I’ve been about very light makeup in recent times, and I’d found myself reaching very often for cream stick blushes. I do like the Chanel one very much, but I wanted to tell you about another, more underrated one that I have been using a lot of lately. It’s the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Color.
I don’t see many people talking about this one, which I think is a pity because I think it’s a good product. I picked mine up a year back, if I remember correctly, and loved it from the get go. I didn’t talk about it however, because I thought it was a limited edition product. Perhaps it was, and it’s now permanent, I’m not sure. Either way, it’s easily available, and I wanted to tell you about it 🙂
The Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Color is a cream blush in stick format. Unlike the Chanel stick cream blush however, this one comes in a shorter, squatter design, so you get a fairly fat stick of colour. This is actually not a bad thing, because it is easier to hold, and to swipe on cheeks.
I got mine in the shade Pink Glow, which as the name implies, is a pink. It comes in 2 other shades – Peach Glow and Coral Glow, both of which are self-explanatory.
As I’ve told you, mine is at least a year old, if a day. Yet, it hasn’t dried out, and still applies fairly creamy on skin. The texture is rather similar to the Chanel Healthy Glow blush sticks, having a strong silicone base with a dry touch, but I do find that the Laura Mercier one is a little more creamy and has a less “dry-feel” to it. I have read that some people find it sticky. I don’t find it to be so, and is very comfortable.
The other thing I’ve noted is that it is quite pigmented. See this swatch.
I did this by running the stick down my hand. Pink Glow does look rather bright, doesn’t it? It also looks like there is shimmer, but there isn’t really. There is some iridescence, but no shimmer as such. However, once you blend it out, Pink Glow is a lovely fresh pink on cheeks, that I love because it looks so natural.
There are a couple of ways you can use it. Because it’s a fairly fat little stick of colour, you can run your brush over the top to pick up colour, and then dab onto cheeks.
Or, you can do what I do, which is to draw a stripe down the side of my cheek and use my fingers to blend it out. It is very easy to blend, and it doesn’t dry so quickly as to make it unworkable. Here’s an approximation of how it looks on me. You can make it look as strong or as subtle as you like.
If you prefer, you can top it up with a highlighter, or with another powder blush. I usually just wear it on its own. On my skin, which isn’t oily, it lasts well. I won’t know how it’ll fare on oilier skin though, sorry. You’ll have to figure that out for yourself 😛 It doesn’t sink into my pores, which is a good thing, and is comfortable.
The only thing I don’t like about this is the packaging. I find the plastic a little thin (unlike the more sturdy Chanel packaging), and the bit that you twist up is a little wobbly and the twisting mechanism isn’t very smooth. It can spoil the enjoyment of using the product, unless it’s a fault in packaging of the one I own. But I can overlook it, because it is otherwise a great and handy little product. Perfect for packing in your travel makeup pouch… if you carry one. that is! 😉
IN A NUTSHELL
The Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Stick Face Color is a cream blush in stick packaging. It is a fat and squat little tube with a twist up blush colour. There are 3 shades available, and I find that the texture is smooth and easy to blend. It isn’t oily or tacky and feels very comfortable on skin. On my drier skin, it sits well for most of the day. It is very portable and easy to use, and I love the colour. I think this is an underrated product from Laura Mercier that deserves more love!
PROS: Easy to blend, Sheer pigments but bright colour on skin, Not sticky or greasy, Dry-touch feel, Easily blended with fingers or brush, Portable
CONS: Packaging feels a little flimsy and twisting mechanism is a little wobbly
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who enjoys using cream blushes or cream blushes in stick form, Anyone who wants a non-sticky and easy to blend cream blush
PRICE: RM159 | US$32 | £27
Have you tried this Laura Mercier Bonne Mine blush? Do you like using cream stick blushes?
I actually do like using cream blushes in stick form. They’re so portable and easy to use. But I do prefer those that aren’t too creamy as they can feel tacky. Thus far, my favourites are this from Laura Mercier, and the Chanel Healthy Glow blush 😀 How about you?