Smooch Proof LIPStain 16H

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$4.99 
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Category:
Makeup > Lip Paints/Stains > Lip Tint/Lip Stain
Last Updated:
3/24/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is an outstanding, blendable lipstain that goes on moist without grabbing unevenly or immediately bleeding into lines around the mouth. Other drugstore lip stains don't come close to the performance, color selection, or feel of NYC Color's Smooch Proof, and the price is almost unbelievable given the product's superior performance.

Pros:
  • Pen-style packaging with a magic-marker tip makes accurate application easy.
  • You can get up to 6 hours of wear.
  • The color doesn't bleed, grab, or travel around on lips.
  • Shades are sheer enough to be versatile and you can layer them for more intensity.
  • This lip stain works well under lip balm.
  • The price makes this an absolute bargain.
Cons:
  • None.

The N.Y.C. (New York Color) brand clearly wants to align itself with all of the excitement and pulsating action of the Big Apple—think Sex and the City or any of the notable fashion magazines whose home is in the heart of Manhattan. It would have been a clever marketing maneuver if New York Color had delivered, but despite a few stellar products, the line overall is comparatively tame and relatively ordinary. Sexy product names and beguiling makeup descriptions don't equal great makeup. Forget Sex and the City, this is more like a new Woody Allen film—a few surprises, but predictably familiar in the end.

The most appealing part of this line is rock-bottom prices; everything is less than $10, and several items are less than $3 (but that's still not as rock bottom at E.L.F., where $1 per item is standard). Although this isn't the cream of the crop for makeup, there are more than enough inexpensive okay options to make it worthwhile for you to check if it's being sold at your local drugstore. Just keep in mind that not everything N.Y.C. offers is "prestige quality" or the least bit fashion-forward. Put another way: New Yorkers are a notoriously tough group to please, and as a whole N.Y.C. doesn't do enough to make an on-the-go city girl slow down and see what she's missing. In fact, shopping this line without some advance information may lead to resounding disappointments, and that's never the goal. On the flipside, knowing what to zero in on will not only save you money, but also connect you with a product that stands a very good chance of leaving you wondering why anyone would pay more.

You're most likely to find N.Y.C. at Target and Rite Aid. Regrettably, testers are not available, but both of the aforementioned retailers have a good return policy if you save your receipt.

For more information about N.Y.C., call (800) 953-5080 or visit www.newyorkcolor.com.

Member Comments

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  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

    2 / 4 Average
  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

    2 / 4 Average
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  1. Alisa S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Not for me
    • I can't even get the color onto my lips. It just scrapes along doing nothing, but irritating them. I tried two different colors to see if it was a fluke.

  2. DIANE H.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 26, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    I'm a Big Fan
    • My favorite color of this lip stain is Endless Spice, but I have several tubes in different colors. I love that they go on semi-sheer and dry quickly. I use them under lip gloss. When the lip gloss wears away after a couple of hours( the way lip gloss does), I'm still left with a beautiful color that lasts several more hours. These are some of the best bargains at the drugstore!

  3. V.V.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    Dries too fast, odd sweet taste
    • I bought this stain in color "494 Smooch Proof" which looked like a medium berry/coral color based on the pen color. The stain applied much darker and redder than expected with just one application, dried almost immediately making it hard to blend evenly, was so matte that it made my lips look dry, had an odd sweet taste, and only lasted about 3 - 4 hours. Not worth the price even though it is cheap.

  4. Peggy F.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Thank goodness it's inexpensive
    • I find this product very drying and find that I HAVE to wear a lip balm to keep my lips moist. I was lucky if if I got 3 hours of wear. I must have ticklish lips because that is exactly what happens when I apply this. I agree that it does not bleed.

  5. Jennette
    Reviewed on Monday, February 04, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    a must-have for your lip collection!
    • This is an amazing lip stain. It doesn't dry out your lips, is easy to apply, and delivers an attractive matte wash of pigmented color. I have this in Never Ending Nude, a beautiful nude color with reddish, mauvey undertones, and Persistent Pink, a cool-toned bright pink. With the bargain price, I'll buy all the shades!

  6. A M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 01, 2012
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Nice, affordable, low-maintenance Product
    • I have this in "Forever Freesia." The stain is nice, soft matte and quite natural-looking. It stings a little at initial application (probably the alcohol content) but dries down quickly and wears comfortably. Lips feel naked, a little balm or gloss makes a nice accent. I'll enjoy this for a casual weekend look with tinted moisturizer, cheek stain, and a dusting of powder.

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