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.
8 thoughts on “The Balm Stainiac Lip and Cheek Stain Review”
I got this when I subscribed to Birchbox and I didn’t think much of it either!
Yeah, I just couldn’t get on board with it.
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.
It is really a strange one!
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.
I have tried stains that I like but this one was just a dud for me.
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.
Thanks! It might be a good product it just wasn’t for me. Lol…I don’t look glad as Raggedy Anne : )