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 balm to it, there will only be slight transfer of color onto the lip balm. Without adding lip balm, this is *drying* on its own, however not to the extent of some 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, but it's not enough to really sort out the dryness for me. I think people who don't have much need for moisture on their lips would be fine wearing this, however others like me with dry lips will find it only okay to use if their lips are in good condition.
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).
All of that said ... although I tested it on lips, I barely ever actually wear it that way.
Use on CHEEKS: I like this best for cheeks. I am 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 like 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 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 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, but then it stains my fingers, which is a down-side. Quick washing gets most, but not all of the stain off. One potential problem for some is that you don't get much blending time before this dries and stains. I've made the mistake of putting a stripe on each cheek, and *then* blending, and although I managed to blend most of it out, I did have faint war strips on my face for the rest of the day. This was actually subtle enough to be cute, but definitely NOT something I'm planning to repeat. Brushes are a decent option, but with light-colored brushes you do risk staining. I have the best luck with a synthetic duo-fibre cheek brush (Hakuhodo G545, and it's washed clean.
The packaging is acceptable, but moderately cheap looking/feeling. It's cute. At the moment it seems like this will hold up. 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". The brush is a fairly standard nailpolish brush. (I actually painted a nail with cha cha tint so that I could mentally compare the brush to others I've used, LOL). But the brush's only real function is removing product from the bottle for your use. 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.
PS - 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 using 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.
UPDATE: This product has left my collection in favor of Addiction Cheek Polish in Fresh, which is oh-so-superior in every way (TO ME) ... although much more expensive.