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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 love this stain for my lips! It's really buildable depending on what you're looking for, however, I didn't like it for my cheeks. Hard to blend out and just not my favorite.4
I had received this sample in both my holiday bonus box and my January BIrchbox, so, having used it for about a month, my lips absorb the stain really well, giving them a berry color that lasts several hours. I have used liquid cheek/lip stains in the past, and I felt that this brand was a bit thick in consistency. That thickness made it ideal for my lips (and gave it more of a chance to sink into my lips than a more watery version), but unideal for my cheeks because it made it harder to blend in a natural-looking way.4
I tried this product a few times and I liked that stain aspect of it because I could apply it once then just use my normal chap-stick/Burt's Bee's, etc afterwards and have the color remain, but I simply don't like the color. I won't buy this product unless it becomes available in another color. The color made me feel like I was wearing that play make-up you get as a child.3
I was skeptical of this stain at first. It looked *really* red, but when I put it on my cheeks, it looked very natural. However, it does nothing when I tried it as a lipstain. Overall, I love this product, and I'd suggest it to anyone who wants a more natural blush.4
When I hear the word "stain", I'm looking for staying power. I didn't find it with this product...I did find very dry lips, consistant with other "stain" type products. Over all, I wouldn't spend money on this one. It was just ehhh...for me...although I really wanted it to work!2
I must admit, I was a little hesitant to try this product, as I've had poor experiences with stains in the past, but this product surprised me! The gel went on so easily, it stayed within my lip line and gave me a really pretty color. I tried layering it to darken the color, and that worked well too! The only setback to this product is that it leaves your lips tasting a bit weird and feeling a bit sticky until the gel wears off, and only the stain is left behind. But overall, super pleased!!!5
I've tried other tints before - but this by far exceeds those. Love that the Stainiac has more of a gel-like consistency rather than liquid. It didn't dry out my lips like other tints I've tried and it had a pleasant smell as well. Surprised and impressed with this sample!5
Great concept, but this product did not color lips and the stain on cheeks was not even.3
This was okay....I didn't like the color stain it produced for my skin tone. Wouldn't buy, but I could see it being a great product for those with the right skin tone. I prefer nude/purples/dark ox blood reds- this was a little too orangey red for my complexion3
It lasts for a while and you can determine how much color you want by how much you put on your lips. It gives a perfect tint and gives a light color without the downfalls of lip stick.5