Would You Prefer Your Skin Care in The Form of a Stick?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

I like the idea of this product because I like beauty products that are sticks, but it wasn’t quite doing it for me. It’s the perfect size for swiping along your cheeks and eyelids, but I’m not a fan of the consistency. When I think of the words “Tatcha ” and “serum,” I picture pure dewiness. This felt more like swiping a ginormous ChapStick across your skin.

It does get you a pretty, moist-looking glow immediately after applying, but my face wants what it wants, and that’s something more cooling and wet. It’s a very pretty beauty stick, but I’m going to go back to watering my face with facial spray at 3 p.m. to look and feel more alive.

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Serum in stick form is not something I think I’d ever want or need. I’m not into the idea of “touching up,” and I “serum” at night. But I did pat this around my under eyes — parched by concealer and cold weather — after work one day before heading to an event. I was pleased with the results, which made me look, if not freshly made up, then at least much dewier. I experimented more: I patted it over my creasing forehead and tried applying it as a cheekbone highlighter. With it, the freshness of my early-morning lotioning returned, and I regained a subtle glow without the glitter and excess of a highlighter.

I liked this effect, and also found the stick worked well as an actual “serum” when applied directly to the skin in a night routine. Because it’s extremely convenient — it’s sort of like a jumbo lipstick tube — I plan to bring this in lieu of my actual night serum on a trip next week.

Daise Bedolla, Social-Media Editor

I love the idea of a serum stick in theory. It sounds especially appealing when I think about all of the skin-care bottles I pack when I travel. But in practice, the idea was lost on me. When I did remember to use it, by applying it over whatever sunscreen and makeup I had already applied during the day, I wondered whether the stick was locking in the dirt. I ended up using the stick mainly as a highlighter on my cheekbones when I needed a quick touch-up after work, but I can’t say that I saw a dramatic difference.

As a Tatcha fan (I love the exfoliant), I was excited to use this. But I’m not really sure what it does. It feels nice, but whenever I put it on to refresh, it took off some of my makeup. I also didn’t find it to be that moisturizing. Maybe I was misapplying it — I put it on my brow bone and cheekbones, like I would a highlighter. But I didn’t notice a big change one way or the other.

Kathleen Hou, Beauty Director

Imagine if an Elmer’s glue stick wasn’t sticky and could make you look more dewy. That’s what this does. I liked the sensation of gliding this product on my skin — it has a slightly cooling, refreshing wet feeling. Visually, it gave my cheekbones a very subtle glow, and when I used my fingers to pat it along my under-eye creases, it softened them out. The effect was sort of like a targeted midday mist, without actually wetting my face. It’s also great if you travel and don’t want to bring along something gloppy that could spill.

But ultimately I only liked — not loved — this product, because the effects don’t seem big enough. I wanted more of everything: more dewiness and more feeling.

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