I have to hand it to MAC for consistently getting it bang on when it comes to product launches
Warning: this will be a very positive review. It amy sound unbalanced, biased even, but rest assured I was not gifted these products, nor was I paid to say this. If MAC were sending me free stuff this good, I would have been smugly tweeting about it for weeks. So smugly. Also: the BF wanted to get involved in the photography process for this post, and things got a bit silly. If you're looking for flat-lays you have come to the wrong blog.
That said, let's talk about these babies. MAC QuikTrik Sticks have received basically no hype in the beauty blogger community, and I cannot fathom why. They are double-ended sticks of sheer, glossy cream blush, and literally everything you could ever wish for in a makeup product.
While they occasionally stray into gimmick territory, I have to hand it to MAC for consistently getting it bang on when it comes to product launches. I guess their heritage as a brand that caters to makeup professionals as well as normal consumers protects them from the urge to 'dumb down' their offering. They've never really fallen foul of the 'easy to use' whatthefuckery that besets the likes of benefit (those lipliner lipsticks tho), or the 'shiny new format for no reason at all' trap that Lancome et all often fall into (a dual-phase lipgloss! Shake well before applying! It's kinda greasy! Ok, why?) MAC (rightly) assumes that if you're shopping with them, you love makeup, and do not want to be hend-held like you're being introduced to if for the first time (benefit store girls BE GONE).
These really are everything you ever wanted from makeup.
So the QuikTrik sticks, while being incredibly easy to use, also have the versatility of a pro product. The formulation of both ends of the sticks is a maleable, endlessly blendable, gel-cream which you can apply either with a brush or straight from the stick. On the skin both the shimmer-free and highlighting ends blend beautifully with just your fingers to leave a dewy-but-not-tacky, sheer finish which meshes so seamlessly with the skin it is almost sexual. On my dry-ish skin I find they last 8-10 hours with no top ups. The end result is sophisitcated, understated and beautifully healthy looking. These really are everything you ever wanted from makeup.
Currently I have two of these which, considering they are not cheap at all (£26), is testament to how brilliant they are . There are several different colourways in the line, ranging from bronzing to contour to blush, but not being much of a blush fan I stuck to the more neutral tones.
The limited edition Diane Kendall version (containing a cool brown shade called smouldering and a golden highlighter called sheen) is now my go-to contouring product. When blended out, smouldering has the incredible quality of being detectable only from an angle, meaning that I can achieve a nicely contoured cheek hollow without any hint of a brown stripe when my face is viewed side-on.
The permanent collection stick I opted for has a light bronze shade called tight and tawny (grim name but we're moving on) and an icy pink highlight called softly does it. I have used this the most of the two to add some bronziness to the tops of my cheekbones, which I then layer up with the pinky highlighting shade. Neither highlighter has any chunky glitter or visible shimmer, but rather they add a healthy, glowing (not greasy) sheen to the skin, which looks particularly lovely under dim light. Date night here we come.
At £26 each the MAC QuikTrik sticks are undoubtedly a splurge, but in my opinion they are worth adding to your payday wish list if you can afford it. There's nothing else like them on the market that I've seen, and they've become an everyday staple for me.