Presenting… my latest iteration of my Addiction Cheek Stick inventory. These are possibly some of my favorite makeup bits ever, and I’m trying really hard not to buy everything from the range. If you aren’t familiar, Cheek Sticks are multi-purpose products by Japanese brand, Addiction by Ayako. Ayako was a makeup artist that worked closely with François Nars (of NARS, duh), which probably explains a lot of the brand’s aesthetic direction.
Cheek Sticks can be used on the cheeks, lips, and even eyes (though they are not crease-free). In a span of a year, I have amassed five different shades, all of which I love. From lightest to darkest, I have African Sunset, Tea Rose, Rose Bar (my newest one!), Revenge (my first one!), and Suspicious. They are swatched in the same order below:
The most versatile one, in my opinion, is Rose Bar, though I am able to use Revenge pretty much anywhere also. It’s just a less agreeable color than Rose Bar. Tea Rose was a fast favorite and was in rotation for a while. I foresee African Sunset as a summer staple. Suspicious looks scary, but it’s actually really pretty on the cheeks.
Although they are multi-purpose products, I like them best used as cheek colors. Some of the shades, like Suspicious, are too dry on the lips. I don’t generally use them for the eyes since they aren’t crease-proof and I have similar shades of eye makeup anyway.
If you like the idea of multi-purpose products, tune in later this week when I post some of my favorite ones!
Addiction by Ayako is only available in counters all over Japan, though Ichibankao sells them at a significant markup (incl. postage) online.