I have always loved the look of nude and pink lips but have never been a fan of the sticky feeling that comes with wearing lipstick or gloss.
I thought I would try this as it claims it is not sticky but has the lasting power of lipstick, due to the product being water based.
First of all the choice of colours is great. A lot of brands sell lip tint pens but only in a selection of 3/4 colours. When I purchased this, there was about ten colours to choose from including nudes, hot pinks, dark pinks and some red and orange shades. I went for a nude colour (shade 2) firstly to test the water.
My first immediate reaction when I applied the lip tint was to wash it off because the taste/smell of it was quite medicinal, however I persevered with this and it became bearable (still not pleasant). It also seems to dry out my lips when I first apply even when my lips seem quite soft beforehand. I did find that I had to continuously apply Vaseline to my lips to stop them from feeling sore when I wore this tint.
In terms of staying power, it lasted about three hours before I looked in the mirror and it had faded on the middle of my lips but was still bright round the edges which I'm sure everyone knows, is not a great look!!
I wouldn't be comfortable wearing this lip tint to go out in for a whole evening because I would not want to worry about retouching every couple of hours.
I found the best way to keep the tint looking bright for longer is to exfoliate and moisturise lips half an hour before applying the tint which helps with the dryness.
All in all, I wouldn't purchase this product again and would probably not recommend to a friend.
Recently I've taken to wearing more lip products, as I've never usually bothered with them. On my quest to find something suitable for daily use that lasts all day without the need to reapply, the Max Factor lip tint pen caught my eye.
Retailing for around £5 from the likes of Superdrug and Boots, the lip pen promises a highly pigmented colour that lasts, without the stickiness of lipstick or lip gloss due to it being water based. It comes with in a choice of 10 different colours, mainly different shades of pink also with reds and nudes to choose from. I chose shade 4 which looked like a nice pinky colour that didn't look to dark for my pale skin.
The packaging is quite a chunky black pen with the ends of it and the usual Max Factor cross in the shade of lip tint that you're buying. The writing on the black pen is in gold making it look an attractive product that you'd want to buy. Taking off the transparent lid (that's also tinted the colour of the lip pen) leaves you with the fat nib of the pen that ends in a point, it basically looks like a felt tip.
I find that the pointed tip is great for lining the lips and then I use the fatter part of it to swipe the colour across my lips. I like that the colour represented on the packaging is true to the colour of the product (in shade 4's case anyway - I haven't tried the others) and it's also buildable colour if you leave it to dry before applying another coat. It's quite fast drying which is great if you're impatient like me! The colour is definitely bold and lasts all day long without the need to reapply. It doesn't transfer onto anything while eating or drinking and also stays well clear of your teeth, which sometimes can't be said for lipstick!!
Your lips need to be dry for the pen to work properly as the colour won't apply if there's any moisture on them. The lip tint is quite a drying product and will show up any cracks that you have on your lips, so it's best if you keep applying vaseline or a moisturising product of some kind over the top of it throughout the day.
I wouldn't say the scent of the pen is pleasant but it's bearable, but it can only be smelt when you take the lid off. After you've applied the product the smell doesn't linger at all - so it's not like you're stuck with it all day. I'd say for about an hour after applying the product, although it's dried you can still taste the product and it's definitely not a nice taste. I can't explain it, but let's just say you'd rather avoid licking your lips until it's gone haha! Which is a shame as I really like the colour and longevity of the lip tint.
If you often suffer from really dry lips then this wouldn't be the product for you, but I think on occasion I'll be able to deal with applying moisturiser over the top just for the lovely colour and lasting power.
***Why did I purchase this item and what did I get for my money***
I initially purchased this stain in Berry burst (which isn't purple like the name suggests) about 6 months ago after wandering around my local Boots looking for a lip colour which was slightly darker than my own natural lips which are a pinky beige. There are currently around 10 different shades in this collection so there's definitely something for everyone and I have found that you can create different intensities by layering up the tint as one layer is quite natural looking whereas 3 layers is quite intense and good for an evening look. The tint comes in a erm.....marker which is the most accurate description I can give but even though this may sound strange it actually works very well and dispenses the stain evenly and is quite precise in it's application. The stain set me back £7 and although that sounds alot to some people i was so impressed with the product that I went out and purchased another a couple of months later in red passion which is a lovely orange based red which works well with warm/neutral skin toned folks and can be applied for a natural look or layered up for a femme fatale look.
***Was it any good?***
With both the Berry Burst and the Red Passion lip stain you can vary the look by using either one layer or multiple layers for a more intense shade. I tend to only need the one coat and find that this lasts a good 5 hours before needing to be reapplied and as an avid tea/coffee drinker this is not bad at all as my lipsticks always tend to disappear after 1-2 hours. I have noticed in other reviews that people have complained about this product being quite drying on the lips but I can honestly say that I have not had an issues with dryness but then again I do apply moisturiser on my lips overnight as a habit.
The lip tint application is very precise and provided you have clean lips there is no patchiness and another bonus of this product is that you do not have to use a lip liner as the product doesn't feather around your lips and dries quickly leaving a lovely matt tint behind. The tint does have a slight scent which is quite fruity but thankfully this dissipates minutes after application so won't clash with your fragrance which was something I was initially concerned about.
***Would I recommend?***
Definitely and I would like to purchase some of the other shades as the product does last and having used the Berry Blast on an almost daily basis it has lasted a good 6 months and is only now nearing it's end as it dries up. Admittedly looking at other reviewers opinions there seems to be an overall negative response to this product by those with dry lips but then again it's a stain and therefore water-based and therefore not a good idea for dry lipped people who would probably be better off with a creamy lipstick or balmy lip tint instead.
You may have all seen the advertisement on television for the max factor lasting lip tint pen. I have been hunting for a truly matte look lip colour that would not transfer for many years. I disdain lipsticks that transfer and the max factor lip tint pen promised not to do that.
The max factor lip tint pen can be purchased for £7.99. The price fits nicely into the affordable band of non premium lip wear. There are currently 9 colours available which are a few more than when I purchased the lip pen last year. The colours available are pink petal, marshmallow, nice and nude, pink princess, latte, royal plum, mystical mauve, passion red and berry burst. I purchased nice and nude as I like to go for a muted look.
The pen is very much like a fat feltip in appearance. I adored the whole concept of a lip pen and how the design reflected this. The pen itself is opaque with the max factor logo in gold. The lid is a transluscent plastic which is the same colour as the lip pen shade.
The max factor lip tint pen states that as the formula is water based, the colour will not transfer and will give you kiss proof colour.
The pen has a fat rounded nib for application and is ready to use straighy away without any fuss. It is imperative that lips are dry before using, as moisture will stop the pen from working. Simply outline the contour of your lips with the pen, like you would with a lip liner. Then fill in the rest of your lips for all over colour. I found the lip pen easy to apply and it felt exactly like using a feltip.
However there are, i'm afraid a lengthy list of cons with this product. Firstly I needed to reapply the lip colour to build up coverage of my lips. My lips are naturally red and so one layer of lip pen didn't give me much colour. As I re applied, the colour built up to a red. So instead of 'nice and nude' I had bright red lips. My lips also felt very dry and cracks were more visible than usual. The pen had outlined my cracks and made it look as though my lips were bleeding! I did re try using the pen on crack free, moisturised lips but I still had the same problem of build up of a red stain. By no means could I pass this off as 'au naturale' lip stain, I clearly had bright red matte lips. I tested this product whilst eating and drinking to see if it was truly 'lasting.' As if I could be even more disappointed, the top colour was stripped off my lips, leaving my lips with a very noticeable poor stain. it looked as if I had truly used a childs feltip and coloured my lips in. As this product really stains the lip, it is a nightmare to remove. I scrubbed away with wipes and my lips felt sore afterwords. And to further rub salt in the wound, the pen stopped working after three uses. I've heard a lot of people have had the same problem with the,pen not working after a couple of uses.
To conclude...as you may have guessed I am bitterly disappointed with this product. Maybe if you have flake free soft pink lips, maybee, just maybe you will get away with it. The colour nice and nude was too intense and the other shades available are all very dramatic. It seems the lip pen range is aimed for club night wear only. I would not recommend this lip pen to anyone. You could buy an actual feltip and get similar results. This is a real shame, as I really liked the idea of a lip pen, but in reality it didn't quite live up to the hype. I hope max factor work on improving the range, because if it actually worked, they would sell like hotcakes.
PRICE: £5.99 Superdrug
COLOURS: 10 shades to choose from, such as Pink Petal; Mystical Mauve; Passion Red and Latte. A Nice 'n Nude is also coming soon.
WHAT IT DOES: Max Factor claims the pens deliver intense pigment with a lightweight feel. You get the colour of a traditional lippie but without any stickiness or opaqueness. Because the formula is water-based, it seeps into the upper layers of the lips. The theory is, it then stays put.
PACKAGING: The pens themselves are satisfyingly chunky and very pretty. The bulk of the pen's body is black, with gold writing and the Max Factor X in the same colour as the lipstick. The cap is transparent (like those lovely blocks you used to get as kid) and, again, the representative colour of the product, and there's also a little coloured rim at the bottom of the pen. It's a really attractive looking product.
HOW TO USE IT: If you were ever one of those kids who occasionally coloured in your lips with a felt tip pen, then you'll have a fair idea what it's like to use this product. When you remove the lid, you're faced with a long, thick-ish nib (it honestly is exactly the same as a felt tip pen!). The thin point is ideal for lining the lips and is a good (and longer-wearing) substitute for a lip pencil. Do bear in mind though, that if you have chosen one of the darker pens, this line is likely to remain long after your lipstick has rubbed off, so if a Coco-the-Clown outline isn't your thing, you'll either need to choose a lighter shade (if using as a lip liner) or opt to fill in your whole lip with the colour, then apply your lipstick on top. When applying, make sure your lips are TOTALLY dry. If they are moist in any way, the pen won't grip.
I normally choose to apply the stain to the whole lip (the colour I use is Marshmallow which is a nice, natural colour on my lips but still quite deep). You can layer this product, swiping it once over the lips, or passing it over a few times for a more intense colour. After I've used the pen, I then apply a lighter shade of lipstick over the top. This product really does last - even after hours (when I've been talking, eating and drinking), the colour remains on the lips. It is far more akin to a lip-stain than a lipstick. However, it's a very dry look and if you want any element of sheen or gloss, you'll still have to re-apply a lipstick or lip-gloss over the top throughout the day.
NIGGLES WITH THE PEN: When you initially apply the lip stain from the pen, it goes on feeling very cool and watery. It's not an unpleasant feeling but I have found, that with prolonged use, this product does nothing for the condition of your lips. It's okay for occasional wear but if you suffer from dry lips in any way, then it's probably not the product for you. Because it is a 'staining' product, if lips are chapped or dry, it can tend to hurt them - and it also shows up any dry patches. It will highlight any cracks and, unless you are blessed with smooth, ultra-hydrated lips, you are probably going to need to apply some form of balm or gloss over the stain.
The other niggle I have with this pen is that however dry you make sure your lips are when you apply it, the pen runs out very quickly. Just as a felt tip pen goes dry and stops working if it comes into contact with any moisture, the same is true here. Because of this, the pens never last very long. I like the idea of them, I like the longevity but some pens have all but run out after just five or so uses. I often wonder exactly how much product is in there - it's impossible to tell - and hwo much wastage is going on. Because of this, it makes them not very good value for money.
Finally, I would say be very careful what colour you choose. Even the lighter colours are quite deep and if you're out by even one shade, you really could end up looking more Pantomime Dame than Femme Fatale! So, as a word of advice, try to choose a tone that suits your own lip colouring and depth as closely as possible.
CONCLUSION: Good for the first couple of apps but very drying and the pen has a tendency to run out quickly.
As the name suggests these lip tints only colour the lips, but they didn't seem to moisturise them or make their appearance smoother. They make a great lipstick in the summer as they are very light and have a lovely fruity fragrance. They didn't work very well for me in the winter when my lips were quite dry.I found them quite easy to apply and the colour lasts and doesn't rub off, just as promised. if you are used to lip gloss and lip stick, it feels a bit weird in the beginning but I think they're a great idea.
Last year it was all about the eyes, whether they were dark smokey or bright and daring, however, this season it is the return of statement lips, whether they are shocking red or barbie pink and with this in mind I set off to Boots to buy some new lip colours.
Whilst looking across the make up in Boots I came across the Max Factor Lip finity pens and remembered seeing them advertised and wanting to give them ago. There was only 4 or 5 shades to choose from, which is no way near as many shades as what other brands have to offer, nonetheless I decided to buy number 06 (a dull, yet bright red). The colours all seemed to be within pinks and reds and there was no coral/ neutral/ brown shades so if you were after something like this then I suggest you look elsewhere.
~Avaliability and Price~
As previously said I bought mine from Boots, though they can also be bought from Superdrug and some larger supermarkets stores, along with department stores and some online stores. Though I suggest you go instore to buy them as the colours online/on the lip tint can be very deceptive and they come our very differently in real life as to what you expect from them. I also found that many of the colours were very similar and only had slight differences so it really is worth going instore and picking one for yourself.
The lipfinity pens cost around £7, with slight variations if there is offers on, my particualar one was free when I purchased a Max Factor mascara which cost around £10, so it is worth shopping around to see whether you can get a better price.
~What is it?~
It is a Lipfinity pen, which is basically a lip tint or stain. It looks very much like a pen / large felt tip and the nib of the pen feels the same as a marker pen would. A lip stain or tint is something which adds colour or depth by staining the colours of the lips rather than applying colour over the top of them as you would with a lip stick. The idea of these is that it will last longer on the lips than a lipstick due to it actually 'staining' them or 'soaking in' rather than simply sitting on top which is what allows the lipstick to wear off.
~How do you use it? / Is it easy to use?~
To use you simply colour your lips in with it and use as you would a pen. I use the very nib of the pen to line my lips first and then use the side of the pen in order to fill in my lips. It feels smooth to apply, but does not feel at all like a lipstick. It feels a lot more runny and more 'inky' than a lipstick which feels wuite solid to apply. Due to it having no moisture in it, I also found it quite drying to apply.
It was easy to use as first and was easy to colour in all my lips, however as it started to dry on my lips I noticed that it started to dry unevenly, where at the corners of the lips the colour seemed to be much more brighter and had more depth to it, whilst towards the middle if my lips it looked very pale and like there was very little colour there. I found that I had to go over my lips several times in order for the colour to look even all over my lips, however even then I was able to notice the subtle differences in colour across my lips. Therefore, although it was easy to use and did feel smooth to apply, it did take time and a few coats in order to get an almost even coverage.
~Was it drying/moisturising?~
As previously stated, when applying I did find it drying and over the period of the day I found it to get even more drying. I think this was mainly due to it being a lip stain, which meant that it didn't have anything moisturising / softening in it. This also exaggarated any cracks I had in my lips and just didn't make them look smooth. I had to apply a lip balm over the top in order to stop them from feeling so dry and in order to make them look softer / smoother.
~What did it look like once on / overall look / colour~
Once applied I wasn't too impressed with the look. It did definitley not give me even coverage and did look blotchy in certain areas where the colour was darker. Due to it being a lip stain it also seemed to exaggarate any imperfections in my lips, I dont have crack lips but they do get dry from time to time and this just made my lips look very dry, slightly cracked and uncared for which I wasn't too impressed about.
I did, however, like the shape and outline it was able to give my lips, I don't have small lips, though when wearing this it made them look fuller and bigger. The outline also made them more distinctive and allowed them to stand out, rather than them just blending into my skin and the effect was similar to that of wearing a lip liner.
I really liked the colour as it ws quite unusual as it was a dull red, but was also bright and had a lot of depth to it the same time. Though, it was hard to get this colour all over my lips due to it being ver hard to get an even coverage. The colour looked great with just a little bit of mascara and eyeliner and was definitley very eye catching and suited the season of stand out lips well, however due to it not being 'clean' and the colour looking uneven I was dissapointed. If the colour looked even then this pen would have been perfect for what I had wanted it for, though as it was it looked untidy and as if I had applied it in a rush.
~How long did the 'stain' last?~
The stain itself was very poor. Within an hour or two it began to rub off or the colour would lose it's depth. It also seemed to be rubbing off unevenly, again making the colour look blotched and uneven. I don't think it stained my lips anymore than a bright lipstick would and did not last aswell as other lip stains I have used which did not need reapplying. I found that I had to try and keep reapplying every hour or so in order to try and keep the colour looking fresh and to keep the colour even.
As a 'stain' I found that this pen did not work well at all, it only had the same staying power and overall look as a decent coloured lip balm would. I did find it stained the very outline of my lips, which looked awful. It looked as if I had been very heavy handed with my lip liner and had forgot to fill in my lips. If it had stained my lips in the same way all overall, then I may have been impressed, as it is this lip stain has done little to impress me.
~How long will it last/was it worth the money~
I can see this lasting 3 or so months. This is mainly due to the fact that it seems to dry out very quickly, especially the nib and a ot is needed in order to get an even coverage. I can also see that if you leave the lid off by accident that the whole thing would dry up and become completley useless (not that it isn't already) much like a felt tip would do.
This is not worth the money. It is that simple, I am glad that mine was free and I did not have to pay for it, though if someone were to offer me one again for free - even if I didn't have to buy anoter product- I'd still say no. There are far better products, which share a similar idea on the market at a fraction of the price!
Overall this is something that I will definitley not buying again and would not recommend. I had high hopes from this item due to the fact it was Max Factor as this is a trusted brand and I like many of their items, however this one was just awful. Perhaps if I had bought it in a lighter, pinker colour it would have worked better as any faults would not have stood out as much as they did on this darker, brighter colour.
I can only award this one star (though I would probably award it zero if that was an option!) due to it being extremley drying on the lips, having no moisture to it and the overall look being awful, the only thing I liked about it was the colour, but even that had its faults in that it was not even and looked blotched and messy once applied!
The Max Factor Lip Tint Pen is revolutionary in that it makes wearing bright red lipstick easy.
I purchased my lip tint pen in bright red - the number as detailed on the end of the tube for this shade is 04 - while scouring the make-up section for red lipstick.
I wanted a lipstick which would be easy to apply and wearable day to day but nevertheless come in a bold shade of red. This is not something easy to come by.
Application of red lipstick can be so tricky because it requires a hundred per cent accuracy. One tiny mistake will show up. Sometimes not enough is applied and it can appear patchy while at other times too much can be applied and it can get every where including on the teeth - which is not a good look.
So when I saw the Max Factor Lip Tint Pen in just the right shade of red I was after I decided to purchase it.
The nib is just like a felt tip pen so can be applied with a great deal of accuracy. You can simply draw an outline around the outside of the lips and then fill them in. Unlike a lipstick, the lip tint pen is much drier in its application. In other words on touching it to the lips a huge swath of colour does not come out but just a small amount so you can easy apply lightly and evenly and build up your colour stage by stage to the required intensity. It is touch proof and will last several hours between applications.
The only downside to this product is that it can be drying to the lips. Because it does not have the moisture and glossiness of a lipstick and by its nature makes the lips matt, after wearing it for a while the lips can dry out. This is not evident to an onlooker - it is more of a feeling just for the wearer.
I think this is the price that has to be paid for the look it gives which as I was hoping was a less garish one than lipstick but while still achieving a bright red lip.
The lip tint pen does come in a number of other shades from berrys to pinks for those not after a red lip and I would say it is a must have for all make-up bags but just ensure you apply plenty of lip balm between wearing it to ensure your lips keep hydrated and moisturised.
I was really excited when Max Factor announced that they were realising a pen style lip tint, as I had seen others on the market and thought that they looked a really easy to use lip product that I could use on the go for a natural effect, on days that I didnt want to wear a heavier lipstick or gloss. I was pleased Max Factor were one of the first 'high street' brands to do this, as they are one of my favourites.
Upon purchasing this, I rushed to the nearest reflective surface to apply. I shook the pen before use to ensure there was plenty of tint in the tip and began to 'colour in'my lips as directed. I found it hard to get an even colour coverage (like colouring in with a felt tip, I got darker patches and lighter patches on my lips as much as I tried to get an even colour) and the tint began to rub off immediately, which was really disappointing. The colour lasted round the edge of my lips however, so I wont be chucking this away, but instead keeping for a strong lip liner! I also found the lip dried out quite easily and dragged a little on application.
The product is similar to a felt tip pen, where you essentially colour in your lips - it couldnt get much similar to apply! Really handy and simple, and certainly seemed a good idea - this hasn't put me off similar products in the future, or Max Factor, however I dont feel this particular pen is up to the usual Max Factor quality. Will stay in my make up box as a liner, but sticking to my usual tints for natural flushed look in the future.
I bought Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Tint because it was on offer and I really liked the berry burst shade. It cost me just under £5 on a promotional offer in my local chemist and I bought it in the Max Factor Makeup Stand alongside the lipsticks.
When I first applied this lip tint I was really pleased with it, the colour was lovely and it was easy to spread the colour evenly on my lips, the application tip looks rather like a felt tip pen.
However after opening my Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Tint pen, the felt tip pen applicator quickly dried out after a few uses, I don't think it even lasted a week before it was unusable, this is quite annoying as the pen cost £5, and I could have bought a nice lipstick for around the same price.
Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Tint does not have any moisturising qualities, also if your lips are cracked or damaged, the lip tint will stain a different colour onto the cracks, highlighting them instead of covering them up, because of this it is really important to use a good lip balm after apply the lip tint to keep your lips in good shape. Though on good conditioned lips the lip tint looks lovely.
Overall these Lip Tints are really nice when you first buy these and they are not dried out, these are quite a nice lip tint, they last quite a long time when applied and the colours come out lovely on your lips. However mine dried out very quickly, and since then I have bought the Royal Plum shade and it also dried out the same, so I have to give these 2 out of 5 stars, which is a shame as they are really nice when you first apply them. I have bought two of these pens, and unfortunately I will not bother buying another of these, and I couldn't recommend them really either.
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I recently reviewed Max Factor's Ageless Foundation & Serum formula as I was looking for a new foundation but had also been keen to try the new craze in lip "stain" or "tint" pens; I had been intending to purchase one from Maybelline to cure my curiosity but when I saw Max Factor selling an age defying foundation - precisely what I was looking for - with a free Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint Pen worth £7.99, I decided to give both a try.
The Boots website description of this product goes like this: "It's precise applicator nib allows you to trace the contours of your lips and the flat side of the nib enables you to easily colour in the wider fleshy area of your lips. As the formula is water based, the end result is lightweight colour which won't transfer.
Lipfinity Lip Tint will stay on your lip for 2-3 hours without the need for reapplication. Because the colours are infused into your lips, it won't transfer off either and gives you kiss-proof colour."
As I said in my foundation review, this is the first time I've used Max Factor products, having previously been a big fan of Maybelline but recently broadening my horizons in search of products that will stand my skin in the best stead over time. Having adjusted to the qualities of my new foundation I have to say that I was hugely impressed, so I moved on to the lip pen.
I had spent a lot of time deliberating between the testers available for this range and also the similar range from Maybelline; we all know that you should test these things on the skin on your hand but of course this doesn't give an entirely fair representation so I knew it was possible that I would select the wrong shade unless very careful, particularly when working with a new type of product. I had once used a lip tint that was a free gift from The Body Shop and my experience from that is that the combined colour of the stain and your natural lip colour can produce something not quite in keeping with what you see in the bottle.
I eventually selected 03, Pink Princess. I am very pale with naturally soft pink lips so I didn't want a product that would ruin that effect, more just highlight it. The pen has bright pink packaging but that wasn't in keeping with the shade when I tried the tester on my hand, and has black pink and gold packaging. The applicator really is like the nib of a soft pen.
I was so keen to try this product that I applied it as soon as I was back in the passenger seat of the car - not ideal but I've been intrigued about these products for ages! The nib of the pen is quite long so I almost applied it sideways to cover the majority of my bottom lip and then pressed my lips together as you often do with lipstick. I noticed a few things straight away:
1 - When you apply this there is instantly a sweet, berrylike scent but the product is not strong tasting.
2 - When I initially applied this product it went on quite heavily and the colour was quite strong - much more a berry pink than the soft pink I had hoped when I tested it on my hand. I would suggest that, with the skin on my hand being more pale than that of my lips, it would be wise to consider that these products will look darker when combined with your natural lip colour.
3 - I thought that I might be making a mistake by pursing my lips but the product did not stain outside of my lips as I was very quick to make sure that the lining was neat and brushed away any excess.
4 - The colour produced by putting this product on literally as if you were using a pen to colour something is a lot stronger than I'd hoped. I found the look unnatural and it wasn't just the natural emphasis of my natural colour that I had hoped for, and I found it a bit strong, although it does soften over time. So...
...I decided to persevere with the product and have started to use it in a slightly different way. I now use this pen to primarily colour the inside of my lower lip, and again then purse my lips so that the colour spreads slightly but is most intense where I applied it initially. I then use the very tip of the pen to very lightly highlight contours, such as the Cupid's bow, and use my finger to blend that product so that it doesn't take on a lip liner effect. I find that this actually makes my lips look fuller and more defined, and as it controls the intensity of the colour, makes the pen really quite useful and effective.
I should state that I have not tried this product when I have dry or chapped lips as I always prime with a lip balm and often use a lip volume boosting product which also keeps lips full and soft.
I would also say that the claim of 2-3 hours is fair and when applied with discretion I do think that this product has a natural looking effect - it took a while to get used to seeing my lips in this darker shade but it didn't transfer to cups etc and whilst I think this particular shade is a little bolder than I would like (it is one of the softer colours in the range) I don't think that I would rule out using this product until it is finished nor another product of its type. I will bear in mind when testing others though that how they look on your hand and the skin on your lips are two very different things!
The last time I was in Boots and looking at the make-up I noticed these lip tint pens, not only by MaxFactor but by other brands such as Maybelline and Rimmel too. I had never actually used or even seen one before but really liked the idea of them and so after comparing the different shades by the different brands, I bought myself one. I wear a lot of Maybelline products and don't actually own any MaxFactor products but I know it is a reliable and good brand, especially after reading so many reviews of their products on here.
There are six shades to choose from: pink petal, marshmallow, royal plum, pink princess, berry burst and nice and nude. They are all shades of pink except for the latter, and royal plum is the darkest shade of them all. I opted for berry burst which I thought was nice pink colour, not too light and not too dark. As I couldn't test the product on my lips I just had to hope it would look the shade it did when I drew some of the tester on my hand. I always test make-up products on my hand as you don't know who else has been using the tester and if they actually used it on their lips or not!
Unfortunately the shade was anything but pink on my lips! It made my lips appear slightly darker than they were and more redder, not pink, but the colour wasn't as intense as I hoped it would be. I actually thought the pen itself wasn't very good and that all of the shades would just end up with the same result, but after reading another review of this product on here, it seems like it is just this 'berry burst' shade, and the others are much more noticeable on your lips. Although you would think the 'nice and nude' shade would be the least noticeable one.
The lip pen itself is called 'Lipfinity lasting lip tint' which gives you the impression that it will stay on your lips for quite some time. Well I was expecting it to last hours and hours like lipstains do, but in fact it only lasts 2-3 hours. I have since been on the Boots website and it does state that this only lasts for 2-3 hours and so I guess I cannot fault it for that, and I suppose it is 'lasting' compared to other lipsticks and lipglosses that I normally use, where I have to apply every hour or so. I tested to see if this product transferred onto things such as a glass after having a drink, and it doesn't, even after a few minutes of applying it to your lips, so the lip tint does infuse into your lips pretty much straight away.
The lip tint is just like a felt-tip pen and you need to colour in your lips when applying. It is very easy to use and the felt tipped pen seems very strong to me. It doesn't hurt your lips when applying either (which I feared it might after an experience I had with a felt tipped eyeliner).
Besides the shade being very close to my natural lip colour I do still wear this and my friends noticed that I was wearing a different colour to normal, so it must be noticeable! Next time I am shopping I think I will purchase another one in a brighter shade though, as another DooYoo'er has done and recommended. This is priced at £7.99 but I got mine in the 3 for 2 offer at Boots, so it worked out a little cheaper than this. I would recommend this to anyone who likes colourful lips (just a different shade to 'berry burst') and who is sick of having to reapply their lipstick every hour or so. While it doesn't last all day and night like lipstains do, it does last a while on your lips, and I am quite scared of using lipstain as if I didn't like the colour it would be very hard to get off!
Also, if you look at this product on the Boots website, or anywhere else that sells this product online, I would recommend you look at the product in person first before you purchase online as I think the shades look different. The berry burst shade is completely different to how it looks on the Boots website and so if you do buy one from their judging by their colour chart, you may be left disappointed.
I don't wear lipstick as I find it just doesn't stay on no matter what brand/quality it is, so this lip tint pen seemed an attractive alternative. This range was introduced to me by a friend - she was wearing one of the shades, and the colour looked even and rich - very nice indeed. She allowed me to try it on myself and it was different from any other lipstick/lipgloss I'd tried before. I liked it enough to be convinced to buy this myself.
These cost £7.99 in Boots which I think is reasonable enough for a product like this.
The lip tints come in a mainly black tube with a plastic lid through which you can see the 'pen'. The pen just looks like a tapered felt tip.
There are 6 shades in the range:
Nice and Nude
The first shade I bought was Royal Plum, which is a vibrant purpley red. You apply it to your lips almost like you're colouring in (hence the 'felt tip' pen) - it helps to draw around the outline of your lips at first and then fill in the rest of your lips, as the colour looks more even that way. The pen was smooth moist and almost inky, with a lot of the colour being deposited on my lips even on the first application.
The lip tint tasted slightly sweet. It bled a little and a bit was on my teeth after applying it, so make sure you have a tissue to hand to blot away any bleeds - and always check the mirror to ensure you aren't wearing half of it on your teeth!
The colour looked great at first - deep and glossy. As time went on, it faded a little but this particular shade is very long lasting so even after most of it had worn off, my lips still retained some colour. My lips did feel drier but a slick of Vaseline over the top of this lip tint makes your lips look shiny while still retaining the colour underneath.
I liked the product so much that the next time I was in Boots, I bought another one...
This time, I went for the Berry Burst shade, which is a dusky pink. My experience of this was very different.
The shade was too similar to my own lip colour to even make much of a difference to my appearance - admittedly this isn't the fault of the product! All it did was really enhance the look of my natural lip colour slightly. Or at least, it would have, had the pen not been too dry to give any kind of coverage.
I tried shaking it, standing it on its end, applying water to it... but still the pen was too dry to really provide a smooth, even colour. Whereas the first lip tint I bought had a very moist pen, this was completely different.
I like this product but I am not sure I would buy it again as I wouldn't want to run the risk of buying one that had seemingly dried out before it was even opened.
I was restocking my make up bag with some new lipsticks and encouraged by some recent purchases of Maybelline's Superstay lip stain, thought I would also try Max Factor's new Lip Tint pen.
I don't usually bother with fancy brands for lipstick but this was an interesting concept. Instead of having a literal stick of lipstick, or liquid lip colour that you apply with a wand or brush, this was an actual lip pen, ie. like a felt tip.
I was drawn to this as I thought it would be quick and very easy to apply giving long lasting colour so I bought a few shades at one go. I wish I had not.
The product looks nice and very typical Max Factor. It's a black pen with a coloured lid to reflect the chosen shade. You simply are supposed to colour in your lips as if you were colouring in a painting with a colour felt tip pen.
Sadly it does not work as planned. Firstly, it is quite hard to use on the lips. The nib is very hard and it's sore when you use it on your lips, because the nib has no movement in it, it is a bit hard to do the contours of your mouth also, the pen dries up relatively quickly even if you always put the cap back on.
Most annoyingly, I bought several colours all in one go ranging from light pink to a dark pink to a cherry red, yet, once on the lips, they all look almost identical. What's the point?
I also found that once it had been on a little while and exacerbated by eating / drinking, it would rub off unevenly which looked quite silly.
Thumbs down from me...