I’m almost embarrassed by my lip product collection.
It requires its own shelving system and contains at least 30 nearly identical coral glosses. And it confuses my husband to the point of exhaustion (“How many lipsticks does one person need, Stef?! I don’t get it!”)
But my fellow lip product junkies, you understand, don’t you? You appreciate the difference between fuchsia and hot pink. You’re staunchly opinionated about your favorite gloss applicators (DFF/doe foot forever!), and you know that the correct answer to the question, “How many lipsticks does one person need?” is, “How many lipsticks are there?”
Folks like us also know that, sometimes, nothing will do but a red lip, and when I’m having a red lip kind of day and I open my red lip drawers (yes, plural), the red I reach for most often is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso ($22). It’s a gorgeous color, an innovative product and my favorite red. Like, ever.
Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick doesn’t stay quite all day, unless your day is six hours long (in which case, I’m terribly jealous), but for those six hours it’s not going anywhere. No transfer onto napkins, no traces left behind on hubby cheeks or puppy bellies, and no bleeding into lip lines whatsoever.
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And forget any previous bad experiences you’ve had with long lasting lip products — the ones that, in exchange for extended length, leave your lips feeling like the Sahara. That’s very far from the case with Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. The ultra-creamy vitamin E and avocado oil formula applies like a dream; you barely feel it. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve ever felt a more lightweight formula. Once dry, you have a velvety, matte finish.
Now, about that breathtaking color. Beso is a neutral, true red that will work on anyone, provided, of course, they want bright, bold and incredibly pigmented color.
It’s a va-va-voom, pin-up sort of red that red lip lovers will flip for, whether they’re a wearer or an admirer.
Lip junkie fine details: it has a slightly flattened, flexible doe-foot applicator and a slight vanilla-mint scent that dissipates quickly. I apply Beso to my lip line with a brush, and then use the doe foot to fill in the rest.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso is so amazing that I could almost get rid of every other red I own.
Readers, what’s your favorite red?