Review: Vincent Longo SPF 15 Lip Stain Lipstick in Belle Etoile

This was in the Glossybox January 2013 Man Repeller box (which I reviewed here). I’ve only heard of Vincent Longo the brand but never got to actually try any of their products, until now.

Here’s what VL had to say about their Lipstain:

Our award winning Lipstain SPF 15 Lipstick delicately tints lips with a glossy coat of sheer color.

  • Contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soften and nourish lip tissue.
  • Light weight, emollient texture clings to lips and won’t bleed over the lip line.
  • SPF 15 protects lips from UV sun exposure.
  • Creates a soft, clean natural finish.
  • Hint of Vanilla scent.
  • Perfect for women of all ages.

APPLICATION
Sheer color lipsticks last longer when applied over defined lips. Use our Lip Pencil in a coordinating shade to shape and contour your mouth. Beginning in the center of your lips, use VL Brush #35 or #36 to paint a thin layer of Lipstain SPF 15 color. Completely paint lips up to and including the lip line. Blot and paint a second layer of Lipstain SPF 15.

INGREDIENTS
Octinoxate 6.00%, Benzophenone-3 2.00%, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Palmtitate, Beeswax, Glyceryl Triacetyl Ricinoleate, Lanolin Oil, Ozokerite, Isopropyl Myristate, Squalane, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyer, Lanolin, Isopropyl Lanolate, Flavor, Petrolatum, Cetyl Acetate, Acetylated Lanolin Acohol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ceramide 3, Propylparaben Polybutene, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholesterol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut), BHT. May Contain : Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Red28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Carmine (CI 75470), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090:2). (Source)

The shade that I got is Belle Etoile, which is a burgundy wine shade with a hint of gloss in it (nothing too distracting though). I was a little hesitant at first, seeing how it looked quite dark from the tube as well as when swatched (see below). Thankfully, one or two coats doesn’t translate into a dramatic lip effect. It merely tints the lips as if you’ve had a sip of wine. I suppose that’s why it’s considered a lip stain – for the look/effect it has on the lips – but it doesn’t stain the lips at all – a wipe of tissue will remove the product. That said, a few more coats will give it more of an opaque lipstick result.

It feels light, you might forget you’re wearing something on your lips. It does, however, tend to settle into cracks and lines, so be sure to use a  balm to prep your lips. And be prepared to reapply often throughout the day as it does not last long.

What I liked:

  • color – love the wine-stain effect on lips
  • buildable – starts as a stain but can be layered to be more opaque
  • feels nicely light and smooth on the lips

What I didn’t like / can be improved:

  • staying power is definitely not on the level of other lip stains
  • has tendency to highlight lip imperfections – so use a balm underneath

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