| Review | Avon True Color Illuminating Sticks

| Review | Avon True Color Illuminating Sticks

I can never get enough glow in my life but especially with summer around the corner, I want to be drenched in all the glow! Cream products are particularly appealing because they give beautiful gleam and real-skin texture that powders have a hard time mimicking. I am so excited to review these beautiful illuminating sticks that were sent to me complimentary from Avon and Octoly. 

To be honest, I haven't tried anything from Avon on years and I have never tried their makeup before, however I have heard many good thing about their products. I think Avon is one of those underrated brands that have a particular reputation for being for "older people" because they have been around for so long but think about it, there must be a reason why they have been around for so long. It's not because they have been selling the same product for decades but it is because they adapt and stay on trend with the current beauty trends! Plus a company that has been around this long knows how to develop good products and good formulations. Also, just because they come at a reasonable price doesn't mean their makeup is "cheap" in quality!

The Avon True Color Illuminating Sticks retail for $11.00 USD and are available at Avon. This is an incredible price. I feel like this rivals drugstore pricing but with a boutique formula, as opposed to a more generic formula. The product is packaged in your traditional twist up stick packaging, which I love, because it makes it so easy and quick to apply! Plus it's great for travel! These Illuminating Sticks come in two shades Champagne and Rose Gold. 


Champagne - The champagne shade leans a bit pink and a bit cooler than being completely neutral. i don't mind this because it makes the highlighter very brightening! It really brightens and lifts the complexion, giving a lot of life into the skin! 

Rose Gold - This rose gold shade looks quite deep and bronze in the stick but is actually a lot lighter on the skin. It leans quite rose and will compliment light-medium to deep skin tones. 

 Left to right: Champagne, Rose Gold (ONE SWIPE ONLY)
 Left to right: Champagne, Rose Gold (ONE SWIPE ONLY)


These Illuminating Sticks have a cream-to-powder formula and have the consistency of your traditional cream stick highlighters. They tug just a bit, but go on pretty easily and smooth. I haven't had issues with it removing my base when I apply it directly to the skin. It is quite pigmented but can be built to be even more intense! I personally prefer one layer, it already gives a good glow. The glow is not shimmery, it just looks like one very even beam without any noticeable shimmery bits. It lasts all day long, 8+ hours! It blends very easily into the skin and doesn't feel at all tacky or creamy! It really is cream-to-powder but without the powdery finish. It creates a very seamless beam of light that doesn't emphasize pores or texture. 

I really love anything in a stick form because it is so easy and convenient for the mornings or for travel! You really can just slap it on and blend really quickly with your fingers or a brush and you're good to go. Honestly, for $11.00 this is an exceptional deal! The quality is very high, the finish is beautiful, and it's so easy to use! I feel like drugstore makeup is becoming very expensive and while the quality is better, boutique brands like Avon, often have better formulations. I am very impressed with the quality and finish of these illuminating sticks! I have been reaching for them quite often when I don't have a lot of time to get ready. They really help brighten and bring a freshness to my complexion that I love without looking too shimmery or greasy. These are the perfect everyday highlighters for me! 


  1. SUPER pretty highlighters. They would be gorgeous as eyeshadow too!