Best: Benefit Cosmetics
For the hefty price, reviewers say it's worth every penny for the natural-looking color that easily blends onto your skin.
Benefit Cosmetics Chachatint Cheek and Lip Stain, $30 at Sephora
tenngal from Sephora: "I honestly didn’t expect to love this product so much, but it surprised me and has become one of my favorite blushes. It is such a beautiful coral color and so easy to apply. I just apply about four dots on my cheek and it blends in very easily with my fingertips to a beautiful sheer pop of coral. It is so natural looking and stays on all day."
Anonymous from Sephora: "I absolutely love this product. You don't have to use too much of it at a time, its pigment shows well on even medium skin tones and it lasts all day! It's extremely easy to use and the best part is, it doesn't make your skin oily - and you don't feel like you're wearing anything on your face."
Want to look like you went to the beach, minus any actual sun? Readers say this blush gives you a rosy glow and even repairs sun damage with its vitamin E contents. Score!
Becca Beach Tint, $25 at Sephora
shreep from Sephora: "It is a cream/gel lightweight formula, that blends beautifully - leaving just the right amount of tint on cheeks and lips. It looks natural. I am planning to add more colors in my pro vanity!"
nancygiaee from Sephora: "I am super pale with very dry cheeks. I absolutely love this. I wear a tiny dot on the apples of my cheeks every day. When I wasn't wearing this, I felt like something was missing. It gives a fresh glowy look."
For a drugstore brand, reviewers were smitten by Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.
Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, $9.49 at Amazon
Mom of three from Ulta: "This is the lip color I keep on me at all times. It's natural feeling, hasn't melted in my purse or car, and is easy to apply."
Jesi from Ulta: "I've been searching for the perfect pink for over a year. Most had too much blue, making me look corpse-like, or there was too much glitter/pearl - making me look like a tween. I loved Urban Decay's Illicit but it didn't come in full- size. This is a great replacement!"
The irony is its sister product made the list for the best lip and cheek stain, however, this stain left users extremely unimpressed with its not-so-true-to-color claims. Yikes, that bites.
Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm, $6 at Amazon
Nikatron from Totalbeauty.com: "First of all, not true to color --but even that wouldn't be too much of a problem for me if I could use them for more than a week. One of them dried out in about a week, and the other one lasted not more than three weeks in total before it started sort of flaking off these darkly pigmented pieces of whatever it's made off."
Best: Tata Harper
Tata parabens, sulfates and all things toxic. This all-natural lip and cheek tint gives you a beautiful color and contains anti-aging ingredients.
Tata harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint, $35 at Sephora.
LAMakeupAddict from Sephora: "Thank Goodness I put this on my cheeks!! It immediately gave me a beautiful brush of color with a gorgeous glow. It stayed on all through the night and never gave me that overdone 'clown red look' that makes your eye makeup look white. I love this new addition to my makeup bag!"
kittycatgirlmeow from Sephora: "I've tried lots of lip to cheek products, but they never perform well at both being a good lip product and a natural looking cheek stain, that doesn't look oily or break me out. This is the first one I've really liked. It smells so good, too! I can't believe I'm not allergic to it considering the strong scent!"
Best: The Body Shop
This product is actually pure magic. Don't be fooled by its dark shade, the stain uses the pH of your skin to transform into your ideal color. Crazy, right?
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick Universal Shade, $19.74 at The Body Shop
takescareofmyskin from TheBodyShop: "I love this product as a lip color. It adjusted to the perfect raisin color for my complexion. I tried it on clean bare lips and over a lip balm. The balm did not affect the color or wear ability. The color lasts FOR HOURS! FOR HOURS! It had a natural finish."
mariapl from TheBodyShop: "This product actually provides a custom shade, and I love to wear it on lips and cheeks! I am impressed with the pigment and like that it doesn't dry out my lips. It's a great alternative to highly glossy, wet lip sticks."
Worst: Laura Mercier
The product's misleading "lip stain" name did not impress users, and they claim it's anything but. Besides color that doesn't last or barely shows up, reviewers just couldn't justify spending so much for such a drying and ineffective lip and cheek stain.
Laura Mercier, $31.76 at Amazon
GigiSD from Totalbeauty.com: "It wasn't really a stain at all--just a hint of color. And the formula was drying to my lips. The company says that the 'satin, balmy finish leaves the look of effortless polish and understated sophistication.' 'UNDERSTATED' is the operative word here. Understated color, understated moisture and a total waste of $20.00!"
ShanthiDevi from Totalbeauty.com: "Stain? It's just gloss in a pot. Nothing more. No stain."
Why wouldn't you love a lip and cheek stain that advocates martinis? According to readers, the stain holds strong while you're sipping that cosmo and gives your cheeks a natural flushed look — or is that the liquor?
Liptini Lip Liqueur Lip & Cheek Stain, $18 at Amazon
BeautifulAngel from Totalbeauty.com: "It just works. Last year I was looking around for a lip stain and I tried most of the expensive ones and nothing works as well as Liptini. I get lots of compliments about the colors and how I mix them up to make different colors."
muffinbrainz from Totalbeauty.com: "This is one of the BEST stains I have ever used. Blends well, you know how some stain are sticky and hard to blend. Not this one! Love it!"
The rosy cheeks and painted lips combo is a classic beauty trend that — as T-Swfit puts it — “never goes out of style.” So what more could a girl want than a product that combines a lipstick and a blush? While there is a vast array of lipsticks and blushes out there, lip and cheek stains save you the trouble of spending more time scouring the aisles of Sephora (commence impulse buying in three…two…one…).
For the best (and worst) lip and cheek stains out there according to customer reviews, look no further. This list is your golden ticket to finding your perfect match.