The Sephora Cream Lip Stain is probably one of the best liquid lipsticks I’ve ever tried, so I was really happy to see 27 new shades added to the line. Since I love 90s-esque lip colors (always have), I picked up 8 neutral everyday shades to swatch and review for you.
Sephora Cream Lip Stain
Claims: “A silky, long-lasting lip stain that keeps lips covered with bold color from AM to PM—no need to reapply or touch up throughout the day. This bestselling, high-coverage lip color glides on smooth and transforms from a creamy texture into a silky, lightweight stain. Infused with avocado oil, the long-lasting formula delivers rich color that feels comfortable, is never sticky, and won’t dry out lips. The options are (nearly) limitless! This stain comes in matte and satin finishes, and a wide range of richly-pigmented colors.”
Size/Price: 0.169 oz (5 mL) for $14.00
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 21 Pretty Beige, 22 Pink Latte, 23 Copper Blush, and 24 Burnt Sienna:
21 Pretty Beige is more of a medium-dark greige than a beige, but it seems like a color that could look drastically different on everyone, so swatch before you buy.
22 Pink Latte is a light peach (rather than pink) with a bit of yellow-beige. Not exactly the color I expected, but it’s a very pretty shade nonetheless.
23 Copper Blush is a warm dusty rose with a touch of brown. It looks like “my lips but better” and 100% wearable for everyday. It’s one of the most universally-flattering shades in the line, so definitely check this one out.
24 Burnt Sienna is a deep warm wine red. I wouldn’t call this a “burnt sienna”. It’s somewhere between a burgundy and marsala.
Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 37 Pink Frosting, 39 Frozen Strawberry, 40 Pink Tea, and 41 Vintage Rosewood:
37 Pink Frosting is a cool-toned taupe brown with a bit of pink.
39 Frozen Strawberry is a medium-deep neutral brown.
40 Pink Tea is a light-medium pinky brown.
41 Vintage Rosewood is a brown-orange-rusty rose.
These have a velvety smooth texture with rich, color payoff, and as a result, they apply easily and evenly without settling into lip lines. They seem to have an artificial (almost bittersweet) vanilla scent that I didn’t like at first, but it doesn’t linger, so I don’t really mind.
These shades dry down to a non-sticky, lightweight, true-matte matte finish, yet they leave lips feeling comfortable. I actually find these more comfortable than the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, which I also really like, but these are not as expensive.
Most of all, these really stay on all day. I wore most of these for seven to eight hours before I noticed any fading. Once they set, they won’t budge or transfer, but I do have to reapply after eating of course, especially when the food contains any oil.
These do layer fairly well without looking clumpy or messy if you ever need to touch up. They also mix well with other colors, so you can create your own custom colors if you want to.
These don’t offer any extra moisture, but it doesn’t suck all the moisture out of your lips either. That said, I always recommend exfoliating and moisturizing before applying matte liquid lipsticks.