Happy National Lipstick Day! I admit that over the past year I still wanted to put on a bit of makeup. I rarely leave home without lipstick. Call it habit or just a subtle reminder to do something even if it’s just for me. I know, it’s not necessary since we’ve been covering up with facemasks in public but it’s just a bit of cheery colour to the day. I also unintentionally took the time to try out a variety of lipsticks and stains to see what could hold up as masks were on and off and on again.  I love lip stains for their staying power. Now that things are starting to ease up and we can hit up patios, indoor dining, and be seen in public it’s a great time to list some of my favourites at a variety of pricepoints.

Revlon ColorStay Satin Ink: ($) provides full coverage and a satin sheen look with one swipe with incredibly staying power of up to 16 hours. Has a non-drying (but not sticky feel), water-resistant and smudge proof formula.

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain: ($) creamy, weightless, liquid lip stain coats your lips in flawless color offering full-coverage, last-all-day stain. Lots of colour choices too!

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo: ($$$) Tints lips with bare-lip sensation, 10-hour kiss-proof color. The tinted ink fuses with the lips transparently and lightly, boosting their natural color weightlessly with a healthy wash of color, and with incredible comfort. Wear alone for perfectly natural subtle color, or use as a primer to boost the color and wear of any lipstick or lip gloss. Kiss proof and weightless.

Anastasia Beverly Hills: ($$) This long-wearing formula goes on as light as water and feels like nothing at all—yet delivers lush pigment that stays put without drying out lips. The waterproof color will withstand your whole day, giving you luxurious, kissable lips with amazingly comfortable wear.

Sometimes lip stains or even lipsticks in general can feel dry after a few hours and one of my favourite nourishing overnight lip treatments is the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I use this several nights each week throughout the year. The leave-on lip mask offers smoother and well moisturized lips. I’ve been using this product for several years now.