a new lip stain does double duty.
The one problem with a stain is that it feels a little dry, and if you apply a heavy duty balm on top of it, you wreck the matte texture and sometimes even the longevity of the color.
Smashbox just did something brilliant to nix that effect, creating a double-duty lip product that's a stain pen on one end, and a matching tinted balm on the other. The stain pen creates a very rich pigment, and the balm - which is optional - adds some moisture without ruining your carefully crafted look.
You can also wear either product separately, so if you want a sheer wash of berry or hot pink some days, and a stained crush of red another day... well, it's easy enough.
Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain and Color Seal gloss, $23 per pen; each pen comes with one stain and one colored lip balm.
My lip stain at the end of day.