Saturday, July 16, 2011

NYC Blushable Creme Sticks - Review

I used to believe that a good blush was very, very hard to find. Especially at the drugstore. While I still have some troubles finding a formula that works for me, I'm very pleased to say I've found a blush that will last all day on me, and is fairly inexpensive. The only problem I have is how hard it is to find.

Last year, NYC released a new product, their Blushable Creme Sticks. As you can imagine, they are cream blushes in stick form (fancy that!). They sent out samples to the most popular YouTube beauty people, created tons of hype, and had people searching everywhere for them. After looking at swatches, I decided I'd try a couple. I ended up with three of their permanent colors: Pink Plaza, Big Apple Blush, and South St. Seashell. Earlier this week, I picked up the two new, limited edition colors: Gold Radiance and Bronze Radiance.

NYC states:

Sheer crème blush creates a silky powder finish
Soft and creamy formula blends easily with fingertips to desired intensity and coverage
Convenient twist-up stick for quick application
Dermatologist tested
Vitamin A, C and E

These are simply fantastic. It's very rare for me to search out a drugstore product like this, since I have so many blushes, bronzers, and highlighters already. I've been so good recently at not buying things "Just because," but I had to get these. The consumed my thoughts since I heard of them. And for $4.99, I can't complain about the price.

Pink Plaza is a coral pink. Big Apple Blush is a slightly berry-pink. South St. Seashell is a warm nude-brown. Gold Radiance is essentially gold glimmery-glitter. Bronze Radiance is a metallic bronze. South St. Seashell is my favorite, surprisingly. It's very wearable, and is neutral enough that I can wear it everyday. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to use Bronze Radiance, because it's so metallic.

The formula on these is great. They are firm, yet pigmented.The swatches above are a single pass of the stick. It's not like you are taking a dried out stick and rubbing it on your face, they glide on and blend well. On my cheeks, they'll last up to 12 hours. Seriously. 12 hours. I usually "dab" the blush-tones on my cheeks, then take my 187 or 188 and blend these a bit. I'll set with my normal powder, and I'm done. I don't really find they set to a powder-type finish. They don't have that weird, chalky feeling that some cream-to-powder products have, which is great. 

Overall, I can't help but to recommend these. I think they're great. I wish they were easier to find (only one store in my area carries these, despite the fact that multiple stores carry other pieces from the brand). I also wish they'd introduce more colors. I checked the display several times to see if they had any other colors that would work on my NC15 self, and couldn't find one. 


  1. I have been wanting to try these for so long but couldn't find them in any store in my area ( I live in PDX too)...where did you spot these? It's good to find another beauty blogger from PDX.....following you now :)

  2. I'm surprised there aren't more of Portlanders blogging about makeup! I've had awesome luck at the Rite Aid on 181st and Glisan in SE. NYC has a locator on their website that claims the Kmart on 122nd and Sandy (I think) carries their cosmetics, but I haven't been there.