Something New: The Balm's Stainiac
Well, the product isn't new but I'm new to lip and cheek stains. A few years back when I first got into the beauty scene I heard endless raves about Benefit's Benetint, a red stain which could deliver a natural flush to your complexion and pout. I never tried it but a few months ago I purchased a set from The Balm and Stainiac seems to be their version of Benetint.
The tube is pretty much like that of a lipgloss and it retails for $17 at
Out of the three shades that The Balm makes, I have Beauty Queen. Upon initial swatching, I was quite alarmed by the bright fuchsia red color. The consistency is gel like, light and easy to blend.
To my relief, the stain blended out into a natural, just pinched flush and did not look as scary as it did upon initial application. I found that I had a good amount of time to blend out the product before it sank into the skin.
A major issue I have with this product is that it stains my fingers a lot more than where I want the product to be. It seemed to me that the best way to apply this would be with my fingers but I always end up with neon fingers that won't easily wash away. I have to layer this product (especially on my lips) to get the color intensity I want so my fingers end up getting the most staining. I suppose this is a problem that plagues other stains so perhaps it's just me being picky.
In the above photo I am wearing the stain on my lips and you can see that it gives a very natural look. You probably wouldn't be able to tell I have anything at all on my lips if I hadn't told you. It was comfortable to wear and the sweet berry fragrance was pleasant. If you have very lightly pigmented lips and want to add a natural tint to them, this would be perfect for you. If you have pigmented lips, this probably wouldn't show up well on you so I'd say pass.