Blush Stix is ColourPop’s take on cream blush, and like many of its other products, it winds up being a budget friendly option that checks off all the right boxes!
As its name implies, this is a swivel-up stick that you can dab directly onto skin, or apply with your fingers or a sponge. The initial color quality is quite bold (you might think you’ve overdone it, even with a small amount), though it’s easy to blend and sheers out nicely. The result is a wash of color that gives a lit-from-within look that mimics a natural flush.
This fragrance-free blush is emollient but not greasy and works well on bare skin and over foundation. It imparts a degree of dewiness that those with very oily skin might not like, though this can be mitigated somewhat by applying it over matte makeup.
The formula wears well throughout a standard work day without fading, and comes in an expansive range of shades (some of which include shimmer) that work for most skin tones.
While not the most innovative of ColourPop’s products, it is one of the best, and definitely worth picking up if you want a foolproof on-the-go blush.
A quick note: If you have acne-prone skin and/or tend to breakout in the cheek area, consider skipping this blush due to its wax content. These ingredients help keep the blush in stick form, but they can trigger breakouts for some.
- Initially bold color is easy to blend and sheers out well.
- Creates a lit-from-within, naturally flushed look.
- Works well both on bare skin and over makeup.
- Comes in a good range of shades.
- Fragrance free.
Our creamy, dreamy, first ever Blush Stix are the easiest to use blush stick ever. Glides on the skin, blends effortlessly, and easily builds colour to your heart’s desire. The lightweight, natural, skin-like finish plays well when layered and doesn’t disturb your makeup. Take it with you anywhere for on-the-go application - just dab, blend, and glow!
If you havent heard of the makeup brand ColourPop yet, chances are you will soon. A favorite of beauty bloggers and fashion columnists, this Los Angeles-based makeup company has made a splash thanks to its seemingly endless offering of color products, bargain prices, and savvy use of social media. The brand certainly captured our attention, and we were glad it did!
ColourPops sticking point is that the brand is something of an enigma in this age of instant information; very little is known about its owners and origins, save that its parent company is a brand called Seed Beauty. We also know that all aspects of its production are centered in the Los Angeles area (which is why the brand claims its turnaround in creating new products can be as short as a month).
At the time of this writing, ColourPop's focus is strictly on makeup, particularly eye, lip, and cheek-area products (there are no complexion products yet, like foundation). ColourPop's chief claim to fame, according to its website, is that it offers luxury formulas at prices that wont break the bank. For the most part that description is, pardon the pun, right on the money!
The brands signature products are their Super Shock Shadows, which feature a bouncy cream/powder texture, and as a whole perform brilliantly with an impressive color payoff, great wear, and a price that's right around $5 each. ColourPop also does well with its Super Shock Cheek blushes and highlighters, which have the same distinctive texture as the shadows.
Despite our obvious enthusiasm, not to say every product from ColourPop is top-tier. While most of its lip products are good, there are a few that didn't apply evenly and had haphazard performance. Overall though, this is a line that has quite a bit to offer, and with the biggest ticket item costing only $8, most can afford to try a few different options to see what they like best, and you're highly likely to find some bona-fide beauty bargains that outperform much more expensive makeup.
Note: The company does not provide a phone number on their website, but they do provide an email address and promise to reply to messages within 2 business days.
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