Natural-looking makeup that is easy to apply and lasts a long time sings to me. Lip stains are a good candidate because of their lasting power, and Becca Beach Tint ($24) stands above the crowd for its versatility.
Beach Tints set quickly and their waterproof gel formula, which feels more like cream-to-powder to me, means they work with both liquid and powder foundations and blushes. My skin drinks it in, and there it stays put, where the result is undetectable--as makeup anyway. On cheeks, I get a rosy, slightly-flushed result with no visible pores, and the tart color lasts on my lips for hours, unless I eat something oily, like salad dressing.
Raspberry, which is a true raspberry color, smells like raspberries. Go figure. If you are fragrance averse, the scent dissipates quickly, but there is an initial olfactory berry burst.
Here's a picture of it, blobbed onto my skin, moderately sheered out on the left, and applied slightly more heavily on the right.
Swatched on white paper to avoid undertones from my skin:
The 7ml (0.24 fl oz.) tubes look teensy, but a little goes a very long way, and the color is buildable, where you can really get some vibrant berry goodness going on the lips. Just make sure your skin is well exfoliated.
Beach Tints dry matte and provide no moisture, so I like apply a bit of lip lube on top, like Julia Hewett Camellia Lip Balm (#1 fave) or Rouge Bunny Rouge Kiss Elixir, which is more glossy and gives my lips the tingles. I never apply balm first because I want the stain to sink in.
You need to shake the tube really well before each use or a squirt of watery silicone might come out. Some tubes do this and some don't, so I err on the cautious side and shake shake shake, which gives my bat wings a bit of exercise.
One minor annoyance: Once out of the box, none of the Becca Tints is labeled, so if you have more than one Eye Tint or Beach Tint, you'll have to look at the color through the tube's little window to figure out which color you want to use.
Bottom line: The only "stain" product I need.
Ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Oxidized Polyethylene, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nylon-12, Propylene Carbonate, Parfum (Fragrance), Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Do you have a favorite lip or cheek stain?
Purchased from dermstore.com. All pictures mine.