Alright, I’ll admit that I’ve become a little addicted to colour correcting. Who am I to say no to a quick and easy way to do away with redness and discolouration? I’ve already written up my thoughts on the Becca Backlight Targeted Colour Correctors and as much as I love the formula of those beautiful little pots, there’s something to be said for the convenience of a stick. I’ve been testing out the new Smashbox Colour Correcting Sticks* for a little while now and I’ve been very impressed.
It can’t get much easier to apply colour corrector then with these sticks – they’re so creamy and a little goes a long way so it’s really as simple as drawing on a little and blending it in with a finger (or a brush, or a BeautyBlender – they all work). The colours are slightly brighter than what I’ve gotten used to with the Becca colour correctors so they do look a little more noticeable on the skin, even when blended out, but I apply these before going in with foundation and concealer and have had no problem with being left with a rainbow complexion1 after I’ve finished up my normal routine.
It all comes down to blending – redness is gone and my under eye concealer doesn’t have to work as hard to cover up my dark circles, that’s a win for me. If I have a little more time on my hands then I reach for the Becca pots, they blend out beautifully and just as great a job, but when I’m a little more of a rush the quick ‘draw on, blend out and go’ nature of the Smashbox sticks definitely wins out.
The shade range follows a similar theme to the Becca bunch, but Smashbox tends to take a slightly different approach – the Get Less Red (the green) and Don’t Be Dull (the lavender) shades are brighter than Becca’s while the oranges for under the eyes are a little subtler. I find the Look Less Tired (Light) shade is the perfect salmon-y orange to cancel out any darkness under my eyes and is much less scary to work with than the bright orange Becca shade.
L to R: Be Less Red, Don’t Be Dull, Look Less Tired (Light), Look Less Tired (Dark)
If you’re interested in getting in on the colour correcting craze and still feel a little intimidated, these are an awesome place to start – draw them on, blend them out and then get on with your normal face routine.
*products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!