The face shop ink tattoo & ink serum lip tint review and swatches

I know I’ve always said I don’t like Korean lip tints. But you know when you have kissed so many frogs and you’ve invested your time into it for too long to give up?  That’s me and lip tints.  When Avon first launched the face shop products onto their online store, their ink tattoo and ink serum lip tints definitely caught my eye.  It was mostly because of the “serum” word, which is fabulous marketing by the way.  There are two formulas to their lip tints, the ink tattoo which is supposed to be a matte formula, and the ink serum for a more hydrating formula.  With 8 shades available for the matte formula and 4 shades for their serum formula, the colors looked promising and not neon-esque.  So without further adieu, let’s jump into this review.  I also couldn’t find any promo pictures on the face shop’s Korean website, so no pretty pictures for this review, unfortunately.  I think they might have repackaged the lip tints or changed it to fmgt (not sure if that is a new brand or a new line within the face shop).

Full name of product:
The face shop ink tattoo lip tint
The face shop ink serum lip tint

Limited edition/ Permanent?:

Description of product:
“A liquid lip tint that smoothly coats lips in just one stroke.
Non-sticky formula contains water to deliver a fresh, cooling sensation and comfortable wear.
Provides long-lasting color that looks freshly applied.
Available in two long-lasting finishes: Tattoo Matte for a soft, matte finish and Serum Shine for a pretty watercolour-like wash of colour.  “


Amount of product:
5 g/ 0.18 oz

Duration before expiration:
1 year

Country of Manufacture:
Made in Korea

Where to buy:
Avon US
Avon Canada

Shades available:
Ink tattoo lip tint shades

Ink serum lip tint shades

Ink tattoo:
Water; Dimethicone; Isododecane; Octyldodecanol; Silica; Butylene Glycol; Diisostearyl Malate; PEG-10 Dimethicone; Alcohol Denat.; Disteardimonium Hectorite; Sorbitan Sesquioleate; 1.2-Hexanediol; Sodium Chloride; Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate; Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5-9 Acid Esters; Fragrance; Iron Oxides (Ci 77491); Iron Oxides (CI 77492); Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891); Red 28 Lake (CI 45410); Red 7 Lake (CI 15850); Yellow 6 (CI 15985); Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).

Ink serum: Water; Octyldodecanol; Cyclopentasiloxane; Dipropylene Glycol; Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate; Glycerin; Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate; Phenyl Trimethicone; Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate; Diisostearyl Malate; Cyclohexasiloxane; Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone; Ethylcellulose; Dimethicone; Sorbitan Sesquioleate; 1.2-Hexanediol; Quaternium-18 Bentonite; Sodium Chloride; Phenoxyethanol; Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate; Fragrance; Red 7 Lake (CI 15850); Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985); Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891); Red 27 (CI 45410).

How to use:
You can apply it all over your lip for the full lip color effect or dab it from the center of your lip outwards for a graduation effect.

Depending on which version you are buying, the packaging comes in a matted tube for the ink tattoo or a glossy tube for the ink serum lip tint.  The glossy tube does attract fingerprints like crazy but it’s going to live in your make up bag anyway so meh.  The label on the bottom of the tube is color-coordinated with the shade you are getting along with a little slim window on the tube to see what shade is inside which is very helpful.

The doe-foot application inside is the standard ones with the hole in the center.  It is perfectly fluffy enough to catch the right amount of product and using it to apply the perfect crisp line is no sweat.

Color/ Pigmentation + Texture/ Finish:
For the ink serum, it is super glossy and almost jelly-like on the lips once it has been applied.  The formula kind of reminds me of YSL’s glossy lip stains and even has the same scent!  It isn’t sticky on the lips and does not make those gross streaks when you pout your lips together.

As for the ink tattoo which is supposed to be a matte formula, I don’t really find it to dry down to a matte finish at all.  It isn’t one of those that dries down to the point of you being able to see all the lines in your lips and shrivel down throughout the day.  It is still moisturizing and gives a light gloss to the lips, but it is definitely not as shiny as the ink serum formula.

Here are my bare lips.  They are quite pink/red and I usually have a hard time getting light shades to show up on my lips.  I’m also against putting concealer or foundation on my lips because it just feels so gross and heavy.

Okay, let’s try these babies on.  First two will be the ink tattoo “matte” formulas.

Ink tattoo in 04 about coral: warm tone peachy coral shade 

I actually really like this shade against my skin tone.  It isn’t too pinky or orangey and is the perfect shade for the summertime.  There are no glitters or shimmers in this formula and it dries down to more of a moisturizing velvet finish. The formula is super comfortable on the lips and this about coral shade stains my lips to a youthful pinky/ orange shade.  These are hard to get off with just makeup remover or cleansing oil, so I have my lip tint stain removes handy at all times.  if you don’t have one of those, the shade does fade after about a day and a half.  So be careful not to apply it too much over your lip line or you’re in trouble!

Ink tattoo in 07 burgundy punch: Cool tone dark burgundy shade with a cherry red undertone

This shade was a little bit hard to get even on the lips.  It can get a bit patchy, so you will have to work with it a little bit.  This does look really pretty on the lips but can go south if you accidentally smear it LOL.  You will look like Joker when that happens.

Ink serum in 04 tempting pink: Warm tone fuchsia pink shade with high gloss finish

This shade is gorgeous and so girly.  It is a very bright but muted fuschia that just screams Kpop singer.  Pair this with super glittery eyeshadow and you got yourself a Kpop girl in the making.

Ink serum in 01 living coral: Warm tone dark muted strawberry shade with a glossy finish

If you are looking for an everyday shade, this is the one for you!  Although the name says it is coral, I find this shade to look more like a muted dark strawberry shade.  It is a no-brainer, easy-to-wear everyday shade that would go with a lot of makeup looks.

Ink serum in 03 hug red: Warm true red shade with a little bit of an orange undertone

Hug red is that true red shade that isn’t too bright and isn’t too orangey.  I usually lean towards blue undertone reds since it makes my teeth look slightly more white, but this one is gorgeous as well.  I can imagine this shade with a simple winged-eye look and just clean, glossy skin.

Lasting power:
For the ink serum formula, the glossy effect wears off after 3 hours and the stain lasts all day and then some.  The stain is so hard to take off and does require those special lip stain removers if you really want it to come off your lips 100%.  As for the ink tattoo formula, the slightly glossy finish wears off after about 2 hours of wear and the stain lasts for more than a day.  These will transfer if you are eating or kissing so beware.  It won’t transfer if the glossy part of the lip tint has worn off.

These have a rose scent to it and it really reminds me of YSL glossy lip stains but not as intoxicatingly gross.  Smell-o-scale: 6/10 in terms of how strong the scent is and it does fade after application.

-super pigmented
-very hydrating
-comfortable and light on the lips
-lip stain is long-lasting

-lip stain is hard to remove

Yes!  I love the glossy formula.

Stars given out of 5:

Overall thoughts:
I’m very impressed with the color formulations and am happy to report that it doesn’t have that gross neon look to the lips.  The ink serum is so gorgeously glossy and jelly-like on the lips while still being light and comfortable.  The ink tattoo formula is just moisturizing enough to wear all day but isn’t as glossy if you are looking for something that isn’t so in your face.  I am sad that the ink serum formula only has four shades while the ink tattoo has double, but I’m pretty happy with the 3 shades I picked out.  Overall I’m very impressed with these lip tints and definitely give you the green thumb to get them if you were eyeing them ;).

*PR sample

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