I know it's weird right?
I stumbled across MSmask Wow! Peel Off Lip Stain whilst I was hunting down the perfect long lasting lip colour. I wanted something that I could wear throughout the day that didn’t add a thick ‘layer’ of anything to my lips but lasted long enough for it to wear off nicely throughout the day.
I scrolled through an insane amount of lip stains, sticks, gels, liquids, felt tips and serums before I stumbled across a ‘peel off lip stain’ that labelled itself as a ‘lip stain waterproof tattoo’. My instant thought was that peel off temporary tattoos (from what I can remember) stick around for quite a while before having to really scrub them off, so for under £2 (on Amazon UK) I thought I'd give it a try!
The product itself is very popular in South Korea and comes in a range of 6 shades from a light pink to a deep dark red. It has a squeezable, angled applicator that allows you to apply the sticky gel product straight to your lips without any additional tools. However, I prefer to use a lip brush as it creates a neater line around the lips. Below you’ll see I’ve applied the first shade with the applicator and the second with the brush so you to see the difference.
The consistency of the stain is incredibly sticky so when applying it's best to squeeze the amount into the corner and drag it across the lips. The applicator on the end of the tube is quite large so although it makes it easier for applying the product evenly (the thicker you apply it the longer it takes to dry) it's a little tricky to get that neat outer edge. Be sure to have a makeup wipe handy in case it drips onto the skin or your hands as it does stain quickly!
Once you've applied the lip stain you need to leave it for approx 5-10 minutes to let it dry fully. I tend to finish my makeup or faff with whatever I need to do in this amount of time. You can usually tell that it's dry by stretching your lips in which the stain should 'roll down' the lip slightly.
I read countless reviews that said the peeling of the stain was painful but I'm not sure if they left it on for too long or if their lips where cracked before hand as it easily and painlessly peeled off of my lips.
I love the colour pay off of the stain. It's incredibly pigmented and although applied unevenly has left a faded line around the outer corners of my lips, which with a lighter pink shade would look incredibly natural. As for it's waterproof claims it doesn't transfer onto cups of coffee when drinking however does slowly fade throughout the day... which was exactly what I was looking for! To remove the product it's best to use an oil based makeup remover as i previously tried to remove with a makeup wipe and my lips still retained some colour.
Out of the two shades this has to be my favourites. It's a little brighter and more natural so to show you another way of applying it I used a lip brush...
It's so much easier using a lip brush as you only squeeze out enough product to fit on the brush and therefor don't risk product wastage, the product dripping onto your clothes or too much product being applied to the lips.
As you can see by using a lip brush you're able to create more of a neater and bolder liner of stain around the outer lips. So I guess if you're looking for a more natural lip you could using the tube applicator but if you're wanting a more dramatic or solid line then use a lip brush.
As soon as you've peeled off the product the stain is dry and you're ready to go. Just remember to check your teeth as from what you can see the stain can transfer during drying.
I personally think these products are great! Although their application may seem a little novelty it really helps your lips to soak in as much product as possible. Yes, they're a little messy and my finger tips were a little stained (without using a lip brush) but they're only under £2. And considering that price you can forgive their messy application as you rectify this by using a lip brush.
I'm incredibly impressed with the longevity of the stain as well as the high pigmentation and evenly distributed colour. It doesn't dry out the lips and feels incredibly comfortable to wear, almost as though you're not wearing anything. The outcome feels very much high end and against a lot of reviews I personally had no stringing upon application or pain when peeling it off.
The only negativity (aside from the application) I have of this product is that it is a stain so if you accidentally get it on your clothes... it isn't much fun.