The Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion Lip Inks are available in 12 shades, and retail for $14.00. I picked up two shades recently, Ruby Extract and Beige Extract.
Packaged in a tube with a screw-off applicator, the tubes measure about 4.5" in length and have the name and number printed at the end, with a fairly close representation of the color behind it. The wand has a doe foot applicator.
Ruby Extract is a highly pigmented cool-toned berry red, and Beige Extract is a much less pigmented neutral shade of beige. The photo on the left is one swipe, while the photo on the right shows the stain left after wiping with a make up remover wipe. There is just a trace of color from Beige Extract, but Ruby Extract leaves a decent amount of stain.
From the Sephora web site:
What it is:
A zero texture lip ink that leaves the lips soft, bathing them in intense color.
What it does:
This must-have Lip Ink delivers intense color with no sticky residue. It provides buildable coverage for a natural, sophisticated, or glamorous look. The weightless formula leaves lips stained, soft, hydrated, and refreshed upon application.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
In a use test on 23 voluntary participants:
- 100% of women found the Rouge Infusion color to be intense
I am impressed by how hydrated my lips feel from these lip inks, and they are indeed weightless and non-sticky. There's no need to build up the color on Ruby Extract, as this one is plenty pigmented with one application. Beige Extract on the other hand, needs a couple of layers to really show up for me. These have a very slight scent and taste, but it's pleasant to me and not terribly noticeable. I didn't experience any feathering or bleeding of the product, which surprised me on the Ruby Extract, because it is so pigmented.
My color choices were decided upon to give me both ends of the spectrum--a pale shade and a deeper shade. I enjoy the feel of these, and I like that they don't dry my lips out as some stains do. Beige Extract is being used more as a gloss and I'm reapplying periodically throughout the day because it is such a light color to begin with, it just doesn't last color-wise. I find that Ruby Extract can be used as a stain that has a semi-matte finish when blotted after the application, or I can add a layer of lip balm or clear gloss to make the shade even more intense. This particular one lasts about 6 hours before the color begins to fade. I might pick up another shade or two, but I will go with something that's pigmented like Ruby Extract rather than one of the lighter shades.