These stains come in four shades: red (Fever), berry (Harlot), bright cool pink (Fluoron), and orange (Neon). They are $29 CAD — which is about $23 USD at the moment. The stains smell like roses when you first apply them (rose essence is one of the ingredients), but the scent quickly fades. Most importantly, these pass my Chapstick test (once they’re completely dry, I can freely smear Chapstick on top of them, without transferring any pigment to the Chapstick. I’m sure this goes for lipgloss too). CoverGirl lipstain markers failed this test.
My favorite lip shade is Harlot. Fever (applied heavily) gave me a very Snow White appearance — the stain also lasted 26 hours. My brilliant friend (and lip twin) LuckiestLiz said she applied just a bit of Fever to her lips and sheered it out for a less dramatic red stain… I wish I’d thought of that. I could probably have achieved that attractive, 20-hours-later color without the wait.
Though I was personally looking for a lipstain, I felt obligated (for science!) to try these on my cheeks too. This was my first attempt at a cheekstain, and it was honestly a heart-pounding experience. My cheeks tend to redden when I touch or rub them anyway, so applying a stain and blending with fingers sounded something like “oh no! oh no! It’s too much! Get it off!”
These are pigmented products, but that’s not to say you can’t apply them sheerly (even very sheerly). Because they are a gel formula, you have some time to work. Excess gel can be soaked up by fingers, palm, or you can press a square of toilet paper to your damp cheek. (And two or three washings will get the pigment off your fingers.) What I realized afterwards was that I could have started with just a bit, blended, and added more if necessary, rather than applying the full dollop of stain to my cheek all in one go. If you really do apply too much, you can put foundation on top of it to tone that color down.
All that said, Fever made an amazing blush. Makeup buff Sara13 also observed that (unlike some cheeks stains), there’s no stickiness to these.
Click here to jump straight to the Liqui-Gel Stains at Beaute’s website.
Or look back through previous Beaute posts for swatches of the glosses.
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