The shade I purchased was 105 Pink Bloom which is a gorgeous raspberry colour, half way between a bright pink and red. When I received it I immediately tried it out on the back of my hand and was greeted with pigmented colour that flowed easily from the nib and dried quickly. Because it's so easy to control where the colour goes and it stays in place Ive found I dont need to use a lipliner with this product, and the balm lasts a long time on the lips so having it on the end of the product is really handy.
Ive found that applying to clean dry lips is a really important step, dont be tempted to apply balm before you use the tint or it'll interfere with the nib and the product wont apply properly. Similarly any foundation or powder on the lips will stop the flow of product from the nib and it needs to be wiped on a clean tissue until it flows properly again. Ive found that holding the or standing the pen with the nib pointed downward for about 10 seconds before applying helps the product flow properly after its been stored sideways, helping the tint get right to the point of the nib so you can get a precise line to the lip edges before filling in with the nib on its side.
I was really interested in the 'transferproof' aspect of this product and was sceptical whether it would really last all day without smearing or fading. It took me a few attempts to perfect the application technique but, once I did, I was really impressed with the longevity of the tint on my lips. Even though the balm did wear off, the tint colour was still vibrant after hours of wear. For increasing the wear time of the tint I would recommend: as above, making sure the lips are clean and dry, waiting for a few minutes after application to let the tint dry properly then blotting with a tissue and repeating if needed, applying the balm once the tint is completely dry.
left- without balm / right- with balm (daylight)
Cheesy Grins: Left- camera flash / Right- daylight
Astor Perfect Stay Lip Tint & Care has an RRP of £4.99, I bought it from Fragrance Direct for £2.99 (I would first google the colour youre interested in, their shade images are a little off) and I think even at full price its well worth the money!
How do you feel about lip tints/stains? Have you tried any products from Astor Cosmetics?