Best of the box: Lip stain

22 Jun

This month’s Birchbox was full of summer essential goodies, which means it was only sort of awesome for this gal: Naturally, the box came with some bronzers — in the form of face wipes, which I found pretty inventive — and I’ve never used a bronzer in my life. I’m relatively tan naturally, and I don’t trust a product to make me look bronzed without looking orange and/or streaky and/or ridiculous. (Never fear, I gave the wipes two two friends who are admittedly pasty white.)

There was definitely one goodie in the Birchbox madness that stood out: Stainiac lip and cheek stain.

Now, I’m not a big blush person. I’m not convinced I don’t look like a clown when I put on blush, especially anything liquid. So at first, Staniac gave me pause.

I watched the how-to video on Birchbox, however, and thought, “I think I can do that.”

And then I did that. And it was good. The stain is water-based, so it’s very easy to blend.

Staniac gives your cheeks a very nice glow without being remotely over-the-top. And my “beauty queen” shade of Staniac made my lips lovely and red. Once the stain sets, it does leave lips a little dry, so I definitely recommend a light lip gloss if that bothers you.

It was my first forray into stains in lieu of lipsticks or glosses, and I approve! (See it in action on the Birchbox blog, where three staffers try it on. I think it looks especially lovely on the first staffer.)

Have you ever used a lip stain? Do you like it? What about liquid blush?


5 Responses to “Best of the box: Lip stain”

  1. tara June 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    i really like this stuff! i got it in my box too!

  2. Ally June 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I think I need to give this Birchbox a try!

    • Jaclyn June 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

      If you do, use my code!! If you refer friends, you get 50 points — you rack up points for every dollar you spend and for leaving reviews of products in your box. It’s $10 for every 100 points. I think I’ve gotten something like $40 back from them so far.

  3. Suburban Sweetheart June 23, 2012 at 10:55 pm #

    I got this, too, but haven’t done much with it yet…

  4. Stephanie June 24, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    So you made me motivated to try this today. I will absolutely be buying this! I agree, it is fantastic – for lips and cheeks! Also, tried the tanning cloths and didn’t see any difference. I will give the second one a shot to see…

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