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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Stick It | Burt's Bees All Aglow Sticks

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I know cream products have been having their moment lately, but I tend not to get along with them. I mean I should, having drier skin, but so many just don't meet my exacting cream formula needs, you know? With all that said, I apprehensively got to testing the Burt's Bees All Aglow Sticks.

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The chubby, twist up Burt's Bees All Aglow Sticks are designed to give you a pop of natural colour and healthy looking glow, while also being hydrating. The white centre of the stick is where the hydration lives, as it's a core consisting of jojoba seed, sunflower seed, and coconut seed oils. The centre melds with the colour of the stick to give skin a naturally dewy glow and of course, hydrate.

As with most Burt's Bees products, the core is 100% natural, while the stick at whole is dermatologist-tested, and formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances.

The All Aglow range includes two bronzer shades, one highlight, and six lip & cheek options. Of the range, I've been testing my through a selection including:

  • Bronze Splash: warm, brown-bronze with a radiant finish. I like that this doesn't have actual shimmer, but I just didn't get along with this. I found it lifted my foundation (interestingly enough, a Burt's Bees foundation) and was really difficult to blend. I did learn, swiping these on the skin isn't the best application method.
  • Opal Mist: soft white gold with radiant shimmer. This is a gorgeous highlight! I found it broke down foundation on my nose (it was a pore-y mess) when I first applied it from the stick, but when dabbed on the skin, it gives an incredible wet looking, dewy sheen and doesn't affect the base underneath it. This also works well as a highlight base if you want your powders to really stick and pop.
  • Suez Sands & Dahlia Dew: neutral pink and dusty red, respectively. I don't tend to find multi-formula cream products to work well in both of their functions, but these do! They have an easy to blend formula (dabbing them on then blending with fingers works best) that has a sheerness that gives such a natural finish, but is still build-able. On the lips, these stay hydrating, but without so much slip that they wear away quickly. 

Overall, I quite like these for the lips and cheeks. The bronzer... just wasn't for me. I wasn't a fan of the colour on my skin tone, so I didn't take the time to experiment using it much after my first use. Their creamy formula isn't too creamy that it wears away, but it lasts very well on the skin and retains its vibrancy. Suez Sands and Opal Mist are already starting to be staples in my current routine. I've found the highlight is great dabbed on cheeks, but I've even gone a little crazy with it, and applied it kind of all over pre-foundation as a glowy primer. What do you think? Are you a fan of cream products? Tried these or want to?

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