Truly I appreciate all the big beauty boasts. Longer lashes up to 100x the length, 165 hour foundation wear, 48 hour lipstick color, etc…etc…
They get more and more ridiculous. Obviously drugstore brands have some seriously misleading claims.
So is the case with the new Maybelline Super Stay Stain Gloss. 10 hours of wear? More like 10 minutes.
I love lip stain, I mean I love it. Some new lipstain product pops up on the market and I’m on it particularly one that promises a hybrid formula that acts as a gloss and a stain plus promises a whooping 10 hours of wear.
Sadly, Maybelline Super Stay Stain Gloss isn’t exactly bringing us 10 hours of wear and the whole stain gloss dealio, well, it doesn’t cut it either.
These come in a slick tube which kinda for some out of the way reason reminds me of a bottle of Plax, I think it’s the top tube that puts the idea into my head (ya know the old squeeze tube bottle). Each stain gloss has a fabulous oval applicator which saturates well with color so a single swipe gets color into place without re-dipping. Love the applicator here and a damn shame more drugstore glosses don’t embrace a similar one.
Something I took note of while testing this was the 24 month expiration. This is rather great. Stains tend to try out super quickly if they come in a pen packaging so obviously the tube is allowing the formula to remain stable for nearly two years. Granted, doubt you want to keep them that long but I like the idea of the formula remaining fresher longer and no worries about it drying out.
All the colors I tried are vibrant, richly pigmented, and dare I say an ickle garish at first. Yes, clown mouth is a very real happening here. But no worries, smack your lips together a few times and the color will sheer out and have a more natural finish. They do market these as a stain gloss but in reality I don’t really feel they are shiny or glossy in anyway. They do have a thicker consistency than your typical lip stain and look like a thinner lip cream of some sort. The finish is more of a satin than a gloss and have a very lightweight feel without drying lips out. I think a main concern with lip stains is the fact they can be terribly drying but I didn’t feel like these felt dry or dried out my lips in the least.
Maybelline promises 10 hours of wear but I seriously get more along the lines of 10 minute. If I lick my lips the color pretty much disappears in seconds (below I applied the stains on my wrist and in the last photo I wiped them off with a tissue, as you can see they pretty much wiped off without any real effort so you can imagine the wear time). Needless to say they leave behind a little bit of color after eating, drinking, and a few licks but the color is so subtle it simply looks like the natural pigment of my lips. Needless to say the wear time is pretty short here particularly if you chronically lick your lips.
Fair warning if you’re sensitive these do have a strong, sweet, fruity aroma and taste. The taste pretty much goes away once applied from my experience and I wasn’t particularly put off by the scent or flavor in the least but if you’re a tad sensitive to scented products you might want to second guess a purchase. I find these smell like some sort Kool Aid or sweet drink.
Swatches pictured left to right:
- Refreshing Red
- Pink Flush
- Ruby Indulgence
- Mauve Dream
Overall, I’m happy to have purchased Maybelline Super Stay Stain Gloss as I like stains and these are nice under my favorite lipglosses. However, on their own the 10 hour wear time claim and the stain gloss hybrid formula is a bust. I didn’t experience 10 hours of wear in anytime and if you’re lucky you might see an hour of that claim. Also I think it could prove disappointing if you believe you’re going into a purchase that will multitask as a gloss and a stain because I simply didn’t get the gloss vibe here at ALL. If you’re looking for a basic stain these might do the trick but at $8.99 you might feel the price tag is a bit too high to dish out particularly when the formula is severely lacking all around. I think the packaging definitely gets props since the formula will remain stable for a longer time than other stains you may already own.
Perhaps if they are on sale you might want to purchase one or two but don’t get too crazy as many of the shades look the same once they are on lips!