Sephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel: Lotus

Do you ever buy something on a whim and just hope for the best?  I completely didn’t know what to expect when I bought this Sephora Cheek Gel in Lotus – the idea of a gel stain as a blusher that would presumably last a really long time on the face was one idea that perked my interest.



According to Sephora:

What it is:
A translucent, long-wearing, buildable gel stain that gives skin a natural flushed look.

What it does:
This non-sticky gel blush stain gives skin a pop of color that lasts. Infused with hibiscus extract, the formula leaves skin looking fresh for hours. Colors are sheer when first applied to skin, allowing you to build color for more intensity. A little goes a long way so you get maximum uses from a single tube.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

What else you need to know:
This product is not tested on animals.

Beauty Tip:
This gel is designed for long-lasting results. Apply with a makeup brush to avoid staining fingers. 

Right off the hop, I’ll tell you that this product is awesome! It is a very light, gel stain formula that gives me the most natural, flattering flush of colour on my cheeks.  It very much gives a translucent finish in that it’s almost like the colour is radiating from the inside-out, rather than sitting on top of my skin, if that makes any sense. This colour I chose, Lotus, is a sheer red shade that makes me look like I just finished a gym sesh – minus the sweat and stink!

As far as it being a stain – oh yes, this is definitely a stain!  I typically apply this with my finger – I put about half a pea-size amount on my middle finger and apply dots onto my cheek (one cheek at a time girls, as this formula sets super fast!).  Quickly, I blend it in either with a Beauty Blender or a small stippling brush – both work equally well, however, I like the application of the stippling blush a bit more since the Beauty Blender tends to soak up the formula a bit more (which leads me to having to apply more).  My finger is definitely stained with the colour, but with a few hand washing sessions throughout the day, eventually the colour fades.


With that said, the lasting power of this gel is AMAZING!  This literally lasts on my cheeks the entire day – even when the rest of face makeup fades, this blush is still on!

It’s a bit tricky to apply – better to start with a bit and build slowly to get the desired intensity.  With Lotus, being one of the more deeper, vibrant shades of the collection, it’s very easy to intensify. There are a few more sheer and subtle pink/peach shades that, when I swatched at Sephora, were very light and needed more product to build up the colour.  Not a bad thing, if you want a very natural, fresh look.  No matter which shade you choose though, this formula will give you a very fresh, translucent, easy, and natural glow to your cheeks and will last all day!

I think I found a new blush favourite!

Purchased at Sephora for $18 Cdn.

Have you tried this blush?  Like or dislike?

Thanks for reading!