Putting Our Fav Lip Stains To the Kiss Test….And A Big Holiday Makeup Giveaway (No Really, It’s HUGE)




Gang, I’ve been working on this article for almost a year (which explains the wig).  And it seems apropos, I suppose, since one year ago today I had my last chemo treatment.  On the phone this morning, Scotti pointed out that I should celebrate.  She’s right, don’t you think?  A little champagne may be in order this weekend.

But first, let’s talk about makeup tips and tricks for bold lips and our flawless face giveaway.  (I’m really, REALLY excited about this one.)

Tarte’s LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint

Tarte’s lip stains are my hands-down favs.  They have natural formulations (no parabens, sulfates, phthalates),  glide on smoothly, feel a little like peppermint, and wear off nicely (no strange ring-around-the-mouth).   But do they pass the kiss test?  MOSTLY.   Here’s a run down of the MATTE formulation.

Tarte Matte Lip Tint in Fiery

If I have red lips in any pictures on The Mom Edit, it almost always is Fiery (here’s just one of many examples).  Tarte’s lip tints layer like a dream, so you can get really intense color.  However, wearing several coats won’t pass the kiss test (more on that in a sec).  In the pics below, I’ve put on a single coat of Fiery, then blotted it, and then let it air dry for a few minutes.  You can tell that the red is not quite as intense (it’s *almost* pink) but wanted to give you some idea of how it would look most of the time.  (Unless you guys are really good about re-application; I am not.)






Nuthin!  No lip tint print at all!


Tarte Matte Lip Tint in Eternal (limited edition)

I wanted to highlight Tarte’s Kiss and Belle set because it’s such a great value ($34).  This set contains both the matte and shiny formulations of the lip tint in a wide range of seriously pretty neutrals (and a few gorgeous brights).  Even the neutrals pack a punch.



I’m wearing a few coats of Eternal, unblotted.





Yup.  But when I blot it (on my hand) and then try the other cheek….



Almost completely gone.  In another few minutes, the lip stain will set and leave no trace while kissing.


Here are two other Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lipstains I swear by:

Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lipstain in Lively

Lively is a bright, bright pink – almost neon – yet is shockingly wearable.  One of my favs.




Tarte Matte Lipstain in Envy

I like the subtle purple undertones of Envy – more of a deep berry than a shocking pink like Lively.




Tarte Lip Tints (The non-matte version)


In addition to the matte formulation, Tarte also makes LipSurgence lip tints that are slightly glossy, so they feel more like balm.  Consequently, they don’t pass the kiss test quite as easily.  (Off topic: I love this pic.  I mean seriously, Pax!  OMG.)




But with some blotting and drying, they will eventually.





At this point, as you can see in the pic above, I’m left with just a stain on my lips.  It no longer looks like lipstick per se, just a dark stain.  I’m totally OK with this – especially since these reapply like a gloss or a chapstick rather than lipstick.  They’re pretty foolproof.



The color I’m wearing is part of Tarte’s Kiss and Belle Lipsurgence set….but my favorite color, hand’s down, is Lust.  It’s this sheer orange-red and is amazing.  Of course, mine is gone and this product has been SOLD OUT on sephora.com forever.  (Hint:  It’s part of our giveaway, however, so keep reading…..)


Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick

If you want serious staying power, major color, yet something that will abso-freaking-lutely ALWAYS pass the kiss test?



Yeah. Try Stila’s All Day Liquid Lipstick (I’m wearing Tesaro – sold out at Sephora, but fully in stock at Nordstrom).  No matter how many times I kiss this little face, there’s never a mark.



We have a deal, Raines and I.  I’m allowed to kiss him goodbye at school drop-off….AS LONG AS I’m NOT wearing lipstick.  (There was this one day I left him with a lip print that he appartently never lived down.  Sigh. )  He will, however, make an exception for this lipstick.



And seriously OMG I want to kiss his little face.  Over and over and over and over.  MWAH  MWAH MWAH MWAH.

I freaking love being a mom.


Scotti also loves Stila’s Liquid Lipstick.  Her color of choice?  Beso – a gorgeous red.  (Let’s not compare her immaculate lipstick application to my, uh, kool-aid mouth technique.)







There’s the tiniest of lip prints on little Greenlea’s head.  Scotti was going to wait a moment (let it dry) and take another shot, but Greenlea had a little meltdown instead and YES:  We totally understand.


The Giveaway!!!

I’m over-the-moon that my sister is writing for The Mom Edit, and so. totally. thrilled. with her flawless face tutorial (seriously, I cannot even tell you how much this girl has completely changed my makeup game).  So I wanted to celebrate how gorgeous she will be making us with a huge giveaway (based on all of our favorite products).  Besides, ’tis the season and all that. RIGHT???

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The Mom Edit’s Perfect Makeup Giveaway includes:

  • Tarte’s Dream Come True set – Tarte’s Amazon Clay blushes are Scotti’s top blush pick, and hopefully this article has convinced you of the fabulousness of the LipSurgence lip tints.  This set comes with 6 (six!!!) full size blushes, and 6 full size Lip Tints (including sold-out Lust – my fav!!)
  • Urban Decay’s Obsessions Smokey Eye Set (includes their amazing primer -a Scotti must-have)
  • Scotti’s must-have brushes from her Flawless Face article (foundation, blush, concealer)
  • A $150 giftcard to Sephora so you can complete your flawless face kit – whatever it is that you’re missing


To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below.  You can get one entry for referring a friend, one for following us on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook and 5 (FIVE!!) entries if you find the giveaway post on Facebook or Instagram and tag a friend.  (Follow @shanachristine on Instagram)

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Can I say ‘Happy Holidays’ yet?  Cause I’m DYING TO.  No?  Really?  Ok -I’ll refrain…FOR TWO MORE WEEKS, then it’s GAME ON, BABY.



ps.  Giveaway is open to US, Canada, Europe and AU residents.





  1. So much lipstick fun and such an exciting giveaway!! Quick question… What needs to go into the entry field for the Tag a Friend on Instagram entry? Do you copy/paste the tag? Thanks!!!

  2. You sold me on Fiery a year ago, S, and it truly ROCKS. Now I’m thinking that Stila color is gorgeous, but is it drying? I have direly, desperately dry lips so formula trumps payoff every time. Thoughts?

    You look AMAZING by the way. I’m a total bright lip convert thanks to this blog. 🙂

    • Aw, thanks Babe. But yeah – I find it drying. It stays put for days (and I’ve showered in it), but it is dryer than I like. For that reason, I’ve been wearing my Bite Beauty High Pigment lip pencil in zinfandel (a similar orange). It’s not even close to a stain, but a seriously gorgeous, all natural, super intense lipstick. http://rstyle.me/n/tcf8npxu6

  3. This is the best thing ever in a million years no joke i’m so excited and want that Tarte set anyhow! whew!! I may not wear makeup but i do wear lip gloss type things because of an obsession with LipSmackers in my youth. Tarte’s Lust is awesome, so awesome that this lady, who didn’t own a portable mirror until last week when she saw one on a Sonia Kashuk lippie set, can put it on with minimal effort and a bit of tweeking. My 3 year old (at the time) demolished it so bad though that I was not able to fully appreciate it. It is definitely one of those things that you learn about through friends, a little secret, so I’m so sad to see it here. SO yay! (and pick me!!)

    • Wait! What? I’m not *sad* to see it here!! I’m *glad* to see it here… that’s what i get trying to post my excitement while talking to my husband at the same time.

  4. Yes to champagne, Shana! And I’ve been listening to Channel 17, “Holly” on Sirius XM since Tuesday. Secretly, of course. I couldn’t help myself. We have 2 feet of snow and it’s beginning to look a lot like . . . well you know. Such wonderful pics of Raines, Pax and Greenlea. God we miss the boys! Love you, Sweetheart!

  5. This is a fantastic giveaway! However, for those of us who aren’t on Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram (and I realize I am in the minority), there is no way to enter, which is so disappointing. Thanks for the great lipstick recommendations, though! I may have to get over my fear of a bold-colored lipstick and try one out!

  6. This is helpful and relevant to my interests and all that jazz, but mostly I’m here to say YOUR HAIR. IT IS SO CUTE!

    Also, is there anything better than little kid tummies???

  7. Do you understand how much I love you guys !!!! <333 I really hope I win and good luck to everyone! ! Maybe graduation gift? XD Thank you soooooo much and I love your pics of you guys and the kids <3 cute

  8. I love this post and the giveaway… I used to wear bright red lipstick almost every day. And then the baby came and I had to settle for a lipbalm (or so I thought :)).
    Also, I cannot find the giveaway graphic on facebook? Is there one on it for sure? I follow you and usually see all the post but this one I just noticed while on your blog… Just wondering. I wish i could have more entries! 😀

  9. This would be an awesome treat for myself! To save on my spending I’ve cut back on some of the luxuries I miss including Sephora visits. #mommyonabudget

  10. Omg this is a great giveaway!! I’m sure everyone deserves to win!! I hope I do!! I’d like to have a little something on Christmas to open. But as Mommy’s, just seeing your kids open presents is good enough. Good luck y’all

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