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Item: NYC Smooch Proof 16h lip stain
Colour: 490 Persistent Pink
Bought from: Superdrug on a 3 for 2 deal
Claims: "16Hour lip stain"
Packaging, design, contents and size:
This comes in a pale pink plastic felt tip like container. It is overall 11.5cm long and the lid takes up 3cm of that length. The writing on the container is light silver/grey and although you can see that it says "NYC Smooch Proof 16h lip stain" it does have other type on it in about 6 different fonts and sizes of type. So although the main info is clear to see the actual amount of writing on the packaging is a bit over the top and distracting. The pink of the container is quite close to the colour of the actual lip stain so it's easy to pick which one you like as the full container is that colour. The lid is actually quite hard to click off so easily passes my test of whether it will be safe in my bag without leaking. The felt tip look to the container will probably appeal to teenagers and if you are looking for a specific item like a lip stain you will be lured over to look at this one due to the bright colour of the packaging.
Instructions for use and how long does it last?
The nib of this lip pen is 1cm long and no too chunky so you can line round the edges of your lips as well as filing the fleshy parts too. Apply it to dry lips and allow to all dry in. In essence it should dry in and stay on for 16 hours. It DOES last a long time but not 16 hours. I do wear lip gloss over it to get a glossy look, so maybe that dilutes its staying power. It stays on for at least 4 or 5 hours before I notice any bald patches. At that point I just retouch it and it looks great again. It doesn't bleed out of the lines of my lips and I have never had any feelings of dryness on my lips after using it.
This is a really nice deep pink colour. It comes out of the nib and on to your lips as you brush the nib across your lips, the way a felt tip pen works on paper. It actually smells like a permanent marker pen but that goes away as soon as it dries. I assume that comes from whatever causes it to stain/dry in quickly. No start taken off as it really only lasts a few moments. As the packaging isn't see through you can't see when it is running out and the first time I had this it ran out unexpectedly, and I didn't have a replacement to hand. Now I buy it when there is a 3 for 2 deal on so I have a backup. It only lasts for around a month, and that's using it a couple of times each weekend and the odd night during the week. Even though the lids goes on securely, I wonder if it dries out rather than actually runs out as I have previously been able to get a wee last use out of it by dampening the tip. Again no stars off as the price is fair and reflective of how much use you can get out of it.
Overall I really like this lip stain, it doesn't last a great length of time but for the price I think I get value for money. The colour is really nice and I get compliments when I wear it, so I'm happy with that!
I haven't exactly had the best of experiences with the make up company New York Colour. I first noticed them in the aisles and aisles of make up because of their cheaply priced cosmetics which I thought I would give a go... unfortunately, the products that I tried turned out to be bad quality, flaky, smudgy products, not at all worth their price, and I decided, Never Again.
However, I was unable to keep to my 'Never Again', when I was just passing their section in Superdrug, and saw their Smooch Proof 16hr Lip Stain. The product did not look any more spectacular than any of the other lip stains I had come across, however, I had wanted to invest in a lip stain for ages and I was quite intrigued about whether or not New York Colour would live up to their promise and make their lip stain last for 16 hours even though previous products had disappointed me. The thing that finally pushed me into buying one, though, was the price: only £3.99. This is quite cheap for a lip stain if you consider that many other lip stains from other companies will charge you well over the £5 mark. For that reason, I thought that £3.99 was a fair price to pay and hoped that New York Colour would be as good as to live up to their claims.
The lip stain looks sort of like a felt tip pen with a sharper 'paint brush' tip. This makes it quite easy to apply onto my lips (apart from the top lip, which I find hard to do with the pointed tip), and does not feel uncomfortable at all (though it does feel a bit weird, as if I am colouring in my lips with a felt tip marker!). The sharp point also makes it easier to line your lips. The pen exterior colour depends on the shade you choose, and it is embellished with silver lettering. It does not look too classy, but at least it does not look too tacky- kind of cute looking inside my make up bag, but nothing really to boast about.
However, I found that the tip of the lip stain could rather quickly be squashed a little to lose its sharp tip, though the effects have remained much the same. Also, this tip seems to have faded a little bit and it has lost some of its colour, something I find a little disconcerting.
The lip colour looks quite good, though I think I prefer the more slick effect that lip stick achieves. I bought this lip stain in the shade of Persistent Pink, which is quite a natural pinkish colour and though it does not create the biggest impact, it does make my lips look nicer. This does colour my lips quite well, it looks natural if you add a very light layer, though if you want to create a bigger impact with a deeper shade, then you can add several layers over your initial shade of lip stain. It does not dry uncomfortably, which is a bonus.
Does this lip stain last for 16 hours? Well, no, definitely not 16 hours. However, I would say that it is quite long lasting and stays on my lips for several hours, and then it starts to fade. Having said that, this lip stain is not that long lasting when I am continually drinking things and can leave a little ring of colour on my glass. At least, once it is dry, it does not smudge easily.
All in all, a product with plenty of pros and cons, but I have to say that it was better than I expected it to be. It does not last for 16 hours, but I suppose I should have never expected it to last for quite that long anyway, despite New York Colour's claims. I would give this 3 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I have tried many lipstains, but I found that they tend to disappoint me. They either don't last long enough, dry out my lips or I can't get them off! I haven't given up finding a good one, so when I saw that New York Colour [NYC] produce a 16 hour "Smooch Proof" lipstain for just £2.49 for 3ml, I decided to give it a try.
NYC produce a wide range of low priced cosmetics. I have found them to be a bit hit-and-miss but I have had enough successes to encourage me to try any new products that they bring out. The lipstain is available in 10 colours, although only 6 were available for me to choose from in Superdrug. There is a good range of pinks and reds, perfect for more natural looks as well as for giving a hit of colour. I opted for "Berry long time", which is a raspberry shade. It looks much lighter on the NYC website, so be warned!
To me a lipstain differs from a normal lipstick in being especially long lasting. NYC say that their product is transfer proof and will last up to 16 hours. I liked the idea of having to apply a lip colour only once a working day.
The stain is packaged in a tube with a applicator that looks like a fibre tip pen. I think it smells like a blackboard marker pen too! Not the most appealing of scents, but it is only really noticeable when you are applying the stain. I wasn't aware of it after that. I found the idea of using a "pen" to colour in my lips a bit odd at first, even though I have used similar "brushes" before. The tip is quite fat so it doesn't take much work to fiill in your lips. It is thin enough though to allow for accuracy, which is more important with a lipstain because any mistakes are technically harder to rectify.
Going on, the stain feels more like a thick lipgloss than a traditional lipstick. Not unpleasant, just different. The first sweep of my lower lip gave a nice level of colour. It is more of a matte than gloss finish. Application on the top lip was harder though, as I don't think the lipstain flows well if you hold the tube upright. Using it with the tip pointing down clashes with your nose and feels awkward to say the least. The relative difficulty of getting a good layer of coverage on my top lip only increased as I continued to use the product. When it was more than half empty, I had to shake the tube several times to get any out at all, which is frustrating. One layer gives an obvious colour to the lips, or at least the bottom one, but you can built the intensity up if you add several. I found two coats suited me, but this is partially because the first coat isn't always very even.
The first time I used this, I went for a coffee and cake about an hour afterwards. I looked in the mirror afterwards and was amazed to see scarely any trace of my amazing "up to 16 hour" lipstain. What was left was patchy blobs of colour, which look worse to me than no lipstick at all. I knew that I had had something to eat and drink, but the product is said to be "smoochproof". I re-appiled it and went to work. Four hours later, I had to re-apply again, and this time I had drunk only a few sips of water. The results have been sadly the same since that time. I have never got the colour to last anywhere near 16 hours. I have finished the tube because I don't want my money to go to waste, but I have never enjoyed using it. The second reason I don't like it is due to the fact it makes my lips feel very dry, in a way that regular glosses and lipsticks don't. I tried using a balm over top, which helps a bit, but at the end of the day my lips did not feel nice.
One thing in it's favour is that the applicator tip stayed in good condition until I had finished the tube. When I used a similar product before, the "felt tip" became frayed and therefore impossible to use. I was apprehensive that this one would be the same but it was fine.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT?
I really like the colour, but based on the fact that it lasts less time for me than a lip products that don't claim to be long lasting, I can't recommend it. I would certainly not recommend this to someone whose lips tend to dryness, as mine don't and I still suffered problems with this. The frequency of application, and the fact I had to add lip balm, means that the low price is not as good value for me as it first appears. This is especially true as the lipstain is hard to apply as it nears it's end. Even when new, I found application patchy on the top lip. These things all add up to a product that I am not at all impressed with. I am going to give it one star for the nice colour and applicator, but that's it.
There's been a big thing about lip stain pens recently and a few of the major cosmetics brands have brought out their own version. I've been meaning to try them out for ages but hadn't got around to going looking for them, so when I spotted these NYC ones in Morrisons for only £3.99 I picked one up straight away thinking bargain!
It comes in a chunky tube like a thick felt-tip pen or marker with a pull off lid. The lid does fasten nice and tight so you don't need to worry about staining your pocket, handbag or makeup bag. The plastic pen is a different colour depending on the colour of the lip stain but they're all quite bright and stand out well.
The applicator is just like a big a felt-tip pen, so you basically just colour in your lips with it which seems pretty simple. The colour does come onto the tip well but when I tilt it up to do my top lip I do find the colour seems to drain away from the tip so I don't get as much out. It is pretty easy to use but it does feel a bit odd until you get used to it, it feels very different form using a lipstick or gloss wand.
The colour is supposed to be buildable with these stains, so you can have a sheer look or a more bold look depending what you want. However I find that the colour looks very uneven for the first few coats so I have to have it looking very bold or it just looks patchy.
There were only 4 shades to choose from in Morrisons when I bought mine and I went for the second lightest which is called Champagne Stain and looks like a mid pink colour, but in actual fact the colour is very different to what I was expecting, it's actually a very deep, dark pink which is almost red-purple rather than pink, and really doesn't suit me at all, so do be aware when you're buying them that the shade comes out a lot darker than it looks.
The first time I used the stain I found it made my lips instantly dry out so I had to apply loads of lip balm over the top to make them feel better and stop them looking dry and flaky. Also be aware that if you have any dead skin on your lips it does cling to those areas more making them darker than the rest of the lips, so you need to make sure your lips are in good condition first.
I was really hoping this would be a product that I could apply and then leave and not have to think about or re-apply as it claims to be so long-wearing, so I was disappointed to see that the colour had faded dramatically within an hour, and another hour later it had almost completely disappeared apart from a couple of little patches where it clung on for dear life making me look very odd. However, the next time I used it I applied a moisturising lip gloss over the top rather than lip balm and it lasted much better. The colour still faded a little within the first hour but I actually preferred the look of it then than when I'd first applied it. and amazingly I applied it at about 6pm and it was still there when I got up at about 9am the next morning, and there was no sign of any smudges on my pillow. I'd say that's pretty good staying power. It actually took me a while to get it off, and in the end I found that a bit of toner was the best thing to remove it with.
I would recommend this lip stain to anyone who's thinking of trying them out as it's definitely good value for money, but I would say you do need to wear a lip gloss over the top to stop it from drying out your lips, and be careful when choosing shades as they're not necessarily what you would expect them to be.