[Review] Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 03 Strawberry Kiss

Haloo my peeps!

I’ve been on a slight spree recently, hauling makeup, clothing & random stuff before the price increases post GST, 1st April. 6% is no joke yo.

So along with a bunch of other stuff, I hauled the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in the shade 03 Strawberry Kiss. I wanted a few other shades too, but they were sold out, or either the testers had dried up. Yuck. Sephora, Y U NO put new testers? Anyways, I love my red lipsticks and I’m pretty sure you guys must know it by now, but recently I’ve been picking up more pinks, purples & nudes for some reason. I like nude shades since they’re so work friendly, while purples for a night out just screams crazy rave party, and pinks just wanna have fun! Think Cyndi Lauper, lol!

Back to the Cream Lip Stain, as you may remember, I mentioned this product my Zalora Wishlist post. And I finally got it ❤ Ticking one item of the list, and now to tick off the next bazillion items on that list.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Strawberry Kiss Review (1)

Product Description: A lip stain that provides beautiful, long-lasting color. This high-coverage lip product features avocado oil for a texture that transforms as you wear it: when applied, the initial cream texture becomes a silky, lightweight stain. Lips achieve stunning color and feel soft and comfortable.  Available in an array of rich shades, including both matte and satin finishes, with intense color that stays put.

Apparently this cream lip stain contains avocado oil that provides comfort and nutrition for lips, & also vitamin E that provides antioxidant properties. The lip stain is a combination of resins and jellifying agents that guarantee a no-transfer film for long term wear.

Strawberry Kiss is a matte bright pinky red, and dries to an absolute matte finish, which means it can be quite drying, so I usually layer a little lip balm before application. Packaging is your standard slim tube, doe foot tip, and the tip really helps with outlining and defining your lip shape. I’d recommend just using the doe foot tip instead of a brush for application, as the lippie dries to matte perfection within almost seconds.

Here’s a swatch of the lip stain. It dries matte as anything as you can see, and the vibrant pink is just absolutely gorgeous.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Strawberry Kiss Review (2)

Ingredients: Isododecane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutene, Petrolatum, Cyclohexasiloxane, Kaolin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aroma (Flavor), Glyceryl Behenate/Eicosadioate, Propylene Carbonate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Benzyl Alcohol. May or may not contain (+/-): Mica, CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine).

Personal thoughts: This is a decent lip cream, and definitely a much cheaper option that the Hourglass Opaque Rouges, though slightly pricier than the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams. Quality wise, I would rate it a 6 on a scale of 10. It does give off a beautiful colour & stain, and lasts all day for almost 8-9 hours, withstanding oily food and such, but it does settle into my lines, and sometimes makes my lips look dry and chapped, though I don’t feel like my lips are dry at the time. And this is with a luscious coat of lip balm, mind you! I guess most matte lippies do that to you, but this one more so than the others. 

One thing that I do like about it is its scent. It smells vanilla-ish, leaning towards a butter cream frosting scent which I just love! Some people say it smells plastic-y, but I don’t smell plastic one bit. Is my nose not working then? #VeryCurious

Here’s how it looks on me. I absolutely love the pop of bright pink on my lips! And I’m wearing it together with the Clinique Cheek Pop Blush 🙂

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Strawberry Kiss Review (3)

Long story short, if you’d like a matte lip cream which doesn’t cost a bomb, you could give these a go. However, the NYX SMLC’s are much much better in terms of quality, and are way cheaper too. Now if only they were ever in stock at the Sephora outlets here, that would make my life a much better place. The colour selection in the Sephora lip cream range is quite good too, with a whole range of pink, nudes, purples, reds and oranges, so the variety aspect is certainly covered. Repurchase from my end? Maybe I’ll pick up the red shade, just because I need all the reds I can find in my life, but other than that, maybe not.

Give it a go yourself, and tell me if you like it. Or have you tried this, and loved it more than I did?

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The Sephora Cream Lip Stain retails for RM54/5ml at local Sephora outlets, and at Zalora Malaysia.



NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Absolute Red : Review & Swatches

Hello awesomesauces! 

Today is a review of a product I am very much in love with, owing to the fact that this is my third tube of it! I first came across the NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Absolute Red when I was randomly browsing in Sephora. *I always do this at least a few times a month, and spend at least one hour in there. The staff must think me cray cray* 

But I never really noticed the Nyx Lip Creams before, and when I finally did, I never turned back from them. I only use red lip products most of the time, so I picked up the Absolute Red since it was the reddest one available. The lip cream comes in a lipgloss packaging and is very creamy in texture. Duh.


See how pigmented it is?


The swatch is so lovely isnt it?


The first time I wore it, I went WTFOMGGG! It was super red, like vampire/cherry/blood red, the exact shade I have always wanted on my lips. And the pigmentation is to die for, its so so red. The lip cream is a hybrid of lipstick and lip gloss, so it feels matte like lipstick, but looks moderately shiny like lipgloss.  


Its such a lovely, dark mysterious shade and it would look great on any girl. The first coat on my lips makes me have lovely vampire red lips, and oh so sexy. You don’t have to use a lot, even the first swipe shows a beautiful pigmented shade. One thing though, since it is very intense, I would suggest lip liner first to avoid bleeding.I would say that this is a pretty strong colour, so take extra time to apply and make sure it looks nice and neat. 

The lip cream is thick, and very moisturizing, but not sticky like lip gloss. You know how annoying it is when your hair gets stuck in  your lip gloss? *lipgloss fury*  Also, this product smells sweet and buttery, but its not overpowering and fades after a while.

It lasts for several hours on your lips, it will fade with time,eating, drinking and kissing *LOL*, but leaves behind a very nice red lip colour  just like a lip stain. 

I also tried using it after blotting with a napkin, and it left this beautiful, natural red shade. Its a lovely colour for a night out or an event. 

So final my thoughts?


  • Awesome shade of red
  • Lasts longer than your average lipgloss
  • Cheap, only RM 26
  • Not sticky
  • Smells good
  • VERY pigmented


  • NONE from me. Tell me if you’ve tried this product and found anything wrong without it. 

I love the lip cream so much, and I’ll definitely be purchasing my fourth tube soon! The NYX Xtreme Lip Cream in Absolute Red is available in all Sephora outlets for RM26.