As beauty junkies we can wax poetic about lipsticks all day long, but we acknowledge the formula and application can be off-putting to some as it can easily transfer and feel uncomfortable. So what’s a girl to do when she wants a little something extra without fully committing to lipstick? Enter lightweight, long-lasting shades by way of balms, stains and tints—providing just the right amount of color without the fuss. Ahead, shop eight of our favorite lipstick alternatives.
Lush Lip Tint in Cherry
With an antioxidant-rich core that protects your lips from environmental damage, this buildable tint delivers the right amount of color payoff while softening the surface.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Nude Tinted
Worthy of its cult following, this reparative option cushions the lips with hydration and a protective SPF barrier, while adding a gorgeous sheer veil of color for a natural, soft result.
Tendertalk Lip Balm in Play With Me
Create a personalized color with this moisturizing balm, which responds to your body's chemistry for a flattering shade.
Oil Lip Stain in Vibes
A nourishing, non-sticky formula melts on to leave a shiny, long-lasting color that revives the lips.
Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint in Very Popular
Dab on this all-natural two-in-one balm, which plumps your pout and adds a subtle rosy hue.
Almost Lipstick in Pink Honey
In between a gloss and lipstick, glide on this shiny-finish formula that enhances your natural lip color.
Chroma Powder Lip Tint in Morticia
Touch In Sol
This unique liquid-to-powder formula leaves a long-lasting, waterproof tint on the lips that feels weightless.
Yves Saint Laurent Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in Burgundy Vibes
A creamy, high-impact color that's comfortable to wear for 10 hours is a win-win.