I have to be honest with you. I went through the phase that I didn’t think that lipstick is important since it would disappear half an hour after I put it on. At that point I used to have 2-3 lipsticks and they just lingered there in my drawer without me even bothering to put any on, even when going out clubbing. Then, I was drown into the concept of make-up as a whole and started to want my lipstick to last. I hate taking my first sip of coffee at work only to realise that half my lipstick is on my cup. So then I went back to the first phase. And then I discovered lip stains. They all promised me nontransferable colour and moisturised lips. Walking around in the office not caring to reapply lipstick sounded like heaven! Amen!
I started stocking up on drugstore lip stains full of excitement! My first one was an E.L.F. lipstain in Pink Petal. I put it on, super excited to realise that there is no color payoff. None at all. I actually tried to take a decent picture to show you but there was nothing to show! It also dried my lips and there is no balm provided so I used my regular one. Then I looked at my roll on to see that this was actually tinted, my lips weren’t! I sat and thought that I couldn’t expect much from a £2.50 product.
So it was my favourite brand’s turn. I ordered the Rimmel’s 1000Kisses Lip Tint and Balm in Perpetual Plum and Timeless Tango, which are around the £6 mark. I applied Perpetual Plum full of confidence that this is definitely going to work. It actually did have some colour payoff and after I waited some time for it to dry, I applied the balm. And again, half of the product on the balm side. I started thinking I was doing something wrong! It did not last at all and since the colour was visible this time it had disappeared after I had finished my first cup of coffee at work. After a week of trying to make it last being self-conscious all day not to touch or lick my lips, I decided to give the other shade a try.
And we have a winner. Timeless Tango is definitely worth the money. It has amazing colour pay-off and it actually stays on a good 4-5 hours without having to reapply. It’s a nice red colour that I find really wearable and I was so happy to finally find one that lasts. However, I am yet to find out how on earth it is possible two different shades of the same product and brand to be so different in terms of staying power.