It’s no secret that I have disgustingly dark lip rims like that of a smoker. Ok fine they’re not that obvious nor disgusting. But still, I don’t like it and I would do anything to lighten ’em or just cover ’em up. LOL! I’ve found some awesome long lasting and highly pigmented lipsticks that could cover the dark part of my outer lips but what if I opt to wear a light gloss instead of vibrant lipsticks? Would that mean I should just suck it up and allow the world to see my unevenly colored lips? Well, I think not! Thank vain inventors, chemists and brands for coming up with more and more choices for different needs. <3

Here’s what I’m currently using for my nasty dark lip rim.

ELF Essential Lip Stain: US $2 | Locally, Php 199
Product Information:
“Get beautiful precision color that lasts for hours with this pigment rich lip stain marker. 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.”

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, PVP, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopherol (Ve), Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben May Contain: Red No.33 (CI 17200), Yellow No.5 (CI 19140), Red No.28 (CI 45410), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow No.6 (CI 15985), Blue No.1 (CI 42090)

What’s interesting about ELF’s Lip Stain is that it comes in this authentic marker-like colored plastic packaging depicting the exact shade of the lip stain. Every inch of it is without a doubt modeled after the typical office supplies marker. Heck even the pointed felt tip looks so much like the real thing! I love catching a glimpse of people staring at me whilst I retouch my lip color in public with this bad boy. Maybe they I think I was going crazy for using a permanent marker on my lips. LOL! However, I must warn you that the packaging is not the only thing it copied from a permanent marker. It, too, has that similar chemical smell. It’s 10x milder than that of a real marker but still, it’s there and fades after 3-5 minutes.

ELF Essential Lip Stain comes in 4 shades: Pink Petal, Berry Blush, Crimson Crush and the one right here which is Nude Nectar. Of all 4 shades, I’d say that Nude Nectar is the most natural-looking shade based on their swatches online and the packaging. It blends in nicely with my lips’ natural color so what I do is just apply the lip stain on the outlines of my lips because it’s the darkest part. Then I apply the lip color/product of choice. This way, even if the lipstick fades off, I would still have even colored lips.

Overall, ELF Essential Lip Stain has decent color pay off and amazing staying power! It could last the whole day under lipstick provided that you don’t devour everything in a buffet. It doesn’t accentuate dry, chapped and crevices on the lips but it does make it a bit dry so don’t hold up on the reconditioning lip balm. Just slather on a good amount of balm and you’ll be alright.
Another great product from ELF considering the price! This, however, is not my favorite from the brand. If I have too pick my top fave, I’ll go with ELF Studio Line Brush Set!
How about you, what’s your favorite ELF product? πŸ™‚