theBalm Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain comes in three shades and in super convenient little tubes with a bent-angle foam applicator.
These stains are made for both your cheeks and/or lips. The formula is aloe-infused which give you a little more time to work with them before they “set”. That is a GREAT feature because I always have streaking and blotchy issues with these types of stains, especially on my cheeks. Another great thing about these is you can add layers to build up the color more if you want.
Homecoming Queen, Prom Queen, Beauty Queen (unblended)
Homecoming Queen, Prom Queen, Beauty Queen (blended in)
Homecoming Queen is a sheer orange.
Prom Queen is a sheer red shade.
Beauty Queen is a sheer berry pink shade. This is my favorite one.
So as you can see once blended in and “set” they do stain the skin. The photo above is just one light layer blended in, they can get more intense. I found them easier to work with than some other stains which set quicker. They still can be a bit hard to get completely even though, especially on my upper lip for some reason! My lower lip was fine, the upper one was blotchy a little bit.
In terms of texture they feel just slightly sticky, but not anywhere near as sticky as say a MAC Lipglass does. They don’t really have any taste. They only feel a tiny bit moisturizing, but not dry either. Just kind of light and slightly sticky. They do last longer than most lipglosses do on me and I like that you can easily add a balm or a sheer gloss over them to punch it up a bit and make them more comfortable.
Overall: These are the best stains I have tried thus far because of the longer “work-time”you get out of them. I also like the small and easy-to-carry packaging.
Pricing: $17.00 for 0.3 oz.
Do you like using stains? Have you tried any of these ones?
Note: Cruelty free