The Blush You Need If You Want Glowy Skin, But Can't Stand Glitter
The Splurge is our new weekly column dedicated to expensive beauty products that are actually worth it. This week, why we're rebuying Onomie Boosting Lip + Cheek Stick despite the $30 price tag.
I think there's a time and place for glitter makeup. Whenever I'm going out for the night or need to get rid of a bad mood (more often), I'll brush a metallic shadow all over my eyelids, or I'll wear a shimmery lipstick. I'll never throw a sparkle party on my cheekbones, though.
Shimmery, sparkly blush just doesn't make sense to me. Sure, I want my skin to look glowy and dewy, but the one thing I learned from watching the Twilight movies is that humans don't "sparkle." I know the Edward Cullen glittery vampire analogy is basically a pop culture cliché at this point, but it works to explain my theory on blush.
There's tons of matte blush out there, but finding a good one is the problem. So many powders look chalky and creams wear off in a few hours. After years of just wearing "meh" creams, I've finally found one that I don't have to reapply a handful of times during the day.
Onomie Boost Lip + Cheek Stick is a multi-use product that can be worn on your cheeks, lips, and even eyes. But, the fact that I can use this product to do an entire face of makeup isn't why I love it. As a blush, it adds a healthy, glowy flush to my cheeks that isn't shimmery.
This creamy, sparkle-free balm can easily be swiped onto the cheeks straight from the stick, and then blended out with your fingertips. I like tapping a Beautyblender over it to press it into my skin for a seamless, natural finish. The six available shades include warm and cool options, so there are colors that'll work for a wide range of skin tones.
As an added bonus, it's formulated with skincare ingredients like naturally-derived cacay oil, sunflower oil, and shea butter. These extracts keep the blush from getting cakey or pilling, and are known to hydrate, soften fine lines, and boost collagen. Together, the extra skincare boost is exactly why the blush has the same color payoff as other ones out there, but still looks natural no matter how much you've built it up.
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The end of my shimmer-free blush search comes with a price, though. At $30, Onomie's stick isn't exactly a steal. However, looking well-rested and dewy, along with the extra skincare boost, justifies restocking this blush when I inevitably hit the bottom of it.