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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.
It gives a nice natural looking color. I like using it underneath lip balm so my lips don't look naked. I just wish it would last longer.4
Because you're able to layer the product on top of itself. The more you apply the darker the color, but if you just want a light tiny, it's great too!5
I'm not sure if I received an older sample, but the product was sort of separated in clumps. Thus, whenever I tried to apply it, it did not smooth on evenly--Instead, left me with lumps of color I had to wipe off using a tissue.1
When I received it it my box I was excited to try the product because I've heard such good things from others, plus I had never tried a stain before. I understand that this is a product for people who want a subtle look, and that is how I used it. I used it to give my nude lips just a tiny oomph, but I disliked that I couldn't get much more than that. Getting any color payoff on my cheeks was kind of laughable really. I dislike the texture of the gel, and the smell and taste is chemically.3
I'm very low-maintenance when it comes to my look, so this product is perfect for me. It really makes my lips pop when I'm otherwise going au naturel for the day, yet still rounds out my look when I'm going downtown or to a nice dinner - the shade's never too much or too little, and it's easy to darken via using multiple coats. My one complaint is that it doesn't stay very well, but the convenient size and shape of even the full-size product makes it easy to carry around. 9/10 would recommend.4
I love this lip stain! It looks like you just ate a cherry popsicle and the color stays for a good amount of time. I've tried other lip stains and this is definitely my favorite.5
I love the way the Stila lip products go on, but after a few hours they just expire. I get cracking and peeling and it ends up all over my teeth and in my mouth. Not the best for long nights.2
If you like a very sheer color this is the product for you!1
I love a good lip stain as I work a lot and hate reapplying throughout the day...this was just "ok" . The color was great and have me a nice, natural flush, but it did not last nearly long enough for me to consider switching from other stains I like (I.e. stila). It was also not very moisturizing and I felt as I needed a gloss over it to complete the look.3
I received this as a birch box sample at first. It works so well, I bought it. It is perfect for summer time in Nashville!4