The warmer months are fast approaching, which means it's time for me to get out my Tarte Cheek Stain ($28). I initially bought this product out of mere curiosity— and, of course, as an excuse to add a new product to my arsenal. (Hey, I have lots of blush; why not buy some cheek stain too?)

But lately, I have become obsessed with this cheek stain as an alternative to blush. Yes, it can be a bit severe when you first dab it on, but the slight stickiness of this push-up gel actually makes it stay put much longer than powder blush. For the rest of my review,

I find this product particularly helpful in warmer weather or when I need to apply makeup in the morning and still have it looking good at the end of the night. For that reason, I'd imagine it would be great for brides on the big day, as DCStar suggests.

Tarte Cheek Stain goes on a bit heavy, so be gentle with your application. I get the best results when I apply this product after my foundation and powder. Just lightly dab the gel-stick on the apples and contours of your cheeks, then blend the edges with a makeup sponge. Just focus on the edges, though: Trying to smudge the color from the center will make it look splotchy.

I like the Flush shade (shown) because it's at once bold and natural. Have you guys tried this product? If so, what shade do you like? What do you think of it?