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?