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My passion is skincare, but sometimes readers ask me to review makeup. One product that keeps on coming up is Milk Makeup Blur Stick, which promises to minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines with a smooth, matte finish. In addition to being a concealer, the goal of Milk Makeup Blur Stick is also to act as a primer and potential makeup sealant.
In a consumer test on 16 women (note to FutureDerm readers, this is a very small sample size):
– 100% of women felt it instantly minimized the appearance of pores
– 93.7% of women felt it prolonged the wear of foundation all day
– 100% of women felt it reduced shine all day long
The science shows that the real ‘concealing’ ingredients here are silica and a mix of esters, film-forming agents, and skin-conditioning agents.
My honest thought is that it’s a decent product for those in their teens and 20’s, but it doesn’t have any age-defying ingredients. Many foundations and concealers today contain niacinamide, which has been shown in studies to be a superior hydrator (with results similar to hyaluronic acid) and hyperpigmentation treatment (with results similar to 2% hydroquinone). Some foundations also have vitamin C in one form or another, or at least give it a try with ultra-weak retinyl palmitate. But there’s nothing like that here.
On the converse, Milk Makeup Blur Stick does contain limonene, which can make the skin photosensitive in high concentrations, but it is found in such low concentrations here I wouldn’t say this product is accelerating sun damage. That said, it has very light coverage — even lighter than most BB or CC creams — and while it builds easily, I quite frankly don’t have the time to deal with it. I will be sticking with my usual Giorgio Armani Liquid Silk Foundation, but, again, there’s nothing wrong with Milk Makeup Blur Stick. It’s a fun, semi-effective product for those who are ultra young, but if you have signs of sun damage, I would only use this as a primer, quite frankly.
Ingredients in Milk Makeup Blur Stick
Cetearyl 2-Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Polyethylene, Hydroxystearic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Octyldodecanol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.