So before I waste anyone's time, I'm going to have to start off by saying this "Review" is more of a "Product Rave". I've never experienced anything like this before and I'm so confident in this product that I'm willing to throw away all my other lipsticks, stains, whatever.
So lets start this "Review".
For those of you who don't know, I'm a HUGE fan of lip stains. I recently made a Lip Stain collection video, which I would not have filmed had I already discovered Lip Ink (semi permanent lipstick). I can't imagine going back to any other lip product because this stuff seriously does not come off!
I can't think of a better way to explain, but I'm going to try my best. It is like applying a nail varnish on your lips, which you let dry in between coats, and remove with a solution. It doesn't crack, then flake off on me like some other lip stains (L'Oreal Infallible, I'm talking to you), and it doesn't fade off in patches like lip marker stains. The application process is something I had to learn to get use to, but it's definitely worth it.
I can even wear Lip Ink in the shower and it still does not come off! The color stays true for a good 24hrs! The "Off" Solution works like a nail polish remover would at removing a manicure, but on your lips. When I first started using this product, I kept it handy and used it with a cotton-swab to cleanup mistakes. The 'Shine' Moisturizer works very well at keeping your lips moisturized so I like to keep a tube of this in my purse to moisturize throughout the day.
For those of you who are looking to start a kit, I definitely recommend sampling it first, before you make the investment. But if you want to just jump into it, like I did (and I'm so glad I did), I would highly suggest getting the Sampler Kit (photographed below). It'll provide you with everything you need to start your collection.
I even went and picked out two additional colors which I regularly use and got a sample of their Chocolate Mint Moisturizer (smells so good).
Oh! And everything came in a handy tote. I actually picked everything up from Lip Ink's brick and mortar in El Segundo (was only 20 minutes from Long Beach). I wanted to test out everything myself and it wasn't too far a drive.
All these shades can be applied in layers (like watercolors) to create a more opaque color (much like a nail polish). Below are some swatches and the amount of layers in each swatch. Hope this helps.
Energy Red: I was told that Dita Von Teese wears this one. I mean, if Dita Von Teese loves it, I gotta try it! Its a nice true red that does not budge. This is huge for me because red lips are normally the most high-maintenance thing!
Fuchsia: I love plum-y shades so I had to pick this one up. The blue undertone makes my teeth look whiter.
Nude: I picked this one up because there are days when I don't really want to wear a lip color, but my natural lip looks like death. This is my new "my lips, but better" lip color.
Cherry: I brought in my favorite NARS "Daredevil" and swatched it to find a match. "Cherry" was the perfect replacement. It's a deeper red with a blue undertone to make my teeth look whiter.