January 22, 2018

Milani Instant Touch-Up Blur Stick Review, Photos, Thoughts

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Milani Instant Touch-Up Blur Stick ($12) is a new face primer stick that has a lightweight formula which blurs the appearances of fine lines, pores, and other imperfections while prepping for makeup. This joins Milani’s permanent collection for Spring 2018 and is popping up now at drugstores like Walgreens which is where I purchased mine.

Last year, beauty stick everything was hitting the mid-range beauty world by storm with Milk Makeup leading the way with their newly launched Blur Stick.

This year, a lot of different drugstore brands are starting to embrace this trend such as Physicians Formula, St Ives, and Yes To.

I feel in love with Catrice Prime and Fine Anti-Shine Blur Stick several months ago and it’s quite an affordable pick up at $7.99 and I actually like it a lot more than Milani Instant Touch-Up Blur Stick. But it’s still nice to have a variety of cheaper options available of these priming sticks at the drugstore although at 0.18 oz for $12 it really is debatable how budget friendly this is if you’re paying full price and not waiting on a sale. But drugstore prices have been going up considerably in the last few years so, I guess the price comes as no great surprise.

Price aside let’s discuss the formula and how it works!

Milani Instant Touch-Up Blur Stick comes housed in a chunky slick little black tube that should travel very easily with you should you wish to use it throughout the day for touch ups on the go! This is basically like have a solid version of your favorite silicone primer in your pocket.

Twist up, swipe it on, pat it into place, and apply your favorite foundation on top. It’s that simple. It’s actually a great pick for those that hate the way silicone primer feels on their face. I’m that person! I dislike silicone primers with a passion as they make me itchy. If you have a bit of shine, some visible pores to conceal, and aren’t looking for something to completely mattify a ton of oil you should do well with this. It applies transparent, it’s very lightweight with a silky, velvety finish that doesn’t feel itchy or mask-like and it does absorb some shine while smoothing pores. I wouldn’t say it extended the wear of my foundation but it did give it a nice solid canvas to adhere to which made it look smoother. If you have very oily skin I think it might disappoint as it won’t quite leave you completely oil-free but it will reduce some shine.

Do you need it?

Probably not if you have a primer you love and use already. It’s a nice way to carry your primer with you and it can be used throughout the day on top of your make to smooth skin and give it a soft-focused finish. But if you’re looking for something that extends the wear of foundation while reducing major shine and oil this might not be a good pick for you. On my drier skin it applied quite well without piling and it gave my skin a nice soft, smooth appearance but I prefer a more hydrating facial primer around this time of the year so, it isn’t something I’d recommend for dry skin.

Milani Instant Touch-Up Blur Stick is available now at drugstores and available now at ulta.com.

Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PCA Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-DI-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Silica, BHT.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Kimmwc03

    Is there a hydrating version of these sticks that works well? I could use one right now.

    • Isabella Muse

      No by milani but Milk has some hydrating sticks that aren’t primers sadly also, yes to coconuts has a new coconut hydrating stick but again not to prime with!

      • Shana k.

        I love the yes to coconut stick!! But it’s heavy … I slather it on my face at night and on my cuticles which is saving me this cold & dry Boston winter. I just bought the Milani blur stick and promptly left Walgreen’s,sat in the car and checked in here with you to see what you had to say about it…lol I’m such a tool, usually I check with you first …lesson learned .

        • Isabella Muse

          I really like it too. Quite hydrating πŸ˜€ LOL omg flattered ;-D

  • wendy

    OMG what it is with primers? It’s like a new one hits the market daily LOL