When it comes to convenient beauty, many brands are now providing more speedy, easy, and on-the-go forms of skincare and makeup, to slot into our busy lifestyles. After using a few products in stick form over the years, and with some newbies that recently became available in the UK, I’m dedicating this post to the ‘beauty solids’ in my life. It’s a bit of long haul, so grab yourself a cuppa, and lets get stuck in…
I find stick products so handy, not just for speed and ease of application, but they are more portable, taking up less room in a makeup bag when on the go. I use Aromatherapy balms, along with other beauty bits by way of a stick, and I’ve relied on makeup sticks for quite some time, Bobbi Brown being one of my most used/repurchased brands. So, I’m sharing these along with some new skincare additions to my stash, like Milk Makeup (so far..I’m impressed), plus a few clever items from other brands.
You can also ‘Shop Sticks’ at the end of this post!
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick
These are great as a good coverage base on their own, or, to blend with a light coverage base/BB cream. I use them mainly for touch-ups, so I pop one in my makeup bag for when I might need extra coverage. If you are a gal suffering hot flushes, have a combi skin that causes makeup to slide off, or just simply like to re-touch later in the day, a foundation stick is your friend.
Above ~ my shades : Beige, Warm Sand
These are easy to apply to skin with a few swipes, and a seamless finish can be achieved by pressing in with fingertips, or buffing in with a good brush. I tend to use a foundation stick on its own over a really good priming moisturiser, making sure skin is good for a seamless finish. These also work well when layering over a light foundation, mainly where skin needs a little coverage. It’s all about getting your right shade/tone, having well prepped skin, and good blending.
I find the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush is the best (which can be used for liquid, creams and sticks – a fab all-rounder brush), for buffing in, but also pressing in with warm fingertips can give a skin-like finish.
As you can see from the above images, these foundation sticks provide full coverage, yet the finish can mimic the look of skin with good application. The pigments in these are skin tone correct, and available in no less than 29 shades. Containing Shea butter and Olive oil, they blend well into the skin and keep it looking dewy and healthy. The formulas also have minerals to control oil and reduce shine, along with light diffusing powders.
I have two shades, Beige for summer (with a light tan), and Warm Sand for winter months (when I’m paler). I would always advise getting colour matched for your skin at a BB counter, that way you’ll get the correct tone for the best result. Foundation sticks are quick, good for on the go and make a great skin base or touch-up for all skin types.
Bobbi Brown Glow Stick
These are like highlighter sticks with a little colour, great for blending colour, depth and light. Emollient rich, these are available in either flat, shimmer or low-shimmer finishes, and super handy for travel.
I have shade Sunkissed (above), which is a shimmery golden brown, great for adding a really subtle, creamy bronze, to cheekbones and forehead. Again, I find this works well using my Full Coverage Face Brush to blend, but also, they can simply be tapped onto the skin using fingers.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Eyeshadows palettes are a must have if you want a vast selection, althought sticks are super portable. Simply pack one in your bag ready to switch up your look/re-touch when you want. Easy to apply in one swipe, these blend well using a fingertip, or cream shadow brush. I always plump for the fingertip…swipe, blend, job done, and the fact these last all day is another bonus.
Shades L – R : Greige, Midnight, Golden Pink, Taupe.
I tend to take these on holiday, as it means less packing…well okay, maybe one small palette as well, but you get the picture. They are ideal for on the go, ready for switching up your look from day to night. Great as your main lid /crease colour, these are also good for using as a base for powder shadow, plus they double up as liners, cutting down the need for several eye makeup products. Many brands do shadow sticks, I’ve used Eyeko, Mally, Laura Gellar and Kiko in the past. If you can find a few colours to fall in love with, they’re must-have products you won’t want to be without!
Bobbi Brown Art Stick
These are handy lipsticks/liners in pencil form and available in several shades. Packed with emollients and pigment, they allow comfortable long-lasting colour with a creamy matte finish. One bonus, is that each one comes with a BB sharpener in the box.
Above shade ~ Dusty Pink
I wear mine either alone, as a liner for similar shade lipsticks, or with a swipe of Extra Lip Tint in Bare Pink (another skincare/makeup hybrid stick I love), for a glossy look. As the Art Sticks have good creamy pigment, lasting colour and don’t dry out the lips, it’s no wonder they have been an award winner!
I don’t know about you, but I was excited when this cruelty-free US brand finally launched here in the UK, via Cult Beauty. I have had my eye on a few products for a couple of years, in the hope that one day I could get my hands on them. So, on launch day, of course I had to place a little order.
Of my little splurge, two of the products were these fab skincare products in stick form; the Cooling Water and Melon Mask. Along with a couple of other products, it took my order to a certain amount, allowing me a free travel kit with a couple of minis. Winning!
Milk Watermelon Brightening Face Mask
Rich in antioxidants including Vitamin C, this skin brightening mask also helps hydrate. Ingredients include extracts of Watermelon, Prickly Pear, Swiss Garden Cress Sprout and Lentil fruit, Glycerine plus Hyaluronic acid (hydrolysed), and Kaolin.
Although basically a clay mask, this feels super cool and hydrating on the skin, although don’t expect to sniff fruity melon, ‘cos it ain’t happening. Yes it dries down, but it doesn’t go stiff and flakey, making it easier to remove..and smile (when you answer the door and forget you have it on!). I have used this 2-3 times a week since I bought it, and it has been fine on my sensitive skin. Easy to apply by swiping the stick over the skin (avoiding eye area), leaving a pink face staring back at you in the mirror. It dries after a couple of mins, simply leave on for 5 – 10, and remove with a warm wet flannel. Ta da! Bright, hydrated skin. Not a spa Sunday indulgence type mask, but I find it quick, easy and effective, so ideal when you’re short of time.
Milk Cooling Water
This has to be a skincare BFF. Great for dehydrated winter skin, in-flight skin, summertime heatwaves, personal heatwaves (hot flushes), and de-puffing for eyes that haven’t had enough sleep. With main ingredients of Water, Aloe leaf juice, Caffeine and Glycerin, this balm stick is super cooling upon application which not only cools but helps boost skin circulation.
100% vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free
I apply under the eyes in the morning, and across my forehead if I’m having a tropical moment. I also apply to areas of my face, if I’m tired and skin feels a little dehydrated in the afternoon. It feels divine, so much so, you could overload on using this product. In the summer..I can see it being stored in the fridge overnight for an extra cooling effect. Such a handy, portable product that I know will be a staple in my stash!
In mini form, one of the sticks I received was the Blur. This one is also 100% Vegan, free from parabens and silicone, plus it’s non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). Providing a smoothing and mattifying effect, this gives a sort of soft-focus blur to the skin. I have only used it once under my foundation, and it’s probably one of the best I’ve tried, as I don’t like many due to the usual silicone content. It has a cult following in the states, but for me..I still prefer a liquid primer. A good one for younger, more juicier skins I feel.
The other mini I received was the Lip & Cheek stick, in shade Werk (a ‘dusty Rose’). This is again 100% Vegan, contains no parabens, plus it’s conditioning with contents of Mango butter, Avocado oil, plus fruit waxes and citrus oils. This applies easily and feels moisturising on the lips, blends out well on the cheeks giving you a subtle colour. Will probably try one of the full sizes in a different shade, for ease of use in summer. Like it.
These Milk products, for me, were worth the wait. and there are a couple other products I’m keen to try. My absolute fave is the cooling stick and coming second (out of the stick products), is the Melon mask. Deffo worth checking out for speed, ease of use and 60% of their products are Vegan.
Julep Cushion Complexion 5-in-1 Skin Perfector
I feel Korean brand Julep to be a real find, especially this little beauty. I love a glowy finish with good colour correction, plus this provides a finish of your skin but better, so it’s fab as a base or touch-up product. It’s a twist up liquid product in a pen form, with a sponge applicator on the end.
What it does :
Julep products are cruelty free, 5-free, paraben free and SLS free, plus their makeup products are made with Korean skincare principles in mind.
This creamy formula contains soothing Turmeric extract which acts as an anti-inflammatory, Camellia seed oil to nourish, plus soft-focus powders to neutralize shine.. but doesn’t leave skin looking flat. Simply add a few swipes to areas of the face, including under eyes and around corners of the nose, thanks to the small applicator. Then blend with fingers to achieve a beautiful lightweight, hydrating base that provides a flawless finish. It’s buidable and lasts well on the skin, and although you could use a brush, warm hands are your best tool with this product. Easy peasy.
I wasn’t sure this would cover my broken capillaries, but it does, plus blurs pores and fine line, brightens, hydrates and gives me a skin-like finish with luminous colour. I need to buy a lighter shade, currently only having Beige, as I purchased this last September when my skin had more colour.
Another handy product, more of a click-stick, but all the same super portable with great efficacy. If you love a seamless base, this silky 5-in-1 has buildable and effective coverage, and provides a luminous, skin-like finish. Cushion Complexion may look like a little product, but it produces big results, so it’s well worth hunting out your shade and trying. Well done Julep!
Becca Glow Glaze Stick
I love a cream makeup product, especially being over 50 and having dehydrated skin, they help skin to look dewy and youthful. I also love highlighters, but some powders can sit in lines or look a little less natural at times, so a cream/balm formula works well. This is a typical Becca product, as it’s super glowy yet looks natural, and I fell in love with it the first time I swiped it above my cheekbones!
This translucent balm highlights skin, giving it a glowy, glass-like finish minus the shimmer or glitter. It comes in one shade that fits all skin tones, and being a Becca product, it’s skin nourishing too. Containing their Glow Nectar Brightening Complex; with Vitamin C, Melon and Ginger extracts, plus Avocado oil.
This little beauty of a stick adds a glossy, hydrated sheen to the skin, almost making it look wet. I like to apply over the top of cheekbones, just under the brows, and over the cupids bow, basically where I want a hydrated, dewy finish. I simply apply and pat in with fingers. It helps skin look vibrant and healthy, without using a highlighter as such. This is definitely suitable for a drier or mature skin, although any age or skin colour will love this glowy balm stick. For me, it’s a definite winner.
So, there you have it. A collection of my stick buddies, of which, just keeps growing. I’m all for ease, speed and portability when it comes to products, plus it’s fun exploring new brands/formulations that hit the market. I hope some of these tickled your beauty fancies, and please do fill me in below on what sticks you use and love, (or hate)!
Contains all own products