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I purchased one of these lip stains around a month ago in the colour 140 Faithful Rose for £5.99. This is cheaper than a lot of lipsticks, so was quite surprised. I prefer matte looking lipstick so I thought a lip stain would be perfect for me. I was so impressed with this product, the instructions are easy to follow, and you get what it says on the tin 'all day colour'. I rarely wore lipstick before because I couldn't stand the constant reapplying, or checking to see if it had smudged. Or the worst yet if I had any on my teeth! With this there is no such worry, once the lip stain is applied it leaves a total matte finish, no smudge, no mess! I have not used the balm end because I preferred the look just the stain gave my lips, the balm gives you more of a glossy look. Giving you the customer theoretically 2 lipsticks in one. The lip stain is shaped like a felt tip. This I found very easy to apply, and gives your lips a great shape. A big improvement on your normal lipstick as theres no change in shape after continuous use, which I tend to find with lipsticks. Also theres no worry of it breaking which iv also done when putting lipstick lids on or clumsily dropping them. The lip stain gives you and all day colour and leaves your lips looking full and feeling soft. Since buying my first lip stain iv recently brought 2 more, and am very reluctant to use anything else. If you want a colourful smudge free, worry free look then the lip stain is defiantly the one for you.
I have two of this product - one which I bought before Christmas and one which I was given in a goody bag. On the shelf this product instantly appealed to me - bright packaging and a new way of applying. These lip tints are dual-ended, one ends almost like a felt tip and applies a dry colour to your lips, whilst the others a clear lip balm to give moisture and shine. My first impression of this lip tint was great - the felt tip applicator made precise colour application really easy , although the colour pay-off wasn't great. I like the idea of the lip balm, however you need a little more patience than I have - more than once I've applied too quickly and ended up with a pinky end to the lip balm. The lip balm gives a nice shine on my lips but the moisturising effect isn't very long-lasting. These lip tints don't seem to last very long on me, a couple of hours max, plus they are so, so drying. After wearing this product every little crack in my lips seems huge. Considering the poor colour pay-off and drying effect of these lip tints I'd leave these on the shelf and opt for another of Rimmel's lip products instead.
I am not a fan of lipgloss as I hate when my hair sticks to my lips and when i wear lipstick it tends to smudge so when i heard about lip tints I really wanted to try them and I am so glad I did. I now wear one almost everyday to give my lips that little bit of colour that looks natural and doesn't smudge. I tend not to use the chap stick on the end as it tends to make my hair stick to my lips but the tint drys almost instantly and leaves no residue on the lips. The design is also great as you apply like you are colouring in your lips and the motion of putting on lipstick and it stays on for a reasonable amount of time. I tend to go for a more natural pink but i know there are several colours to choose from for all occasions. Although ordering online may be cheaper, if you were to purchase this product from boots it wouldn't cost you much more. I would recommend this to anyone no matter if you like a bold lip colour or something more natural, there will be a colour to suit your needs.
I was drawn to 1000 Kisses Lip Tint as I was looking for a long lasting colour that was easy to apply without any mess. The felt tip end made it easy to apply with minimal mess and it didn't need to be used with a lip liner (unless you're going for a plumper look). I particularly liked the balm on the other end of the product. Again, this could be applied easily and added the right amount of moisture to my lips without looking too wet. However, I found that the colours weren't very rich. Perhaps my lips have too much pigment in them already but I found that it didn't add much depth to my lips. I can't say I noticed it lasting a long time either as my lips were back to their original shade after a few hours. I also found that the felt tip end dried out too quickly so you'd have to replace the product quite often. If they sold the balm separately then I would purchase that but otherwise, I'll be sticking to my usual lipstick/lip line/gloss combo.
I love a product that does two things in one and this was one of those impulse buys. I was after a lip balm at the time and although I bought one of those as well, I also left the shop with one of these beauties. This Lasting Finish 1,000 Kisses Lip tint appealed as it was both a lip tint and a lip balm in one. The first thing I noticed was there were only four colours: Carry on Cherry Nothing but Nude Endless Blossom Perpetual Plum All pink and purple and peach no browns or reds, a bit limiting really but because the Endless Blossom stood one this was the lucky one that came home with me. On removing the top lid, I revealed a nib like a felt tip pen which was the lip tint; the bottom lid housed the balm. Neither had any great smell to them which was ok. I used the nib to colour my lips and found although it covered well it did show up and dry areas quite well, buffing was in order if I intended to use this outside of the house. The tint itself was a matte shade and although a nice colour I needed some kind of shine to make this a worthwhile purchase for me. I opened the balm and applied a coat of this and this instantly brought the whole product to life. It now had a shine I was happy with and it was now a lovely colour and I liked this very much indeed. I am not sure if it lasts 1000 kisses, I have to reapply the balm occasionally but the tint itself stays strong. I have had no problems with this 'pen' so far, apart from the balm area of the pen falling off which was quite annoying, I can't fix it back on so it rolls around my make up bag and being such a small thing, I do struggle to open the kid, however I find this inconvenience worth it as the pen itself is awesome. I have read other reviews where they have noticed the nib running out. I have used my pen for 4 weeks so far and it is still going strong. I did make sure when I bought it, I picked the one from the back and bottom of the pile, less likely to have been used by the public that way.
MY EXPERIENCE My Mum had got a red one of these by accident, and since she doesn't wear red lipstick she gave it to me. I had never worn red lipstick before, but I liked it after I wore this. It looked really nice and it did stay on for the rest of the day. I continued to use it for another 3 days, only applying it before I went out and perhaps topping it up late in the afternoon, however it then begun to run out - like a felt tip would. Needless to say by the end of the week it was unusable. WHAT I LIKED ABOUT IT It did stay on and the colour was really nice. The top coat balm was gorgeous and smelt gorgeous too! I continued to use this when the pen ran out, however every time I yanked the lid off sometimes it would fall apart. It also made me start wearing red lipsticks. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH It ran out so quickly! It wasn't as quick of application as an ordinary lipstick. Overall I would not recommend this to a friend because it would be a waste of money. However the lip balm makes your lips really soft.
I picked two of these up on offer for £6.99 the pair which was a bit of a bargain as they usually retail for £5.99 each in most stores. I opted to get the nude colour and also the plum colour which is called perpetual plum and is a nice light red colour which is noticeable but not overly so. This product looks like a big marker pen with a felt tip nib that makes it very easy to apply the stain to my lips. Due to the fact that it does resemble a pen it is best to keep it well away from small hands as my daughter mistook it for a pen when she saw it on my dessing table. The packaging is a nice pink colour that is very girly. At one end there is the lip balm with a white top and at the other end is the stain with its felt tip. When not in use it stands on the balm end or can be laid flat. Application is nice and easy, just like colouring in your lips and the point is nice and fine so you can be very precise with this product and it does give a nice defined outline to my lips and a nice touch of colour. I prefer the nude to the plum but mainly because I have a tanned complexion and as such the nude look really works for me. It leaves a nice smooth finish on my lips and you can build up the colour easily with repeated applications. The lip balm is not that great in my opinion and the main weakness with this product, for me I prefer the balm to be a little softer, this one is a bit too hard which means it does not apply so smoothly and takes a bit more effort and patience. It is reasonable at mositurising my lips but it does not last very long and while it is convenient to have a two in one product especially while out an about this benefit is off set a little bacuse the balm is not great quality. On the plus side the lip stain is very good and the colour lasts a decent amount of time as well so this product is still worth considering in my opinion.
I'm quite lazy when it comes to makeup - I like to look half decent, but I really can't be bothered spending ages in front of a mirror, meticulously applying makeup. That said sometimes I still sometimes go on a bit of a makeup spending spree and this is one of the items I bought last time. To give it its full title the product is called 'Rimmel lasting finish 1000 kisses transfer proof lip tint and balm' and it appealed to me because it seemed like something that would hopefully last a long time without the need for constant reapplications, brilliant! At £5.99 it set me back more than many available lipsticks from the same brand, but considering it's effectively 2 products in one, I was hoping it would be worth the expenditure, and it's still considerably cheaper than many other comparable products from well known higher end brands. Looks wise this doesn't stand out massively on the shelves - essentially it looks like a chunky childs felt tip pen with the addition of a see through cap on one end that houses the lip balm. The colour of the tube depends on the colour of tint you pick which I find is quite handy as you can easily see what you're getting and are unlikely to pick up the wrong one. All the text is written in black which on the darker shades available means it's slightly harder to see. There are a limited number of colours available - I believe around 6 of them which arevarying shades of pink with one purplish one. It would be nice to see some reds as the ones on the market now are tending towards more natural shades. I picked 'Carry on cherry' which is one of the darker pink shades and stands out quite nicely against my fairly light skin tone. You can also layer it up to give a greater intensity. So when it comes down to using the product, the tint seems even more like a felt tip pen - pulling off the top lid shows a fibrous nib, narrowed towards the end and deeply coated in pigment. It really is like colouring your lips in. The first tip I used this product I made the mistake of not rubbing my lips down first to remove any dry skin so it gave an uneven patchy finish - it really does cling to these areas. Starting again I made sure my lips were smooth and this time the colour gave a nice even finish - I found it fairly easy to sweep across the skin, even up into the corners of the mouth with no overspill from the lip boundaries. However even from the very first use I did think the tint was quite dry - I was expecting it to be more of a wet, but quick drying application. According to the directions for use you're supposed to let the tint dry before applying the balm, it doesn't say how long this is supposed to take, but in my experience this is within about a 30 second time frame - as it's not too wet to begin with, it doesn't exactly take long. When applying the balm over dry tint you don't get an transfer of the tint onto the balm stick which is a plus. For me the balm gives a nice shine to the lips giving them impact, but a more sophisticated appearance than lipgloss tends to give. The balm also takes the edge off the dryness given by the tint on its own, leaving my lips feeling reasonably moisturised. The main downside I found is that it is a bit on the sticky side. It's also important to note that the lasting finish aspect of this product applies to the tint only, so you will get slight transfer from the balm and it will rub off when you eat or drink. If your partner is anything like mine then he still won't want to kiss you with this on - my boyfriend prefers dry but smooth lips, he doesn't like the feel of balm or gloss, so for kissing maybe you should stick to tint alone. If you want to get as much longevity from this product as possible, then I'd also recommend applying the tint only while maybe using the balm at home to keep your lips from drying out long term. Perhaps somewhat unfortunately, there is no real scent to this - if you stick your nose up to the nib then there is a slight berry like smell, but this is somewhat undermined by a more artificial smell, maybe alcohol. Once the product is on my lips though I can't smell anything and it would be nice if this had a cherry scent in line with the name. There's also no flavour to it what so ever - on the plus side I suppose this stops me licking it off my lips! Overall I would recommend this product - yes the tint is a little on the dry side, which only gets worse with use, but coverage and level of colouration is good, plus it gives the longest lasting colour of any product I've tried to date which is great for low maintenance makeup. The balm could be better, but it's not bad either and the price is reasonable for what you get. I would be nice to see a greater range of colours available, but I will be buying this product again in future.
It seems like over the summer almost every beauty brand released these tinted balms. I've tried a few different ones and though I really liked the Revlon one I thought I'd give Rimmel a shot too and see if it was any good. This tint and balm retails at £5.99 which makes it slightly cheaper than others on the market. I do think Rimmel can be a little hit or miss with their products, and I often find them a little bit lacking in quality, but I wanted to try this anyway and thought the price wasn't so high I'd feel cheated if it was rubbish. The lip colour comes in a thick cylindrical pen. On one end it has a clear coloured lid and then a clear colours rounded balm applicator underneath. One the opposite end there is a pen nib which is how you apply your tint. The body of the pen is the same colour as the colour tint you choose which I like because it gives you an indication of the colour and makes it easy to pick out in a hurry. I don't think this product wins any prizes for wildly exciting design but I do like that the balm and tint are separate as this allows you to use either or both. The balm isn't the best quality I've ever tried but with a dual product I don't think you can expect loads. It is a nice soft consistency, runs over lips smoothly and coats well. Personally I sometime use my eight hour lipstick which is a clear balm instead because I find it is better at hydrating my lips but this one is perfectly fine for the price. The lip stain is not dissimilar from the max factor lip stain pen which is without a balm. I do find though that this one doesn't have the same staying power. After about 30 minutes of wear it has usually rubbed off and need reapplication which isn't easy to do even with a mirror. The colours on offer are the opposite of the revlon balm problem. This one has four rather similar pinky shades whereas the revlon has a whole selection of colours but very few pinks. Annoyingly neither range has included a red which would be my preferred colour but oh well. Overall, for the price I think this is a good product because you get two items for one. BUT it does neither of those two things especially well so I guess that's the price you pay for getting 2 in 1.
I've got quite a few felt tip-like lip stains and I love them - they're so much more fun to apply than lipstick and lipgloss! This particular lip stain is one of my most recent purchases and I bought it from Boots a few weeks ago. I bought it mainly because I loved the packaging and it has got a little lip balm on the end of it as well which I thought was a good idea. It's available from various other places including various supermarkets, drugstores and online retailers including ASOS and Amazon. Prices do vary but the average price is around £5.00 to £6.00 and I paid £5.99 for mine which is great value in my opinion considering that this is a 2-in-1 product. The lip stain is available in four colours ranging from nude to purpley pink. I found it hard to choose as the two lighter shades looked almost identical when I swatched them but in the end I bought it in 'perpetual plum' which is a gorgeous cross between rose pink and red. I quite liked the nude shade but as I'm naturally pale I thought that it might make me look washed out. The lip stain's packaging is adorable and really girly. It looks just like a felt tip and it's bright pink with black writing on the side of it which simply says the brand and product name. On one end there's the lip balm which is covered with a white lid and on the other end there's the applicator brush which looks identical to a felt tip nib. It is slightly pointed and incredibly easy to apply - it's much more precise than a normal lip stick or lip gloss and I always find it quite fun colouring my lips in - I'm a big kid at heart lol. As it is so precise I don't need to use a lipliner and although the sensation it gives when I'm pressing it down and colouring my lips in was a bit odd at first it isn't unpleasant and the nib doesn't drag as long as I have used my lip scrub prior to applying it. It is really important to exfoliate your lips before applying it as it will make any dry bits or cracks stand out and look hideous! As long as I've exfoliated before applying it though the finish is smooth - not at all patchy. I find that I need around three layers of this to get the intensity that I want and it's easily buildable meaning it can be worn in different ways, eg one coat if I want a more natural look or several coats if I want the difference to be noticeable. The pigmentation is impressive and it gives a nice matte finish. It lasts for a good four hours(ish) which I think is a reasonable amount of time and it is quick and easy to re-apply. It is non-transferrable and doesn't go patchy after a while, it just fades over time. Although I do like the lip stain, I'm not keen on the lip balm. The texture is too hard and waxy and it drags along my lips. It is not very moisturising and I prefer to just leave the lip stain how it is or if I do want a more glossy look then a bit of Vaseline does the job. Overall I recommend this lip stain and I give it four out of five stars. I have knocked one star off because of the lip balm being pretty rubbish.
The Rimmel lip tint pen is an alternative to lipstick which provides a matte colour finish to your lips that looks natural and does not transfer as easily as lipstick. The pen also comes with a lip balm attached to the other end to provide a more glossy finish to your lips I myself am a huge fan of the Rimmel make up line and to begin with I was in love with my lip tint pen! For my skin tone I chose the "nothing but nude" shade which gave my lips a natural hint of colour without looking too full on. The natural colour was also good for wearing to school/college because it wasn't too bright and therefore teachers didn't complain. Price wise I bought this product when it first came out so there was a price reduction, but the normal price is still reasonable considering how much other brands cost for a similar product! It applied really easily and gave a strong colour the same as a lipstick but rather than the shiny consistency of some lipsticks it provided more of a matte finish. Although, if you prefer a more glossy texture to your lips you can achieve this with the lip balm which gives your lips that added shine. As promised, the colour did not transfer easily and tended to last most of day with a few touch ups required after eating or drinking in order to keep the colour strong. As I was so attached to my lip tint pen I tended to use it every day which was fine up until a few weeks after I bought the pen. After a couple of weeks the pen started to dry out and therefore the colour wasn't as strong... but to combat this I simply applied a few more coats of the tint. But then the lid on the balm started to get stuck and when I could get the lid to come off the balm came with it... so I could no longer use the balm... The quality of the colour and product seems to deteriorate with time, but that is similar to any make up product so I would simply recommend that instead of using the provided lip balm you use another lip balm such as Vaseline to provide the shine and moisture. Overall, I would recommend this product to a friend but it seems as if the product quickly runs out so you might have to replace it quite often which can build up expense. The lip tint is available in a good range of colours so it would be easy to find a shade for anyone. I am still using my lip tint but as I previously said it takes a few more coats to get the desired colour. As I said in the title I wouldn't go far enough to say that it lasts for a 1000 kisses... it would probably get half way there and then struggle from then in...
I bought this quite recently after seeing the television advert for it. I bought this in shade perpetual blossom and its a blue tinted pink. I found the product went on with a little bit of difficulty, it was much like using a felt tip pen, the colour blotted at the place where i first applied it and i found it was an inconsistent colouring because the more i applied to the rest of the lips to match the darker spot i found it was 'running'. The balm for me dried out easily on my lips meaning the colour was cracking and flaking within the hour. With all of that said, if i had kissed 1000 times, i am certain the colour would have remained on my lips, it stayed put all night and i found it hard to get off at the end of the night! At just £5 this was a bargain but for me, i wouldn't replace this or try in a different colour despite the fact the colour was rich and pretty, i found the blotting and flaking too annoying.
I'm usually a fan of the Rimmel range but I was to say I was v disappointed with this product and would not recommend it. The product itself is a lip tint which is very on trend at the moment and comes in a two part pen style applicator. The first half is the colour which is applied by a felt tip like brush ( this is supposed to stain/ colour your lips). The second step is a mositurising balm which seals the colour and gives a glossy finish. The problem with this product is the colour , or lack thereof! I'm not sure if I got a dud pen, but I literally had to press down and drag the pen across my lips to transfer any colour. The brush was dry and stiff and this hurt my lips. The little colour I did achieve by this rough application faded within less than one hour. As suggested by the manufacturer I tried to blot the pen tissue paper and then vaseline, neither worked.The only redeeming factor is the gloss part which I found feel light and mositurising on my lips. I gave up on the lip tint and now simply use as moisturiser. As an aside the pen itself looks cute but the packaging is v difficult to open!!
Whenever I wear lip products I prefer to wear shades that are darker than my natural lip colour, as I have naturally slightly pigmented lips, so wearing light shades tends to make me look a little washed out. Anyway I saw this and I was immediately drawn in by the 'lip tint' concept. I always used to wear lip glosses because I loved the colour and shine they give to my lips but hated how the colour never lasted more than an hour. Plus in the winter they tend to make my lips a little dry... The Rimmel lip tint was the first lip tint I had seen and I thought the whole tint and balm thing would make a good replacement for always wearing lip glosses. There are six shades to choose from; Nothing but Nude, Timeless Tango, Endless Blossom, Carry On Cherry, Stay Very Berry and Perpetual Plum. All are more natural looking shades, that can be built up for a more intense colour without looking patchy. All the lip tints come in a pretty coloured plastic tube packaging which are different colours for the different shades. Each tube has instructions on the back on how to use the product. On one end of the product is the lip tint, and a clear balm on the other end. The product recommends you to use the lip tint side first to add a long lasting colour to your lips, and then follow with the balm to moisturise and add shine. The lip tint resembles that of a felt tip pen and you use it to basically 'colour in' your lips. The pointed tip of the pen allows for you to be precise with your application, so you don't have a lot of cleaning up to do afterwards when you accidentally colour outside your lip line. The balm side is a nice clear stick that can easily be applied over the top of the tint, once the tint has dried. I got this in the shade Perpetual Plum from Boots for £5.99. However I used the points on my advantage card to pay for it, so it pretty much felt like I was getting it for free :) I tested all of them on the back of my hand before picking one up, and they all seem to have a good pigment to them. The first thing I noticed when using this product was that the balm side didn't contain more product than what can clearly be seen under the transparent plastic lid. It only has between 1-2 centimetres of product that can be used, which doesn't seem a lot when you compare it with how much product there might be in the lip tint side. However, I've had it for about 2 months now and the balm is still going! On the other hand, the felt tip part has started to dry out a little, but it's not too much problem at the moment as it does still work. Also the balm sometimes gets a slight pink colour to it because I've applied it straight away over the tint, without giving the tint time to dry first. Ooops. But it hasn't affected the quality of the product in any way. I also like how Rimmel haven't tried to make over glamorise the product, and have just kept it's claims to a minimum. This I feel is a wise move on their part as we all know how disappointing it is when a product can't live up to the big claims it makes! I have read some reviews where people have complained about the whole transfer proof thing. The lip tint itself IS actually transfer-proof as it claims to be, it's the balm that isn't. However if you read the description on the packaging, it clearly says 'transfer-proof lip tint PLUS balm' not meaning that both products together are transfer-proof. You could just wear the lip tint alone for a matte look, so that there will be no transfer. However I find my lips feel a little dry if I don't wear the balm as well. I have also tried using the lip tint AFTER using an ordinary lip balm, and I've found it to work just as well both ways. My overall opinion of this product is that it is good value for money and definitely recommended. Whenever I use this, I always notice that my lips still have a darker-than-natural-colour tint to them, long after the balm has completely disappeared. I usually put this on in a morning, and although sometimes I did re-apply both sides again once or twice throughout the day, there is really no need to apply the tint side again. My lips tend to keep that tinted colour all day, even after drinking, eating and a lot of lip-licking! Although obviously just isn't as dark as when I first applied it. Most of the time though I'll just top up the balm to keep my lips looking shiny and feeling constantly moisturised. Also, I feel like I should note that although I commented on there not being a lot of the balm in the product, I do like to use more than one layer of it, so that would contribute to it it being used up quicker. The colour of the tint is very nice and can be used with any 'clear' balm not just the one it comes with. Although I do like the balm it comes with too. If I had to give a downside to the product it would be that I wish the felt tip end hadn't started to dry up already as I'll have to go and buy another one soon. Also the colouring in your lips with something that looks like a felt tip, might look a little strange if you do choose to re-apply it when you're out. But other than that, it is a very good product and I'll definitely be re-purchasing when my current one dies.
Best lip tint I've tried so far. Definitely better than the Max Factor Lipfinity lip tint (which I may do a review on soon) despite the price and brand difference. I believe it's a bit of a copy of Revlon's Just Bitten lip tint but I found Rimmel's version to be cheaper and more readily stocked so I gave it a go. Let me just say quickly that I'm not usually a big fan of lip tints at all. I have super pigmented lips and as lip tints are a sort of translucent colour, it means that your natural colour lips will always effect the final colour. For example, in the past I have stupidly forked out for a baby pink colour tint that looked lovely on the model in the adverts, yet just went a dark fuchsia colour on my lips due to them being so dark. Undoubtedly the model had super pale lips which created the perfect base for advertising each colour. It is important to remember that a lip tint does not cover your lip colour like a lipstick does. PACKAGING The tint comes in a long plastic cylindrical tube that's about 15cm long and varies through six colours. In my opinion it's actually a little on the chunky side in terms of width but not so much that it really matters. The tube contains clear directions for use and the typical Rimmel logo in simple black lettering. One end of the tube contains the lip tint tip for application and the other features a clear plastic lid in which the moisturising balm can be seen. The applicator can be compared to a thick felt tip pen, similar in regards to size, shape as well as the fibre like texture. The balm is just like a stick of average lip balm secured to the end of the pen with about 1cm of usable balm showing. This doesn't seem ideal to me as the lid easily knocks the balm and I have seen many pens with the balm part of the tint broken off. Apart from that the packaging seems pretty neat. HOW TO APPLY This lip tint is super easy to apply. Simply paint the lip tint on as if you were colouring in your lips with a felt tip pen and then add slick of the balm to seal in moisture and add a little gloss. I found this product easy to apply neatly, but when a mistake is made it is pretty damn hard to clean up! This is nightmare when you're half way out the door quickly applying your lip tint and you slip outside of your lip line, it takes a good scrubbing with several face wipes to remove! PRODUCT/CONSISTENCY/SMELL The product itself literally feels like drawing on your lips with a thick wet felt tip pen, there's no better way to explain it! The consistency is exactly like that, a weightless, quick drying sort of "ink". It smells quite nice too, a subtle fresh fruity smell that doesn't last long as it is absorbed into the lips so quickly. The taste isn't too bad as well, as I have a tendency to lick my lips as soon as I apply lip tints (I think maybe as they are a little drying?), just a little bitter, sort of like a perfumey taste. CLAIMS I actually like how Rimmel hasn't made any extravagant claims of some tattoo-like 1000hr lip stain and keeps it nice and simple, describing their lip stain as a "flush of intense colour" with a "caring balm that seals the deal". Boots describes the product as "non-transfer" which I would agree with in some respects providing that the tint is fully dry and WITHOUT the balm. I actually feel like the balm makes the lip tint rub off much more easily and hence not last as long. MY THOUGHTS Overall, this is one of my preferred lip tints. I bought the colour "timeless tango" which is a bright, cerise pink when applied to the back of my hand but actually turns into an even nicer deep pinkish red on my lips. I prefer this lip tint to others because I feel like there is a lot more product in this tint and that it flows really nicely. I personally think it would be nice if there were more than six colours to choose from, especially a nude or coral colour. The colour can be build up easily to provide a darker, more intense stain. The balm is very nourishing and glossy but is a lot thicker and stickier than other lip balms I've used (think lip balm combined with ear wax!). It does seem to make the colour brighter and glossier but I think that in the long term it actually makes the colour rub off a lot easier. However, one benefit of the balm is definitely to moisturise the lips after applying the stain because it seems to be very drying, I'm not sure if this is the formula or the felt tip like applicator. Another thing I would mention is the importance of exfoliating the lips before application because the stain definitely shows up darker on dryer parts of the lips where more of it is absorbed which leaves a nasty, patchy finish. As for the lasting power, I'd say it lasts anywhere between 3-6 hours depending on if you've been eating or drinking a lot. For me, I think that's quite impressive considering many other lip tints seem to just fade away after having a glass of wine! I gave the product the "mug of tea" test and found that without the balm the product left no marks on the rim of the mug. However, with balm, there was a small amount of smudging. Overall though I'd definitely recommend this product. The colour is very intense and gives a nice finish providing you have healthy lips. It is quite cheap at around £7.00 from Boots and definitely will last a very long time. Thanks for reading! :)