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The Peel-Off Lip Stain

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ITG writer Stella Kim just got back from Seoul, bearing bags and bags sheet masks, lotion jars shaped like toys, and other novelties that could prove to be the next BB cream (or just something really fun to play around with for a while). To be honest, it was too overwhelming to go through all at once, so we'll be rolling out our favorites here, one by one, for the next few weeks. It'll be like a mini vacation for everyone, except instead of jet-lagged, you get a fun new beauty product at the end. To get it started, we begin with a very, very unique lip stain:

First, a vocabulary lesson. Pack, in Korean (and correctly pronounced as peck), refers to a type of mask that is lifted or peeled from the skin when dry. Berrisom’s My Lip Tint Pack abides by the same principle (glob it on, wait, peel it off), but instead of the glowing skin you’d expect after, say, a luminizing mask, you’re left with perfectly stained lips. It’s revolutionary, a little startling, and potentially frustrating—all of which makes it that much more exciting in my book.

The formula is like a stain, but on a hefty dose of steroids. This isn't a swipe-on-and-go tint—you'll need about 15 minutes, some manual dexterity, and a strong stomach for fake gore. The gloss goes on (and peels off) like raspberry-flavored superglue. The peeling process is supposed to help remove dead skin cells from your lips, so be prepared to lose a layer or two. It's not so much hydrating like the formula suggests, but that's not really the nature of a stain anyway. You might need to add some balm afterwards, but it's well worth it—after the peel, you've got a base stain that's a bright but believable pink. And that color's not moving for at least 12 hours. So those afraid of color commitment literally need not apply.

—Stella Kim

Photographed by Tom Newton.

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