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You wouldn’t know it from the state of our makeup drawer, but we’re actually beauty minimalists. Our motto: Why use two products when you can get the same effect with one? This two-in-one lip and cheek stain gives us a natural, understated flush and helps us get out the door faster. The gel formula looks dark in the tube but delivers a sheer tint. The tinted gel leaves a lasting stain on lips and cheeks. Since it’s water-based, it has a longer setting time than most quick-dry stains, which means it won’t leave any unsightly streaks behind as long as you take care to blend well. Use a single coat for a subtle look or layer it on for a more visible (yet still discreet) hue.
This sample is basically a one hit wonder in that you only get one use out of it. The sample is SO small and you need so much product for it to show up. I have a medium skin color and hardly saw any results when using it as a blush. It's decent as a little lip tint but nothing exciting. Not worth it!2
I did not like the jelly like consistency. I already have a few stains I love and this just didn't match up with those.2
Left my lips feeling sticky, tight, and dry. Very uncomfortable.2
I was not a fan of this at all. It says it has dual use, I tried it on my lips but I hated the feeling it gave me so I used it as blush and it was an awful feeling on my checks too. Left a sticky feeling that I had to then take all my makeup off and start again because of it. It tastes bad and has no scent. Wouldn't recommend it2
This product is not for me, too runny, color was not true when applied, and it didn't last long at all. I couldn't even tell I had any on. More translucent than gloss, so subtle it rates as a "why bother, then" product. Loved the size and applicator though.2
Personally, I wouldn't use this as a cheek stain. As a lip stain, it was okay however I've tried other lip stains that last a lot longer and aren't as harsh on the lip. I was however satisfied with this type of sample, as makeup samples are always what I'm looking for from birchbox.2
It felt sticky going on. The color didn't last on my lips at all. very faint color for the cheeks.2
I would not purchase this product because it doesn't stay on very well or very long. It is also goes on much lighter than it appears.2
I wear lipstick or chapstick and this really dried out my lips. The product was definitely not for me. I'll stick to lipstick!2
Not for me. Stainiac from the theBalm barely gave my lips any added color. Very watery texture. I tried layering it on my lips for more color, but it just ended up settling unevenly. Why would I pay for something that added little color and instead made my lips feel drier? I don't like the texture for a blush either.2