Sunday, March 17, 2013

TheBalm Stainiac Lip and Cheek Tint: Review and Swatches

TheBalm's Stainiac tint for lips and cheeks in "Beauty Queen" ($17 USD) is probably my most-worn lip product (beside my lip balm) of all time. The idea of this product is similar to the famous Benetint from Benefit, a versatile cheek and lip color. The only difference between this and Benetint is also what makes this product a gazillion times more amazing than Benetint- it has a gel-like consistency instead of a messy liquid formula and has a doe-foot applicator instead of flimsy brush. 

Because it has a gel consistency, it goes on super evenly and smoothly. It is buildable, so you can go for either a natural flush or a more intense look. I only use this on my lips not because it isn't good on the cheeks, I just personally prefer powdered blush.
Swatched on arm under direct sunlight.
In the lip swatches below, you can see how the product can be built up to create a more intense look. Overall, I absolutely LOVE this product and urge everyone to check it out!
Notice how the color is fairly buildable. Though even with two layers, it still looks super natural.