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.

NYC Blushable Creme Sticks

Generic Info:

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?

Color Accuracy:

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.

Big Apple Blush (Top) and Plaza Pink (Bottom)


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.

BAB Unblended and Blended (Left) Plaza Pink Unblended and Blended (Right)


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.

Big Apple Blush Unblended

Big Apple Blush Blended

Plaza Pink Unblended

Plaza Pink Blended

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!

Packaging: 6/10

Color Accuracy: 10/10

Pigmentation: 6/10

Application: 8/10

Wear: 7/10

 Overall: 7/10

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?

<3 EA

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5 Responses to NYC Blushable Creme Sticks – Review and Swatches

  1. I love these blushes, the colours is so cute!

  2. Lina Kim says:

    aah the peach one looks good on you! now I want it for myself too….! the peach swatch is so adorable!

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  3. Citrine says:

    I have normal skin and these blushes (I have two LE shades from last summer) disappear on me within an hour (so I will just stick with stila convertible colors) …but the color is still quite fun to play with, not to mention the dry texture looks super natural.

  4. adrienne says:

    oooh I have the big apple one and never as much as tested it! must try it tomorrow! they both look lovely on you but you have such flawless skin! thank you for your lovely comments the UK is a mess at the moment most of it is caugh up in mindless riots :( the brushes don’t seem to be any different from my full sized ones but i’ll use them a week and get back to you :) xx

  5. OK, wow! You make everything look so good! Not a fan of NYC but you make these look damn good. Sexy beatch.
    Red Lips, Black Hair recently posted..Burberry ‘Light Glow’ Natural Blush in Russet

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