I cannot get enough of color sticks, the handly little beauty balms that can be used on the cheeks, lips, eyes or wherever you want. The make application easier and cut down on the number of products you have to lug around with you. When you’re going out at night with only a little purse, it’s a lot easier to carry a color stick than your entire makeup bag, and it leaves room in your clutch for all of those numbers you’re going to get! I’m looking out for you on all fronts.
I’ve got a bunch of my favorite new color sticks, all in great colors for spring and summer that I can’t wait to share with you.
Let’s start with the new newcomer that I've been gagging over lately, NARS Matte Multiple, $39.
NARS is the Queen Bee of multi-use sticks and I love them for it. They already had 15 shimmery shades and now they’ve introduced seven matte colors!
I got mine in Anguilla, a natural-looking pink. The stick blends in really well, but I can also build it up, in the event that I’m feeling dramatic. You might expect the finish to be similar to a matte lipstick, but the color is more more understated than that.
Since matte textures are so often drying, I was afraid that the Matte Multiple would be hard to work with, but not so -- it glided around my cheeks easily. I only needed a little bit to get the perfect amount of blush, and it didn’t flake or dry out my skin in the least. After all was said and done, it felt and looked like powder.
Next, we have what is possibly my favorite new beauty product of 2014 thus far, Maybelline Master Glaze, $9.99.
I was so excited when I saw that my favorite drug store beauty brand was releasing a color stick that I seriously wanted to end my life right then and there because it’s clearly not going to get any better than this. Master Glaze is available in six shades, plus three limited-edition shades were released for spring and are still available. Four more limiteds just dropped for summer and three of them are great nude shades for darker skin tones.
But is Master Glaze worth my dramatics? Yes. The great thing about it is that it's very creamy and highly pigmented, so you get a lot of color payoff even when you use just a little bit. I also love that it has a touch of pearly sheen so it’s like a highlighter and blush in one. Master Glaze is great whether you're looking for a hint of color or when you’re ready to really bring it.
Maybelline sent me three to try out, and I included a photo of myself wearing each of them below because I don't think the internet has quite enough pictures of my face yet.
Just Pinched Pink, which is a beautiful dusty rose:
Pink Fever, a fuchsia:
Coral Sheen, I’ll let that one speak for itself.
I’m head over heels.
I am ALSO patiently waiting for them to release more pearlescent shades, maybe a champagne or a silvery rose for some real all over highlighting action.
My last new favorite multitasker is Josie Maran Argan Color Stick, $22, available in five shades. Josie Maran is one of the few beauty brands that I trust with all my heart and will try anything from, and once again, it didn’t disappoint.
And look how pretty it is! That rose gold tube? Death.
It goes on very sheer, almost like a tinted lip balm and allows you to wear just a bit of color or layer it up while still letting your skin show through and look natural.
This balm also has just a bit of shimmer, but not enough to send me running -- it’s far from a glitter stick.
In true Josie Maran fashion, the color stick is infused with argan oil which you can never go wrong with. Though this is the sheerest stick, the color stays where you put it so once you decide how much is right for you, you’re good to go all day. Thanks, Josie!
Our last multi-use product is Sonia Kashuk Dewy Luxe Lip & Cheek Balm in Charmed, $9.99.
I thought this was another color stick, but wait, watch this.
A liquid! Hi haters!
Just LOOK at that neon orange! I gasped. So as you can imagine it applies differently than the others. It’s a little stickier at first, but after the short dry down period you don’t even know it’s there. Though it seems quite bright, the liquid is sheer enough that it applies as a nice coraly, poppy orangey pink. I love how it looks on your lips as well.
It feels like a balm but looks like a stain, the bright balm makes your pop, looking natural, but somehow better.
Are you into color sticks? Which ones are your favorite? Tell me and I'll take them for a spin. What are you wearing on your face right now? I want to know everything! Let's talk in the comments.
Tynan is smearing things all over his face on Twitter @TynanBuck.