The only lip and cheek tints I own are from Benefit. They’re so good that I never even bothered to try more variants from another brand. That said, they’re expensive too and I’m always justifying the cost to myself by getting the kit which holds their small-sized versions. A little goes a long way! When I recently visited Sephora to get hold of a new one, I was bummed to find out it hasn’t been in stock for the past 2-3 months. Sephora’s loss became someone’s gain. Meet The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain Dutch Tulip, a beautiful orange blush for Indian skin!
Our Lip & Cheek Stains are lightweight, and inspired by nature’s garden of shades for lasting colour and moisture. Can be used under gloss for added intensity. This dual-purpose liquid stain gives lips and cheeks a hint of natural-looking colour.
Perfect for lips and cheeks
The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain Dutch Tulip: Review, Swatches
It comes in a black bottle with the shade name mentioned on the front in a color-coded area. So, if you own more than one shade of this, it will be easy to identify the color without opening the bottle. It has a doe-foot applicator.
The consistency isn’t watery but a little thick and plush. It dries very fast- you get only three seconds. Yes! I counted! You can’t afford to lose time with blending it otherwise you will be left with a bright blob of color on your cheeks. It’s matte in finish.
In winter, it stayed for 8 hours with some fading and didn’t go uneven. In this humid weather, it lasts on my oily skin for 6 hours which is amazing. Even longer with a fixing spray. When layered under powdered blushes, the combination lasts on my oily skin for really long!
I have applied it using a heavy hand here. If you skin tends to eat pigment i.e. heavy hand in blusher settles after some time, then go with 2-3 layers of it. If you’re after a peachy coral blush, you might want to check out Ciate Blush pop creme blush darling.
The only drawback I find with The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain Dutch Tulip:
It’s too much of a hassle for lips. It goes patchy and leaves even my non-drying lips in a drying state. Sometimes, I top it with a clear tinted balm.
Here’s how to use The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain:
– Instead of applying it directly on your cheeks for the first time, practice it 2-3 times at the back of your hand first.
– Work with one cheek at a time.
– Use two fingers to blend it as opposed to using just one finger as you need to spread it on your cheeks in as little time as possible.
– When I first started using Benefit Cha Cha tint, I used to apply it on wet foundation. I wouldn’t wait for my foundation to dry completely as the blending would get difficult for me. You can also do the same. Use your fingers in a dabbing motion to not move your foundation further.
– If you don’t use foundation and want to apply it just over moisturizer, adopt the same trick. Apply and blend this lip and cheek stain before it dries completely.
– My most preferred method of using it is by putting a little quantity using the applicator on a stippling brush and then, applying it on cheeks. It leaves me with a perfect natural flush. Applying it using a damp sponge is too much of a wastage in my opinion.
Summary of The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain Dutch Tulip:
Lip and cheek stains are like a magic potion in a bottle. You must try one. Once you nail the formula, you’re never going to let them go. They give such a diffused, natural look and also last long. The Body Shop lip and cheek stain Dutch Tulip does the same. But it’s a lot of work on lips.
If you find this one expensive, you can get started with the affordable ones like Kanebo Kate, PeriPera, Macqueen New York, Etude House and Holika Holika. Or maybe just wear lipsticks as blush.
VCB rating: 4.25/5