Leave it to my Instagram algorithm to begin promoting more “fast face” solutions after I bought The Lip Bar’s Fast Face Kit. This time, trèStiQue tempted me with it’s Essential Eight kit. This “makeup solution” states that with eight products, you’ll simplify your routine without sacrificing quality. The whole kit comes with a Le Pak makeup bag, complete with zipper and mirror. in the new Navy Croc deluxe design.
Overall, the customization progress was easy to follow and gave me a bit more leeway to choose my preferred formulas. However, I was a little disappointed in the lack of choices when it came to foundation shades. I ended up purchasing a separate shade so that I could mix the two to get my correct tone. I also noticed that even the darkest shade would be too light for African American women of a deeper tone. The same could be said for the concealer options. I truly hope trèStiQue has plans to expand its shade ranges so that women of color can find a foundation stick that honors the nuances of their skin tones and enables them to enjoy their complexion products.
Here is a list of the formulas and shades I chose:
- Tinted Face Stick in Tenerife Natural and Waikiki Tan (the latter purchased separately from the kit)
- Concealer Crayon in Toffee
- Blush Stick in Bora Bora Coral
- Starlight Powder Stick in Galactic Gold (purchased separately from the kit)
- Brow Pencil in Espresso
- Eye Pencil in Santorini Black Sand
- Shadow Crayon in Venetian Shimmer
- Mini Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine (freebie!)
- Good Vibes Mascara in Icelandic Black Lacquer
- Matte Lip Crayon in Florence Fig
Overall, I found the process of applying the Essential 8 (plus the few extras) to be simple and straightforward. Even the most novice makeup user can use the whole kit with no learning curve. To their credit, the foundation sticks blended in beautifully, and none of the stick products left any harsh lines once properly blended, which can be easily done with the blending sponges and brushes conveniently attached at the other end (with the exception of the highlight powder and the brow pencil). Furthermore, while I normally shy away from cream or stick foundations due to my combination to oily skin, the medium coverage finish on these was matte enough to control shine while hydrating enough to prevent dry patches.
As for the color cosmetics, I was especially impressed by the color payoff from the shadow crayons. The Aspen Pine mini gave me this stunning, gunmetal/hunter green hybrid that created an instant smokey eye that only needed a touch of eyeliner and mascara for maximum impact. Furthermore, the shadow held up well during the day without any primer. Although the lip color was a matte finish, the formula felt hydrating on my lips, even without the the coordinated balm. The blush gave me the warmth I’m always looking for; coupled with the powder highlight it looked as if I had spent the day on the beach.
I can see the trèStiQue Essential Eight Kit being another go-to for when I want a fresh-faced look in a pinch. While I completed a smoky eye with my test run, I can see myself reaching for the champagne-hued Venitian Shimmer shadow stick for daytime. While the foundation shade range needs expansion, the quality of the product is just right. trèStiQue has a fantastic concept that will be a worthwhile addition to anyone’s beauty routine.
And now, for the surprise: You can watch me review the trèStiQue Essential 8 for yourself on my new YouTube Channel! While I will still write product reviews for the blog, those of you who want to see the step-by-step process can do so on The Lipstick Therapist’s YouTube Channel! I will also be posting exclusive tutorials and content there, so please subscribe to stay up to date!