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Vogue: Somewhere between a lipstick and a lip balm, the best lip stains offer sheer-to-buildable (and oftentimes moisturizing) pigment with unmatched staying power. A few of the instances when Vogue editors opt for lip stains instead of other lip products on the market are no-makeup days in the sun when we want a natural flush of color, and busy workdays when we can’t be bothered to continuously reapply our lip treatment. Ahead, take a look at our edit of the best lip stains to sport all summer long.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Liquid Lip + Cheek Blush Stain, $24

Best Matte: Clarins Water Lip Stain, $31

Best Drugstore: E.L.F. Cosmetics Glossy Lip Stain, $6

Best Peel Off: Wonderskin Wonder Blading Lip Stain Peel Off Masque, $22

Best Lip Liner: Sacheu Lip Liner Stay-N, $12

Best Hydrating: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Poutsicle Hydrating Lip Stain, $28

Best for Travel: Milk Makeup Cooling Water Jelly Tint, $33

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