Hourglass Blush Stick

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The Hourglass Blush Stick caught my eye instantly as a cream blush and luxury beauty lover. However, the price tag of $48 was holding me back. I wasn’t sure if it was worth it, so I waited for a sale before I picked it up. In this post, I want to help you determine whether I think it’s worth the price tag, and I’m also sharing some more affordable options.

“A creamy blush stick that delivers weightless, buildable color for a skin-perfecting finish. This silky cream-to-powder formula blends seamlessly into the skin for a natural pop of color while blurring the look of pores for a flawless finish. A unique triangular tip and a blend of emollients and antioxidants allow for precise, effortless, and smooth application.” – Hourglass.

Swatches

The Hourglass Blush Stick in Devoted is a gorgeous rosy peach-toned nude blush, very subtle and natural looking for pale to light skin tones. On people with medium to deep dark skin tones, this blush shade wouldn’t work, obviously. They do have six shades in total, and there are options for darker skin tones as well; however, with six shades in total, the choice isn’t endless.

The packaging is stunning, looks and feels very luxurious, and it was easy to apply. The triangular tip helps with a precise application when you apply the stick directly to the face. I’ve tried applying it directly onto my face; this worked fine and didn’t mess with my foundation. I’ve also tried to dip in my brush and then apply it with a brush, which also worked fine.

The formula is creamy, but not super creamy, if this makes sense. Some products literally glide on, but this one is a little stiffer. In my opinion, I don’t think this is a bad thing, though. It’s a cream-to-powder formula, so I think this is why it feels a bit more stiff compared to other products. The finish is more satin-like, I would say. It’s not entirely matte but not dewy, either. It provides a satiny glow while giving a beautiful flush to the cheeks.

The formula is buildable, which I like in a blush. You can start off with just a little color and make it look more intense, only if you want to. The blush blends into the skin seamlessly and doesn’t accentuate pores or texture. I wouldn’t necessarily say that it blurs the skin, but as I said, it doesn’t accentuate things you don’t want to accentuate.

It’s a very lightweight formula, too, I never feel that I have something on my face, and it always looks very natural. Especially this shade, Devoted, looks very natural on my light skin.

Last but not least, the Hourglass Blush Stick is 100% cruelty-free and vegan and is formulated without Gluten, Oil, Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Fragrance, and Talc.

Does it work? Yes, the Hourglass Blush Stick is definitely a good product, and I’m happy to have it in my collection. Is it worth $48? I don’t think so. Or at least, I would recommend purchasing it during a sale. Many great options are around half the price, such as the ones I mention below, so a whopping $48 isn’t necessary to spend to get a good product in return.

However, if you’re in the mood to splurge on a luxury beauty product, I’m sure you will like this Hourglass Blush Stick! Just remember that it’s not the most unique, innovative formula ever, and there are excellent products for less money on the market.

Alternatives

  • Huda Beauty Cheeky Tint Blush Sticks: If you’re looking for an affordable alternative that also looks dewier, then you should check out the Huda Beauty Blush Sticks. There are a few shades available, but I think most of you will find a shade you’ll like.
  • Makeup By Mario Soft Pop Blush Stick: This is probably my favorite alternative for the Hourglass Blush Sticks, as I love the formula of the Makeup By Mario Blush Sticks. They glide on, stay on all day and provide quite a lot of pigment right away while also being buildable and easy to blend.
  • Colourpop Blush Stix: The most affordable option out of this list, and quite some options in shades, but definitely some excellent quality too, are the Blush Sticks from Colourpop. If you’re on a budget, I’m sure you’ll love these!
  • Nudestix Nudies Bloom Blush Sticks: I’m not sure why these don’t get much hype because I think some of the best blush sticks on the market are the ones from Nudestix! They have them in many shades and different finishes, and they come with a brush (on the other side), while they’re not the most expensive either.

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