ILIA Multi-Stick Cream Blush

Milabu Rating

  • Overall
    (4.2)

Price Category: Pro-Grade

  • $34.00 Retail

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Pros

  • Creamy formula
  • Applies easily with brush or fingers
  • Multiple colors and finishes
  • Convenient
  • For both cheeks and lips
  • Minimal settling / accentuating texture

Cons

  • Not very pigmented
  • Color fades throughout the day
  • Can be drying on lips

Overview

If you’re looking for a convenient, multipurpose product, ILIA Multi Stick Blush provides a subtle wash of color to cheeks or lips.

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Our Rating Criteria

ILIA Multi-Stick is a 2-in-1 for natural color on the go. 

Who else is always searching for easy, on the go products that can be used on multiple areas of the face? I know I am! It keeps my makeup bag less cluttered and makes traveling a breeze. ILIA Multi-Stick is a two-in-one product that doubles as blush and lip color. Recently, this product won Byrdie’s Eco Beauty Award for Best Multi-Use, along with the Allure Readers’ Choice Award for Best Blush. But do I think this is the best cream blush? I agree it’s good, but it isn’t the best.

Promises vs. Performance: Creamy, soft wash of color.

Natural, no-makeup makeup looks are increasingly popular, as are easy to use products. ILIA’s stick blush is just that: an easy, on the go stick for a soft wash of color on cheeks and lips. ILIA says Multi-Stick has a buttery texture that blends into the skin effortlessly, melting upon contact. It can be easily applied with fingertips or a brush. Multi-stick contains ingredients such as shea butter and avocado oil to help condition and nourish skin.

I picked up the shades All of Me, I Put A Spell On You, and Tenderly. And wow! These colors are gorgeous! The formula is creamy and applies really nicely to the skin. I applied these sticks with my fingers, as ILIA suggested, and really let the warmth of my fingers melt the product into my skin. The Multi-Sticks blended out easily and evenly. They definitely provided a more subtle wash of color, perfect for those light makeup days. I could definitely see myself using these on those days where I want just a soft wash of color and not an intense blush look. I’m excited to keep playing with these and try them out on my lips for a monochromatic look!

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How It Compares: It’s convenient, but is it the best cream blush?

I think ILIA Multi-Stick is a good product for convenience. Easy to apply, it can be used on both cheeks and lips. The formula is a beautiful cream texture that easily gives a nice flush to the cheeks (perfect for those new to cream blushes!). But, it is not the most pigmented cream blush on the market, nor is it the most long wearing. I will say, it’s a great intro to cream blush if a clean stick formula is what you’re after.

What is my favorite cream blush, you might ask? ROSE INC Blush Divine is easily one of the best formulas I have ever tried and is one of my holy grails. The creamy formula easily blends into cheeks with fingers or a brush, providing a the most healthy, radiant flush of color. It never accentuates any imperfections, from dryness to texture and never settles into lines or pores. Blush Divine applies beautifully over any base, whether cream or powder, without disrupting the makeup underneath.

For a complete list of my favorite cream blush formulas (rated ****4.5+), check out our MILABU PICKS article, ‘The Best Cream Blushes You Need In Your Life.’

Milabu Beauty Method: Natural, lifted cheeks.

Apply ILIA’s Multi-Stick before any powder product.

  1. Begin your makeup look, applying foundation and concealer as desired. (If using a cream bronzer/contour, I also like to apply this before the blush.)
  2. Draw the blush directly on your cheekbones. I like to apply more towards the outer portion instead of right on the apples of my cheeks. This gives me more of a lifted effect.
  3. Using either your fingers or a dense brush, like the Expert Face Brush ($9.99) from Real Techniques, and blend out the blush. Make sure to blend upwards for more of the lifted effect.
  4. Layer blush as needed to deepen the shade.

Tip: These cream blushes layer beautifully under powder blushes! For a more dramatic pop, layer with a powder blush of similar color.

Advertised Product Highlights

ILIA Multi-Stick

SHADE: All of Me

COLOR: Warm Watermelon

FORMULATION: Cream

FINISH: Natural

COVERAGE: No claims

LONGEVITY: No claims

SKIN TYPE: All skin types

BENEFITS: Avocado oil nourishes and helps heal irritated skin, while shea butter conditions the skin  

OTHER: Cruelty free

CLEAN BEAUTY CLAIMS: Gluten free

Edited by Maddie

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