Hey everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying spring. Where I live in Canada its still pretty cold and actually SNOWED here twice this week 😦 The fiance, a Folklore Professor, says the folktale about May snow is that if you apply it to your face it “cures” freckles. I haven’t tried it. I think freckles are super cute anyhow!
As someone who is very pale, I am just starting to dip my toes (or beauty blender sponge!) into the land of contouring, highlighting, and colour correcting. This isn’t always easy, as many of these products don’t seem to be geared towards fair skin gals. I was really excited to try out the new Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks, which claimed to enable me to “seamlessly achieve complexion perfection.” Who doesn’t want that? 🙂
I love the design of these sticks. They remind me of a box of crayons ready to be played with. Each one is meant to colour correct a specific complexion issue. The lavender stick, Don’t Be Dull, “banishes dullness to instantly brighten.” The green stick, Look Less Red, “eliminates redness to instantly counteract blemishes, sunburn, blotchiness and rosacea.” The two peachey coloured sticks, Look Less Tired – Dark (for deeper skintones) and Look Less Tired – Light (for light skintones) seem to be meant to conceal and brighten. I also love how the sticks are colour-coded on the bottom which makes it easy to spot the one you need.
Here they are swatched, just to give you an idea of how the colours look on my cool-toned, fair skin. In the first pic, I just applied them full-on, and in the second one, I blended them into the skin more like how you’d actually apply them on the face. You can see they are fairly pigmented, but they are also very light and creamy and swipe on and blend out quite easily.
I’ve played around with these for a couple of weeks now, and here’s what I think:
Look Less Tired – Dark: This one was definitely just way too dark for me.
Look Less Tired – Light: I tried this initially as an under-eye concealer on its own, and then also applying it more lightly under my regular under-eye concealer. I didn’t really work for me either way. My under-eye area is VERY dry and it took me a long time to find a concealer that worked for me that doesn’t make the skin look even more dry there (I love my Laura Mercier Secret Concealer). I think I am an extreme case though. For the most part, I did find it easy to apply and it didn’t crease. I think for normal people with less freakishly dry skin as I have, they would enjoy this for concealing under the eye. I did try using it in a similar way as I use the L’Oreal Magic Lumi, dabbing it underneath the area I concealed, just in that slightly more shadowy area that needs a little extra brightening. I found it wasn’t a light enough shade for me to achieve enough of a brightening effect. Its hard to brighten/strobe really fair skin! I think if you are as fair-skinned as me and you’re wondering, is the Look Less Tired – Light going to be light enough, the answer is probably not, but it would work well on light to medium skin tones.
Look Less Red: This one was by far my favourite. I have quite a lot of redness in my cheeks. At first it seemed very weird to be applying green to my face! But I kept going and blended it in, and it was almost literally like magic. It really does counteract redness! Then I was worried that when I applied my liquid foundation over top of it (my MUFE Ultra HD Invisible Cover) it would simply get wiped off or worse, mix in with my foundation achieving an unflattering green glow, but neither of those things happened. I especially love using the green stick over a blemish or the red scar left behind from a fading blemish. Instead of piling up cakey concealer, a little dab of this really makes a huge difference in making the redness simply disappear. I would recommend giving this one a try.
Don’t Be Dull: I have to admit the light purple stick initially left me the most perplexed. I honestly wasn’t sure how/where to use it. Then, while watching a LisalisaD1 YouTube video, she mentioned the new lavender tinted Touche Eclat highlighter and how she was going to use the Don’t Be Dull Corrector Stick under her eye area to brighten. I thought, of course – that’s where I need brightening! I have been using the lavender-hued stick in a similar way as I’d tried using the Look Less Tired – Light, dabbing it sparingly in that slightly more sunken-in, shadowy area, then applying my concealer over top. The lavender stick works much better at giving a brightening effect on fair skin. If you have any other tips for how purpley toned correctors can be used on fair skin, please leave me a comment and let me know 🙂 I’d really appreciate it.
The Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks are $27.00 CAD each. Have you tried them? And what are some of your favourite correcting products? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
Disclaimer: These items were provided to me for free by Smashbox. This is not a paid review. All opinions are my own and 100% my honest opinion.