even contain glitter or have a metallic look.
Lipsticks can have a matte, satin or gloss finish. Essentially, this means little to no shine, medium amounts of shine, or high shine!
Lipsticks are medium wearing: they are not transfer proof, meaning they will smudge and transfer and will need to be reapplied throughout the day. However, the more matte a lipstick is, the more long wearing it'll typically be.
Lip stains/lip tints
Lip stains are a more recent formulation and are a popular type of lip product in Korea. These products stain the lips (or cheeks if you wish to use them as blush) and last for many hours. You will usually find lip tints in reds, pinks and oranges.
Lip tints usually have a watery formulation, which means they aren't opaque in colour, but will leave a vibrant stain on the lips.
Lip stains are relatively fast drying, and once your lip stain has dried, it will not budge! They will usually withstand hours of talking, eating and drinking.
These types of lip product have become popular in recent years. You can find liquid lipsticks in a wide range of colours as they have an opaque look, similar to a classic lipstick.
However, these differ from normal lipsticks greatly as they go on as a liquid, but then dry down. Most liquid lips dry down to a matte finish, but recently the trend has been to have more satin or gloss finishes.
Some liquid lipsticks are completely budge proof, and will stay all day, whereas others will need to be reapplied. Generally however, liquid lipsticks are more long wearing than traditional lipsticks.
Tinted lip balms
Tinted lip balms are usually nourishing, moisturising products which contain a slight tint of colour.
These do not stain, but leave a temporary, natural looking colour while moisturising the lips.
Easy to apply and extremely high shine, lip glosses do exactly what they sound like they do, gloss the lips and make them look juicy and plump. Some lip glosses may have a slight coloured tint to them, and some may contain glitter or shimmer.
Lip glosses are not transfer proof and are not very long wearing, so you will have to reapply throughout the day.
Lip powders are powders that when applied to the lips transform into a type of cream, leaving a thin layer of colour.
Lip powders are opaque formulations and are usually matte but can be metallic colours. They are lightweight, relatively transfer proof and long wearing.
Lip products now come in a variety of different textures, colours, and finishes, meaning everyone can find their preferred lip colour in the exact finish they want. My personal go-to for the everyday are tinted lip balms.
Comment below what your favourite type of lip product is, or the name of a lip stick, gloss, balm, powder or stain that you just can't live without! Send me a message if you have any questions.
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