Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photos

Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photos
I first came across the Sephora Lip Cream Velvet Stains in 2011 and have been a fan ever since. These are good in terms of pigmentation and staying power and are great value for money. I'm surprised they get less love than several other lip stains or creamy colours that are more expensive and don't last as long.
I have no idea when they launched, though I can tell you they retail for $13 in the US and at varying exchange rates in Sephoras across the world. For the price, these are a steal - their performance is comparable to high-end lipcolours. I feel the term "cream" doesn't suit here, though - the Sephora stains dry to a non-creamy, matte finish and are nothing like NYX Matte Lip Creams and last longer. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Here's the review and swatches of the Sephora Cream Lip Stains.

Packaging of Sephora Cream Lip Stains

A no-nonsense tube. The body is transparent so you can see the colour, and the glossy black cap has "Sephora" printed on it in silver ink. No fuss at all. There is no external box.
Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photosSephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photos
The applicator is doe foot - sometimes you get a little too much product, though you only need very little.
Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photos

Formula of Sephora Cream Lip Stains

These are incredibly opaque and super-pigmented in just one swipe. No feathering or bleeding. They apply creamy and dry to a matte finish. Some people may find these very drying, so a gloss on top or a lip balm would be a good idea. While they spread nicely on the lips, working fast before the product dries is a good idea.
Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photos
Sephora calls them a "lip stain that provides beautiful, lasting colour". But these are not stains in the family of Benetint or theBalm's Staniac. They are proper lip colours. Less creamier than NYX, or the Bourjois So Delicat Lip Creams.
Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photos
They are slightly more long-staying and less drying than the Lime Crime Velvetines. And, if, like me, you have a problem with all the sordid scandals surrounding Lime Crime - repackaging wholesale pigments and mark-ups, and vegan claims, the threats and letters to bloggers, and the kind of ad campaigns used - the Sephora Cream Lip Stains are definitely the better bet. See here and the links on that page, if you are new to the Lime Crime drama :)
No parabens in the ingredients - there's avocado oil and vitamin E to provide some TLC for the lips.

Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photosStaying power of Sephora Cream Lip Stains

Excellent. These stay on for longer than Max Factor Lipfinity or M.A.C. ProLongwear. And, they do not flake at all, or peel, like the Max F and M.A.C. do. Not as much as Chanel Rouge Double Intensite or Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Lip Duo or MUFE Aqua Rouge or Jane Iredale Lip Fixation, though - I will do a post on all of these, you have to wrench them off your lips actually. The Sephora Cream Lip Stains are oil-soluble, so pizza might smear the colour a bit. Apart from that, these don't budge through food and drink or rain or shine. We are talking the whole day here, with no need to reapply at all. And fading is even.

Swatches of Sephora Cream Lip Stains

There are 10 shades in all, but the latter four come in other finishes (shimmery) while the first six are matte and are easily available in all Sephoras around the world, so I've got the first five to show you.
From left:
01 Always Red: Sephora calls it a "matte bold classic red".
02 Classic Beige: "Matte pinkish deep beige", according to Sephora. This is a very good neutral for everyday wear. It's more a beige-brown-based neutral than a pink-based one. I fail to spot the pink here.
03 Strawberry Kissed: "Matte bright pinky red", says Sephora. Spot on.
04 Endless Purple: "Matte mauve plum", according to Sephora. We have a problem here - read about it after the picture below.
05 Infinite Rose: Sephora calls it a "satin golden peach". I find it unsuitable for medium skintones unless you want your lips to disappear altogether.
06 Forever Fuchsia: Sephora calls it a "satin electric fuchsia" but it is more hot pink to me. 
Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photos
Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photosThe bad news is that 04 Endless Purple used to be a fuchsia-magenta-based purple shade and now they've made it an ashy deep violet with grey undertones. Yes, grey, you read that right. And it looks way too deep for my liking on the lips. The change was made in the second half of 2013. Here are the swatches of the older shade to the left, and the new, ashy violet to the left. You can see a picture of both old and new applicators above. The difference may be mild, but it is definitely visible, especially on the lips.
Sephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photosSephora Cream Lip Stains swatches, review and photos
Bottom line
These aren't for everyone, especially not for those who don't like matte-finish lip products. But for those in search of an affordable long-staying highly pigmented lip colour, Sephora Cream Lip Stains are the answer.
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  1. I am always tempted to raid your makeup stash!! These days, I am veering towards anything that says 'cream'. I wish these were accessible to me. :(

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    1. Lol! I like creams myself, especially if they stay on for ages. If I must reapply, then the packaging must be a bit of an eyeball-grabber!

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    1. True! There's another one called Endless Pink in this range (09) but it was a tad too shimmery.

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  3. I have been wanting to try these! Thank you for the great swatches. I'm loving the Mauve!! <3

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    1. Thank you! They are such good value for money!

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  4. I have never tried sepjora makeup but these shade look really pretty!

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    1. Sephora has some very good makeup, do check them out!

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  5. The sephora lip stains look really amaing.. so so pigmentedd.. <3 <3 the shades are pretty too.. :)

    I envy ur makeup collection.. :P

    Wish u luck dear.. <3

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    1. Hehe thank you! They have excellent coverage and don't cost a bomb!

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  6. Lovely Review Renu!
    I love two shades a lot, Endless Purple & Forever Fuchsia! Stunning Shades!

    And Good Luck Renu! Voted :)

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Hetal! I appreciate your support!
      I love Forever Fuchsia best.. Endless Purple would have been it but I prefer the older shade.

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  7. ohhhhh mooooo!!!!!
    are they liquid lipsticks..!! My eyes popped out renu seeing them!
    the swatches are way too great

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    1. Rofl! They are fantastic quality for the price!

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  8. I have 04 and 06 and I love these! Definitely deserve a lot more attention and love

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    1. True - I wonder why these are not as raved over as some lippies which are far less pigmented and don't stay on as much!

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  9. Those are so pigmented! I need to check into them!

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    1. Plus, they last all day and don't cost a bomb!

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  10. I love the new endless purple, old one isn't my type of color!

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