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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Adore or Ignore: Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass Lip Tint

Hi again lovelies - let's talk Tints and Sass!
Tints & Sass, $22

Tints & Sass is a lip and cheek stain, similar to Benefit's Benetint. It is a sheer gel that can be applied to your lips or cheeks for a gentle wash of color, and can be built up by layering. In the past, I've tended to steer clear of such products because, frankly they scared the crap out of me ahem, intimidated me. I mean, it's a STAIN - it stains your skin- such products could go very wrong,very fast. However, for some reason unbeknownst to me, I've grown curious about lip and cheek stains and decided to step outside of my comfort zone and give one a try. Luckily, I had received Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass Lip Tint in one of my subscription boxes, and after a few months of it sitting in my collection, I decided to take it out a for a spin.

You can purchase Tints & Sass on the Elizabeth Mott Website for $22. On the webpage, Tints & Sass is touted to be an "all day color that will kick some sass!" It is described as a "gentle, lightweight formula that feels like it's barely there" and "a non-drying formula that lasts all day". It also states that the "soft tip applicator makes it ridiculously easy to swipe onto lips and the apples of the cheeks, creating a natural, yet unforgettably sexy glow".

The color is Cherry, and the website says it smells like cherries, which I suppose it does, but is not overpowering. As for the actual color, it can be built up to a nice, it looks like a bright cherry in the package and when applied thickly, however when first applied to the lips or cheeks it comes off more of a light berry shade as it has a slight pink/purple undertone. The product comes in what the company calls a "non-drip, spill-proof bottle", and I must say that after tipping the bottle upside down, shaking it all around, dropping it repeatedly and carrying it in my purse for a few days, it  has lived up to its promise thus far.

As I stated previously, this is a stain - and therefore a bit daunting - but I found that the applicator is easy to use, and if you apply it with a light hand it can create a beautiful effect. A little goes a looooong way, and this tint is very good at it's job; I swiped the product on my hand so I could dab my brush in it, and it left a large pink circular mark that did not come off, no matter how much I scrubbed...guess it's time for me to purchase that mixing tray I've been eyeing!

This stain stayed there, even after 12 hours and nearly as many hand-washings!

For cheeks, you should apply using a brush (I suggest a small stipple). I've heard people say that they dot the product directly on the apples of their cheeks and rub it in with their fingertips, but when I tried this I looked like a splotchy-cheeked clown. No, thank you! A stipple brush is the only way this works for me. The good thing is that the product is easily buildable - apply a tiny amount for a gentle flush, or layer it on for full blown rosy cheek, whatever makes you happy!

A tiny amount of product on an E.L.F. small stipple brush is all it takes!

On my eyes: UD Naked 2 Palette, colors Verve, Pistol and Bottycall
            Lips: Milani Enchanted Topaz (LE)

For lips, apply directly with the doe-foot applicator. You can apply one coat for a pretty pink pout, or layer it several times for a deeper cherry red smile. You do have to be careful applying this; if you get it outside of your lip-line it will stain and be there forever  for a very long time, so try to avoid applying this while in a moving vehicle or other such circumstances.

Applied directly to the lips - 2 coats

Please excuse my crazy hairs

Tints & Sass on my lips, 2 coats

After trying out the product several times, I've determined the following:

Pros: Long lasting, great applied under lipstick, stays on cheeks better than powder blush, surprisingly non-drying, lightweight/ no-makeup feel, very pretty color (IMO).

Cons: Not many, with the exception of the fact that it stains places you may not want stained. If you don't like the color once applied, you kind of have to wait until it wears off to get rid of it (unless you have a makeup wipe nearby, and that doesn't always remove the stain 100%); you can apply another color over it to change it if it's really that bad. Also, this is not a product you can apply on the go, without a mirror - it needs a little extra time to get it right, so if you're running late save it for a different day.

In the end, I must confess I've come to  Adore Elizabeth Mott Tints & Sass Lip Tint!

Have you tried this or other brands of cheek/lip tint? What tips/tricks do you have to make it more user friendly?

Thanks for visiting...

Live a beautiful life!



  1. It looks gorgeous on you :) I haven't tried any Elizabeth Mott items. but it looks super pigmented!



    1. Thank you so much! It is really pigmented, but when applied lightly can have a nice, sheer look.

  2. It looks so subtle on. I love the pink color on your lips.


    1. Thank you! I didn't know how the color would look at first, but I have become a huge fan of using it as a lip color - it lasts all day!

  3. Looks great on you!

    1. Oh, thank you!!! It's definitely become one of my go-to blushes, especially now that it's getting colder and my skin is starting to be a bit more dry.

  4. If you've ever seen the Korean ombre lip trend (NOT the Jenner-esque Americanized version with all the dark colors and ten billion shades of lipstick/liner) then you should definitely try recreating it with this and a light pink stain for the outer parts of the lip. Trust me, you'll love it.

    I got this in my Ipsy box and since I had no place to be that day I decided to just go for it and try it out, and I'm about to have to replace it because I have used so much. This shade is perfection, and I am hoping when I replace it I can pick up a few others too!

    1. Hi New Girl, thanks so much for reading! I think that is a great suggestion about the ombre lip - the light and dark pink would make a beautiful combo! Do you have any suggestions for a light pink stain?


Thank you so much - your comments are always appreciated!