Diary of a Beauty Beginner 2: Korean Lip Tints

I have developed a bit of an obsession with lip make up and so it was a natural progression for me to jump head first into lip tints. With claims of all day color with lip nourishing ingredients I just had to know more.

My first experience was with the wine tint from Labiotte.

Honestly I found this tint kind of meh. Maybe it was because I had built it up in my head after constantly reading about it and seeing it every where. To start with the tint smells heavily of wine (not so great for someone who doesn’t like wine) and it was lighter than I thought it would be. I don’t mean the color looked lighter, I mean the liquid its self had less pigment then I was waiting for. It took me multiple applications to get the darker look in the swatch pictures. When I first unscrewed the top I found a pretty straight forward applicator brush that was deceptively simple. At the first swipe across my lips I could almost swear nothing was there. AFter a few more swipes I began to see color but as soon as I rubbed my lips together to spread it evenly I ended up with patches rubbed off. I quickly discovered the best way to apply this is to keep your lips apart and apply multiple layers (until you get the color saturation you’re looking for) and let it dry before you touch it. The color was decent looking but stood up to nothing. For a tint that was so much work I was hoping it would have more staying power. As soon as I began to eat (I used this for a bestie date to a Thai food restaurant) it was gone. It wiped completely off before I made it half way through dinner.

My second experience was with the Dear Darling lip tint from Etude House.


As I opened the container I hoped this was different from the wine tint. The color was more saturated, looking way darker in the vial then on the lips. The tint seemed more watery than the wine tint as I tilted the vial back and forth but I was pleasantly surprised. As I applied it I saw color almost instantly and it dried fairly quickly. It was a little sticky on my lips but I could live with it. After my first experience I knew to fully apply it and let it dry without touching it. The only problem was that since this was runny it ended up places it shouldn’t. As I tried to apply it to my lips the tint ended up on my teeth and around my lips (a word from the wise, it tastes horrible!). But as I slowly got the hang of it I realized I could use my finger to lightly spread the tint around after applying it to my lips (your finger will be red) and then let it dry. Much the same as the wine tint it took a few coats to get a heavier look but I feel like this tint had better color saturation and so took less time to get a deeper color. This tint has held up to eating and drinking with a little fading but the color stays.

My third experience was the Tony Moly Delight lip tint.


The steps for this tint were much the same as the other two, hold your lips apart and try not to paint your chin and teeth. This tint went on more of a sheer red then the other two. The tint in the bottle is slightly see through and this transfers to lip application. It almost reminded me of lip gloss I used to use way back when. That light hint of color instead of a pop like lip stick. The color had some staying power but as with the others reapplication is necessary. It smelled better than the other two (thankfully I did not end up tasting this one).

My fourth experience is the Seammul tint from the Saem


This tint was thicker then the others and the color went on with more of a pop then a hint. I was surprised to not need to apply over and over again to get a deeper color but this tint did set stubbornly. If I made a mistake with the others it was easy to wipe off, this one left marks behind (I suggest being careful).

All in all I think lip tints are a personal preference that may go on the back burner for now. I like the colors of most of the tints and that they did not really dry out my lips, but I think I prefer the simplicity of just rolling a lip crayon across my lips. I will save the lip tints for days I have more time and energy to get them right. I feel like I still need more practice with this form of lip make up but I encourage anyone considering Korean lip tints to jump right in and discover their new beauty love.


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