NYC Blushable Creme Sticks – Review and Swatches
A vast vast vast majority of the beauty blogs worth their salt have reviewed these blushes. But I’m special and you’ll care more about my review than any of the others right? Even if that’s not the case – lie to me and read over this quick review.
When I first started hearing about these, I tried to hunt them down everywhere they are supposed to be sold. But no Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS or Rite-Aid had them in stock! So I actually purchased these on the final frontier of makeup – eBay.
I bought from seller baseball2791. Each stick was $1.50 plus $1.50 in shipping costs. I’ve actually repurchased from this seller since because the items got to me in 3 days! All the way from New York! (I’m in California, btw.) They carry a bunch of other drugstore products so definitely check that out for a bargain.
One of my favorite things about these blushes is that the packaging is relatively accurate to the product inside. At least in the case of Plaza Pink and Big Apple Blush – it’s about dead on. There are one or two shades that this can’t be said about but for the most part they’re very accurate.
It’s a twist-up design. The plastic isn’t too sturdy and i’ve cracked the clear plastic cap on one of them but what do you expect for $3?
Like I said above. No complaints. The color is more or less what-you-see-is-what-you-get. Granted, my tan-itude and newbie application may have affected the exactness of the color – but I think it’s close.
This is where the blushes got interesting for me. I’m not sure if it’s my skin or a voo-doo curse but products that are pigmented on most people come out really really unpigmented on me. (Case and point the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes.) I got about as much color as I expected from these sticks but I wish I’d gotten more.
I apply these the way the Universe and/or designer of the packaging apparently wanted me to – straight from the stick. I swiped across my cheekbone and blended. It did actually take repeated swipe-blend-swipe-blends before I got the color to where I wanted it. About twice was the magic number. This may not be the case for girls on whom it is more pigmented.
I did like how blendable the product was. It was easy to get rid of harsh edges without feeling any time constraint. It dried to a powdery finish – which was also quite lovely.
The wear on these wasn’t great on my semi-oily cheeks. Granted, I haven’t tried them since I bought my Mac Blot powder so maybe that will change things? I did use primer and finishing powder though. I got about 2-3 hours of consistent wear before it started fading. I’m glad it faded fairly evenly!
I’ve since purchased two other colors, which i’ll be reviewing when I start using them a bit more. I have mixed feelings about these blushes but my overall verdict is that they are somewhat worth the hype. I take price as a major factor here, they’re super cheap and you do get what you pay for. But in this case you get just a little bit more. Pick them up if you have a spare fiver!
Color Accuracy: 10/10
Do you own any of these? I wear them on days when I don’t feel like using up high end stuff. How about you?