EB Advance Lip and Cheek Stain: Very Red vs Perfect Plum

If you went to high school in the Philippines, then there is a pretty strong probability that you’ve encountered Ever Bilena Advance’s Lip & Cheek Stain at least once in your student life.

The EB Advance Lip & Cheek Stain has 20ml of content. It is a multi-purpose gel type stain can be used for the lips and cheeks, as the product name suggests. It comes in a see-through plastic tube with a white nozzle dispenser. 

The product is actually available in smaller sizes, like the its Ever Bilena Lip & Cheek Stain 15ml counterpart in the shade name ‘Splash Red‘. More importantly however, is that EB Advance has actually released a second variant to its popular lip & cheek stain third quarter of last year in ‘Perfect Plum‘. The classic red tint is in ‘Very Red.

EB Advance Lip & Cheek Stains

So how does one use the EB Advance Lip & Cheek Stain? It’s widely popular for a reason, and basically because it is so convenient and so easy to apply! Simply squeeze the body of the tube gently. Once a drop or two of the gel is emitted into the tip of your finger, spread it evenly where you want color on your lips and cheeks!

Very Red and Perfect Plum gels on the arm
Lip & Cheek Stain swatches spread on the hand

On the right side of my face I put on Very Red. It is a vibrant red that can add glow to any skin tone. It is especially perfect for days when your skin feels pale and dull.

A small amount goes a long way! I actually do not recommend squeezing out as much product as I did on my right cheek. It is safer to dispense the gel on the tip of your finger first then blend it out from there.

See how evidently pigmented the gel is on my face? 

My face is chubby, so I like to apply my tint and make up generally in this shape for a healthy glow without enhancing the size of my cheeks.

You will notice the redness of it appears naturally sun-kissed on the apples of my cheeks.

On the left side of my face, I put on Perfect Plum. At first glance, Perfect Plum is tremendously intimidating for one to even attempt trying. Although the gel is purple, the color inside the transparent tube looks almost black!

Nonetheless, its real life payoff on the skin is even less substantial than Very Red. In fact, Perfect Plum is more buildable in terms of pigment. I tend to use Perfect Plum when I want a more subtle blush. And then add to it as I try to achieve stronger color. Also, it happens to make the edges of my face more prominent and therefore skinnier! Regardless, both variants are wearable for every day.

The product smells like jelly ace, and is super tempting to eat! (Don’t eat it though!) The original formulation has a bitter taste to it when applied on the lips. The ones I have were manufactured fairly recently in late 2016, and so far it has a neutral flavor. Not sweet, but no longer as bitter, and nothing bothersome to it.

As you’ll notice, without make up, my skin and lips are very pale. On the left side of my lips (your right) I applied Perfect Plum, and Very Red on the opposite side.

Very Red gives me a bright, hydrated, and plumped look. While Perfect Plum adds a natural tint that I like for days when I just do not want to look sick. I imagine Perfect Plum working well on guys who are not make up users, but want a non-obvious touch of color on their lips.

For those who aim for a lively and glowing appearance, Very Red would be the ideal shade. Whereas Perfect Plum is fitting for people who are going for a flushed and somewhat contoured lip and cheek stain.

The EB Advance Lip and Cheek Stain is handy and compact. It’s become such a staple that I have more than one of each shade in my various hand bags and beauty pouches because it is simply so usable, so travel friendly, and light on the pocket! Overall, the Very Red variant is more popular in the market due to its tenure, but Perfect Plum will undoubtedly become a daily favorite once it has incited more trial!

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