Read this before you buy Nudestix!
Updated: Jun 19
Nudestix has been heavily featured in the Glou Beauty IG stories this past week, and people have been requesting swatches and asking about my thoughts on their products.
I have been a fan of them since 2014. I was attracted to the fact everything came in a stick and could be applied with fingers because that's the only way I knew how to use makeup. I didn't really get into the makeup world until the beginning days of Glou in 2018. I have tried hundreds and hundreds of products since then, and I keep coming back to Nudestix.
I have tried every product they've launched, including ones they have since discontinued, with the exception of the lip glace, plush paints, glimmers, and mascara. I would like to try them, but what I love is their easy, grab-and-go portability of their products, and liquid products have a tendency to get messy. My first love is fashion, and I am a bag lady through and through, so I am extremely wary of any kind of makeup explosion happening inside my bags. Stick/cream beauty products are my friends.
Btw, when I mention the prices, I've used rounded dollar amounts. They may be less/more depending if you are in the US or Canada.
1. Their tins are recyclable
I didn't learn this until yesterday, but their boxes are made out of tin plate, which is a material that is infinitely recyclable, and most municipalities can process it in recycling. If you can recycle soup cans, you can recycle Nudestix tins. If you can dislodge the little fun-house mirror in the lid, that would be ideal before you pop it into the blue bin. If you don't have a good recycling program in your area, they have a newly launched Save A Tin recycling program. You can request a compostable mailer and free shipping label to ship your tins back to them.
For the good love of god, they need to say what their tins are made out of somewhere on their packaging, because the ONE thing EVERYONE mentions about Nudestix is how wasteful their tin packaging is. That's probably because NO one knew that they were recyclable. I'm a pretty informed consumer, and I didn't learn this for SIX YEARS.
Okay, now that I've addressed this, we can all move on with our lives haha
2. Do the math, buy their kits
The value available in their kits is practically a no brainer. Their pencils are $30 each or you can get 6 for $60. Don't buy singles unless you really have to.
Their minis kits are also fantastic. You can get 3 minis for the price of around 1 single full size product. However, if you look at the product volume, their mini pencils come with 2.5g of product and the full-size pencils are 2.8g of product.
When you buy their kits and get a duplicate for something you already have, you can either give it away, or list it on Glou Marketplace!
3. Their Nudies multi-sticks are worth the hype
The brush thing on the back is completely useless and I wish instead of bearing the cost of having that component I could just get more product.
But, other than that, their Nudies multi-sticks in matte, blend like a dream and last all day. The hype is real and I like them a lot.
The dewy formula and highlighters though... I'm less of a fan, and that's not because it's a bad product. This is just a personal preference. I prefer products that have a dry finish.
The Nudies Tinted Blur stick would be my ultimate lazy-girl complexion product if it were not for the price. The product is so soft and even using it sparingly wears it down quite quickly. The price per use is just too high. It is the literal opposite of my Hourglass Vanish stick foundation because that product is SO pigmented and requires like 5 dabs, not even swipes, to cover my whole face. I've had it for a long time and still have tons of product left.
4. Here's my 5 second run down on products I have purchased
Nudies blur stick: Good, but really high cost per use. Blurs, mattifies, cream to powder finish. Good for minimal product days, but you may encounter problems if you start layering this over/under other products.
Tinted cover foundation: Really lightweight tinted moisturizer. Most similar product I have is the Bareminerals' Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream. Again, the value just isn't there for the quantity of product. For most brands a product with such light coverage the standard volume is in the 30 to 60mL range. On a price per mL basis, this is on par with Tom Ford's tinted moisturizer. Tom freaking Ford.
Nudies matte: These are just some really excellent cream blush/bronzer products with a solid shade range, without being overwhelming. Blend seamlessly with all day wear.
Nudies glow: Overall a good dewy, glow formulation, but will pull a little as you put it on. Won't deposit colour as seamlessly as the matte formula (where you just need to brush the stick against your skin). This is not a dry finish formula, which is fine for most people, but not my personal preference.
Concealer: Few people are gonna like this one. It's creamy, but it's not easy to blend or sheer out. I found it looking too cakey/heavy looking.
Sculpt pencil: It's dual sided concealer pencil. The ingredients are identical.
Lip + cheek pencils:
Cream: The OG! I love a good old-fashioned wooden makeup pencil. I like these as a lip pencil, not so much on the cheeks. Don't LOVE it, don't hate it.
Matte: The only lip+cheek pencil I would say performs as both lip and cheek colour. It's not the most budge-proof matte lippie because it does have a high level of blendability. For darker colours, it's easy to create a blotted look. Not a drying formula, so no zombie lips.
Gel: Non-sticky gloss pencil. It's fine.
Matte: Honestly, some of the best eye pencils ever. You have to be quick to smudge it around because once this stuff sets, it's not going anywhere.
Luminous: See above + If you want a budge-proof highlighter, get one of these guys.
Eyeliner: Nope. I also tried a drug-store version of this kind of pizza-cutter eyeliner mechanism, and it's just bad y'all.
Brow pencil/gel: I really liked both the pencil and the gel! The gel ran out WAY faster than the liner.
Not gonna lie. I really like the blending brush. I love its tiny size, and the quality is pretty good for the price. It also fits perfectly inside the travel tins, and it might be the one brush that gets me to finally travel with a brush. I forgot to include a picture of it because it's actually kind of hard for me to round up all my Nudestix products... there are just so many and I stash them everywhere. 😆
If you wanted to shop from them directly, feel free to go through my refer a friend link. You will get free shipping off your first order, and I get points.