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Jane Iredale mineral make-up was founded in 1994 and I am lucky enough to have one or two of her products which I really like. One of my favourites is 'Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain' which has become one of my most used products.
Forever Pink is said to give you a customised colour that will perfectly match your complexion by working with and adjusting to your body chemistry both on your lips and on your cheeks. For me, the one item I have missing in my make-up bag is lipstick because I have never been brave enough to go out and find my perfect colour, bold colours frighten me and I wouldn't have the confidence to pull them off or wear them publicly, so instead I have always stuck to lip balms and gloss on most days.
What they say:
"A lip and cheek stain that provides long-lasting, custom colour to lips and cheeks.
Multipurpose stain uses all natural ingredients to enhance your natural colouring.
Non-drying, long-lasting, all-natural stain adjusts to your own chemistry for an irresistible pink shade that will flatter your skin's undertone.
Olive butter, avocado butter and wild rose wax soothe and soften lips. Rose flower wax and beeswax nourish and moisturize".
Boxed inside a cream and bronze box, the product is then matched inside with a replica coloured tube which houses the lip and cheek stain with a cream tube and bronzed inside along with a bronzed Jane Iredale signature.
When it comes to using The lip and cheek stain, it is in itself a lovely pink colour and as you apply it to your lips it is incredibly moisturising and it glides across your lips leaving behind a very faint pink colour. Then within just a few seconds you see the colour change slightly and over a period of a few minutes it settles on what I can only describe as a colour I feel really comfortable wearing on my lips. Then I repeat the same action on my cheeks and again it is incredibly moisturising and as with your lips, once you blend it in as the instructions recommend you do, it changes within a few seconds and finally settles on a lovely light pink colour which again I really like and feel totally comfortable with.
There is also a scent with this product, to me it reminds me of cherries though others have described it as being quite floral with the Rose Flower Wax and some have said that it has a hint of Watermelon to it. As you would expect there are quite a few ingredients to this product, many of which are said to have been included to 'pamper and protect your complexion' and to prevent your skin from drying out. So if you suffer from break outs, are acne-prone or have sensitive skin, this product will not cause any reactions. So starting with Rose flower and beeswax which help to nourish and moisturise for a comfortable complexion. Then comes Olive butter, avocado butter and wild rose wax which help soothe and soften for stunningly beautiful lips and cheeks. Finally there is Pomegranate which acts as an anti-aging antioxidant for advanced skin care protection from damaging free radicals.
So this product is not only kind and friendly to the skin with the ingredients it uses, it most definitely does leave your lips soft, smooth and moisturised and with the sun finally coming out to play, it is important to protect your lips, so whilst this has no SPF I still use it and then apply a balm over the top which does have an SPF so I get the best of both worlds. This product is also:
---> non-comedogenic (meaning it doesn't block your pores),
---> paraben-free and
To learn more about Jane Iredale you can do so by going to the official website where you can read more about how the company was formed what other products are on offer, some make-up tips and a few other interesting facts too.
As I have said, this has been one of my most reached for products recently and it is one I would definitely purchase again. It retails for around £20 and a simple search with Google will find the numerous outlets in which this can be purchased or if you look on the actual Jane Iredale website you can go to the 'Shop' and enter your postcode to find your nearest stockist.
I got a small Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek stain in a beauty box a few months ago. Until receiving this, I had only ever used one Jane Iredale product, the 24-Karat Gold powder (also courtesy of a beauty box) which I wasn't overly keen on, so I wasn't sure how I would get on with this one.
Although I was more than willing to try this product out, a lip and cheek stain is not something I would have purchased myself, as my lips and cheeks are both quite naturally dark and pigmented. I am also always a little bit dubious about any 2-in-1 product as in my experience they are either only good at one thing or just no good at all!
**About the product**
This lip and cheek stain is marketed as being non-drying, long lasting and all natural. It is gluten free and cruelty free and also mentions on the website that it is suitable for vegans, however I noticed when looking at the ingredients list it contains beeswax, which is an animal product, so this is something to be aware of.
The product does contain lots of recognisable ingredients, such as olive oil, avocado oil, blackberry fruit extract, blueberry fruit extract, cranberry fruit extract and pomegranate extract amongst others. I think some of these ingredients probably account for the very sweet, fruity scent that the product has.
At the moment only one shade is available - forever pink - and the idea is that the colour of the product will adapt to the shade of your skin, giving a unique look for everyone who uses it.
The lip/cheek stain comes packaged in a white and gold case which twists up like a lipstick. It's quite a presentable looking product and even the packaging of the smaller size which I have feels good quality. The full size product has a slanted tip, although bizarrely the smaller one has a more rounded tip.
**As a lip stain**
I will talk firstly about using this product as a lip stain. The product is really easy to apply, it looks quite waxy in the tube, yet I find that it glides onto the lips quite easily without dragging.
The first thing I notice on application is the taste. This product has a very sweet candy taste to it and it's a little bit like wearing a flavoured lip balm. In fact, on the lips it actually feels slightly waxy, another reason that I think of lip balm when I'm wearing this.
In the tube, the product looks a fairly sheer pink colour. Once on the lips it adjusts to your natural PH, and on me I get a very dark red colour. As mentioned earlier in the review, my lips are quite dark anyway and so I am not a fan of this look, as I think it is too dark and doesn't suit my pale skin.
A problem I have with a lot of lip products is that they don't last and will come off as soon as I eat or drink anything. With this one, although I have found some of it will come off onto the side of any cup or glass I drink from, although at the same time, being a stain, some also remains on my lips.
When I do want to remove this, I can easily do so with a cleansing wipe.
**As a cheek stain**
There are a few problems I have encountered when using this as a cheek stain. The first is with application. The twist up, lipstick design is perfect for lips, but does not fare so well on cheeks. I have found that applying directly from the stick means I cannot be very precise with application and often have to resort to drawing on a vague circle and then blending. Blending however, is another issue, as due to the waxy texture, when attempting to rub it in, I actually find the majority comes off onto my fingers. What product does stay on my cheeks is difficult to blend, due to the thick texture.
Another problem I have found is that if applying over foundation, the action of applying this to the cheeks, actually rubs the foundation off. I have quite reddish colouring on my cheeks, so applying this to bare skin is not something I can really do and it's annoying to me that it's so difficult to apply over the top of foundation.
Once on the skin, I do find, as when used as a cheek stain, the resulting colour is much brighter than I would like. I think a blush should be subtle, and the tone of this product is ridiculous, almost fluorescent! It takes a lot of blending and a lot of the time I feel like I am really rubbing it off more than I am blending it.
Unfortunately, even if I do manage to create the look I want with this product, I find that it sits on top of my skin in a sort of greasy, waxy layer. This means if I touch my face it feels almost sticky to the touch, which is not particularly pleasant nor is it practical - and god forbid anyone should kiss me on the cheek!
**Price and Availability**
Jane Iredale is not a brand I have ever seen in the shops, and it does not seem to be widely available online either. The full sized stick is 2.3g and below are the only prices I was able to find.
£15 - treatyourskin.com
£21 - thecosmeticpractice.co.uk
On the whole, I don't really like anything about this product, aside perhaps from the pleasant candy smell and the fact it uses a lot of natural ingredients. The main downside is the waxy texture which is just about OK on lips, but not really suited to cheeks, the colour is too bright when it's on the skin and the lipstick-style format is not really suited to applying to cheeks. Needless to say, this is not a product I would recommend and in fact, I think mine is heading straight for the bin.