What I've found is cream/cheek stains don't look quite right with powder foundations. It looks best on top of a liquid foundation (before setting with a powder) or no foundation. Also, it doesn't look as nice if I just swirl it on my cheeks directly from the package. I have to go back and smudge and spread the product out with my fingers or a stippling brush. The product sets pretty quickly and I've noticed that sometimes it can be tricky to blend out the harsh lines (isn't as blendable as a powder blush in my opinion). I've had the best results by applying it with a stipple brush or swirling my fingers on top of the product and then dabbing it on my cheeks.
☆ The Natural Cheek Stain does give a very pretty glow to the cheeks. There's almost a shiny/reflective quality to this color that is unique. If I had very oily skin, I would probably stay away from this blush though.
☆ It has a pleasant sweet aroma.
☆ The stain lasts a good 6-7 hours on my face, which I think is decent.
L When I first bought and opened the product it was dry & crusty around the edge (see pictures below). After several uses, it still looks the same and I've even tried to wipe it away several times. I didn't want to push too firmly on the stain though because I don't want to ruin it. So I don't like how the product looks all gross around the edges.
L Since I've bought this, Tarte has come out with new packaging. The cheek stain is the same price, but Tarte reduced the amount of product in the package from 1 oz to .5 oz. They 'repackaged' the cheek stains, hacked off half of the product, and yet still charge the same price ($30 each). Not a fan of that.
L Dollface is already a light color and when I set my foundation with a powder over it and it makes it even lighter. So I have to apply twice the amount of product if I've setting my foundation.
L It takes a lot of work for me to get this blush to look right. I have to blend, pat, stipple. It's quite a bit more work than applying a powder blush or a cream blush with a bit more color.
Final thoughts: Would I purchase another one? I'm not sure yet. I've tried a sample of 'loving' cheek stain and it's really pretty (I think it's more flattering on me than doll face) but for half the amount of product at the same price, I'll probably pick something else up.
For most of the pictures below I'm only wearing foundation, concealer, brow pencil and the blush. I wanted to keep the emphasis on the cheek area and not draw attention elsewhere. None of the photos were taken with a flash.
Brrrr… it was cold outside!
Picture below is an indoor swatch with natural lighting:
I applied two applications of the cheek Stain and it seems to be a little more noticeable: