e.l.f. Cosmetics Essential Lip Stain
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Essential Lip Stain


3.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars27%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars23%
  • 2 Stars15%
  • 1 Star13%
3.35 / 5 based on 1,601 Reviews


Get beautiful precision color that lasts for hours with this pigment rich lip stain marker. The pen-like tip lets you draw on color easily for a streak & smudge free professional look. Infused with nourishing Vitamin E to hydrate and moisturize lips.

How To Use:

  1. Apply lip stain marker directly on to dry, clean lips and build coverage as desired.
  2. For longer lasting color and a full pout, use it over our Lip Primer & Plumper.


Water(Aqua), Propylene Glycol, PVP, Polysorbate 20, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Coceth-7, PPG-1-PEG-9 Lauryl Glycol Ether, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben
May Contain: Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Red 22 Lake(CI 45380), Red 40 Lake(CI 16035), Yellow 5 Lake(CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake(CI 42090), Yellow 6 Lake(CI 15985)

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e.l.f. Cosmetics Essential Lip Stain
e.l.f. Cosmetics Essential Lip Stain
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  • "Have this in a few shades, amazing pigmentation. LOVE THIS! The only thing is you should do a lip scrub prior to application tends to make lips look a little dry....overall great buy" in 79 reviews
  • "This lip stain is super nice and so cheap!! It has a very great pigmentation and a long lasting strength. I can put it on in the morning, eat, drink, and everything in between and still have a little bit of pigmentation left by the time I get home from work. (this is without any re-application)" in 42 reviews
  • "It works great but I have to reapply a few times during the day." in 1 review
Tes L.
42 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I Have Mixed Feelings About This.. 😲😲🤔😶 ~
My Opinion/Review::
●Smell- It Kinda Smells Like A Marker.
●Texture On Lips- Its Kinda Wet Like A Marker.
●Wear- Lasts About 4 Hours & About 3 Hours Eating And Drinking.
●Pigmentation- The Pigmentation Isn't That Deep On My Lips. (It Looks Totally Different On My Arm) It May Be The Color That I Have Though. Its Very Close To My Own Lip Shade.
●Overall- So Yeah I Don't Really Like These Lip Stains. I Haven't Tried Any Others Before. This Was The 1st Lip Stain I've Ever Used & I Don't Think I'll Get More Of This Particular One.. I Love E.L.F. Products So I Just Think I Don't Like Lip Stains In General... BUT 1st I Will Have To Try Other Brands Though To Make Sure That My Assumption Is Correct. Anyways The Color Is Cute. The Smell Isn't Overwhelming. And Its Packaging Is Really Pretty!💖 From 1-10 I Give It About A 5 (Sorry But I'm Being Honest)🤔😶
Amy C.
4 reviews
Review for: Nude Nectar more...
Nude nectar was a color that caught my attention as soon as I saw it , so I decided to give it a try. The packaging was a little different than other lip tints I have tried before so maybe that’s the reason why it a bit patchy, I had a bit of a hard time trying to make it look even & nice . The color was a little disappointing but it still wasn’t that bad and again for the price just 1 dollar it was okay . So although I had this experience with the patchiness I do encourage people to try it because like I said maybe I just had a hard time because I’m not used to that packaging but it was only 1 dollar maybe you end up loving it.
Guillena A.
9 reviews
Review for: Berry Blush more...
Okay so let me tell you, this product was a lesson. I did my friends makeup because she wanted to dress up and never really got into it. It goes on more like a crayon rather than stain. If it had be advertised as any other lip product I would have given it a 5 stars because the price was amazing with the sale I got it on and it was easy to get on campus unlike other brands. So my friend wasn’t a fan of it because it went on a lot thicker than she would have welcomed because she thought it would stain.. not stay like lipstick. But we did some blots mixed it with a lighter color of glass and it was poppin! 💋
Jennifer W.
549 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This products very inexpensive. I'm not the hugest fan of the packaging just because it does look really cheap with the plastic and honestly it just looks like a felt-tip marker which can really turn people off. That being said though the product itself works really well. I love how fine of a tippet has and if you want to work in a larger space just going up a little bit on the product with your lips does the trick. It stains really well I have tried several shades that worked well and we're true to color. Not a lot of color selection in the range which is disappointing. But the biggest downfall of this product is that a dries out extremely quickly. It's only a few dollars so I understand the pack jeans really cheap but on top of the facts of the packaging is really cheap the product just dries out runs out so quickly you'd have to repurchase this item so much you would end up paying the equivalent of a more expensive lip stain so I really would love to see them either improve the packaging that might help it not dry out as much or improve the formula if that seems to be the case without losing the rest of the good qualities.
Alexandra B.
Austin, IN
3 reviews
Review for: Berry Blush more...
I am all for a nice one dollar elf product as any other girl. I am rarely disappointed worth the brand and was quite saddened when this product didn’t live up to its potential. The packaging automatically draws you to it, it’s compact and cute and does give a good representation of the color. I personally always hated having to apply lipstick every hour and was hoping for a more natural look from the stain. Instead I ended up with a splotchy leaky mess down my face. When applying none of the product would come out of the applicator. Logically I just pushed a bit harder, this resulted in the stain running down my chin. I remained insightful and hoped it was a first try thing. So I cleaned my face up and reapplied foundation where the stain was. I would just like to say it was not a first time thing. I ended up in the same situation as before and my lips looked as if I had busted them. I am all for elf products but I just don’t think they had this one down. I highly suggest purchasing many of elf’s other life products but in my opinion I think it’s best to leave this lip stain out of that purchase. As disappointed as I was I still continue to use and wear elf products!
Sarah A.
Logan, WV
48 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Nude Nectar more...
I found this lip stain at the Dollar Tree. Recognized the named and thought what the heck? Let's give it a try. I like the color a lot. It's the first lip stain I've used. I'm more of lip stick girl, but I like it well enough. It took a while to build up the color and I had to be really careful or it looked splotchy. It took about 5 minutes of effort to get a look I'd get with a lip stick in less. That's the only thing I dislike about this product. But if you're willing to put in the extra time and effort it's worth it.
Emily W.
Pontotoc, MS
11 reviews
Review for: Crimson Crush, Berry Blush more...
I haven't tried a lot of lip stains. However, for the ones I have used, these are my all time favorite! Super simple, easy to use - love the marker- type application because I don't have the steadiest of hands! Color pops well and lasts for a moderate amount of time- I didn't find much difficulty with transfer although I wish they lasted a bit longer! They are somewhat drying so I usually use with a chapstick or balm, but if dryness isn't a problem for you, they're great for all matte-finish lovers out there!
Mae S.
6 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Nude Nectar more...
A pretty good lip stain overall.  It dries rather quickly and that combined with the felt tip applicator doesn't leave much room to work with it, but once you get the hang of it it's not too difficult to get a nice application.  Looks really good for an hour or two, but tends to wear off in the middle leaving kind of a ring around your lips.
Becca M.
32 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: Nude Nectar more...
It’s pretty good, but the color is straight-up strange. It’s a kind of coral? Not really nude by any definition. The product itself is easy to apply and very thin - more of a marker-type real stain than a liquid lip. It’s not crazy dramatic and it’s definitely sheer, but it’s very long lasting and it looks nice as long as you don’t expect a nude.
Mandi R.
Hillsdale, MI
238 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Crimson Crush, Nude Nectar, Berry Blush more...
I didn't really have super high expectations of these. The price point is definitely amazing, but the overall product is lackluster. Decent color payoff but they're patchy aND uneven looking. Tried them with multiple bases and glosses and still the same patchy result. Also a little drying but not really uncomfortable. Wouldn't buy again. 
Rebekah H.
Greenville, SC
3 reviews
A lot of lip stains make my lips feel dried out. How does this one compare?
Alyssa T.
Canonsburg, PA
108 reviews
Do these stay on well? I just want a little bit of color that will last for at least 8 hours.
Julie V.
74 reviews
Do they dry out quickly?
Holly F.
Wooster, OH
5 reviews
Are these lip stains matte or glossy? And how do they actually last?
Kelcee D.
4 reviews
Do you like this lip stain? Does it last long? Thank you.

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