Saturday, 2 November 2013

Birchbox Review - The Balm Stainiac in Beauty Queen

When I first noticed this in my Birchbox I wasn't really that excited about giving it a whirl. The last Balm product that I'd received in my Birchbox was a tiny blush that had no staying power whatsoever. That is the only product I'd tried from The Balm previously, and although I know a lot of beauty bloggers like the brand, I wasn't convinced that it was going to be for me.

I thought Stainiac was a cute name and reminded me a bit of Soap and Glory. It aims to be a pinky-red colour which you can use on both your lips and cheeks to give them a pinch of colour. Applied with a doe-foot applicator, the product is very wet and has a slight gel-like texture. Personally I wouldn't use this on my cheeks as I use a powder foundation and placing this on top would not bode well. I could put it on underneath my foundation but I have doubts that it would show through.

So once I'd applied this product to my lips I did get a very odd feeling. It was almost like my lips were itchy for a couple of seconds. I've not had any allgeric reactions to the product but it still feels really weird at first. 

I would recommend putting a couple of layers of the stain on to build a solid opaque colour. I've had trouble with the stain being very blotchy on my top lip but a couple of coats sorted that out. I would also recommend not closing your mouth until the stain is dry. I've had further issues with the stain running into the part where my lips close and creating a dark crease line there - not very attractive at all. However, once I applied a couple of coats and let it dry, I actually really liked the colour and the look it gave.

Generally I did find it still looks a bit drying, but that could just be me as I tend to have really dry lips in winter. I ended up popping a bit of my Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal over the top and it worked beautifully. Unfortunately another let down to the product was that it does wear off during the day. If I don't top up after i've eaten and gone a couple of hours, even though this is meant to be a stain, I will still find fading - especially on my top lip. This confused me a lot as I figure it shouldn't wipe off at all. But when I went to remove it with my makeup remover I found it came off like a dream and left no stain behind. I'm not sure if that should be a creditor a disadvantage to the product to the product .

Either way, I think the products ok. It gives me a nice colour and although it doesn't last all day, it's still very comfortable to wear and looks pretty on when paired with my lip balm. I probably wouldn't buy it again but I don't mind using the product up either.

Have you tried Stainiac yet? 

The Balm Stainiac - £10 from FeelUnique


  1. I've never tried a lip stain because the word "stain" puts me off. It sounds so permanent haha. This product sounds quite nice though. I have a few lip products from the balm, so I'm going to have a look at this next time I'm at a stand.
    Great review :)

    1. Don't be scared by the 'stain' element. Most stains i've used don't last too long. Once you've removed your makeup and washed your face, by the next day the stain is generally gone anyway. It's not permanent so don't worry :) xxo


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