31/03/2012

The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain


A girl asked me recently on Facebook about the Body Shop Lip&Cheek stain. It made me realise that, as much as I rave on and on about this little thing, I've never actually documented why I love it, or why I recommend it to everyone I know.

So here it is- a review on probably my favourite blush, ever!


The Body Shop Lip&Cheek stain has been around for years; it was one of the first items that drew my attention back in my early teens, along with a few other TBS classics like White Musk perfume and the delicious Strawberry shower gel.

Now, as far as originality goes, Benefit must have been the pioneer in cheek stains- according to Wikipedia, what we know as Benetint was first produced during 1976 and marketed as "Rose Tint", a nipple stain for an exotic dancer (!).
Urban myths aside, here's how I compare the two stains:

The Body Shop Lip&Cheek Stain          Benetint
affordable (€11)                                 expensive (€30-ish)
sophisticated enriched formula              dated formula, very few ingredients
100% cruelty free                                CONTAINS CARMINE!!!

[In case you didn't know, Carmine is derived by a chemical procedure that involves boiling dried insects (source). Sorry Benefit, I'm not the biggest animal rights advocate in the world, but applying crushed beetles on my cheeks feels wrong.]

This is why I'd advice you to skip the Benefit version and head for the Body Shop one!


Back to the actual product:

The rosy-red liquid looks transparent in the tube -see the above pic?-, it's also quite watery and runny. It's best to be applied after foundation, before powder and concealer. However, I've tried it under foundation and looks just like a natural healthy flush. It sets fairly quickly, so make sure you do one cheek at a time! Once it dries though, it fully absorbs on the skin to an almost waterproof stain that is going to last until you take off your makeup. I say "almost" because it depends on the foundation you're wearing underneath!

What you'll be left with is a gorgeous cool-toned rosy pink flush that looks so beautiful on olive/mediterranean skin colouring! You can obviously build up a second layer for an intense look- provided that the first layer has fully dried, otherwise you'll end up with a patchy mess. Also, keep in mind that it sets on the skin; that's why it's best for oily to combination skintypes that don't do well with cream blushes. If you have really dry skin, this product will most likely suck the life out of your face to an unflattering matte finish.

    Swatch, straight from the applicator

    Blended into a heavy layer

     Disadvantages:
* It's not the best product to use on your lips, as it tends to sit into fine lines.
  To be honest, all such stains do...
* Because of its watery consistency, it can dry out faster than you think!
  Make sure you close it tightly after each use and store it upside down.

As if you couldn't tell by now, I'm in love with the Body Shop Lip&Cheek stain! It's my pal, my "old faithful" during spring and summer season. The quality is fantastic, plus you can't beat its price! If cream blushes don't work with your skintype, go get it- no second thoughts!!! I vouch for it ;)

Disclaimer: I'm only raving about the Body Shop Lip&Cheek stain in the shade #01-Rose Pink. A second shade was launched 2-3 years ago (#02-Bronze Glimmer), but it's miles apart from the awesomeness!!! of the rosy stain.

I'd love to know your experiences with cheek stains- love them? hate them?
Have you tried the Body Shop Lip&Cheek Stain?

Evi   xx

19 comments:

  1. Μολις μου γλιτωσες 20€ γιατι η επομενη αγορα μου θα ηταν το Benetint αλλα μετα απο αυτο... Body Shop Lip&Cheek Stain δαγκωτο!!
    Πολυ ωραιο ποστ:-) Και πολυ χρησιμο!

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    1. Χεχε, α πολύ χαίρομαι που σου γλίτωσα λίγα €!!! Πάντως, τα καινούρια Posietint και Chachatint δεν πρέπει να έχουν καμία σχέση με το Benetint, αυτά τα δυο θα ήθελα να τα δοκιμάσω ;)
      xx

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  2. Oh jesus,με εκανες και διάβασα την πηγή στην wikipedia και τώρα δεν ξέρω αν έχω την ψυχική δύναμη να κοιτάξω ένα ένα τα καλλυντικά μου!! :)το benetint πάντως που το έιχα τεστάρει μου είχε αφήσει στάμπα, δεν απλώθηκε σωστά! ps: τσέκαρε το heroine lipstick απο την reel sexy collection!Στα πόσα μωβ κραγιον καίγομαι?ελπίζω να έρθει και εδω!!

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    1. Το carmine δεν είναι και τόσο διαδεδομένο συστατικό στα καλλυντικά πλέον, το πολύ-πολύ να το βρεις σε κανά παλιό ματ κόκκινο κραγιόν. Το πιο ίουυυ είναι ότι το κόκκινο χρώμα ζαχαροπλαστικής γίνεται από carmine, στις περισσότερες περιπτώσεις!

      Αχ το είδα το heroine στο Temptalia!!! Το πιο όμορφο μοβ που έχω δει, γιατί να μην το έχουν στη μόνιμη συλλογή; Το Violetta έχει αυτό το περίεργο φούξια shimmer, καμία σχέση με τα υπόλοιπα amplified :(
      xx

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  3. thank you so much for doing this post! This helps me big time and gives me a REASON to actually purchase TBS stain!!! Oh yes BS here I come! :) xx

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    1. This Lip&Cheek stain is actually one of the very few products from TBS that I wholeheartedly say it's worth to get! I hope you'll love it as much as I do, hun! ;)
      xx

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  4. Carmine??? TG I've only a mini bottle, and that sparingly used...
    Great post and lovely color!

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    1. Yep, Carmine sounds nasty! I mean, since we now have the technology to emulate red hues without harming any insects, why go the old-fashioned way?
      xx

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  5. το βασικό μου πρόβλημα με ρουζ που απλώνονται με το χέρι είναι ότι δε μπορείς να τα χρησιμοποιήσεις αν βιάζεσαι ή αν είσαι άτσαλη και ότι τα λάθη δε διορθώνονται το ίδιο εύκολα με τα ρουζ σε σκόνη. δε τα θεωρώ βολικά κι έτσι ποτέ δεν έχω αγοράσει ενώ όλο τα χαζεύω γιατί μου αρέσει πολύ το αποτέλεσμα που δίνουν

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    1. Α ναι, κι εγώ έχω το ίδιο πρόβλημα! Αλλά κάπως βολεύτηκα με το να φοράω πρώτα το ρουζ και μετά να βάζω concealer για να διορθώσω τυχόν λάθη ;)
      xx

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  6. Σε ειχα ρωτησει και παλιοτερα για το stain του body shop, το πήρα τελικα και ειναι τελειο! Δειχνει παρα πολυ φυσικό και "δουλευεται" αρκετά ευκολα! Ο,τι πρεπει για τωρα που ζεσταινει ο καιρος! Thank you girl! :)

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    1. Αχ πολύ χαίρομαι που σου άρεσε!!! Είναι από τα καλύτερα και ποιοτικά makeup products του TBS- κι έχω δοκιμάσει πολλά για να ξέρω ;)Όντως, είναι ό,τι πρέπει για την άνοιξη-καλοκαίρι!
      xx

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  7. θα το πάρω!!!! :)

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    1. Έφη μου θα σου αρέσει, είμαι σίγουρη!
      xx

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  8. I LOVE the lip and cheek stain!!! And a huge Body Shop purchaser :-)

    I mention it often and use it everyday which is noted in my blog, check me out at:
    thetattoodairy.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. BTW I am now you're newest follower, keep up the great wokr :D

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    2. Hehe I'm so glad we both love TBS products!
      Thank you for following my blog, hun- I'm following yours too!
      xx

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  9. ive got this free from the marieclaire mag purely just because i wanted this! might actually buy another copy for another of this so i dont need to pay full pirce next time i want it!

    its gorgeous and i ove it on my lips as they are not pigmented and not dry!

    please comment on my new blog, it would be VERY appreciated! www.lovelivepeacebeauty.wordpress.com

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  10. I have just downloaded iStripper, and now I can watch the sexiest virtual strippers on my taskbar.

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