Few things will make me audibly gasp in the middle of a crowded restaurant, but after swatching the new LYS Higher Standards Glow Blush Stick, I couldn’t help but loudly share my delighted surprise with my fellow Sant Ambroeus patrons. It was during the breakfast rush and I was meeting with LYS Beauty founder Tisha Thompson, who was excitedly giving me and a few other Allure editors a sneak peek at the new launch.
I swiped the shade Courage on the back of my hand and the dark orange, shimmery pigment took my breath away. “There’s something undeniably magical when you apply blush,” says Thompson. “It’s often the final touch in a complexion routine that brings a vibrant pop of color to the face.”
I certainly felt that magic and was more than eager to test out the blush stick on my face. I’m already a fan of LYS Beauty products, including the Higher Standard Satin Matte Cream Blush and the viral No Limits Cream Bronzer and Contour Stick, so I was prepared to add a new favorite to my LYS collection.
Thompson set out to enhance the power of blush by combining it with another face-transforming product: highlighter. The Glow Blush Stick has particles of shimmer that add a shiny dew to flushed cheeks, and with seven shades to choose from (including bright fuchsia, deep purple, and burnt orange), there’s a shade to complement every skin tone and undertone.
As a self-appointed blush aficionado, I was especially interested to see how this highlighter-blush hybrid stacks up to beloved products already on the market.