These Are the Best Drugstore Lip Stains Money Can Buy

Updated 11/08/18

As much as we hate to admit it, fall's crisp, drying air has caused a dent in our otherwise strong relationship with matte lipstick. As much as we love a long-lasting, full-coverage lip, our dry, chapped skin has begged us to take a break from our mattes. Enter: lip stains, the incredibly hydrating, skin-softening lip-product that leaves lips with subtle to full-coverage color. Yes, lip stains basically offer the same long-lasting results of a matte lipstick, only your lips are left softer (no dry or flakey spots in sight), deeming them the ideal, cold-weather lip product.

Ahead, we rounded up the absolute 10 best lip stains on the market right now—all available at your local drugstore under $15.

Revlon Colorbust Balm Stain in Rendezvous ($6)

This lightweight, but creamy balm not only tints lips, but it works to soften and hydrate skin throughout the day. Pile on Rendezvous for a bold orange-red hue, or apply it with a light hand for a subtle pop of color.

One side of this dual-ended tube houses a gel-based, soft tint, while the other features a shiny gloss that basically acts as a topcoat. Hollywood Pink contains a pale-pink tint and a rich berry gloss for a lip color that's incredibly flattering and super moisturizing.

A combination of skin-softening shea butter and antioxidant-rich mango makes Neutrogena’s lip tint soothing for even the most chapped of lips. Soft Raspberry is a true berry that can be worn sheer or built up for major color.

For incredibly pigmented, long-lasting color, look no further than L'Oréal's Lip Paint. Spicy Blush is a full-coverage, medium pink with mauve-y undertones.

This water-based lip stains feels so lightweight on lips that we were genuinely surprised by how rich and pigmented it is. The non-sticky, creamy texture wears comfortable on lips for easy day-to-night wear. A vibrant watermelon-pink, Pink Waterfall Swoo-Hoosh adds a fun, bold component to any look.

At $2 a pop, E.l.f.'s lip stain is definitely one of the cheapest options, but its long-lasting, skin-softening formula is anything but. For an apricot, low-key nude, opt for Nude Nectar.

Wet n Wild's lip stain is spiked with açaí palm oil, which works to keep lips incredibly smooth and hydrated. Red-Dy or Not leaves lips with a beautiful, universal red hue.

Hard Candy's Masala lip stain offers a deep chocolate brown (with a hint of plum) that leaves lips pigmented and moisturized.

Nyx is known for its high color payoff when it comes to products, and these lip stains are no exception. These saturated stains will give you that inky just-been-kissed look.

This blendable lip pen will give you a soft, subtle stain or a vibrant hue—it's all up to how bold you want to go. Sultry is the perfect muted neutral for an array of skin tones.

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