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MCo Beauty's $3.50 Cheek and Lip Tint is the best thing you'll put in your supermarket trolley all week.

We’re all busy. Busy, busy, busy.

What that means for beauty is the products in your bag need to be: quick, easy to use and able to make you look like your most alive self in under 10 minutes.

Where you can get away with it, you also want something cheap that does what it says it will.

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I’ve found all of these things in what I believe will be the best thing you’ll put in your supermarket trolley this week.

The MCo Beauty Tropicool Cheek and Lip Tint.

Coming in two lovely shades, Lush Cherry and Flamingo Pink, you can find this two-in-one product at your local Woolies. Even better, it’s cheap as chips at $3.50 (down from a whopping… $5).

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The Lush Cherry shade. Image: MCo Beauty/Amy Clark.
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And here's Flamingo Pink. Image: MCo Beauty/Amy Clark.
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MCo Beauty says its double duty cheek and lip tint is "a revolutionary dewy gloss formulation that subtly stains desired areas of the face for an effortless boost in colour".

They're not wrong.

I've been using the Lush Cherry shade ever since I picked it up and can confirm, it's a winner.

Let's go through the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • It's the perfect punchy pinky-red shade and the colour actually matches the one promised on the packaging.
  • The consistency is thicker than other tints, which can sometimes feel a bit watery.
  • Even though the tube is teeny tiny, it'll last you for yonks because, as you can see in the shameless selfies below, you only need a smidge to get a subtle tint.
  • You can build your desired look from a light wash of colour, to a bolder matte liquid lipstick effect by layering the product. (Even then, you won't use more than a drop.)
  • Bang for your buck - you can also apply a tiny dab on the cheeks for a natural flush.
  • MCo Beauty is Aussie owned and cruelty-free.
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This product is very Instagramable. Image: Supplied/Amy Clark.
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My natural lips with nothing on? Not so much. Image: Supplied/Amy Clark.
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This is what the product looks like after a light application, gently patting the tint into my lips with my finger. Image: Supplied/Amy Clark.
You can get this bold lip by layering on more product and I'm obsessed. Image: Supplied/Amy Clark.
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Here's a closer look. Also have a smidge dabbed on my cheeks. Image: Supplied/Amy Clark.
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Cons:

  • Sadly, this product is part of the brand's limited edition Tropicool Collection and is only available until mid-July.
  • I find the tint a bit drying applied on its own (I get the same thing with liquid lippies), but layering a clear balm over the top is an easy fix.
  • It's a bit messy and I somehow managed to get it everywhere, but again, it's $3.50.
  • I wish it came with an sponge tip or slanted applicator because your finger ends up looking like this after swiping it on.
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The aftermath. Not chic. Image: Supplied/Amy Clark.

Thankfully, MCo Beauty have made the tint cheap enough you can chuck one of each colour in your trolley on your way to the tampons and dog food before they sell out.

Heck, for $3.50, you could go wild and buy two.

Cheek and lip tints definitely aren't new, but at a time when we could all use a spare five minutes in our day, they've never been more convenient.

To help you shop around, here are some of my other favourites:

Frank Body Lip & Cheek Tint in Cherry Bomb, $11.95.

Frank Body Lip & Cheek Tint in Cherry Bomb
Smells delicious and has a balm-like consistency. Image: MECCA.
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Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, $55.

Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain
This cult lip and cheek stain has a watery consistency but amazing staying power. Image: Benefit.

Clarins Water Lip Stain, $33.

Clarins Water Lip Stain
Clarins is making a comeback! This light stain comes in 4 punchy shades. Image: Clarins.
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Bite Beauty Multistick, $37.

Bite Beauty Multistick
A really creamy texture that can triple as a lip colour, blush and, depending which colour you choose, a contour. Image: Sephora.

INIKA Certified Organic Lip & Cheek Cream, $39.

INIKA Certified Organic Lip & Cheek Cream
An organic multitasking product that gives a sheer, natural finish. Image: INIKA.

The MCo Beauty Cheek and Lip Tint is available on MCoBeauty.com and Woolworths stores nationally until July 12.

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