A few weeks ago while I was on the hunt for the ultimate Autumn lip color, I swatched this product inside my local Sephora and ending up making a purchase. It is the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain in the color 07 Dark Berry. On the website, it is described as a "satin blackberry wine" shade. In the tube, it appears as a warm burgundy with micro shimmers of the same color. On the lips it dries to a beautiful deep berry shade with reflective shimmers that looks more plum and cool toned.

Formula
This is one of the most moisturizing lip stains I have ever tried. The cream formula contains avocado oil that hydrates the lips and goes on smoothly.  I found the texture to be silky at first, then it dries to a slightly tacky finish. The doe foot applicator applies the perfect amount of product, and for such a dark color it is almost effortless to get a clean line around the edge.
After a short while the lip stain sunk into my lips, leaving them looking plump and soft with a multidimensional, almost metallic finish. During several hours of wear, there was no fading except for the inner part of the lip after I had eaten lunch and drank from a coffee cup. I was so impressed that the color did not bleed, and when I accidentally smudged it out of place while applying it was easy to clean up with a bit of concealer.

Compared to the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, the formula of the Sephora Cream Lip Stain is more heavy and luxurious feeling. It settles into the lips better without leaving any unsightly cracks or flakes. It also lasts a lot longer, but is a bit harder to remove. I do prefer the shade range of the NYX stains, and also the lower price. A lighter, more wearable stain like the NYX would be perfect for daily wear or with a more subtle look, while the Sephora stain is more dramatic and bold and for that type of look.

Apply
I first used the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub to make sure all the dead skin was removed from my lips. I then coated them in a thin layer of Vaseline for a bit of extra hydration while I did the rest of my makeup. Once most of it had absorbed, I went straight to the lips with the stain and applied one even layer all around. I had an easy time with the doe foot applicator as it helped me create an even line around my lips. I went around again once with a bit of concealer and a thin brush to make sure the edges were clean and also to prevent any bleeding. To remove it, I took a Q-tip dipped in eye makeup remover and rolled that over my lips. It took a little while to take off, however this is due to it's slightly sticky, long wearing formula.


Find
I picked up the lip stain in store, but they are also available for purchase at Sephora.com. The product costs $12 and is .17 ounces.

Conclusion
If you are looking for a bold lip stain that won't dry out the lips, the Sephora Collection is worth a try. I have fallen in love with the formula and the finish, and Dark Berry has surely become my new favorite for the season.

I was thinking about doing a makeup tutorial on how I wear this color, if you are interested in seeing that then let me know.


What is your favorite dark lip color for Autumn?