We all love the idea of a lip stain, a one-and-done product designed to leave a tint of luscious color on the lips even after the original finish has worn off. Enter Buxom’s Serial Kisser Plumping Lip Stain. According to the brand, this stain will hydrate the lips and “deliver killer color with lasting shine.”
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Tested June 2019
I chose the shade Frenchie, described as a light mauve. In the tube, it looks like a vibrant pinky-violet. Once applied, this product is very glossy with a light wash of color. On me it looked like a slightly pinker version of my natural lip color. This might benefit from a lip liner (which I didn’t use) because I found it a little difficult to get a smooth lip line application with just the doe-foot applicator.
Unfortunately, after three hours of wear and one breakfast consumed, the product was entirely gone. The only stain I noticed was a little color sunken into the lip lines at the center of my mouth. Not cute. I reapplied and noticed similar results, with the glossy shine lasting only about an hour.
“Frenchie is a pretty gloss, but had virtually no staying power.”
The best that can be said here is that Frenchie is a pretty gloss, but had virtually no staying power on my lips and definitely did not live up to its stain claim.
Liz’s Verdict: Pass
I chose the shade Bitten because I wanted to look like I had just enjoyed a leisurely glass or two of red wine (something I don’t have time to actually do now that I have an infant). I also wanted to elevate my day-to-day look a bit without the hassle of having to reapply (something I also don’t have time to do) or worry that I’d smeared some on said infant. Initially it looked like exactly that; after the first hour and for the next day and half, however, the results were disastrous.
“I liked the feel of this stain, smooth not sticky but that’s about it.”
I did my due diligence, exfoliating first and trying both with a balm under it and without. I also tried to apply this two different ways, painstakingly lining and filling in (to the point that the product lost some slip and became tacky) and also blotting it on for a more undone look- neither worked.
I liked the feel of this stain, smooth not sticky but that’s about it. The photos depicting the uneven staining effect speak for themselves. Also, it smelled like chemicals.