ColourPop Winona Forever Blush Stix ($ 8.00 for 0.33 oz.) Is a medium dark copper with moderate, warm undertones and a bright finish. The texture was light, pliable, and gel-like as it slid comfortably over my skin and didn’t tend to lift basic products. It had medium buildable pigmentation that was easily dabbed on with fingertips or dabbed on with a dab brush and blended easily. It carried well for eight hours before showing signs of fading.
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$ 8.00 / 0.33 oz. – $ 24.24 per ounce
The formula is said to “blend easily” with a “natural, skin-like finish” that can be layered or applied to bare skin. The brand recommends applying straight from the tube for stronger coverage and using a brush to pick up the product for less coverage. They dry off to a semi-solid finish – slightly baptismal, definitely “natural, skin-like” in appearance, but not overly sticky or really wet looking. I haven’t found them hike or exercise a lot, so the formula is still more durable at seven to nine hours with minimal exercise. So far, they have also been applied and worn well over the foundation. They are not transfer-safe, but transfer-resistant; They don’t smudge with an accidental touch, but they’re not completely locked.
The pigmentation varied a little from shade to shade, but most shades were semi-opaque to fully opaque when applied straight from the tube in a “swipe” motion, although I think mimicking this on the cheeks is not quite as easy as it is Compared to my arm. I preferred to pick up the product with my fingertip, pat the apple of my cheek and spread it up and out, then use a clean fingertip to spread and soften the edges as needed. I appreciated that even the deeper shades didn’t seem to “sink” into my pores and were as easy to apply and blend as very light, more my skin, but better (literally my skin!) Shades. I would describe that the formula can be built up from semi-transparent to medium-strong, with a semi-opaque opacity being possible, but the formula has enough slip that it noticeably shimmers out even when heavily applied.
The consistency was slightly emollient, light and thin with good spreadability and agitation; It didn’t lift the base products, but it still worked well on bare skin. I haven’t seen it lift or stain the foundation over time, even after I initially applied the foundation, but I would recommend (as with most cream-based cheek formulas!) Matte foundation for the best results (the dewy finish plays well with a more skin-like base).
Oh, the caps have the names of the products, but the rest of the tube doesn’t. So if you’ve opened more than one, be sure to put the correct lid back on!
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