I only started wearing make up in college and back then, I had the bare minimum - a drugstore brand compact powder, three tubes of lipstick, blush and when I was feeling really fancy, I'd put on liquid eyeliner. The Body Shop's Lip & Cheek Stain was the very first blush I purchased.
I love that this product looks extremely natural. I can wear it with just my bare face or with foundation & powder on, either way, I end up with a nice flush of color on my cheeks. It's sheer enough that it suits any skin tone and is buildable so you can manage just how much color you want.
Of all the blushes I've owned, this is the one that lasts the whole day - even during those times I've had oily skin. And when my skin is dehydrated, this doesn't aggravate the condition. No need for primer!
Some people have a difficult time applying this and I guess it's because it comes in gel, and not powder, form. I did too, at the beginning - just keep practicing and it'll be easy in no time. The trick is to apply a few dots on the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards, using your fingertips. I've tried other cheek stains and would end up with streaks because it would dry up too quickly. Not with this product. It doesn't dry as fast, so you have enough time to blend. Just keep in mind that gel products get absorbed into the skin real fast - which means, don't take your sweet time either.
The lip stain part, forget it. It's the complete opposite of how great it is as a blush. It consistency is too liquid for it to adhere to the lips. It's drying and looks uneven. Plus it tastes terrible, like when you lick rust (yeah I did that when I was a kid). I think The Body Shop should just call this a cheek stain and leave the lip part out - that way, they end up with an excellent product.
Have you tried this product? Leave a comment, tell me if you love it or hate it.