I am definitely a cream/liquid blush kinda gal, more so than a powder one because my skin is a little dry, I love the dewy glow they give.
Tints are lovely too – they tend to be more sheer than cream blushers, but they do set and last for a long time, even though they are sheerer. Another advantage of tints is that they can be used on the lips without looking dry and chalky.
Cosmetics a la Carte’s Cheek Ice is a stain in a stick – it’s like a tint but also a balm. It can be used on the eyes, cheeks and lips, but I don’t think it’s the type of hue to use on the eyes!
Cheek Ice comes in 3 shades, Blackberry (a deep purple/plum), Bronze, Damson (pink) and Papaya (red coral). I have Papaya here which reminds me of Benetint – a rosy shade that is quite flattering without being too red.
Looking at the product, it reminds me a lot of Tarte’s cheek stains (I had a couple from the US but I didn’t keep them for long because they were a little greasy).
This has that same sort of leaking colour on the sides!
It’s almost transparent:
There’s no doubting that this is a very sheer product. It leaves the lightest hint of colour on your cheeks – it swatches worse than it actually applies on the cheek for some reason as I could get this to show up nicely on my cheeks, but not so much on my hand.
The texture is nice – reminds of a lip balm. There was a moment when I though it would be to greasy but it does settle and look glowy – not matte, but not too shiny. It definitely works well on the lips, better than a liquid tint which I find drying.
On my hand:
The product is oil free which is great as it doesn’t break me out at all. Nars Multiple, for example gives me little bumps (although I still collect them!).
I do like this product although it’s a bit unusual. It’s very sheer, a bit too sheer for me day to day but I find it easier to use than a liquid tint as it doesn’t stain your skin or fingers. So for me it’s an alternative to a liquid stain, something easier to use and more hydrating on the lips but it wouldn’t replace a nice cream/mousse blusher. It’d be great for a holiday though!
On the face:
You get 8g for this for £25 so it’s not cheap but I really don’t see how you’d use this up in a hurry unless you were eating it.
You can see the product here.