Both lipstick and lip tints are cosmetic products designed to pigment the lips. However, the two types are formulated differently as lipstick is typically a wax-based product, while lip tint is water or gel-based. In this post, the difference between the two types of lip products will be discussed to help you find your ideal product using BOM and AUSRA products as examples.



Lipstick is typically more popular in the West. There are so many types of lipsticks that can be formulated. For example, they can be matte, satin, glossy, shimmery, liquid, lightly pigmented, heavily pigmented, and much more. Most lipsticks have moisturizing properties and are easily applied to the lips. Lately in the 2018, the trend is matte and liquid lipsticks.


Basic Ingredients

Lipsticks are usually formed with one or more of the following:


Typically beeswax or candelilla wax. Wax provides moisture, protection for colour pigments, and form the crayon shape of the lipstick.


Oils help provide moisture and texture so that the product can be applied smoothly to the lips. Usually sweet almond oil, hempseed oil, coconut oil, or olive oil is used.


Butters may or may not be included in lipsticks. They help provide shape to the crayon of the lipstick and act as beneficial ingredients as they aid in healing and moisture. Some examples include shea butter, vegetable butter, or coconut butter. Butters such as shea butter have vitamins such as vitamin A, E, F, and K, all of which help moisturize and heal dry or chapped skin. If your lipstick does not contain healthy butters, you can apply lip balm prior to applying lipstick.


Types of Lipstick

Traditional Lipsticks

Traditional lipsticks are that of the crayon shape type, while liquid typically comes in a tube with a brush applicator. They are made up mostly of wax, oils, pigments, and sometimes fragrance. The wax and oils help shape the lipstick, provide some moisture, and provide smooth application. This type is often paired with lip liners (or lip pencils) to make the colour last longer, help finish with a bold clean edge to the lips, create a ‘gradient’ look, and prevent colour from smudging over the lip line.

BOM’s take on the use of a lip pencil and lipstick with the 7 Days Lip Pencil and My Lipstick together to create the ‘gradient’ lip.

Liquid Lipsticks

These days liquid lipsticks are the popular choice as they are usually more pigmented, bold, and there is more control in application as they are applied with a brush. Typically it is a creamy gel or water based formula with little or no wax or oils. Liquid lipstick tend to last longer than traditional lipsticks as some of the water or gel evaporates after application so that the pigment adheres to the lips. Therefore, they are less sticky but more drying so it is recommended to apply a thin layer of lip balm before applying.



Lipsticks come in all sorts of finishes but they are usually matte, satin, or gloss.


Mattes are more pigmented, tend to last longer, but are more drying due to lack of oils and more wax. If the lipstick dries out the lips too much, cracks may form and emphasize dry skin. To avoid this, apply a thin layer of lip balm before.

AUSRA’s Daybreak Matte Lipstick


Satin lipsticks are neither too sticky or too drying and finishes  similar to a creamy semi-matte. Satin lipsticks give a semi-wet and fresh feel compared to completely matte lipsticks.

AUSRA’s Daybreak Moist Lipstick 


Lipsticks that are glossy are typically the most sticky and heavy feeling but, are the most hydrating out of the three. The finish provides a healthy wet-look and the glamorous feel is great for night outs.


Lip Tints

Lip tints are formulated with a gel or water base which evaporates so that the pigments absorb and “tint” or “stain” the lips. The main purpose of lip tints is to achieve a soft natural finish or a gradient look. The finish is usually satin or matte, but a lip gloss can be applied on top to achieve the glossy look. Lip tints are more popular in the East because of its natural finish, and light-weight texture.

AUSRA’s waterproof Velvet Lasting Tint


Lip tints are water based and contain pigment. Usually, they are without wax or oils so that the product can evaporated and stain the lips. As some have no moisturizing ingredients in a lip tint, it is best to apply lip balm before. AURA’s and BOM’s lip tints are gel-like so they offer hydration unlike other lip tints.

The gradient style using AUSRA’s Pure Light-Fit Tint 


Types of Lip Tint

Traditional Lip Tints

Traditional lip tints evaporate to leave a stain on the lips. Some lip tints today are formulated in a more gel-like consistency to provide hydration. This type is multi-functional as it can also be used as a cheek tint.

Pros: Long lasting, natural, non-sticky, pigment can be adjusted.

Cons: Some are drying, typically does not give ‘plumping’ effects, may be difficult to correct after it has stained.

BOM’s Matte Holic Lip Tint is formulated with rosehip oil, apricot seed, avocado oil, macadamia oil, vitamin E, and pearl to provide moisture and health to the lips.


Peel Lip Tints

When applied to the lips, the formula dries after a certain amount of time and leaves a mask-like layer on the lips. This layer can be peeled off and what is left is a bright tint that is stained on the applied areas.

→ Pros: Long lasting, non-sticky.

→ Cons: Difficult to gradient, difficult to adjust pigment or correct.



You can check out AUSRA and BOM products on ZALORA.

*ZALORA ships to Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Australie, and New Zealand.

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