As soon as I saw these blush sticks appear on the Makeup Revolution site, I immediately wanted them but I was too slow as they completely sold out so quickly. I'd sort of forgotten about them a little as I couldn't find them in stores, but I was very lucky to receive the two I had been eyeing up for my birthday, back in May. I've heard a lot about these blush sticks being dupes for the multiples by NARS, which would be a pretty impressive dupe as these only cost £5 each.
The blush sticks are available in two formulas, matte and sheen, I was particularly hoping to try Matte Malibu and Dream as they looked like my kind of shades. Matte Malibu is a matte deep brown shade that looks pretty scary at first sight and it is quite dark, it would be nice to see a slightly lighter shade for us paler girls, the tone of this one is also more on the warmer side. Dream on the other hand is stunning, its a light, slightly pink toned highlight shade that is very similar in shade to products such as NARS Copacabana.
These blush sticks have a very creamy formula, but in my experience you have to work quite quickly with the likes of Matte Malibu, I would recommend applying to one area and blending straight away. I tried to apply the product to each area of my face and then blend, but the product seemed to have dried and it was harder to blend, or perhaps the product would be more effective if applied to a brush first and then applied onto the skin. I found the shade Dream to work beautifully as a brow bone and cheek bone highlight, I also found the nicest way to apply this was using a duo fibre brush. I really like the balance of shimmer in the shade Dream, its just right and won't leave you feeling like a glitter ball, its a very natural hint of shimmer, perfect for paler skin tones.
I really love the packaging of the blush sticks but it would be nice to have the shade somewhere on the packaging, as without keeping them in their boxes it isn't easy to tell which shade is which, without opening each one up. I will note that the matte shades are in a matte style tube and the sheen shades have a more glossy finish to the packaging, this is a nice touch.
As I have said a load of times before, I absolutely love Makeup Revolution products and these blush sticks have made a nice little addition to my routine, I will definitely be checking out the other shades available and hoping that they develop a lighter contour shade *hint hint ;-)*