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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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