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Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain Review And Swatches

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on February 9, 2011

When Tokidoki first popped onto the make-up scene, I think most beauty addicts wondered if this was going to be a brand that had amazing packaging but less than stellar products.  I think it’s safe to say that Tokidoki has far surpassed expectations both packaging-wise and product-wise.  Their eye shadows are amazing.  And I always get a “Oooohhh, what’s that?” when I pull out a Tokidoki item from my purse.  When I saw their new Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain a few weeks ago, I knew I had to pick one up.

Tokidoki touts their Gelato Lip Balm Stain as a moisturizing lip balm with staining abilities.  Intriguing, right?  Especially since the most common complaint about lip stains seems to be the fact that they tend to dry out lips.  Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stains are available in four shades:  Ciao Ciao (glossy clear with a mint flavor), Donutella (sheer coral strawberry with a melon flavor), Pink Martini (sheer hot pink with a cherry flavor), and Skeletrina (sheer grape with a grape flavor).  I picked up Donutella.  So what did I think?

I love the Donutella Gelato Lip Balm Stain!  It is exactly as described in that it feels like a moisturizing balm but still has the staining ability.  The melon flavor was subtle, which is a great thing for those who can’t stand over-powering scents and flavors.  The Donutella shade was perfect for me.  It gave my lips the perfect natural flush.  My lips had that “I’ve been drinking Kool-Aid” kind of look that great stains deliver.  The color wasn’t too bright, but it definitely brightened up my look.  I can’t wait to use this while creating Spring looks.

The packagaing is so cute.  The Tokidoki characters will grab the attention of anyone who sees you pull this baby out of your bag.

Okay, now for the bad.  If you are looking for a super long-lasting lip stain, you’re not going to find it here.  When I first applied the Gelato Lip Balm Stain, there was a bit of shininess to it.  The shine went away after about 15 minutes or so and then I was left with a gorgeous natural flush.  After about 2 hours or so of wear-time, you can tell that the color starts to fade.  The color still lasts for about another 2 hours or so, but you can tell that as time goes by so does the color.

Now, I have to admit, I wasn’t that put off by the fact that the color started to fade.  I don’t know if this will be true of the other shades, but with Donutella, even as the color started to fade I was still left with very pretty naturally flushed lips.  I guess it depends on how vivid you want your lip color to be.

Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain Donutella Swatch In The Sun

Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stain Donutella Swatch Out Of The Sun

One thing that baffles me about these new Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stains is the fact that one of the shades is clear.  Isn’t a stain supposed to leave a stain of color on your lips?  Kind of strange, isn’t it?

The Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stains are priced at only $9 each.  Amazing price for a great product. 

Have you picked up any of the new Tokidoki Gelato Lip Balm Stains?  Which one do you have your eye on?


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Budget Beauty Monday – Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 28, 2010

It’s Monday…time for Budget Beauty Monday!!!  Let’s face it.  After the weekend we usually end up feeling like we ate too much, drank too much, spent too much, and didn’t do enough around the house.  So I figure Monday on should feature budget beauty products that won’t break the bank so you won’t feel bad about wanting to run out and get them.

This weeks Budget Beauty Monday product goes hand in hand with last Thursday’s Top Five Thursday list.  On Friday I picked up the new Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain.  I was wandering around the grocery store and these babies caught my eye…especially the 50% sale price!  After testing out two shades this weekend I am officially sold on this product.

The staying power of Color Sensational blew my expectations out of the water.  Even though this is a lipstain, I figured I’d be looking at two hours of coverage at the most.  Boy was I wrong.  Color Sensational lasted on my lips for six hours!  Six hours of talking, eating, and drinking Diet Coke right out of a can.  They also seemed to wear off rather evenly, although I think that lighter, more natural shades tend to appear as if they wearing off more evenly in part because the difference in color between the lip color and your lips is not that far off.

The two shades that I purchased were In The Buff (05) and Wink Of Pink (15).  In The Buff was not as nude as you would have expected.  When applied to my lips it appeared more of a darker nude-y pink.  It looked very natural on my lips and really made my lips pop.  Wink Of Pink was a berry pink that gave my lips a very nice berry kissed look.  Both of these shades were on the lighter end of the spectrum, in fact I think they were the lightest of all of the shades available for Color Sensational Lipstain.  I picked these for that reason because I really wanted that natural summer looking lip and both shades provided that look. 

Color Sensational Lipstain is one of those magic marker types of lipstains.  The tips were very moist (any other How I Met Your Mother fans laughing at that word choice?) and the product was easy to apply.  I didn’t have to go over and over the same spot to get coverage like you have to with some lipstains.  It had a sort of fruity taste for a few seconds after applying, but that quickly faded.

I also love the fact that Color Sensational did not have any sort of taste.  Of course I wasn’t running my tongue over my lips before the product dried, but I couldn’t taste anything after it dried.  And speaking of drying, while there was some of that drying feeling that just about every lipstain has on your lips it didn’t feel overly drying.  During the day I did apply a coat of Chapstick once, but that’s it.

One thing that could prove troublesome for some is the fact that Color Sensational did seem to emphasize problem areas on the lips.  I noticed that it highlighted some of the natural lines I had on my lips.  I can only imagine that if you weren’t careful with the application of this product it could bleed into fine lines around the mouth.

The regular price for Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain has been between $7.49 and $7.99 at the stores I’ve seen it at this weekend.  I picked it up for $3.99 on sale, but there was also a $1 coupon on the display so I only paid $2.99!  On sale, this lipstain is an absolute steal.  Let’s face it, drugstores are always having make-up on sale so you should be able to find this at a decent price.  Coupled with the fact that this lipstain is long-lasting and very natural looking (at least with the shades that I purchased were) and I would say that Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain is a budget beauty must have.

Have you tried Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain yet?  Love it?  Hate it?  Leave a comment and let us know!

***I have pictures to share with you, but I’m having problems getting them off of the memory card.  Check back later for updates!

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Top Five Thursdays – Top Five Longwear Lip Color / Lip Stains

Posted by anotherbeautyblogger on June 24, 2010

Happy Thursday!  Just one more day until the weekend.  Thursdays at are Top Five Thursdays.  Every week I’m going to put up a top five list of my favorite beauty products, cosmetics lines, skin care products, eye shadow colors…you get the picture.  These lists are based on my own humble opinion based on my experiences trying tons and tons of beauty products over the years.  So here we go!  I present my Top Five Longwear Lip Color / Lip Stains.

1.  MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour – This has been my go-to longwear lip color for as long as I can remember.  As with every MAC product, it’s packed full of pigment and has tremendous staying power.  I have never had to reapply the lip color when I’ve used this product.   The lip colour comes with a clear gloss on the other end of the stick.  Slick it on to give your lips some shine and to add some moisture.  The lip colour itself is a little drying, so keep either the clear gloss or some sort of lip balm handy.  This also comes in a lustre version (instead of the clear gloss at the opposite end of the stick, a sparkly lustre gloss has taken its place).  MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour is available in a wide range of colors so there is something for every skin tone.  Retail Price:  $21.  Added Bonus:  You can find these at The Cosmetic Company Store at many outlet malls across the country at a great price (including Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora for my Chicago girls).

2.  Pixi Lip Blush – This is the only magic marker-esque lip stain on my list.  It is the only one I have tried that can compete with liquid colors.  Applied it has such a light and airy feeling.  It lasts all day.  No need for a touch up, although some Chapstick may be needed.  The only downside is that Pixi Lip Blush is only available in four colors, but the range of colors is wide enough that the colors are not similar to each other and everyone should be able to find one shade that they enjoy.  Retail Price:  $18.  Added Bonus:  It’s available at Target!  Almost everyone has a Target near them.

3.  LORAC Co-Stars – Remember years ago when everyone was obsessed with those adorable little bottles of LORAC lip polishes?  I was so on that bandwagon.  Good thing because being on that bandwagon lead me to play around with other LORAC products including Co-Stars.  Like the MAC Pro Longwear Lip Colour, this is a double-ended lip stain with the lip color on one end and a shiney top coat on the other.  The color is long-lasting and looks natural.  Like the Pixi Lip Blush, the downside is that this product is only available in five shades.  Retail Price:  $20.  Added Bonus: I can’t think of one…sorry.

4.  Laura Geller Lip Stay – I don’t want to sound repetitive, but the Laura Geller Lip Stay is very similar to the Mac Pro Longwear and LORAC Co-Stars.  Double-ended lip color with a shine top coat on one end.  Long-lasting with nice neutral colors.  Lip Stay is available in six colors, but they are all pretty neutral colors.  If you’re looking for a bright bold color with some pop you’ll have to look elsewhere.  Retail Price: $13 – $14.50 (depending on where you buy it).  Added Bonus:  It’s one of the cheaper non-drugstore brand longwear lip colors out there.

5.  Tarte Rise & Shine Plumping Lip Stain – Tarte is well known for their fabulous Cheek Stains, but a lot of their other products are often overlooked.  I think the Rise & Shine Plumping Lip Stain is one of those overlooked products because when I’ve mentioned it to others no one has ever known what I was talking about.  Here we have another double ended product.  But here’s what makes this duo unique.  Unlike the other double ended products featured in this post, this one does not have your run of the mill clear shiny top coat gloss.  No siree, this one has a complimenting tinted lip gloss on the opposite end of the lip color.  Available in six fun shades, including both bright, bold colors and neutral, natural colors.  Retail Price:  $21.  Added Bonus:  Obviously the matching tinted lip gloss!

A couple of tips on using longwear lip colors / lip stains.  First, lip stains tend to show all of the flaws that your lips may have.  I do not recommend using lip stains on dry or flakey lips because it will only accentuate those issues.  Second, lip stains are designed to sink into your lips.  As a result, bleeding outside of the lip line can occur.  My advice is to pay attention when you’re applying the lip stain and don’t just slather it on like you might with a normal lipgloss.  Lipliners also help.  Third, always let the lip color dry completely before putting a top coat on it.  If you don’t, it may change the texture of the lip stain.  Lastly, don’t smack your lips together after you apply the lip color.  Just put it on and let it be.  No smacking, no blotting, just let it dry.

So there you have it, my top five longwear lip color / lip stains at the moment.  What do you think?  Did I leave out your favorite longwear lip color / lip stain?  Do you hate one of my top fives?  Got an idea for the next Top Five Thursday?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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