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.
Pixi by Petra Gel Tint and Silk Gloss in Hollywood Pink ($12)
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.
Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Color Stick in Soft Raspberry ($9)
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.
L'Oréal Infallible Lip Paint in Spicy Blush ($10)
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.
E.l.f. Essential Lip Stain in Nude Nectar ($2)
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 MegaSlicks Balm Stain Moisturizing Lip Color in Red-Dy or Not ($3)
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 All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain in Marsala ($6)
Hard Candy's Masala lip stain offers a deep chocolate brown (with a hint of plum) that leaves lips pigmented and moisturized.
Nyx Epic Ink Lip Dye in Obsessed ($7)
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.
No7 Lip Stain in Sultry ($10)
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.