Cheek Stain

by Ulta  
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$3.99 
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Category:
Makeup > Blushes > Liquid/Gel Blush
Last Updated:
2/26/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Cheek Stain has a thin, somewhat waxy yet lightweight texture that glides on cheeks for a soft wash of color. Although there are better cheek stain products available from other brands, Ulta's Cheek Stain is still an OK option for normal to dry skin not prone to blemishes.

This type of blush isn't the best look for those with large pores in the cheek area, and if you're not careful in applying it, you'll find the results look streaky rather than smooth.

Although the shades look quite dark in the packaging, all of them are actually quite light and sheer—even the deepest red shade could be worn by someone with fair skin.

Pros:
  • Sheer shades provide a soft wash of color that looks natural.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Suitable for breakout-prone skin.
Cons:
  • Product can become streaky when used over pressed powder.
  • Emphasizes large pores in the cheek area.

Since Ulta was founded in 1990, the company has continued to carve out a unique position as a specialty beauty store by offering a large selection of upscale and drugstore cosmetics in all price ranges, all under one roof. There are currently over 675 Ulta locations across the United States, and, like Sephora, Ulta sells its own product line right alongside more familiar brands such as Revlon, Murad, and philosophy.

The Ulta Collection offers a variety of basic makeup products, from foundation to eye shadow to lip gloss. Nearly all items in the Ulta Collection are inexpensive, and its lower price point is a major draw.

As with most cosmetics lines, Ulta has its share of good and bad products; however, it seems for every good to great makeup product the line has two average-to-poor options. Testers may or may not be available, so choose wisely.

Among the safer categories of Ulta makeup are the eyeshadows, many of the mascaras, brow products, and most of the foundations, particularly the cream-to-powder and powder formulas.

Despite our enthusiasm for Ulta's large selection of eyeshadow, the quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to texture and how they apply, even among different shades in the same category. The best way to shop this line is to pay attention to which products we've reviewed favorably and to take extra time to play with the products in-store (assuming the Ulta you frequent keeps testers available).

In recent years, Ulta has branched out from makeup to skin care. Their namesake skin care has the same affordable price point as the makeup, and some of the products are actually quite good. Skip the cleansers, ignore the moisturizers in jar packaging, and forget about the pore-tightening products...the rest is worth exploring, but again, this is not a brand to shop without some knowledge of what you're buying and how it performs.

For more information about Ulta Beauty, call 866-983-8582 or visit www.ulta.com.

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