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As someone who is a full-time student while working full time, I often do not have a lot of time to do my makeup. Multi-use products are a crucial component of my cosmetic bag, and the W3ll People Universalist Matte Multi-Use Colorstick ($33) has become my new essential.
The color that I tested was Universalist 8, a dusty rose. It looks similar to the NARS The Multiple (Orgasm), $39, in the packaging, but after swatching on my hand, there is a noticeable difference. (See pictures below.) The Universalist goes on smoothly, with an even wash of rosy pink, while Orgasm is sheer, and more golden. Application of the Universalist is a bit challenging. Due to the waxy nature of the stick, W3ll People recommends applying with a brush or fingers. However, this can lead to uneven application. I recommend using your fingers, and using a very light application. The color is very easy to build, from a sheer flush of rose, to a deep rose.
Photo: [top left] W3LL People Universalist (top) vs. NARS Orgasm; [top right] NARS Orgasm (left) vs W3LL People
The Universalist is a product that stays on all day. I wore it on my eyes, lips, and cheeks, and I was not disappointed. When I wore it on my eyes, it stayed on from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.! The color was a lovely light rose, and while it goes on waxy, it finishes as a powder. When I wore it on my cheeks, it was very easy to apply evenly. The color stayed on my cheeks during an eight-hour shift at work, and did not fade. When I wore it on my lips, it was not drying. My lips felt soft and smooth, and the color needed minimal reapplication.
What surprised me was the large amount of natural ingredients in Universalist. Not only is the Universalist Multi-Stick free of parabens, but it is also free of typical cosmetic ingredients, such as dyes, silicone, dimethicone, talc, fragrance, artificial preservatives; along with phthalates, sulfates, petroleum, bismuth, oxychloride, and nanoparticles. When I looked at the ingredients list, I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of beeswax, or water listed as the first ingredient, the first ingredient was grape seed oil, which is a moisturizing agent. The rest of the ingredients include beeswax, olive oil, aloe and natural colorants, such as carmine.
The Universalist Matte Multi-Use Color Stick by W3ll People is a color stick that I highly recommend. It comes in four different shades, so it is easy to find your perfect shade!