Monday, August 1, 2016

Ilia Beauty Multi-Stick in A Fine Romance

[Product was purchased by me. Others marked * were PR samples. All opinions are mine. No affiliate links.]

I liked the first two Multi-sticks that I received so much(All of Me, Cheek-to-Cheek), that I purchased two more on my own during a recent Safe and Chic sale: A Fine Romance, and I Put a Spell on You. The range has six shades in total, and the full ingredients list can be found on the Ilia Beauty product pages. The ingredient list isn't very long, and contains oils and butters, beeswax, corn starch. They also tell you what proportion (in %) of those ingredients are organic. I don't necessarily believe that blindly purchasing "organic" is always good, but I do appreciate a company that has a focus on ethically, sustainably sourced ingredients, and that also makes an effort to be transparent about their claims.

A Fine Romance is a berry shade. The Multi-sticks are meant to be used on lips, cheeks, and eyes, and I tested this one in all three ways below. I used A Fine Romance as a base on eyes, and then patted MAC Moleskin over it with a brush, for a soft, dusty wine combination. I finished with a navy liner (Sephora Slate). For cheeks, I use a ring finger to dab product on each cheek, then buff out with an angled blush brush. I apply it to lips straight from the bullet. It's big, but surprisingly easy to apply to lips.
A Fine Romance on eyes, lips, cheeks. 

I love berries like this, and as a blush, this shade pairs beautifully with berry and purple lipsticks, which I have also really been into. The texture of A Fine Romance is just as creamy and emollient as the other two that I have - easy to apply, but setting nicely on cheeks and remaining comfortable on lips. It's not the greatest for eyes - the color is quite subtle, and I think it works better as a base to help add interest to shades, but it's not meant to prime or increase longevity. But using a single product in multiple places at once helps to tie in a look sometimes, I think, and it makes traveling really easy.

The Multi-sticks run $34 and can be purchased at Ilia Beauty, Safe and Chic, and Beauty Habit.

For more, you can see A Fine Romance on Monika, here.