True to claim, Blur Stick really does help minimize the appearance of pores and creates a smooth, matte finish. Unfortunately, we must bring the rating down due to its blend of fragrance ingredients that make it an iffy option for skin. (Fragrant ingredients can cause a sensitizing effect on skin that leads to a host of problems—see More Info for the full scoop.).
That's a bummer, considering we love the blurring effect this has over imperfections, whether worn under makeup or alone. We also appreciate that the tint goes on ultra-sheer so any skin tone can use it.
Without the potentially irritating fragrance, Blur Stick would earn our whole-hearted recommendation (particularly for oily skin). Milk Makeup, please consider reformulating!
One more comment: Blur Stick claims to be silicone-free and it is, but silicones are not a problematic group of ingredients for most people. As with any cosmetic ingredient, some people may experience problems, but the scientific research has not shown topical application of silicones is bad for skin.
- Blurs imperfections and minimizes the appearance of pores.
- Absorbs oily shine and leaves a smooth, matte finish.
- Wears well under makeup or alone.
- Contains a blend of fragrant ingredients that pose a risk to skin.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Milk Makeup At-A-Glance
Milk Makeup is one branch of the Milk media company, based in New York and Los Angeles, where creativity and innovation are at the forefront. That vision echoes throughout their skincare and makeup lines, designed to create cool, effortless looks with easy application.
Since many Milk Makeup products can be used several waysa blush is a highlighter is an eyeshadowand since even some skincare products come in solid, swipe-on formulas, their target audience is a savvy girl-on-the-go: one whos not afraid to experiment with a low maintenance, high concept look. Milk makeup was created to travel well and often, since few products come in liquid form, and all can be applied without brushes, puffs, or applicators. Not everyone's ideal makeup can be done in five minutes in the back of a cab--but if you're that girl, you're a "Milk girl."
For the most part were impressed by Milk Makeups performance, design, and vibe, but their ingredient selection isnt exactly worry-free: While Milk Makeup advertises their products as made with the best possible ingredients, many of them, unfortunately, contain irritants such as citrus oils. A multi-tasking, time-saving product isnt worth your time or money if it also exposes your skin to troublesome ingredientsalthough some Milk products fare better in this regard, so do take a peek at our reviews!
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.