Call me boring, but I don't wear lipstick. I am a balm kind of gal. I've always found lipstick to be too heavy for my delicate puckers, which is why I was super excited when I discovered lip stains in my mid-20's. Over the years, I've picked up a few to try out in the effort to add some color to my kisser, and with the surge of lip stains on the market right now, I couldn't help but share my staining experience with you.

Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, $30

My journey to a stainable lip life began in 2005, with Benefit Cosmetics. It was at the behest of a very persuasive sales girl's recommendation that I take home a free sample of Benetint. Needless to say, I was pleasantly pleased with the results of this lip and cheek-staining favorite. It's lightweight and long-lasting. The rose-tint it delivered was the perfect flush of color I was in search of. I opted for just one to two applications for a more natural look. The recommended three applications yields a bolder and redder result, so definitely play around with this trusty industry fave for your preferred shade. Shop this product here!

Cailyn Cosmetics Cocoon Lip Stain, $22

For a futuristic, lip-staining experience, look no further than this intriguing little tube. Cailyn Cosmetics' Cocoon lip stain was introduced to us via a mind-blowing tutorial on social media that definitely got our attention. Check it out:

Pretty awesome, right? Full disclosure, we've yet to take this product for a test-drive, but we certainly can't wait. According to Cailyn Cosmetics, this peel-off lip color stains your kisser for up to 10 hours! Shop this product here!

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Lip Stain, $22

This is one of my personal faves. It's a double-ended stain and gloss that delivers major moisture and color for over 12 hours, and if you're looking for some extra shine, it can do that too! The coconut water nourishes and hydrates lips the way a balm does, and the Honeymoon Honey color is a great neutral hue for this girl — though it comes in five other colors for those with more colorful personalities! Shop for it here!


This is the perfect stain for balm-lovers like myself. It delivers the look of a lipstick, with the feel and benefits of a soothing, lightweight balm. The price point allows you to play around and try out more than one or two colors so you can switch things up when the mood and situation calls for it. Sweetheart and Romantic are two of our favorite shades. Shop this product here!


TONYMOLY NY is a fun and pocket-friendly brand we absolutely love. Their Delight Tony Tint is a fun lip stain that leaves your pucker smelling fabulously fruity and feeling fantastically moisturized. It comes in three fun colors, but our favorite is the Orange Cha Cha. Shop for it here!