The formula of the lip stain is excellent. It goes on smoothly and feels substantial, but not tacky. It’s also creamy enough for easy application, and dries quickly to a matte finish. However, since it’s a very pigmented stain, application mistakes can’t be quickly fixed.
The doe-foot applicator is very precise, though, so you can control the application.
I tried it on un-prepped lips (read: not exfoliated or moisturized). The stain accentuates lip lines, and I’ve found that it does dry my lips, but not as much as other long-wearing lippies like Revlon Colorstay or Max Factor Lipfinity. Nothing that a spot of lip balm couldn’t ease.
Wear time is average at 3 to 4 hours, but even when I’ve had a meal, my touch-up is negligible. With this product, the lipstick-ring-around-the-lips effect isn’t quite obvious. Transfer is minimal, too, so I’m not worried about leaving a mark on utensils.
Now on to the other end of the product.
The transparent gloss feels tacky, thick, and cheap. It does give a nice shine, but it’s too sticky for me to bother wearing it. Besides, the gloss seems to make the stain less transfer-resistant, and the whole point was to have long-lasting color, so…