Fenty Beauty Pink Lemonade Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick ($25.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a pop of medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and fine, gold pearl throughout. The texture was thin, lightweight, and felt like a cream-to-powder when initially applied to my skin and turned more powder-like after a few seconds of contact. There was enough slip that it felt more cream-like from the tube, though. The pigmentation was nearly opaque when applied directly from the tube and more buildable from sheer to opaque when applied with a brush or fingertip. It applied evenly and diffused easily along the edges on bare skin as well as on top of foundation. The color lasted well for eight hours on me before fading a bit. The standalone (permanent) version performed better than the original I tried in the holiday set.
Laura Geller Rosewater (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (95% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Bicoastal (Bottom) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Ciate Baby Doll (P, $26.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Clinique Pink Pop (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (Discontinued) (DC, $60.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).Too Faced Plumagranate (Blush) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Pretty Vulgar Mirror Mirror (P, $26.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Clinique Plum Pop (04) (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar).Too Faced Strobeberry (Blush) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).MAC Please Yourself (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).
$25.00/0.25 oz. – $100.00 Per Ounce
The formula is supposed to be long-wearing with a “light-as-air,” “blendable” texture that “lives to be layered.” They twist-up and are medium-sized with a domed edge. I found that applying to my fingertips worked better than direct application, as it enabled me greater control over coverage level as well as placement, and if you tend to apply over foundation, then this will help keep the Match Stix cleaner, too.
The texture was thin, and it did seem to go from a “cream” in the tube to a more powder-like product once on the skin. They were fairly blendable with a few being more sparkly with less visible base color, which may not be for everyone, and others had a more pearl-like sheen that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture. Most shades applied and blended out without lifting up foundation or pulling into pores (over bare skin), but the ones that did tended to have larger particles in them. They lasted between six and eight hours on me.
A problem I had throughout just swatching each shade on my cheeks for photos was that whatever was exposed was a bit dry, more powdery to the touch, and I felt like I had to really warm the product up and/or swipe it back and forth on the back of my hand to refresh the texture. This is not uncommon with drier, cream-based formulas, but it’s still a downside and an area that could be improved upon. Some shades were very pigmented, others were medium and buildable, and a couple were sheerer.
Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Mica, Octyldodecanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, C20-40 Alcohols, Tribehenin, Paraffin, Polyethylene, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Diisostearyl Malate, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopherol, Isostearyl Alcohol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Malic Acid, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Tin Oxide, Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891).
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