Mixed Chicks is Giving Makeup a Go With This Convenient Combo Stick

Is this foundation/bronzer duo is good as their hair products? I put it to the test.
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May 25, 2015
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foundations, multitaskers, Mixed Chicks, two-in-one products

If you're not familiar with them, Mixed Chicks is a brand created by Wendy Levi and Kim Etheredge, two “mixed chicks” who created a line of haircare products for racially diverse people after struggling to find products that suited their own needs. After great success in the hair care industry, they’ve stepped into the world of makeup.

I’m a big sucker for products that can be used for more than one thing and are easy to travel with, so I was very excited that Mixed Chicks sent me one of their new In The Mix Quick Sticks to try out on my own.

I put it to the test over a few days; here’s the rundown.

This is a twist-up cream foundation on one end and a twist-up shimmering cream bronzer on the other. The cap on each end labels clearly which is which.

There are only four shades available thus far in these sticks, which I was a little disappointed by. I feel like Mixed Chicks markets themselves to be all-inclusive, so I would have liked to have seen a wider range; however after trying my shade (Timelessly Tawny), I feel like each shade could be workable on a few different skin tones.

Timelessly Tawny swatched a bit dark on me initially (just a touch), but once it was blended, it actually seemed to be a good match.

I had a hard time finding swatches online (they don’t have any on the website); however, they did a quick rundown of each shade in a series of blogs that you can find here.

I typically avoid stick foundations because they can feel a bit heavy on my face, but the formula was actually quite lightweight. It had more slip to it than most creams (it almost had a whipped feel) and blended out easily (and very quickly). The bronzer felt lightweight as well, but not quite as creamy.

The coverage on the foundation is somewhat light with the potential to build up to solid medium coverage. It didn’t look cakey at all (which is typical for me with creams) and had a slightly dewy, skin-like finish (before powder).

The bronzer was honestly not my favorite as it had golden shimmer in it and I felt like it read more shimmer highlight on me than actual bronzer. As someone who has a natural shine to her face, I don’t really care for a lot of added glow. It wasn’t glittery, though, which I appreciate.

With powder, the foundation actually stayed on my face all day, but I did get some shine through the T-zone throughout the day. This isn’t marketed as a shine-control foundation, so that wasn’t really a surprise.

The bronzer wore okay, but I did notice some fading by about midday, and it was pretty much gone by the end of the day.

The Final Verdict

I liked the foundation more than I thought I would, but I wasn't a fan of the bronzer side. I don’t think this stick will be my everyday go-to, but I will definitely be taking it with me when I travel—timely as I have a couple of trips coming up in June—and using it when I want to get ready in a hurry because I did find the foundation convenient.

  • What are your favorite two-in-one products?
  • Any standout stick foundation formulas I should know about?