Review of the Best Lip Tints Under $7

Updated on October 15, 2018
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Ayexa has been a makeup and sfx enthusiast for the past four years. She loves to share her thoughts about things with others.

My four favorite lip tint brands.
My four favorite lip tint brands.

Lipstick vs. Lip Tints

Nothing screams confidence like a woman wearing a scandalous color of lipstick. Even a hint of color can alter a woman's appearance in a way that changes other people's view of her.

While lipsticks have been a staple product in women's vanity bags for decades, some women don't enjoy continually running to the bathroom to touch up their lipstick and prefer something more natural and light.

This is where lip tints shine. With their sheer hint of color, and the ability to withstand rough treatment (like eating lunch), lip tints are slowly replacing the lipsticks that were once a staple in a women's handbag.

How Lip Tints Work

Lip tints, as the name implies, leave a tint or residue of color on the lips without a layer of product. The skin absorbs the tints, providing moisture while coloring them at the same time. The pigmentation is generally closer to a natural color; noticeable but not as obvious as lipsticks.

Some tints may fade when they come into contact with water, but most of them are quite water resistant. The pigment gradually loses intensity throughout the day but does keep the lips pigmented longer than a traditional lipstick.

Tip:

Most lip tints and long-wear lip color can be removed with oil. So try to avoid any greasy food, or you'll need to reapply.

Why Korean Tints Are the Best

Korea has astounded the world with its revolutionizing makeup technology while being budget friendly at the same time. Many of their products have exquisite and exotic ingredients not typically used, and the same goes for tints. Their tints have high adhesive properties, and they can withstand harsh treatment. They are smudge proof and non-transferable.

While Korean tints come in a large variety, here are my top four favorite budget-friendly products that I've handpicked for you.

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Dear Darling tint in color OR204.OR204 color swatch on my arm.
Dear Darling tint in color OR204.
Dear Darling tint in color OR204.
OR204 color swatch on my arm.
OR204 color swatch on my arm.

Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint

Etude House is a well known Korean brand with high-quality makeup and cute packaging. Their Dear Darling Water Gel Tints are one of their best sellers, and with its quality, it's not a surprise! The tint has a watery feel to it, and the color is buildable. The formula has a fruity scent, so if you are sensitive to smells, you might want to reconsider buying it.

This formula is packed with vitamins, pomegranate extract, and soapberry extracts to keep your lips ultra moisturized throughout the day. This makes it, so the product transfers vivid color to the lips, and keeps them hydrated and tinted all day long.

The tint is available in more than 10 shades, ranging from cool tones to warm tones, and we are sure you will find your perfect shade.

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Etude House Ice Cream Tints.Tilted applicator with hole to hold extra products and smooth evenly.Swatches on my arm from left to right: PK005, OR205, RD306.
Etude House Ice Cream Tints.
Etude House Ice Cream Tints.
Tilted applicator with hole to hold extra products and smooth evenly.
Tilted applicator with hole to hold extra products and smooth evenly.
Swatches on my arm from left to right: PK005, OR205, RD306.
Swatches on my arm from left to right: PK005, OR205, RD306.

Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint Ice Cream

Again the Etude House swayed our hearts when we discovered Dear Darling Water Gel Tint Ice Cream. That smooth, gel-like consistency glides on like a dream and gives a hint of gloss while enriching the lips with a natural flush. The tear-shaped applicator with space in between further simplifies the problems as it ensures that the color is applied smoothly and evenly.

Best suited for daily wear, this lip tint instantly gives a person a fresh and lively look, and the ice cream shaped bottle is a cute must have in your vanity bag! We assure you these adorable bottles will call to you the moment you lay your eyes on them!

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The Saem Saemmul Real Tint.Pretty standard doe-foot applicator.Swatches on my arm from left to right: 04, 02.
The Saem Saemmul Real Tint.
The Saem Saemmul Real Tint.
Pretty standard doe-foot applicator.
Pretty standard doe-foot applicator.
Swatches on my arm from left to right: 04, 02.
Swatches on my arm from left to right: 04, 02.

The Saem Saemmul Real Tint

Gone are the days when you have to redo your lipstick after every few hours! The Saem Saemmul Real Tint is one heavy duty lip tint that will last hours before it fades away!

Enriched with deep pigmentation and a fruity citrus smell, this is the one for those who like their lipstick to stay put and endure whatever they put them through! This tint is infused with marine collagen, which is a treat for you and your lusciously soft lips!

The formula is more on the watery side and is perfect if you're trying to achieve a gradient lip effect. While the formula itself is not drying, the tint does dry down very quickly. So you have to work it in your lips with quick hands, or it'll be patchy.

Before you apply the tint, make sure you exfoliate your lips. Otherwise, the color will cling to the dry parts and enhance them.

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Macqueen Cushion Tint.Dope applicator with space in between to ensure even application.Swatch on my arm of the shade: Attraction (Nude Coral).
Macqueen Cushion Tint.
Macqueen Cushion Tint.
Dope applicator with space in between to ensure even application.
Dope applicator with space in between to ensure even application.
Swatch on my arm of the shade: Attraction (Nude Coral).
Swatch on my arm of the shade: Attraction (Nude Coral).

Macqueen New York Creamy Lip Tint

A bit different from the others, Macqueen New York Creamy Lip Tint is neither a water tint nor a gel tint. The formula has a creamy, mousse-like feel, and because of the creamy texture, it is excellent for people who have dry or chapped lips.

The tint has an excellent adhering formula that will stay on your lip for hours, and the color is blendable and buildable.

It comes in a glass bottle with a long, tear-shaped applicator with a hole in the middle, which ensures the pigment is evenly distributed.

But I haven't told you the best part. The best part is that the product can also be used on cheeks to give it a subtle, rosy effect. So yeah, it's like killing two birds with one stone!

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      Shaaz 

      5 weeks ago

      Interesting information

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      darron thomas 

      5 weeks ago

      you should try this

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