|Big Apple Blush|
I picked up two of these on a whim when they first came out last fall. I had been wanting to try a creme blush again, and was attracted to the stick application as opposed to a pot or pan creme blush that you need to either stick your fingers in or use a sponge or brush to apply. The two colors I picked up were Plaza Pink, which is a very true (almost salmon) pink and Big Apple Blush (pictured above), which is a gorgeous berry color.
The creme sticks retail for $3.99 and come in 6 shades, ranging from salmon pink to berry, mauve, terra cotta and bronze. The twist up applicator provides a no frills package that both protects the product and makes it easy to throw in a purse and go. The lid snaps on very securely, and I've never had one pop off in my purse or makeup bag. Here is a look at the product's consistency:
I also like that the color of the plastic tube is the exact color of the product inside, so you know exactly what you're getting before you buy. Also, unlike some makeup products, NYC packages these in shrink wrap to be sure that your blush won't be tampered with before purchase.
The website says:
Sheer creme blush creates a silky powder finish. Soft and creamy formula blends easily with fingertips. Convenient twist-up stick for quick application. Dermatologist tested. Includes Vitamins A, C and E.
Twist blush up and apply to the apples of your cheeks. Glide across your cheekbones, blend with fingertips or sponge in a soft circular motion for a sheer flush of color. To build a deeper flush, repeat this step.
The pigmentation on these blushes is absolutely wonderful. With one stroke, you get a lovely medium sheer flush that is very easy to build upon. Also, the consistency is great as well. They are very blendable and dry to a nice satin (almost slightly dewy) finish.
As I said, I bought 2 colors and I bought them with the intention of using them together highlight and contour. I use Plaza Pink right on the apples of my cheeks and then I applied Big Apple Blush in a slight V right in the hollows of my cheek bones and blended the two together.
Unfortunately, I touch my face a LOT during the day and have always had a problem getting any blush (powder OR creme) to stay on my face. Playing around with my makeup one morning, I decided to use the NYC Creme Sticks like normal and then set them with a powder blush to see if that helped the longevity of my blush any. It solved the problem! I've never had to worry about blush touch ups since I started combining blushes! For reference, I have used Autumn Catwalk and Tickle Me Pink (both powdered blushes from Rimmel) to set the NYC sticks.
If you are looking for a great creme blush, or even just a cheap blush for on-the-go touch ups, I highly suggest this one. I honestly prefer it to every other drugstore creme blush that I have tried. I also think the darker colors would make great bronzers, so I might have to go back and grab another stick and see what new fun looks I can come up with!
If you don't rub or touch your face a lot during the day, you shouldn't have a problem with the NYC sticks wearing off. If you do, simply set them with powder like I did and you won't have to worry about your blush wearing off again.
Also, another way you could apply these to get a more sheer finish is to use a blush brush. I've read reviews where people say this method works great and gives you an even greater blendability (Is that even a word? Probably not..) but I haven't tried that, so I can't speak to those claims.
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What are your favorite blushes? Do you prefer powder or creme? Let me know in the comments!