Summer is the season of weddings. Suddenly, long-wear makeup is essential. With all the champagne-sipping and cocktail-houring, lip color that doesn’t leave behind all the color on the rim of the glass can’t be underestimated.
mark offers two new lip products for different types of weddings: Gloss Gorgeous Stay-On Lip Stain for long-lasting shine for the fancy hotel reception and Instant Vacation Totally Balmed Lip Balm for SPF and color in one perfect product for the destination beach wedding.
I loved the Gloss Gorgeous Stay-On Lip Stain. I’m pretty challenged at applying lipstick, but this went on easily. My lips felt hydrated and the color lasted for a reasonably long time without additional cover like powder. Adding a light dusting of powder on top did keep the color on long enough to last the night. I loved the colors: Bare, Lolli (Cherry), Pop (Coral), and Bella (Plum). They aren’t very bright, but rather a slight tint which gave my lips a natural look with added shine. My only problem with the product is that it comes in a clickable brush tipped pen–great for easy application, but it takes a good minute of clicking for the first color to appear.
I was not as keen on the Totally Balmed Lip Balm. I appreciated marks assertion that it offers SPF 15 for UVA/UVB protection, but it didn’t feel much like a lip balm to me. It had the same thick chalky feeling I get from regular stick lipstick. mark claims it has Winter mint flavor, but it also tasted like lipstick to me. Finally, I found that after about twenty minutes of wear, my lips were actually drier than before I put the balm on. The colors were nice and matte: they come in Totally Bare (cocoa), Totally Hot (Plum), Totally Sweet (light pink), and Totally Cute (pink/coral). They did last for a long time, but I had to use my own chapstick on top. mark recommends using alone or under a lip gloss. I would not recommend using this one alone. With a lip gloss it would be fine, but then why bother with the lip balm instead of your favorite lipstick?
So wedding attendees or just those in search of good lip products, my quest continues, although I will be adding the Gloss Gorgeous Lip Stain to my rotation.
mark Instant Vacation Totally Balmed Lip Balm is $8 per color and the Gloss Gorgeous Stay-On Lip Stain is $9 per color. Both are available through a mark rep or online at www.meetmark.com or www.amazon.com.