Budget Beauty: Six Korean lip tints under P500
Korean beauty is all about keeping it natural: dewy, healthy skin, straight brows, and just-bitten cherry lips. If you’re interested in copping a look worthy of a K-beauty guru, we’ve showed you how to glow without doing the 10-step regimen and draw your brows the Korean way. We even have a tutorial for three ways of creating a gradient lip but if you’re not a fan of lipsticks, here’s another way to do it!
After applying concealer all over your lips, use a lip tint and softly blend it outwards for a youthful “I just had candy” look. It’s really cute and you won’t have to worry about having to get the edges perfect or sporting that weird lipstick ring from having the color fade unevenly. And because these formulas leave a pretty stain, they’re able to last longer on the inner portion of your lips than traditional lipsticks. The Koreans have their formulas down pat so check out these tints, which can deliver both a fun gradient and traditional opaque lip at pocket-friendly prices!
Based on the packaging alone, Chateau Labiotte Wine Lip Tint (P450 at Mei Satsuki) you’ll want to own a “bottle” or two of these for your collection! The formula is long lasting and non-drying, and you can choose from six shades that include darker colors like burgundy and wine. You can also opt to get a mini version if you want to try it out first but we can almost guarantee you’ll fall in love with this. The stain is so much prettier than what you can get from a glass of wine, plus you can indulge in this without getting boozy!
I’ve repurchased the Etude House Fresh Cherry Tint (P348 at Etude House boutiques) twice and tried three shades out of the five available. The milky shades look so unique! They stay on for a decent 2-3 hours and leave a natural stain behind. Pigmentation differs from shade to shade though, but the lighter shades show up well even on my pigmented lips!
AritaumStyle Pop Water Tint (P210 at Mei Satsuki) is famous for being a Benefit Benetint dupe. There are only two shades available: Cherry Rose and Red Mango. Compared to the other tints, this leaves a slight sheen finish that makes my lips look moist and plump.
If there’s one tint that I can’t stop raving about, it would be the Tony Moly LipTone Get It Tint (P478 at Tony Moly boutiques). This gel formula is so intensely pigmented that a single swipe is enough to give full opaque coverage! If you want to blend this out into a gradient, work fast using a cotton bud as the color sets pretty quickly and refuses to budge once dries. When it finally does fade, it still leaves a stain behind but it won’t dry out your lips.
For a REALLY good deal, wait for The Face Shop My Lips Eat Cherry (P225 at The Face Shop boutiques) to go on a 2+1 sale, which happens often! These water tints are easy to apply and give your lips a natural flush of color, except for the Bloody Red shade which gives a vampy deep red-violet tint that would look perfect for a fall-inspired look. In my experience, these aren’t as long-lasting as the other tints but you can hoard all three shades when it goes on sale and enjoy switching your lip color throughout the day.
Have you tried doing the gradient lip? What’s your favorite Korean lip tint to use?