I’m a huge fan of long lasting lip colour. I like to go about my business safe in the knowledge that I won’t need to reapply my lipstick all day long. So when I spotted this Romantic Bear Long Lasting Lip Color on Amazon (get it here), I had to give it a try. Little did I know that it was actually a peel off lip stain. I’d seen peel off lip stain before, but I wasn’t sure where to find them. I ended up with one kind of by accident, but I’m glad I’ve tried it out. I got it in the shade Cherry Red.
I’m still not sure how I feel about them. Maybe I don’t have a steady hand or enough experience, or maybe I’m just plain not doing it right, but the application is ridiculously hard! It comes in a little tube with a flat-ended squeezy applicator (think the kind of lip-gloss tube you used when you were 14), which isn’t great for application. Try as I might, I couldn’t get it to make clean lines. The formula doesn’t help with this either, it’s a sticky gel that sticks to itself if you try to smooth it on in more than one movement. I got quite lucky with my cupids bow (by some miracle!), but my bottom lip was a disaster. I couldn’t get the product to move, the gel I squeezed out just stuck to the gel that was already in place and formed nasty clumps. It felt like I had used half the tube, but I made do.
Then I waited for about 15 minutes (in which time it felt like my mouth had welded together), and peeled it off. It feels really strange while it’s drying, like you can’t move else your lips would crack – and if you do make the mistake of smiling or something it peels it off before you’re ready. It’s hard and shiny, and actually kind of pretty if it wasn’t such a mess. Most of it came off in one go, and only the inside of my mouth remained a bit sticky, but I wiped that part off with some tissue. And actually it didn’t look too bad! If you look closely you can see the line of my bottom lip is uneven but it’s not too noticeable. It comes out a nice pink colour, which is a little patchy, but that could just be my severely uneven application. And it does seem to be fairly long lasting. Unfortunately it doesn’t have the colour pay off I was hoping for, but for days where I want a toned down look for my lips, this isn’t a bad product.
Just some tips for better application:
- Exfoliate and moisturise first.
- The less swipes you can do it in, the neater it’s likely to be.
- Don’t go over where you’ve already applied it, it’ll just pick up the product and leave patches.
- Don’t go too far on the inside of your mouth, else you could end up with pink teeth (also it tastes gross).
- Try and keep your lips apart while it’s drying, else it’ll stick together and not dry in the corners.
- Make sure it’s completely dry before you peel it off – this stuff is messy and will stain your fingers if it’s not dry.
- Wipe off the flat applicator when you’re finished with it – you’ll end up with dry clumpy bits stuck to it next time you use it.
I think this product is especially great if you like a less bold lip (I’m bright red all the way), and have a fairly steady hand (I think we’ve already established I have zero skill when it comes to make-up). This product comes in several colours, and I think I’ll try out a few different brands of peel off lip stain, and see if they’re any easier/brighter than this one.
Have you tried a peel off lip stain? What did you think?
Have a lovely day x