Tried and tested: Lipstick substitutes

Updated: 29 Jun 2012

If you don’t like the intense colours of lipsticks but can’t stand the sheer stickiness of lip gloss, these new wave of lip tints might interest you. We tried and tested three of the latest to hit the shelves. By Emma Chong and Syarifah Syazana

L’Oreal Color Riche NutriShine, RM39.90 (pictured above; www.lorealparis.com.my)
What it is: ‘Nourishes like a balm, shines like gloss’ is their tagline; it’s formulated with fine crystal polymers that reflect light for a texture as ‘clear and shiny like jelly’.
Packaging: Encased in a shiny, jewel-like shell, the girly packaging makes it look a lot more expensive than a drug store brand. It’s prone to scratching though, so try to keep it away from keys in your handbag.
What it does: While it labels itself as a lipstick, the colour glides on smooth and sheer and not at all garish. The enriched shea butter makes it possible to apply this without an undercoat of lip balm.
Verdict: Whatever this ‘fine crystal formula’ may be, we wouldn’t go as far as saying our lips turned 'shiny like jelly'. The soft, non-gunky texture is a plus point but staying power is a bit low; after a few hours you’re left with just shiny flecks.

Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter, RM29.95 (www.revlon.com)
What it is: ‘Buttery balm with beautiful shiny color to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips’ – that’s what it says anyway.
Packaging: This packaging is really pretty – a combination of matte and shiny translucent ‘quilted’ plastic that won’t get smeary like chrome.
What it does: A little bit more than a tinted lip balm, a little bit less than your traditional lipstick. It’s a very soft, sheer lip colour that goes on lightly but can be built up. It acts as a lip balm but looks like a lipstick (and unfortunately, tastes like one too).
Verdict: For the money, this is a great product – easy to wear, lots of fun shades and reasonable staying power. Our only complaint would be that it can get very soft and smeary in the heat, so try to keep it as cool as possible.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 1000 Kisses lip tint, RM29.90 (www.facebook.com/rimmelmalaysia)
What it is: A dual-ended lip stain in the form of a felt tip pen that stays on for 1,000 kisses (a funny form of measurement but you get the idea).
Packaging: The aforementioned felt tip was not a joke. This really does look like a magic marker, but that’s a good thing because it’s slim and easy to carry around.
What it does: Unlike lipsticks and lip butters, the texture is like liquid and works by seeping into the lips to give it a more flushed look as opposed to a creamy, shiny hue. The result is what you would get after sucking on a cherry red popsicle – a vibrant 'stain'. To seal the colour in, the lip balm on the other end is applied as a top coat.
Verdict: The felt tip needs some getting used to and you really need to experiment with this lip tint to get the intensity you desire. As for staying power, the colour stayed on but not as long as it promised, though use of a more waxy balm than the sticky one provided might help. Once you work out the kinks though, it’s great to have as your casual every day lip colour.

All products available at Watsons, Guardian and other major retailers nationwide.

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