I'm back! After a nearly month long hiatus, I am back with a review for you all today. Apologies for my prolonged absence - I've been applying for graduate school and my life has been a bit hectic lately. All good things, though!
The product I'll be talking to you guys about today is the Milk Makeup Blur Stick. I received this product complimentary for review from Influenster. If you're interested in getting free beauty products for your honest review too, check out my referral link here.
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I was really thrilled to receive this product as my skin has been acting out like crazy lately. For some reason I have started to get really oily in my T-zone, something I've never really had to deal with much before. My pores have also been out of control lately. With all the life changes I've been experiencing, my skin has been understandably stressed!
The Blur Stick's main claims are that it is able to minimize the appearance of pores up to 68% and that it absorbs oil to prep your skin for makeup application with smooth, matte finish. Since these are a few of my major concerns at the moment, this truly sounded like a match made in heaven.
To start off, I'll say that the formula of this isn't like any other stick product I've used before. It's silicone-free and oil-free, and almost feels waxy when I apply it to my face yet is simultaneously pretty dry. The dry texture does tug on my skin a bit - it does not glide easily over my face by any means. Despite all of that, it somehow feels like I haven't applied anything to my skin at all. Because of that I end up doubling up on product coverage in some places accidentally. I've found that if you apply too much the product begins to ball up on itself and fall off of your face.
I have to be honest and say that I am seriously disappointed with how this performs. I've been using it daily for over a week now just to give it a solid chance, but I am really not a fan.
To start off, I really don't notice a huge reduction in the appearance of my pores. I do see maybe a tiny bit of blurring, but nothing to write home about. Also, it is not a spectacular primer. I noticed today that my foundation began to break up on my face and settle into my fine lines about halfway through my work day. Admittedly I do not know which foundation formula would work best with this as a primer, since it is neither silicone-based nor water-based. So, take my foundation woes with a grain of salt, as the foundations in my collection may not have formulas that are compatible with the Blur Stick.
I unfortunately also still experience oiliness in my T-zone when I use the Blur Stick, although the onset of my oil slick may be delayed by an hour or two. It is worth noting that is the case when I'm not wearing setting powder, as I wanted to see how well it could perform on its own while initially trialing this. When I apply setting powder, my T-zone stays set pretty much all day.
As much as I wanted this to be a revolutionary wonder product, the Blur Stick does essentially nothing for me. Whomp whomp. The Blur Stick retails for $36 and I do not believe that it is worth that price. I would rather splurge and purchase a pore-filling primer that does a way better job (I'm lookin' at you, Benefit Porefessional) and apply setting powder over my foundation to stay matte throughout the day. From what I've seen, reviews on this product are quite a mixed bag, so your view may vary!
Have you tried the Milk Makeup Blur Stick? What are your thoughts on how it performs? Leave a comment below!