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.