I used to be all about dramatic, defined eyes and just clear balm on the lips but now my preference is often the reverse. A bright lip and barely there eyes is what I've been sporting much more often. But bold lip sticks and glosses can be high maintenance and I don't want to spend my day worrying about smeared red lipstick or berry gloss transferring to my hair and clothing. Enter: multitasking lip and cheek stains. I fell in love with theBalm's Stainiac and I've been looking for similar products to compare. Origins' Pinch Your Cheeks tints are a reasonable $12.50 and come in three wearable shades.
I often forget that Origins does makeup products and only came across these tints as I had two $10 off anything vouchers. For a mere $2.50 each, I had to give these a go.
I have two shades in Coralberry and Raspberry. Coralberry is not much of a coral but rather a orange toned red. Raspberry is noticeably darker and a true berry shade. The formula is akin to a gel but blends out easily like a liquid.
Both shades are very wearable and a little can go a long way if you intend to use these as blush. It is best to use a patting motion and multiple layers of products to blend the gel onto the cheeks.
On the lips I would suggest using a lip brush as the stain has a tendency to soak into the fingertips. The color looks a bit patchy in photos but in real life it is not as noticeable. The stain is comfortable and lasts for a few hours. There is no scent to the product but if you happen to lick your lips after applying there is a slight chemical taste that is not too appealing. Coralberry gives a nice tint of cherry red to my lips which is pretty all year round.
Raspberry is a deeper vampy lip color that I think looks especially nice in the colder months. These stains do not make my lips feel more chapped although in the swatches my lips look in need of some moisture.
The downfall to this product is the packaging. Although the silver aluminum squeeze tubes look sleek, it is hard to control how much product is dispensed. The Coralberry tube is barely dented but the product does not stop spewing out whenever I unscrew the cap. Raspberry on the other hand looks like it's been used for awhile however I've only used it twice. I had to squeeze the tube of Raspberry many times before a bit of product came out. These tiny tints seem like great travel companions but the possibility of the tubes getting mangled in your purse and then forcing out all of the product open reopening makes me think not. Also, the container only holds .1 fluid ounces which pales in comparison to theBalm's .3 fluid ounces and Benefit's Benetint's .4 fluid ounces. Those other tints also have better packaging as they have sponge tip and brush tip applicators respectively.
While the formula of the Origins Pinch Your Cheeks tints make these worth a haul, especially if you have a coupon or they're running a deal, the packaging flaw makes me hesitant to repurchase these. What's your favorite lip and cheek stain? Have you tried any of Origins' cosmetics?