I usually really like Laura Mercier products but I absolutely hated this and ended up returning it. It is difficult as all get out to apply...if you use your fingers, they're stained. The brush will get ruined if you use a brush. The color didn't stay on me very well, even though it's pretty pigmented. I liked the thought of a stain instead of having to constantly reapply lipstick but I felt this looked too unnatural.
not the best lip stain for the price
This lip stain is not the greatest that I have tried. First of all it is very difficult to apply and does not come with instructions. If you apply it with your fingers it stains them for the whole day and is not worth it, if you apply it with a brush it ruins the brush (the way I apply it is with a brush but now I only use the brush to apply this stain) or with a q-tip with does not work that well and can leave fuzz behind. Aside from application the staying power is also not that great. When first applied it looks awesome but it starts to fade as the day goes on which defeats the purpose of a lip stain. It also comes off like crazy on drinks and tissues which also negates the purpose of staining your lips (it is supposed to create a matte color finish that essentially dyes your lips temporarily). The color is matte which is about the only positive thing. I would not recommend this lip stain as there are better ones out there for a much better price
Strong Pigment, soft and enduring, even after eating.
I bought Laura Mercier's Scarlet Lip Stain a few months ago. The color was an intriguing, beautiful Scarlet shade of red. It also came in Hibiscus, Mulberry, Shy Pink, Mocha, Peach Glace, and English Rose colors. This product came in a .21 oz. glass jar. I think that my Scarlet shade is a soft, highly-pigmented red. The **texture** of this **Laura Mercier Lip Stain** reminds me of a **Lip Balm** with the "staying properties" of a **Lip Stain**. It has buildable color, is highly pigmented, and natural looking. You can just dip your fingers into the glass pot container, and smear it onto your lips. I find that this application process is messy though. If you use your fingers and apply this lip stain, it doesn't give you a nice, crisp line and you will be left with red fingers. The stain on your fingers is pretty resilient, too.
I normally don't buy any lip products that have application methods that allow you to use your fingers to dip into the product. For some reason, the idea of always dipping your fingers into some lip stain, on and off, is kind of unsanitary to me. I know that they also suggest a lip brush, but, most people will use their fingers to dip into it if they can. Because I bought **Laura Mercier's Lip Stain** in **Scarlet**, if I didn't use a lipbrush with it, I was left with an enduring red stain on my index finger. I usually ended up with red fingers and excess product on them that was wiped away and wasted. So, **Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Scarlet** is better to use with a lip brush for application purposes, in my opinion.
The texture is **nice and dense**, but, I find that it worked a lot better with a lip brush. And, you'll need to use some sort of waterproof liner or wax liner to outline your lips, to keep this product looking nice and crisp within the lip line. That's exactly what I did. I used Make-up Forever's Aqualiner and this Lip Stain stayed on my lips without bleeding at all. Some emollient lip creams are notorious for doing this. They seem to find any fine line, or lip crease to migrate into it. With the use of a liner that is waterproof or waxy, it effectively ends this Lip Stain's migration outside your lips.
**MY OPINION: **I like **Laura Mercier's Lip Stain** in Scarlet. It also comes in other diverse shades. This Scarlet shade stays on your lips very well. After a few hours of wear, the red color is definitely discernible. It will stain your lips the shade of your selected color, but, not have the consistency of lipstick. It's a combination deep-pigment Lip Balm with the "staying power" of a Lip Stain. This Lip Stain isn't very greasy, either. As a matter of fact, it may feel a little drying on your lips. But, this gives the Lip Stain its longevity. I liked using it for a nice change from my normal Matte lipsticks. You might like it as well.
i LOVE laura mericer lip stains!!! they are so highly pigmented that they stay on all day. sometimes lipstick can look too 'caked' on lips, so i like to alternate between lip products (stains, gloss, stick). there is no glossy finish for these stains and it really does look like you sucked on a popsicle or something. :) if you find that the stain is too dry, you can always apply gloss or lipbalm on top, i prefer a matte finish though so i skip the gloss haha. you can also wear lip balm underneath for extra moisture. you also dont need that much for each application so they last a very long time. i think it's worth it for the price especially since it can last so long! a little bit goes a long way. plus you can mix colors too! oh and i dont' recommend you apply these with your fingers since they'er stains and all... they will stain your fingers! so please use a lip brush (it's more sanitary this way anyway!)
San Francisco, CA
Sticks to your Lips
Sticks to your lips and stays. I pair it with the flawless fix pencil and lip plumper gloss. If you have never used a flawless fix pencil you need one. No matter what lipstick you use it will look that much better and stay on your lips perfectly. It lines around the skin of your lips not your lips and creates a wax line that helps prevent lipstick/stain bleeding. Lip stains last for hours even when eating and drinking. Use Laura's retractable lip brush and you can load your brush, lock it and put it in your pocket for a quick touch up.
Red is the color for the season and Scarlet Lip Stain is it! My three favorite shades are Shy Pink a subtle soft pink pair it with Pink Pearl Gloss, Sugar Violet paired with Violet Gloss and of course Scarlet paired with Crystal gloss. I have also used Laura's stick gloss on top and get an even different lip color. Stains can be mixed and matched with most glosses to achieve more colors. Get a stain and experiment to see what works for you