When lip stain first became a thing, I had to have the Stila Yumberry Crush because every makeup magazine in the Western hemisphere was hawking it like a Girl Scout with her Thin Mints. It came in the brush tip and that turned out to be insanely annoying because the brush would be saturated but I still couldn’t get any stain on my lips.
When lip stain came out in the marker style pen, I was all over the way it resembled a highlighter. I love a cute package, but after the Yumberry Crush debacle, $25 seemed a bit steep for an experiment.
So I was thrilled when e.l.f. came out with the $2 marker style lip stain. It’s actually pretty awesome! The hype says “The pen-like tip lets you draw on color easily for a streak & smudge free professional look. Infused with nourishing Vitamin E to hydrate and moisturize lips.” I have to agree. The pen is easy to use, unlike the brush tips, and the color is really nice. They’re not lying about moisturizing lips either.
A note about the brand: e.l.f. is cruelty-free and does not used animal derived ingredients.