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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.
I really liked this product. Its simple and easy to apply and I would imagine I might use it on minimal make up beach days or days outdoors. I liked the texture and the ease with which it provides a pretty pink stain.4
This is pretty much a great product and the way that it is named "stainiac" tells you that it should last. The color at first was questionable as always because I do not always have the best luck with colors... but it worked so well. It can be worn as day time lip balm or an evening wear lip balm. i really enjoyed trying and will continue to use it until it is gone!!3
I love this stuff! I used it only as a lip stain. I thought it was really weird that it was a watery consistency; it isn't goopy AT ALL. I love that it just stains my lips and doesn't wipe off. It lasts for several hours too. The color was perfect. I just love it. I threw it in my bag the second I opened my Birchbox...after I tried it on first, of course!5
Despite the bright red appearance this is a subtle stain. Even when layered it did not get super dark. For a stain, it did not have as much staying power as I had hoped.3
This is my favorite lispstain! Its not too overwhelming and looks natural! I will definitely be purchasing this in the future!4
I love trying new Birchbox samples and was really looking forward to trying this one. I used the stain on my lips and cheeks. The color didn't consistently stick to my lips. After ten minutes you could see the stain stick to the cracks in my lips. Ew. I tried it on my cheeks and i had to apply it a few times in order to see the color come out. At that point I would rather just use a blush or a different form to color my checks in one swoop.1
I've gotten this in my box before and liked it so much I requested it as my sample choice for my August box. It goes on sheer but gives a nice, natural looking pop of color.5
This stain stays on longer than other stains I've tried. The color is a really pretty bright (but still subtle) pink, and I love the wand applicator. I will definitely be purchasing a full size after my sample runs out.4
Lip stains scare me sometimes because if you don't like the color it can be terribly difficult to remove. This has a nice, subtle color. I didn't notice it drying, but I usually follow up with some balm or gloss on top. I also like that it didn't have a strong sent or flavor. I gave up on the Benefit stain I had because of the nasty rose scent.4
The product was a good product, it just wasn't my color.4