**updated: 3 colors reviewed**
I’ve tried one color of Blush Stix: “Mercy Me”, described by ColourPop as “pale pinky peach”. For once CP’s website photos were actually quite accurate. My experience with CP blush formulas (SuperShock and pressed powder) is that they are always pinker and brighter than I expect them to be, and I end up not wearing them because I don’t want hot pink cheeks. But this time I ordered a peach blush and got a peach blush, so I am very pleased.
I am of light-medium yellow complexion with a tan presently and ordered one of the lightest blushes in this new Blush Stix line, and it is a good skin tone match and plenty pigmented for me. My preferred blush look tends toward Subtle rather than Doll Cheeks but— just extrapolating from the color I chose— it seems like fair-skinned folks who want a subtle blush might have trouble finding a shade that is pale enough in this range. The good news is, this formula provides sheer, highly buildable color so hopefully it offers something for everybody.
I find the twist-up tube packaging to be a very convenient applicator— I just dab the blush directly onto my face and then blend it in with my fingers. I like to apply blush across top of my cheeks for a sun-kissed look and I appreciate how this one doesn’t add any unwelcome texture to my undereye area. As I get older I find I reach more and more for products that do not alter the natural texture of my skin, and this product fits that bill. It doesn't add dewiness but it's also not drying.
Most of the Blush Stix colors share the natural, skin-like finish of “Mercy Me”, which blends really nicely into bare skin or foundation. However, there are a few shades the website describes as “pearlized” and I’d be wary of those due to my experience with the sister line of Lite Stix highlighters, which because of their sparkle content did not apply nicely and quickly turned into loose glitter all over my face. Since “pearlized” is just Makeupese for microglitter, I would avoid those particular colors.
*Edited to add this update: I tried one more shade of Blush Stix, a bright “melon pink” called Mini Me. This one was more pigmented than Mercy Me and had a slightly firmer and less spreadable texture, so I got better results applying it with a small stipple brush rather than my fingers. The results were almost as nice. Like Mercy Me, Mini Me had a very natural-looking finish. But the brush application and blending disturbed my base makeup somewhat, so I think in the future I might try applying this blush underneath my light coverage foundation and see how that goes. Overall I recommend this product for people who like blushes that leave their skin looking like skin. Blush Stix are more convenient to apply than liquid and gel blushes, but offer similar benefits.
Edited to review one more shade, “Hen Party”, 11/22/19:
Hen Party is half of a new LE Blush Stix/Lite Stix duo called “In A Twitter,” and I think Colourpop has honed their formula since their first Stix release! The original Blush Stix were good, but this one is top-of-the-makeup bag level. (I say this as someone who, regrettably, receives a new blush from Ipsy almost monthly.) Hen Party has the perfect amount of slip, and effortlessly blends into skin with either a brush or fingertips, *without* disturbing foundation. The texture looks and feels just like bare skin, and the pigmentation level is ideal— buildable and customizable. The color is a natural-looking flush for neutral-to-warm skin tones that does us the favor of not skewing too pink. It is free of shimmer and sparkles so you can feel like a grown-up when you wear it. I just love it. Five stars for Hen Party!