Average Rating 4.2/5
Review by proximitythe53rd
Use on LIPS:
Staying power on the lips isn't particularly impressive from a "true stain" point of view - I don't find that it lasts all day (including eating meals and drinking etc.) however it definitely lasts a good few hours, and the fade is slow and even. Once it's dry, if you apply a chapstick like lip balm to it, there will only be slight transfer of color onto the lip balm. (I don't witness any kissing transfer from this at all once it's dry, with or without balm, based on back-of-the-hand tests.) Without adding lip balm, this is drying on its own, however not to the extent of more traditional stains that I have experienced. Adding balm does not seem to adversely effect the lasting time or the amount of color on the lips. I think people who don't have much need for moisture on their lips would be fine wearing this solo, however others like me who typically use lip balm to keep their lips moisturized will want to top it with something.
I don't find that the color on the lips is at all too bold. On my fairly lightly pigmented (cool pinkish) lips the color is a sheer coral-pink. You can build up more intensity, but I haven't yet built it up far enough to be hard to wear for daytime. It can definitely be a MLBB shade especially if worn sheerly, and seem to put a bit of 'life' back into my lips (which can tend towards the purpley-side at times).
Use on CHEEKS: I like this best for cheeks. I am very pale (around MAC NW/C 10) and mostly neutral with a bit of a leaning towards cool (as in pink-toned). I had a good amount of natural redness in my cheeks, so I love that this tint really is orange-y, because when mixed with my natural coloration, it doesn't give me orange cheeks, it gives me a perfect coral-y glow which is very real-looking, and gives focus to my overall redness, actually making me look less red (and removing the effect where the redness of my cheeks picks up other redness on my face (whether from irritation, or acne) and makes them shine like beacons. Since the product is sheer but build-able, you have a ton of control over how strong you what the effect to be, and for that reason I would enthusiastically suggest it to my fellow pale lovelies. I apply this with clean fingers, tapping on and then blending in circular motions, with more tapping at the end. I find that I have plenty of blending time before this dries, but it sets quickly enough that you're not standing around waiting for it. If you apply this over heavier foundation or careful concealing, you will be messing up the work that you did earlier. However it works great over tinted moisturizer or light foundation. It works great on bare skin, and it generally layers well with other products. I haven't overdone it massively yet, but if you over-do it slightly, a bit of translucent powder will tone it down. Though I have not experimented with it in this way yet, I believe it would mix well with other products - such as mixing a bit with a shimmering highlighter, or mixing with a clear gloss. Staying power on the cheeks seems very good (all day for sure, at least on my skin). The finger that I blend it with stays coral-colored all day as well.
The packaging is acceptable, but moderately cheap looking/feeling. The lower part of the bottle is glass, but covered in a metallic orange coating of some sort, and printed with pink waves, and white writing. It's cute. At the moment it seems like this will hold up, but if it flakes or chips, I will come back and remove points from packaging. The lid is plastic and white, and that's the main place where the cheap-ish feel/look comes from. It's just a bit too "budget nail polish". Obviously, though, this is a matter of taste, so I won't fault the nailpolish mirroring concept on a fundamental level … just that the cap is a bit tooooo plastic for my taste. The brush is a fairly standard nailpolish brush, on par with most drug-store nailpolishes. (I actually painted a nail with cha cha tint so that I could mentally compare the brush to others I've used, LOL). The fact of the matter is that in terms of the brush, it just doesn't matter, because its only real function is removing product from the bottle for your use. I think realistically you'll either be applying this with fingers (as I do) or makeup brushes (I wouldn't use it with a light-colored natural hair brush for risk of staining, through). For this reason, I give the brush points for being a fairly sanitary way to get product out of the bottle, but I'm not crazy about it for two reasons: First because anyone who's used nailpolish knows that when this bottle gets low, getting product out will become difficult. Resorting to things like dipping Q-tips (cotton buds) into the stain would be wasteful. Secondly, the brush picks up far too much product for one use, so careful manipulation, and wiping of the brush against the sides of the bottle, etc. is going to be a part of using this. There are other forms of packaging that may have been more efficient.
PS - Apparently I'm lucky to get this so early (in the UK). It wasn't on display yet, but when I asked about it, the SAs let me try it out - when I loved it, they sold me a bottle in a sort of furtive "hope we don't get caught" kinda way, LOL!
PPS - a single thin coat of Cha Cha Tint dries smoothly onto the nail with a fairly even satin-matte sort of finish. It's sheer, showing both visible nail line and cuticle crescents … but pretty. I reckon you could top it with a clear coat and actually wear it this way if you really wanted to. However, if you do, I would suggest trying a base-coat, as it does stain the nail (more of a red-pink stain than a coral one) after being washed off, in a way that isn't entirely unattractive, but which could prompt someone to ask if you closed your finger in the car door. The more you know, the farther you go!