When a beauty product goes viral, it’s usually for good reason but the truth is you’ll never know if a product is for you until you try it. So when the Wonderskin Blading lip kit was being hailed as a miracle product—much like the e.l.f Halo Glow Filter, I couldn't resist the opportunity to try it for myself—especially after the brand announced a new exclusive shade!
Lip colors—much like the best eyeliners—have the power to totally transform your face and this kit, which has thousands of five-star reviews on Amazon promises a long-lasting lip stain, that doesn't budge. A big claim, but do the kits really hold up?
I put three of the bestselling colors to the test, First Kiss, Lovely, and new shade XOXO, so without further ado, here are my thoughts...
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Wonderskin Lip Kit—an honest review
My first impression was that these products were of high quality, as the packaging is minimal but also cool, with holographic details—but as the saying goes you can’t judge a book by its cover.
Personally, I lean more towards natural 'clean-girl' makeup. My everyday lip product of choice is lip balm and occasionally a clear gloss, but I was keeping myself open-minded at the idea of a stain that is both buildable and depending on how long you leave it on for, either natural or bold.
Wonderskin Lip Kit—The formula
Let's dive in and start with the formula—it features purified seaweed, a sugar complex, squalene, and Hydra G and promises a long-lasting, high pigmented, and kiss-proof ‘Hyper Stain’ lip color.
It’s the first-of-a-kind and made by all-female beauty experts which I love, it's also vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, alcohol-free, and paraben-free.
How do you use the Wonderskin Lip Kit?
Since their launch, Wonderskin has now added a number of new shades to their lip stain lineup, including three more natural tints and a brand new, exclusive shade with beauty influencer Hayley Bui—who you'll no doubt recognize from trying out all the best TikTok hacks. The new shade is called 'Hayley' and is a neutral red.
Each of the lip kits, which cost $29/£30 comes with the Lip Masque color, a Lip Activator and a swiper towel.
The first step is applying the Lip Masque—which comes out as a pretty terrifying shade of iridescent blue, then wait 10-45 seconds depending on how bold you want your lip color, and then you spray it with the Activator.
The spray reacts with the blue lip color and you can then peel it off, or wipe with the swiper towel to remove the blue film to reveal the true color beneath. I found the swiper very helpful to get off all the little bits of blue leftover.
So to start, here is a picture of what my lips look like with no color...
The whole process is pretty unique, and I did have fun with it. I don't have the steadiest hand so I will admit that the application process was slightly tricky—not to mention a bit terrifying because the instructions say it lasts 24 hours and I didn’t want red all over my mouth.
The spray was a similar story, I either sprayed too close and made my lips too wet so the peel came off in chunks and stained my fingers, or I sprayed too far and it covered the whole of my lower face, not just my mouth. But I’m sure with practice the process will get easier, and seasoned lip kit users will probably find applying it a breeze, and you can dab the spray-on instead using a cotton round, which did help.
Wonderskin Lip Kit—Results
I tried the shade 'First Kiss' first and when I peeled off the blue, I was surprised by how bold the Fuschia color was and how it did in fact just look like my skin—there was no residue. I think for a perfect application you need to really layer it on and do the process twice.
Most amazingly it doesn't transfer at all even for such a bold shade. You also do need to exfoliate your lips thoroughly before using this as it will highlight any chapped areas.
I then tried the nude shade 'Lovely' which was my favorite of the two lip stains, as it was more natural. The color was very buildable, I applied it twice for about 30 seconds. The nude shades for me, are definitely more wearable
I was also impressed by how long the color lasted though I will say they're not for those of us that change our minds halfway through our makeup looks. Once it’s on—it’s on and for the next 24 hours, that's your lip color. With the nudes, however, it’s not an issue, but something to bear in mind with the bold shades.
After initially trying some of the best-selling stains, I was very excited to try a shade from Wonderskin's 'Fresh tints' range. These kits are as the name suggests, more of a tint than a stain. The color payoff is far more subtle than the likes of First Kiss or Lovely but is buildable with more applications.
I tried the shade 'XOXO,' which is a subtle rose pink, that just gives your lips a gentle blush and it was, hands-down, my favorite.
As I'd now had plenty of practice applying the previous colors, this one went on like a dream. And the color, in a word was everything.
I am sadly someone who suffers from chapped lips, especially in summer, so often shy away from lip products through fear they'll accentuate any cracks. I also just hate when you can feel the product on your lips. This tint is perfect for me because it's literally just my lips, no residue, no cracking, just seamless color.
If you're looking for that 'my lips but better product' these tints are for you! This one is definitely staying in my makeup bag!
The MIL Verdict—is the Wonder Blading Lip Color worth the hype?
Overall I’d say these products are perfect for someone who loves lipsticks and wants their color to last all day. The range of colors is good, you have nine different shades to choose from in the stains and three in the tints, making them perfect for every day and for a chic date night look.
Though the application is a little difficult and did make me feel a bit like ‘why can’t it be just one product’ it was a very unique experience. And with a bit of practice, it will become a much easier and quicker process.
The long-lasting effect of the Wonderskin Blading is what makes it a winner. Unlike many lip products that claim to last, this really does—you won’t have to bother reapplying or worry you’ve got lipstick on your teeth. It doesn’t transfer nor does it split on your lips.
These lip stains really deserved the term ‘wearable’ because you can just wear them, totally carefree—not worrying that it’s smudged or completely disappeared along with your lunch. Plus, because they're so light you can easily layer them with a clear or shimmery gloss which makes them even more versatile.
For someone who’s always on the go, traveling or someone who loves going out partying and needs their lippy to stay on, this is definitely one to try!
Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.
Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.
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