Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Smashbox Color Correcting Stick: Review and Swatches

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you'd know that the biggest trend right now is "color correcting", using complementary colors to camouflage skin discolorations. Today I have a trio of Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks ($27 CAD) to share with you. To check out some swatches and read my review, click......

Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks
The Color Correcting Sticks come in simple chubby crayons. The packaging is not twist-up or retractable but Smashbox did include a large-barrel pencil sharpener that easily resharpens the tips of the crayons.
Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks
Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks
The Color Correcting Sticks have a creamy texture. They are moderately pigmented and easily blendable. "Don't Be Dull" has a slight lavender tint and it is designed to target sallow, yellow spots. "Get Less Red" is a soft green that targets blemishes or areas of redness. "Look Less Tired" (available in light orange or dark orange) is perfect for undereye discolorations.
Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in "Look Less Tired-Light"
The formulation of these aren't as clingy as I would have hoped, so it may not be great for combination/oily skin. These Color Correcting Sticks are designed to be used under a concealer but "Look Less Tired" is definitely a shade I would use on its own. I find that when I use the light orange to cover my under eye discoloration and puffiness, the orange almost blends seamlessly into my skin, completely camouflaging the discoloration without looking too orange. In fact, when I went in with some concealer, the effect of the orange seems to actually be negated by the concealer shade.
Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in "Get Less Red"
With the other shades though, I definitely needed a concealer to hide the colors. With "Get Less Red", I actually found it a bit challenging to use because my concealer wasn't heavy-duty enough to hide the green, so it was a bit counter-productive. The "Don't Be Dull" purple for me is a bit difficult to use as well, simply because I don't quite know where to apply it. Additionally, I feel like very few people would have yellow spots that require color correction as sallowness is usually an all-over complexion issue, which makes the crayon a bit difficult to evenly distribute.
Smashbox Color Correcting Stick in "Don't Be Dull"
Overall, I like these Color Correcting Sticks but my favorite is definitely "Look Less Tired". I find it to be the most effective out of the bunch although dark circles may just be my biggest skin issue and the purple and green may come in handy for others with different skin concerns.

Smashbox is available online at Sephora, and in stores at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale.