Monday, May 9, 2016

Ilia Multi-Stick in All of Me: A Successful Multi-tasker

[Product was provided by PR for review. No affiliate links, and all opinions are my own.]

I was watching Man Up a couple of months ago, and while it wasn't my kind of movie (despite Simon Pegg), there was a scene where Lake Bell puts on a natural rosy lipstick, and taps her fingers against her lips and then taps them on her cheeks. It was very classic, giving her a barely there, fresh look, and I was totally struck by it. But a lot of lipsticks are too heavy on cheeks, and products touted as multi-taskers don't often deliver.

THIS ONE, though, does. This is the Ilia Beauty Multi-Stick in All of Me. It is one of those rare birds that feels comfortable on both lips and cheeks - and looks good, too. Like the lipstick crayon, the finish is really natural; it's not ultra matte or ultra glossy, just...natural. I like to apply directly to lips, and it's easier to apply than you might think, given how large it is. For cheeks, I either pick up some color on clean fingers and tap on, or apply directly, depending on if I'm wearing foundation or not. Both ways work well.
Ilia Multi-Stick in All of Me.

On cheeks, the finish is dewy and light. On lips it's more opaque, but still not in a heavy or overly creamy way. Hard to explain, but the effect is just - effortless and natural. I'm really into these. I have another one to show you later, and it's just as good.
Ilia Beauty Multi-Stick in All of Me on lips only.
Ilia Multi-Stick in All of Me on lips and cheeks. Lighting is a little different, so it's a little more coral in real life than this. The above photo is more color accurate. 
This is so, so easy to just toss in your bag and carry around for touch-ups on cheeks and lips. It's also great to travel with (I took it on the road trip), as it's nice and compact and twists up, so you don't need any tools. They're $34, and well worth it, if you ask me. One of my favorite discoveries lately. I also have Cheek-to-Cheek, and I'll show you that one next, although the color is really similar. There are six in total; I want A Fine Romance - the deep berry shade.