I feel like my whole life is turning shades of red! First my hair, then my nails and now my lips?! Still, its all good and I’m not complaining. I have a large collection of red lipsticks although not many of them have staying power unfortunately. So, today I had a look around for some. Now, being on a budget at present I didn’t want to spend a great deal. I think the biggest challenge was finding a red shade as many companies seem to do all the shades of the rainbow, bar red! But, alas there was light at the end of my tunnel in the form of 17 Cosmetics and their Berry Crush Lip Stain. Here are my thoughts and findings…
Here’s a little information about the Berry Crush Lip Stains…
Give your lips some love with a wash of kiss-proof colour with SEVENTEEN Berry Crush Lip Stain.
Enriched with Vitamin C for hydrated lips, this double ended wonder product give colour and care – just paint on the colour, and finish with a slick of nourishing balm.
SEVENTEEN Berry Crush Lip Stain, for lips that are good enough to kiss!
For those of you new to lip stains they are generally (But not always, some have sponge applicators or little brushes) felt tip like pens. I have reviewed them before from different brands and find them a little ‘hit or miss’ if I’m honest. The felt tips have a tendency to go a bit naff after a while, much like a felt tip with over use. Also, they can often transfer fibres onto your lips which looks nasty too. I know what you are thinking, ‘Why on earth is she buying one if she hates them so much?’ Well, truth be known I find them to be extremely precise on application. In fact, I find them more precise than a lip brush. You literally just draw onto your lips with them and fill them in – can’t get much more simpler can you?
On the opposite end of the stain you have the balm. This is the finishing touch to your lips and applied after the stain has dried (Usually a minute or 2). This also helps the stain to last longer on your lips and also moisturises your lips too. If you like to apply your balm frequently over your stain and use it by some miracle before your stain runs out, you can use most lip balms instead over the stain. I use my Burt’s Bees balm and it works just as well (And smells lovely too).
The great thing about stains are they last really well on the lips, better than most lipsticks. This is something I do love about stains however, I also find they wear off unevenly.
The 17 Berry Crush stain claims it is kiss-proof. Ok, if you are pecking your Nan/Granddad/Relative on the cheek then yes its kiss proof. If you are testing it on your hand, yes its kiss proof. If you are having a heated smooch with your love one…. Don’t hold your breath. This stain can be rubbed from your lips. Also, if it gets a little wet (Say you are drinking) you do get transfer onto your glass (And I’m not talking just from the balm but actual colour from the stain).
As much as I’ve slated this product in this review, believe it or not I really like it! I don’t mind having to re-apply my lipstick, I don’t mind that it leaves marks on cups and glasses and as I don’t have random acts of passion throughout the day (No, Vin Diesel doesn’t know my address so he can’t come knocking) I’m unlikely to stress about my loved one being covered in lip stain!
However, if you do want something that is going to last and you aren’t going to have to re-apply it, then this probably isn’t for you (Less you aren’t eating, drinking or rubbing at your lips in any way, shape or form).
Before I end this review, I just wanted to talk about the shade I chose, Cherry Berry. I really love this red toned stain. Many of the ones I tried had an orange base which often can make your teeth look yellow and I steer clear of them because they don’t look good with my skin tone. This lip stain seems to have a slight (Its minor) blue undertone even thought its an orange/red. It really looks good on the lips too. I wouldn’t class this as a true vampy lipstick, but I do love the colour.
The 17 Berry Crush Lip Stains costs £4.99 and is available in Boots. I personally love 17 Cosmetics as a brand, they have some real gems in their collection and are very reasonably priced! However, it does mean you can only buy them from Boots, although most people have Boots stores near them now and if not can order online.