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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 Stars16%
  • 1 Star13%
3.34 / 5 based on 1,579 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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  • How long is this product supposed to last in a day?1 Answers
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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
Kennedy S.
500 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Review for: Pink Petal more...
I loved this product, it was the perfect shade of pink; not too vibrant, but not completely nude. It made my lips a darker shade of pink, but still looked somewhat natural. I felt like it lasted a long time without wearing off. My only issue with this product is that when I purchased it, it was already starting to dry out. I've purchased another lip stain from Elf and I didn't have this issue, so I assume this was due to a bad batch.
Erin P.
171 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: Pink Petal more...
This color is amazing!! It is one of my favorite spring shades to use on my lips. The only bad thing about this product is that it wears off easily after eating/drinking, and typically after a few uses the applicator seems to dry out and it is difficult to continue achieving the desired results of a lip stain.
Bridgette F.
Fairborn, OH
73 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Crimson Crush more...
I was so excited for this lip stain, especially after seeing the beautiful colors. I usually love all of the products i get from E.l.f. but I found this to be very drying and uneven no matter how much you layered it and moisturize beforehand. I hope they fix the formula because these do have great potential.
Faith V.
32 reviews
All of the ELF lip stains in this collection have the same problem. The first couple times you use them they are great. When u have used it over 5 times the pigment goes away after the first stroke. And the color tends to only stay at the very tip of the pen. I would recommend trying out a different product.
Vilma V.
Chicago, IL
385 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Review for: Crimson Crush more...
Received this as a gift. A good quality drugstore lip stain with buildable coverage. But it does wear off easily. No allergic reaction nor sensory issues while wearing this. #fibrofriendlymakeup #justmyfriendlyopinion
Taylor C.
46 reviews
Review for: Nude Nectar more...
This was awful. Like I seriously hated it. It's basically a marker that you rub on your lips. Yes it lasts a decent amount of time but if you make a mistake.... Well I hope you wanted to look like the Joker because you are now stained. I didn't like the color payoff at all and I really just.... STAY AWAY!!
Paige F.
Westminster, MD
235 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
These lip stains are very drying and streaky, there isn't a lot of pigmentation and it looks uneven on the lips unless you build it up a ton, which in turn leaves your lips looking and feeling dry. I wouldn't repurchase but the price is great if you're willing to try or if you like this form of lip product
Stephanie G.
67 reviews
It works but it also doesn't. Given it three stars for the pretty berry color and price. Doesn't last long. You do have to keep running it over to actually get a darker color. It's really cheap though so that's the great thing about it!
Marlin S.
Long beach, CA
125 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: Nude Nectar more...
I'm really disappointed in this product. I've used other elf products and this one does not work very well. I like lipstains because they look more natural and reapplication isn't necessary. However this lipstain did the job for only a small amount of time. Another thing I didn't like was the smell. I don't know why mine smelled weird and I even tried rinsing it a bit and it just seems to be the product. Would not buy again.
Maura A.
Cape May Ch, NJ
156 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: Berry Blush more...
This product has so many mixed reviews but the thing is that it is a lip stain. That means it will be a marker like felt tip that applies to the amount you want and you can deepen the color or leave it being light. This product goes on nicely and evenly. I love the way it looks and lasts! It lasts for a long time and although it is dry going on, you can add a bit of chap stick or lip gloss to bring your lips to the perfect look!
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
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