Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick ($25.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a cream formula that can be used as a highlight or blush and is available in 10 shades. You’ll also find a swatch of the sole gloss released with the launch. I did not purchase any other products at this time as buying the powder highlighters and these cream cheek colors was quite a hit to the budget, so I hope you understand!
The formula is supposed to be long-wearing with a “light-as-air,” “blendable” texture that “lives to be layered.” They twist-up and are medium-sized with a domed edge. I found that applying to my fingertips worked better than direct application, as it enabled me greater control over coverage level as well as placement, and if you tend to apply over foundation, then this will help keep the Match Stix cleaner, too. The texture was thin, and it did seem to go from a “cream” in the tube to a more powder-like product once on the skin. They were blendable with a few being more sparkly with less visible base color, which may not be for everyone, and others had a more pearl-like sheen that didn’t emphasize my skin’s natural texture.
A problem I had throughout just swatching each shade on my cheeks for photos was that whatever was exposed was a bit dry, more powdery to the touch, and I felt like I had to really warm the product up and/or swipe it back and forth on the back of my hand to refresh the texture. This is not uncommon with drier, cream-based formulas, but it will be something I look more closely at as I test these over the coming weeks. Some shades were very pigmented, others were medium and buildable, and a couple were sheerer.