After Lime Crime came out with their Velvetine liquid to matte lip color, many a brand have jumped on board and released their own version. Sephora's house brand released their rendition with their Cream Lip Stain, available in a multitude of both cream and shimmery shades. I picked up the shade Endless Purple, a deep plum and there does appear to be a dupe for a few of the Lime Crime shades with Sephora's Always Red and Strawberry Kissed.
Where to Purchase: Sephora.com (affiliate link), Sephora stores
Price: $13.00 for .169 oz/ 5.0 mL of product.
Do they test on animals?: The company does not.
Packaging: The cream lip stain comes in a round tube with a doefoot applicator. The wiper isn't that great since a little too much product comes off onto the doefoot, meaning you have to wipe it off before applying. I noticed that it did cause the product to leak onto the threads. I'd just be careful since it can get a little messy.
As always, the swatch photos were taken in natural daylight with no flash.
The name of the product is a bit of a misnomer because it's not a cream (it's more liquidy than creamy) and it doesn't actually "stain" your lips in the traditional sense (of imparting color that lasts). It is however a liquid to matte lip color that's opaque in a swipe.
Though opaque, be sure to apply the product evenly otherwise some areas might appear lighter than other places. Personally, I'm someone who's adept at applying liquidy lip products straight from the applicator but I think others might have some difficulty. If you think you might have trouble, consider applying the Cream Lip Stain with a separate lip brush or disposable doefoot applicator for precision.
The product doesn't feel tight or restricted on the lips but does feel a little heavy. It felt slightly tacky initially but felt less tacky over time. I didn't notice it drying out my lips but it didn't feel super moisturized at the end.
When dry, gently pressing or tapping your lips won't transfer any color but repeatedly patting and pressing will transfer color.
By the 5 hour mark, I noticed that the product was less transfer-proof at the outer edges though the color was still strong and hadn't faded. By the 7 hour mark, there was still no fading but it continued to be less transferproof at the outer edges.
I would agree that it's a longwearing lip color but I wouldn't say that it's completely transfer-proof. Thankfully there was no flaking or fading of the color as I wore it.
If you're looking for a deep plum liquid to matte lip color, you might like the Sephora version! I haven't tried the other shades in the line so I'm not sure if the wear will be similar to this shade.
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