June 27, 2018

Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick Primer Review

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3 stars out of 5

Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick Primer Review

Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick Primer ($7.99) is a new facial primer stick that’s available in three shades selections a la Milk’s popular Blur Stick that launched last Summer.

The Master Blur Stick Primer I’m about to review is the transparent version but Maybelline also has a Light/Medium and Medium/Dark version available which I’ll review shortly. The transparent version is a fairly common item we’ve seen in the past from products like E.L.F. Prep & Blur Stick, Catrice Prime and Fine Anti-Shine Blur Stick, and Milani Instant Touch-Up Blur Stick. The idea isn’t new by any means however, what sets this apart slightly from the regular round up of facial primer sticks is the fact there are tinted options available.

In some ways you have to get excited about a product like this. I mean, it’s a primer in a stick! It’s not only kind of cute but also so convenient for travel plus the application is mess-free. You have to love that. But in my experience not all primer sticks work out all that great. The formula are sometimes to dense or they drag across skin in a rather unpleasant way.

Let’s see how Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick Primer held up!

Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick Primer arrives in a 0.3 oz chunky barrel that’s an exact duplication of their Maybelline Master Glaze Blush although it is slightly bigger in size since the blush is 0.24 oz in size.

This is actually sort of a nice little primer to keep in your purse for touch ups but not necessarily a primer I’d use daily to lock my makeup in place. It’s transparent in color so it doesn’t leave a white cast or any color behind once you apply it. It’s dimethicone-based so it has a slicker texture that glides easily on skin and feels almost a touch oily but does set to a matte finish that didn’t adhere to drier areas on my face nor pill.

It actually really does blur pores quite nicely. I don’t have visible pores on my face but I do have ones on my nose and this was like an erase for them. They just disappeared when I applied this on my nose and smoothed out with my finger. It does set a nice, smooth canvas for makeup but I feel like my foundation slips a little bit and fades when I’m wearing this under it. It doesn’t really extend the wear of my foundation. In its defense, it wasn’t actually created for that reason though as Maybelline does market it as a blur stick.

I’ve taken to popping it in my purse and applying it as a little touch up on my nose. Or sometimes I take a small amount and pop it on my forehead when it starts looking shiny. You can use it easily as a touch up tool but keep it mind some makeup will transfer onto the stick using this process.

The best technique for application is actually to apply your normal face primer and follow up using this as it’ll provide more blurring action so your skin has a soft focused finish.

Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick Primer is a nice little stick to have in your makeup bag for touch ups or to blur pesky pores or perhaps to curb a little shine on the go!

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Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick Primer is 0.3 oz in size and will run you about $7.99-$9.99 depending where you purchase it. This is a handy little tool that provides a nice blurring effect to give your skin a smooth, softened surface. It won’t extend the wear of foundation but it does come in handy for quick pore blurring and will minimize shine on the go.

Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ozokerite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, C20-40 Alkyl Stearate, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Silica Silylate, Perlite, Laureth-4, [+/- May Contain/Peut Contenir, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499/Iron Oxides], F.I.L. D215026/2.


  • Anyone who wants a handy little stick to curb shine and conceal pores on the go.
  • Anyone looking for a quickie way to get smooth skin.


  • Not a great pick for those who dislike silicones in their makeup.
  • Anyone looking to extend the wear of their foundation.
  • Anyone who wants an all day smooth, pore-free complexion (this will give you a nice smooth finish but not a all day one! Touch ups are required!)


If you’re looking for a handy tool to add to your makeup bag this little Maybelline Facestudio Master Blur Stick Primer is a worthy addition. It’ll quickly curb shine on the go and conceal pores but just don’t expect it to extend the wear of your foundation or leave you with smooth, poreless skin all day!

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

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  • Janessa

    Ohh interesting! I might have to pick this little guy up and give it a try. Speaking of stick primers, remember the Benefit stick primer thats like a straight gluestick of primer?? I found an almost brand new tube of that recently. We had a pretty good run for a hot minute a few summers ago. I’m going to bust it out and try it again soon.