I’m always skeptical about high-tech, gadget-y beauty products that promise a ton of perks. I’m all for multitasking, but anything that seems too good to be true should be left on an infomercial—and I’m not calling in to buy it. But when I heard about a new makeup line called trèStiQue that features removable tools built in to the products’ packaging, I knew I had to give it a shot. I never have room in my handbag for brushes, so I’m left trying to perform blending magic with eyeshadow and my fingers alone. This spoke to me.
The line includes eight face products, including concealer ($28), bronzer ($34), cream blush ($34) and a foundation stick ($34) in crayon-like shapes. Each item is like a two-sided jigsaw puzzle: On one end, you have the makeup, and on the other side is a detachable tool that coordinates with that particular product. So after you apply the blush, you can flip it around and use a mini brush to blend it in.
Brushes aren’t the only built-in tools. The eyeliner pencil ($24) has a detachable sharpener, and the lip crayon ($28) features a glossy balm at the other end. You can also refill and replace sections, so if the glossy balm runs out before your lip crayon, you don’t have buy an entirely new product.
Since I’m always waiting for the catch, I was surprised to find that the quality of the actual cosmetics was pretty good. The foundation stick, which is available in six shades, is super lightweight, and the lip crayon gave me that pretty “bitten” look. After a solid ten hours of wear, the eyeliner had yet to smudge. Yes, the products are on the expensive side, but those price tags are easier to swallow when you consider it’s basically a two-for-one with those value-added tools.
And I have to admit, if these products popped up on my TV in a late-night infomercial, I wouldn’t have any problem giving in.