Benetint vs. Stainiac vs. Tints and Sass

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This is the show down of the rosey pink lip/cheek tints!  If you recall I received the Elizabeth Mott “Tints and Sass” lip and cheek stain in my July Ipsy bag.  At that time I thought it was similar to the Benefit Benetint in Rose or theBalm’s Stainiac in Beauty Queen. So of course a swatch fest ensued and what do you know all three are different!  I always find dupe lists amazing because there are colors that in the packaging look identical and when swatched look nothing alike and vice versa.

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As you can see they all look very different swatched, this is just one application or coat of each.


Lets start with Tints and Sass.  As you can see it is the darkest out of all three and definitely has the most color.  This is good and bad.  Good because you don’t have to build up color, but bad because its very easy to go over board because its so pigmented! I felt it was a little to red for the fair skin of my cheeks as it was easy to make it look like I had a bit of sunburn!  But I really really like this on the lips as it was a great rose red color.  In the picture below I’m wearing it on my lips and my cheeks.  After applying to my cheeks it was a bit to much so I went back in lightly with a sheer foundation to mute the color as I looked like I had a sunburn.  I think it will work well as a cheek tint I will just need to have a light hand. Out of the three this was the most moisturizing on the lips.  And this does have the faint scent of cherries.

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The Stainiac in Beauty Queen from theBalm is the stain I’ve had the longest and had the most experience working with.  It falls in between Tint and Sass and benetint in color and in pigmentation.  Out of all three I feel like this is the most easy to blend and work with.  But none of the three are that difficult.  On the the cheeks I applied three layers to achieve my desired color and the same on my lips. On the lips I find that it is neither moisturizing nor drying it just is!  That being said make sure your lips are moisturized as it will cling to any dry areas.  I like my lips to feel somewhat moisturized so I added a gloss on top.   At first I didn’t think that this had a scent but after smelling it again I almost detected a wheat scent?! I could totally be crazy as I’m trying to take a break from wheat right now and all I want is to eat a loaf of bread!  But I asked a co-worker to take a sniff and she agreed it did have a strange scent…

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benetint is propably the most famous of the three as it has been around the longest.  Tints and Sass and Stainiac are both more of a gel formula while benetint is much more a liquid.  As you can see from the swatches it is the lightest of the three.  Which is also good and bad.  Good because you have a lot of control over the color as its less pigmented and it’s not something you can easily go overboard with.  On the other hand its less pigmented!  I added four layers on my cheeks to achieve my desired rosey flush but it still isn’t that detectable in the picture.  If you want instant gratification this one isn’t for you, I’d go with Tints and Sass. Out of the three this is the most drying on the lips.  I also added four layers of the color to my lips (which were moisturized) and it clung to every single nook and cranny. As you can see in the picture once a gloss was added the appearance was much improved.  benetint smells like roses so it get a little extra love from me!

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On the Cheeks:: I’m calling this a tie between Tints and Sass and Stainic

On the Lips:: Tints and Sass all the Way!

Longevity:: All Three! benetint wears longer but the other two have great staying power as well.  I’ve never had one fade before I want to take it off.  benetint just took the most scrubbing to get off my arm!

Scent:: benetint ( sorry I love roses!) and Tints and Sass a close runner up. 

Products Mentioned:: 

Elizabeth Mott “Tints and Sass” lip and cheek stain:: $22.99

benetint Rose-Tinted lip and cheek stain:: $30.00

theBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen:: $17.00

theBalm Stainiac


Stainic is a lip and cheek stain by theBalm.  I received a deluxe sample size in my birchbox a few months ago.  I have used this as both a stain for my cheeks and my lips.

If you are using this as a lip stain I would suggest is to make sure your lips a moisturized and are free of any dead skin.  The first time I used this product I had slightly dry lips and this did not look so hot clinging to the dry patches on my lips.  This is a light rose color which can be built up to a semi medium color.   My lips are natural pretty pigmented so I had to add 5 coats before I achieved my desired color. As a cheek stain I swiped to strips on my cheeks and blended with my fingers.  I did this twice to achieve the color you see below.

Overall I like this product and I would put it on my wishlist.  If someone wants to buy it for me, I will be happy, however it is not the type of product that I plan on purchasing myself.  It rates OK in my book, not bad or horrible but not overwhelmingly amazing either. In the picture below I am wearing it on my lips and my cheeks.

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the Balm Stainiac Tinted Gel Blush retails for $17.00

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Seven Days of Nude’Tude Day::7

Today is the last day of Nude’Tude Palette challenge, I sincerely hope that you all enjoyed this as much as I have.  You really get creative when you restrict yourself to one palette!


Eyeshadow:: Silly allover lid including the crease, Sophisticated over lid, using Sigma E25 Selfish in the crease and on top of that layered Stand-offish used Sigma E35 Eyeliner:: Tightline Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in Suman Waterline and Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude Mascara:: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Black

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Foundation:: Applied with Sigma’s F80 Flat Kabuki Brush  Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin Equal amounts of Buff and Sand Beige  Powder:: e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder in Translucent applied with Sigma’s F30 Large Powder Brush   Bronzer::  theBalm Bahama Mama applied with Sigma F25 Blush::  theBalm  FratBoy applied with Sigma F10 Highlight:: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer applied with Sigma F10 Lips:: Bioderma Atoderm Lips Moisturizing Stick  and theBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen (3 coats)

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November Birchbox!

Its time to open my November Birchbox!  I am excited to see what is in this months box as the theme is ‘More Good’.  

So this is what my box looks like when it arrives, I open it and all of the fun things I received!  

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First off in my box I have Mox Botanical Bath Milks.  Looks interesting, and I am curious what this smells like, it seems a bath is in my future…

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Next in the adorable little blue envelope is DDF Amplifying Elixir and theBalm Stainiac in ‘Beauty Queen’.  Not sure how the DDF Amplifying Elixir will work for me it says on the description card it is for boosting your natural moisture barrier, not even sure what that means but at $70 for a full size product, it had better work miracles!  I have never tried a product from theBalm I didn’t like so I am excited to try this cheek and lip stain.  I have never used this product before so a review will follow.  

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And next in my little box of awesome is  ‘Folle de Joie’ from Joie.  Yes as I typed that out I am trying to say it out loud in my best French accent and I have no idea… That is what 3 years of Spanish (which I don’t speak or read either…) will get you.  Anywho if you can’t tell it is a perfume or as the French would say eau de parfum….  According to the handy dandy card, this pricy full size bottle of perfume has a fresh scent which blends Mandarin, Rose and Sandalwood.  While this sounds like a heavenly concoction, I don’t think I will ever be willing to fork over $98 for a bottle…

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Next is guess what… A nail polish!  If you read my last post on my Ipsy bag you know how I feel about nail polish.  I have way too many as it is and I am rarely excited by the color I receive as I have at least two of the same or similar enough color in my ever expanding collection.   This is from the Color Club Collection and is in the color ‘Baldwin Blues’.

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Lastly for my “Lifestyle Extra” I received three samples of Mighty Leaf Tea.  How weird is it that this is perhaps what I am most excited about?! This is a beauty box and I am most excited about the tea samples… What can I say working in a tea room for 3 three years does that to a girl. My samples are Green Tea Tropical which is obviously a green tea; Vanilla Bean which is a black tea; and Organic African Nectar which is a herbal tea.  I may save these for January and let them become my tea of choice during Downton Abbey. 

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That sums up my Birchbox and first impression un-boxing. I am excited about all of the products and will follow up with reviews to let you know if they are hits or misses. Follow this link to sign up to receive your very own Birchbox for only $10 a month!!