The Balm Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain Review

I recently got a sample of The Balm Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain in my Birchbox which I recently restart and I have to say that Stainiac is quite possibly the strangest make-up product that I’ve ever used in a long time and I’m not sure if it’s because I’m old, but it just didn’t work for me.

Here’s the scoop!

First I have to say that I love the Balm products, their eyeshadow is amazing. However this formula was just strange for me. When I first picked up the tube I was perplexed. It looked like bright red aloe vera gel which makes sense because it does have aloe in it.

The product is actually a stain that you can use on your lips or your cheeks and it gets nice reviews. Stainiac is thick and jelly-like and actually very pretty in the tube. As you can see on my hand it’s super thick and after I wiped it off it did have a nice red stain. It had no scent or taste and it did not tingle or sting at all.

However, here’s what happened when I applied it to my lips. It looked a little uneven and chunky and I had problems with it bleeding out a bit. When I wiped it off there was a light red stain but it was not dark enough for my taste. As for my cheeks. Don’t ask. I just made a mess and ended up looking like Raggedy Anne.


Overall I think this is a neat concept and perhaps I’m just inept at applying it. I did end up playing with it for about 10 minutes because it is so pretty. I’m also wondering if the full-sized product has a better doe foot control. Sometimes samples just don’t quite cut it in terms of quality.


About Queen of the Girl Geeks

Bonnie is a 48-year-old girl geek. She started her career as a geek way back in the 1970's after she saw Star Wars 37 times. She loves hanging out in cosmetics shops, writing about the latest beauty products and helping moms over 40 look amazing. In her spare time she collects beach glass and blogs about it.
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8 Responses to The Balm Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain Review

  1. I got this when I subscribed to Birchbox and I didn’t think much of it either!

  2. cherilyndoes says:

    The swatch is so uneven and patchy! What an odd product. I don’t think it’s you, it most certainly looks like it’s the formula of the product.

  3. I’ve been tempted by this in the past, I’m also a fan of the balm shadows, but this doesn’t look good. Sometimes they’re better at the one than the other but it looks like this doesn’t work for either. It’s a pity as it seems like a good idea.

  4. Michelle says:

    Great post! I had to laugh at the raggedy Ann comment! I have been looking for a nice lip stain now I can rule this one out.
    Michelle xx

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