This lipstick alternative is the perfect solution for dry lips that want some colour

Are chapped lips keeping you from wearing lipstick, confidently? The Tatcha Kissu Lip Tints offer welcome (and flattering) relief...

A selection of three Tatcha Kissu lip tints in a range of shades, pictured in a pink watercolour-style template
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Do you avoid bold lipsticks through fear that their formulas might cling and accentuate any dryness? Well, I may have the perfect solution for you and it comes in the form of Tatcha's Kissu Lip Tints...

While the best long-lasting lipsticks boast everything from matte reds to glossy nudes, when your lips are looking (and feeling) dry, a bright and heavy-feeling formula is often the last thing you want to apply. This is something I can very much relate to, as I hate when lipsticks seem to highlight any chapped areas, rather than mask them. The alternative is a nourishing balm but often you have to sacrifice tint or endure stickiness instead. Well, until now perhaps, as Tatcha's latest lip offering is something of a game-changing multi-tasker.

Offering all the comfort of a balm and the ease of a tint, the Kissu lippies coat your lips in creamy colour - whilst also proving UV protection and warding dryness. And if that isn't enough to impress, here's why I've given them sole residency in my handbag...

Why every dry-lip sufferer needs a Tatcha Kissu lip tint in their makeup bag

Encased in very luxe-looking (and feeling) pearlescent tubes, with the lids embossed with the gold Tatcha logo - which once removed, reveals yet more gold packaging within - these lip tints are a dream to use.

They glide on, offering a creamy wash of colour that is buildable, for a bolder finish or can be blotted down, for a chic stain-like effect, whilst still retaining the initial moisturising balm feel.

Another of their main sells for me, aside from their colour range and creamy formula, was the SPF 25 protection they boast. While we all know to protect our skin with the best sunscreens and best facial sunscreens, our lips often get overlooked. And though the best SPF lip balms offer the perfect alternative to slathering your mouth in greasy sunscreen, Tatcha's tints are the first I've encountered with a wear and pigment reminiscent to lipstick.

A close up picture of three Tatcha Kissu Lip tints, on a stripy backdrop alongside a close up picture of Beauty Writer, Naomi Jamieson's arm with three swatches of the Tatcha lip tints/ in a beige template

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Colourwise, they're available in three shades; Camellia (a pinky red), Midnight Lily (a deep berry) and Plum Blossom (a terracotta), all of which offer just the right amount of sheen.

My favourite is 'Camellia,' which I like to blot out for a blushy lip-stain effect and as someone with stubbornly chapped lips - no matter how much balm I use - I found the formula very hydrating and didn't cling or collect into any drier areas. They're also glossy but not sticky, which is often the trade off when opting for a tinted balm over a more traditional lipstick. No, these glide on and have more of a light, velvety feel, yet have a slightly juicy finish - which is what helps ward off the chap. They also don't have that classic lipstick-y smell, nor are they perfumed, which I really appreciate.

The one drawback is the price-point. They are a tad expensive for a lip product - costing £35 a pop - however, considering that they offer nourishment, tint and UV protection (not to mention the cute packaging) I would argue that they are worth the spend - especially with summertime on the way, when you might be thankful for a lightweight and versatile lip product.

How to apply the Tatcha Kissu Lip Tints

These lip tints are pretty self-explanatory. Unlike that of liquid tints and peel-off lip stains, you just swipe them onto your lips like you would a normal lipstick. As mentioned, they're buildable but Tatcha recommends applying liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure and says to reapply every two hours.

Naomi Jamieson
Digital Beauty Writer

Naomi is a Digital Beauty Writer from woman&home, where she covers everything from skincare to fragrance but specialises, particularly, in makeup and nail trends. Through her work, Naomi gets to share her trend expertise and share her own shopping recommendations and product reviews. Previously, she worked as a Lifestyle News Writer for My Imperfect Life magazine, where she used her savvy for TikTok to bring readers the latest beauty buzzwords, fashion movements and must-have products. 

Before that, Naomi split her time between both GoodTo and My Imperfect Life, whilst training for her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ, for which she earned a Distinction. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but leapt into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing. Now, when she isn’t reporting on the best perfumes and latest beauty releases, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping...