Different types of lip products

Thursday, 18 July 2013

We all play favourites with just about everything – whether it’s a particular brand of jeans, a signature scent or a sports team. Lippies are much of the same, with Team Lipstick often waging precision wars against the carefree application of Team Gloss in the bathroom mirror.

While it’s good to know what works for you, it’s a bad thing to be stuck in your ways and to use products incorrectly. We’ve made a summary of various lip products (and their uses) to help you pucker up to perfection!

Different types of lip products

Lip Liner
Lip liner often gets labelled as an older women’s product, and it gets blamed for drying lips out. Sadly, most long-lasting products will have a drying effect on your lips if you don’t take care of them, so don’t point fingers at liner alone.

Lip liner can easily double the life of your colour application – the biggest trick is to colour in your entire lip area, says Tshego Maphatane, professional make-up artist. Be sure to match the liner very closely to your shade of lipstick or gloss – it should, under no circumstances, be darker in colour.

Best for: Prolonging the life of your lip colour application. Try Estée Lauder Double Wear Lip Pencil, R265.

Lipstick
Traditional lipstick is high in both pigment and waxes, so it should feel smooth and creamy when applied and add immediately colour to your lips. The more long-wearing a formula becomes, the less waxes and oils it contains, so you’ll sacrifice some comfort and luxury feel for lasting colour.

Best for: Classic, high-impact looks. Try Lancôme Rouge in Love, R250 and Maybelline Superstay 14 Hour Lipstick, R130.

Lip gloss
Gloss comes in various incarnations, from clear to opaque, from creamy to high shimmer. Ideally, a gloss should feel slightly tacky to last a little longer, although personal preference influences the kind of gloss we choose. Plumping glosses usually feel tingly due to their active ingredients – the effects are only temporary though.

Best for: Young, minimalist looks. Try Rimmel Vinyl Max Gloss, R75 and GOSH Light & Shine Lip Glaze, R140.

Lip stain
Stains come in different forms – they can be liquid that resemble food colourant, gels, or felt tip applicators. They’re different because they usually contain no moisturising ingredients, so they should be combined with balms and / or glosses. Stains also provide a different kind of colour – like the name suggests, they stain the lips and you usually can’t detect a ‘painted on’ colour.

Best for: No-make-up make-up. Try: Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain.

Balm Stain
Balm Stains have become firm favourites in recent years – they have the properties of lip stain, the texture of lip balm, and depending on the brand, they look like lipstick or gloss. They’re popular because they replace multiple products, are ridiculously fuss-free, and you can control colour intensity when applying.

Best for: Convenience. Try Clinique Chubby Sticks, R215 and Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, R105.

Other articles you may be interested in:
Perfect pout
How do you choose your lipstick shade?
Lips 101
Lip service
Find the perfect red lipstick

Written by

Chantelle loves the beauty industry and is a junkie for all things high-tech. A background in skincare therapy and a secret dream of becoming a copywriter steered her in the direction of beauty blogging. To read more of her writing, visit her blog NotAnotherPoppie.com.

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  1. Busisiwe Ndzube

    Whooo I love Revlon & Rimmel lipstick & lip gloss!

    5 years ago •

  1. Kariwo

    Avon’s lip crayon is fantastic! (though i hate the glitter that remains when you remove it) I can’t wait to give the Revlon Just Bitten a try…

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    I love Maybelline and Rimmel for a more cost-effective option. Clinique is great, but I do not spend that much on cosmetics anymore.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Revlon’s Just Bitten Lip Stain really lasts long. I am just battling to find my favourite colour. The brighter darker colours are always sold out quickly.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Unless I’m wearing something from the Prolong or Matte MAC range, I always mix my lip products. So I always start with a very light slick of Blistex DCT as a base to moisturise my lips and then I’ll apply whatever lippie it is from gloss to stain. Then during the day, I like to slick on a lip balm in between colour applications to make sure I don’t overdo it on the colour.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Great read, love the Clinique Chubby!

    6 years ago •

  1. Rox Starr

    I love the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain. It really is like a tinted balm that lasts for a long time. I have 3 shades and I use them all the time.

    6 years ago •

  1. Moodley

    I love lipstains and I have an entire collection of them. They add a bit of colour to your lips without it looking too overdone which is perfect for day wear. I haven’t really tried on any lipsticks that have suited my complexion.

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    I love my lipstick, I’m going to try another colour.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    I can’t live without my lip pencil. I love my lipstick (and lip gloss for a ‘quick fix’)!

    6 years ago •

  1. Gorgeous

    I’m obsessed with lip gloss, I have 12 different types and colours. Every girl should have a good lip gloss in her bag!

    6 years ago •

  1. Abby

    Balm Stains are my favorite. I have always wanted to try a stain but I fear that they might “bleed” and then I cant get it off again!

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love glosses, stains and balm stains!

    6 years ago •

  1. StephanieM

    Thank you. I love the Estee’ Lauder double wear lip pencil, especially because of the brush applicator for lipstick.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I just love lip Gloss, I haven’t used the balm stain.

    6 years ago •

  1. Jan

    I have the Lancome Rouge in Love – such a great colour and makes such an impact to your look! Love it!

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I love the Revlon sticks and the shades are perfect for my skin.

    6 years ago •

  1. MissAnnieMK

    I can vouch for Rimmel Vinyl Max Gloss, it’s brilliant!! I have yet to try the balm stains!

    6 years ago •

  1. liedeman

    I am a total lip gloss fanatic. I totally love this article.

    6 years ago •

  1. 2ly gal

    I love lip gloss. I’m currently using the Avon Rose pink glazewear and it’s so divine. I always wanted to try the Clinique Chubby Sticks, however they are a bit pricey.

    6 years ago •

  1. BeautySouthAfrica

    Hi Francis. Both the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and the Clinique Chubby Stick are available in a variety of red shades.

    6 years ago •

  1. Francis

    Love, thank you! What balm stain brand has the best red/wine colour?

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I was a lip gloss fan for most of my late teen years. Now that I’m 25, I absolutely love a quality lipstick and find that I reach for that over a lip gloss most of the time. It’s amazing what a slick of colour can do for your whole face.

    6 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    The Revelon just bitten really works, its worth every cent.

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    Using a lip liner over the whole lip does make your colour stay for much longer.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    I’m a lip gloss girl but will try balm stain!

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Wow, gorgeous products! I have the Lancôme lipstick, gorgeous!

    6 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    I never knew there was a difference between balm stains and lip stains!

    6 years ago •

  1. fay

    I use Rimmel Vinyl Max and Clinique Chubby. I am also loving the Almay color + care!

    6 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    I love lip gloss but I would like to try a balm stain.

    6 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    My favourite is the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in no55 ADORE. The color lasts amazingly long but the balm property does tend to disappear after a while. I use it with Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Chocolate.

    6 years ago •

  1. Dustin

    They are all so pretty, I must own them all!

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    That Maybeline colour looks divine! I currently have nail polish on my fingers in that shade of pink :) I know many people feel like lip liners are for old people but using a lip liner makes a huge difference, it prevents bleeding of your lipstick and provides a polished look.

    6 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    The lippie colours are so gorgeous :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Miss Addy M

    I always wanted to try out the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain. I had no idea lip stains don’t contain any moisturising ingredients. Thanks for that. Will definitely be pairing it will a balm.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    I am Team Lipgloss! Love me some gloss for a more natural look, but I do love the Clinique Chubby Sticks too

    6 years ago •

  1. Nicksta

    I love the vinyl max lipglosses and super stay lipsticks

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    I love my lip gloss but I would like to try the lip stain.

    6 years ago •

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