Maybelline's Master Glaze by Face Studio Glisten Blush Stick is a basic cream blush in stick form that has a lot to like, but, unfortunately, the drawbacks are of equal weight.
This blush comes in swivel-up tube and has a smooth texture that makes it very easy to blend. We were surprised that this imparts just a hint of micronized shine, as the name certainly implies this blush stick is going to be quite shiny!
Maybelline suggests applying Glisten Blush Stick with a swipe across the skin, but that's a bit extreme. The color deposit from each of the beautiful shades is strong enough that it takes only a few dabs to get a healthy-looking flush! Once you've dabbed and blended with your fingers, the end result is a sheer wash of color that makes for a good natural look.
Now to the drawbacks: This blush doesn't stick around very long; it starts to fade about 4 hours in, so it doesn't even make it through a full workday. Granted, it's not billed as a long-lasting blush, but if you put this on in the morning, you should be able to expect it to last at least until you're ready for dinner. Were it not for this problem, Glisten Blush stick would have gotten a much better rating, but as it is, you're better off sticking to the options on our list of Best Blushes.
- Smooth texture is easy to apply and blend in.
- Color quality is strong, so you don't need a lot for a healthy flush.
- The micronized shine is a subtle shimmer rather than glistening glitter.
- Well-edited shade range!
- Fades about halfway through the day.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the world—it's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996 and that's when things really started getting much better. Both companies specialize in offering a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, and many of their foundations have the same strengths and weaknesses (smooth textures and finishes plus the inclusion of sunscreens that are often without much-needed UVA-protecting ingredients).
The powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor are impressive and inexpensive. Although L'Oreal remains the more sophisticated and refined of the two lines (and now they have credible products, not just sleek ads, to back this assertion), Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Price-wise, Maybelline is the least expensive of the L'Oreal-owned cosmetic lines (which also includes Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, and Kiehl’s), and smart shoppers will note the similarities among brands that, with conscientious shopping, can really save you money without sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.