When it comes to the strobing-contouring-anything-that-involves-makeup-skills craze, you can count me out. It’s hard enough for me to get a foundation shade correct; if I add anything other than a simple blush or bronzer on top of that, it’s downright complicated.
So when I saw the au natural Organic Creme Bronzer Stick ($32) I was almost on the immediate boycott. Sure, it looks simple enough, but sticks—although winning major points for the convenience factor—aren’t always so straightforward. “You just apply a little to the top of your cheekbones,” founder Ashley Prange told me. I smiled, took a sample, and was sure there was no way I would ever break them open without the aid of a very skilled makeup artist on hand.
Big surprise: They really are that simple. Even better, they successfully create that realistic sun-kissed glow that isn’t always so easy to achieve with one pop-up product. You just need to make a few quick swipes, blend, and, low and behold, you are radiant. Even better, the sticks are vegan and organic (like the real deal organic, as the company makes them fresh every night) with ingredients like coconut oil, meadow foam and jojoba, to name a few, that come from a nearby local farm in Wisconsin. Prange tells me there’s also a rose-gold highlighter I have to try; at this rate, I might even be skilled enough to use the two sticks together.
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