Review | Esprique Melty Fix Cheek in PK 800

October 15, 2011
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I love stick blushes. They’re easy to use (swivel, apply, retract, blend) and generally have a good cream-to-powder texture.

So when I received the preview sample of Esprique Melty Fix Cheek in PK 800 (S$32/10 g) from the revamped Esprique range from Kosé, I looked forward to testing it.

Encased in a simple but classy retractable tube, this blush stick has a nice lightness to it. Yet its swivel mechanism feels sturdy and there isn’t a rattle-y cheapness to its structure, like some similarly-packaged cream blushes.

I like how the product fits snugly within the tube (it doesn’t have an unseemly amount of space between its circumference and the tube interior) and doesn’t list to one side, as some similar products are wont to do. A gentle twist smoothly reveals the product and it retracts just as easily without catching on the tube edges – a feature I truly appreciate, having used lipsticks and stick blushes that were victims of packaging mis-measurement.

PK 800 is a wearable peachy pink with coral hints. Infused with micro-shimmer that seems to have a slight gold dominance, it’s a pretty shade that’s flattering on fair and medium skin tones. It goes onto the skin evenly and blends well. I really like its smooth, non-tacky texture – it isn’t sticky, neither is it overly siliconey, a true example of a cream-to-powder product.

On its own, it surprised me with its lasting power. Layered with a powder blush, your cheek colour will probably stay fresh for longer than usual. It’s an excellent item to have in your beauty stash, especially if you tend to be pressed for time. Fuss-free and easy to use, this cream blush clearly embodies the One Stroke Beauty concept of the brand – elegant beauty with minimum effort. :)


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15 Responses to Review | Esprique Melty Fix Cheek in PK 800

  1. October 15, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks for the tip on longer-lasting blush ;-) I have wondered if this product would be good…like the lovely pink shade.

    • makeupmag
      October 16, 2011 at 12:53 am

      Hi Astrorainfall,

      You’re welcome! This comes in three other shades; do check them out at the counter. :)

  2. October 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    the color is so pretty and it looks so smooth and easy to blend! <3

    • makeupmag
      October 16, 2011 at 12:54 am

      Hi Sugar Sugar,

      I think it will appeal to many local ladies! :)

  3. October 16, 2011 at 1:38 am

    It looks absolutely gorgeous!!

    • makeupmag
      October 17, 2011 at 12:33 am

      Hey Jamilla,

      I like how it’s super easy to use too. :)

  4. makeupfan
    October 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    hello! would this be better worn on top of or under a pressed powder foundation? (:

    • makeupmag
      October 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

      Hi Makeupfan,

      It works both ways, thanks to its non-tacky texture but it will look more vibrant over powder foundation. To apply over powder foundation, I’d recommend using a brush or your fingers because rubbing the stick on directly might smear the foundie. :)

  5. Jan
    October 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    this product looks really lovely! Another quality stick blush is shiseido’s accentuating color stick, the packaging is great, good product and the tube is the same color as the blush :)

    • makeupmag
      October 20, 2011 at 1:56 am

      Hi Jan,

      That was the exact product I was thinking of when I tested this one! :)

  6. Loi
    October 20, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Love the color!!!

    • makeupmag
      October 20, 2011 at 1:50 am

      Hi Loi,

      It’s pretty~! :)

  7. Alicia
    October 21, 2011 at 1:01 am

    may i know if is this or the benetint easier to use? as i have only used powdered blush before, would like to try something new!

    • makeupmag
      October 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Hi Alicia,

      I’d say this is easier, since liquid blushes can be fiddly and dry a touch too quickly.

  8. Alicia
    October 28, 2011 at 12:28 am

    thanks babe! =D

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