Topic of the Week Tuesday: Stick Makeup

Lately it seems that there are so many different kinds of makeup in stick form on the beauty market from all kinds of different cosmetic companies and seems to be trending.  They can range in type and color from foundations and blushes, to concealers, primers,  bronzers, and highlighters.  It is an easy and convenient way to use and apply makeup without brushes, sponges and fussing with any tools and no drippy mess that liquids, powders, and gels can sometimes have that can be an annoying factor and are also very travel friendly.

Some of the first to come out with stick makeup items have been Clinique, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, and L.A. Girl, etc…, and most recently Anastasia Beverly Hills, Hourglass, Milk, Makeup Forever, and NYX cosmetic.  Most of them are of a creamy formula that can either be applied with a heavy or light coverage and comes in the usual foundation shades for different skin tones and color ranges for light, medium, and dark skin as well as for a range of various skin types like dry, sensitive, normal, and oily.  They can be applied to the face with strokes applied right from the stick and blended out with a Beauty Blender or cosmetics sponge, fingertips, or a makeup brush.  In the case of blushes, bronzers, or highlighters that come in a stick they can be applied the same as the other makeup sticks and can even be layered with more than one color and to multiple parts of the face then set with the desired coordinated colored powders to set.

There are many different types of stick makeup to choose from with there being plenty of high end and low end like “Hourglass’s Seamless Finish Foundation Stick” that has been raved about in beauty news and on social media by the beauty influencers on YouTube as one of the best and is on the high end of makeup running for $46.00 with .25 ounces that is long-wearing, waterproof, high pigmented, and a concealer and foundation in one.  Nars as always has it’s wonderful makeup stick of highlighter and blush in it’s “Multiples” like “Copacabana” (a opalescent pink-pearl), “Napali Coast” (a plum-rose gold), and the cult classic “Orgasm” (a sheer warm pink with golden shimmer).  There is Clinique that has it’s “Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm”, “Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour” and “Sculpting Highlight” Sticks, “Chubby Stick Shadow Tint” for eyes,  and “Chubby In The Nude Foundation Sticks” that have all been a popular item with Clinique since they came out.  They run from the $17.50 to $23.00 range for around the same amount of product, and of course the ever-famous and incredibly wonderful as well as makeup artist favorite foundation stick of Bobbi Brown’s that comes in 31 widely varied shades that fit just about any skin tone and are priced at $46.00 a stick with a formula that is “weightless and blends in with seamless coverage” that looks like skin that balances and locks in moisture where skin is dry and controls shine with oil-controlling minerals where needed depending on skin type.  Bobbi also has the new Limited Edition “Glow Sticks” with creamy highlighters in shimmer, soft shimmer, and flat colors like “Beach Babe” (“a soft golden champagne-shimmer), “Nude Beach” (a golden-bronze shimmer), and “Sun-kissed” (a golden-brown shimmer).

Some of the newer cosmetics lines to carry various makeup types in a stick are the trendy and edgy Holographic Stick in “Supernova” (a holographic Lavender), “Blur Stick” (a face filter type primer getting high accolades), and “Matte Bronzer” sticks that run for $24.00, $28.00, and $36.00 as well as NYX’s new “Strobe of Genius” Holographic Sticks in “Mermaid Armor” (a pink pearl) and “Electric Invasion” (a blue pearl) that run for $9.00 a piece with 0.21 ounces of product that are “creamy highlighters with ultra-fine holographic pearls that softly strobe and illuminate the complexion”.

These new makeup product sticks that seem to be an ever growing trend with more and more of the beauty brands carrying them on the market all the time I would definitely have to agree that they are a really ingenious way of putting product in an easy, effective, and convenient application and storage technique that is one that I will definitely continue to keep trying!


*Photo by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics


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