9 Gorgeous Lip Products For People Who Hate Lipstick

Hate lipstick? You're not alone. For every red-lip-loving lady among us, there are just as many who can't stand the stuff. Whether it's the constant reapplication, the feeling of the formula, the taste, or the fear of getting it on your teeth, there are plenty of reasons to take a pass on lipstick.

Of course, that doesn't mean you need to stick to clear lip balm. There are plenty of other lip products that deliver a range of shades and finishes — all without any of the drawbacks listed above.

Organized on a handy scale of one to five, we've ranked our favorite lipstick alternatives by the most important result: intensity. Looking for an intensity-level-one balm? We've got that. How about a vibrant stain that will last all day? We've got that, too. Click ahead to find the non-lipstick lip product of your dreams.
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Intensity Level: 1
Finish: Balm

Like a mood ring for your lips, this balm reacts to the pH level in your skin to deliver a light touch of color. Unlike the original pink formula (which tends to turn out bright), the newer, coral color is light and subtle. Makeup artists swear by both shades for athletic-themed photo shoots, since the color looks like your natural lips, only better.
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Intensity Level: 2
Finish: Balm

It was celeb makeup artist Monika Blunder who turned us on to this balmy formula. She uses it on clients like Behati Prinsloo and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley because it feels like a balm, but gives lips just a touch of natural-looking color. This is a light beige, but you can amp up the impact with the darker options in the range, too.


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Intensity Level: 2
Finish: Matte

This lip-and-cheek duo goes on like a cream but instantly turns matte. Due to the dry finish, it doesn't wear for very long, but the flattering, natural hue is worth a reapplication (or two).

Expert tip: This formula adheres better to exfoliated lips, so give your pout a once-over with a soft toothbrush to remove flaky areas on the regular.
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Intensity Level: 3
Finish: Slightly Glossy

Designed for wear in humid weather (which is known to make makeup melt right off your face), this gel stain dries quickly and stays in place for hours. A single coat gives a watercolor-esque wash of color, two gives look-at-me pigmentation, and three is perfect for a night out. Top with a tinted gloss in a similar shade for even more impact.

Expert tip: Allow the formula to fully dry between coats.


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Intensity Level: 4
Finish: Matte

The closest formula to an actual lipstick on our list, this one gives a matte, lipstick-ish finish, but is much softer. The edges of your lips will look soft, and it will wear evenly, which is probably why it's a favorite among makeup artists.

Expert tip: Apply with your ring finger for subtle results, or directly from the tube for more color.
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Intensity Level: 4
Finish: Matte

This South Korean lip tint has garnered a lot of attention over the last year, and for good reason. After this thick formula dries on the lips, you peel it off to reveal a colorful tint that lasts all day (weird, we know). It's only available on Amazon in the States, and is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it's the best way to get high-impact color without resorting to a matte lipstick.

Expert tip: Use a lip brush for a more precise application, and apply a second layer a few minutes after the first, which will make it easier to peel off.
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Intensity Level: 4
Finish: Lightly Glossy

This easy-to-apply stain comes in a variety of shades that each deliver a hit of colorful pigment. But, like Dior's formula, it also reacts to your skin's pH to deepen the result. We like Acai Crush, which gives a classic red-lip look, only softer and easier to wear, thanks to the budge-proof formula.
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Intensity Level: 5
Finish: High Shine

Love a glossy lip? Think of this stain as the Vincent Longo Gel Stain on crack. It's a super-high-shine, mega-colorful stain — and long after the gloss wears off, you'll still see plenty of color.

Expert tip: Don't just slap it on like a normal gloss; this one will stain both the lips and the skin around them, so precise application is key.
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Intensity Level: 5
Finish: Matte

Just like a magic marker, this formula is easy to draw onto lips and gives super-dark color that lasts for a few hours, give or take; it really depends on your lips.

Expert tip: Fight the urge to outline your lips first. Instead, start in the middle of your bottom lip so you can get a feel for how the stain goes on (you have to press hard, and it can bleed a little).
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