I use this rose-scented lip and cheek stain just on my lips, and it's the perfect hint of pink over a lip balm. It's subtle and natural, easy to apply, and truly long lasting. I only recently read over the ingredients, and I kind of wish I hadn't. Check it out:
Ingredients: water, rosewater, glycerin, quarternium 15, carmine
Now, from Wikipedia:
Carmine (pronounced /ˈkɑrmɪn/ or /ˈkɑrmaɪn/), also called Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red #40, C.I. 75470, or E120, is a pigment of a bright red color obtained from the aluminum salt of carminic acid, which is produced by some scale insects, such as the cochineal and the Polish cochineal, and is used as a general term for a particularly deep red color of the same name. Carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, crimson ink, rouge, and other cosmetics, and is routinely added to food products such as yogurt and certain brands of juice, most notably those of the ruby-red variety.
This is a cochineal insect:
This is what it looks like smashed:
Ok, I get that it's "natural", and used to dye many things, but I'd rather not have it on my lips. Or in my yogurt, or [from http://www.vegparadise.com/news13.html]...
According to the FDA, carmine is used in foods like ice cream, strawberry milk, fake crab and lobster, maraschino cherries, port wine cheese, lumpfish eggs, and liqueurs like Compari. Carmine is also used in lipstick, makeup base, eye shadow, eyeliners, nail polishes, and baby products. Cochineal extract is present in fruit drinks, candy, yogurt, and some processed foods.
Good thing I don't eat most of the foods on that list - I became aware of carmine in foods a bit ago and am pretty careful. I wonder if it's in any of my nail polishes though. Yikes.