Have you been watching the new Korean romantic comedy series Business Proposal that has been trending on Netflix?
If so, you might have seen the gorgeous makeup looks and a scene where an actress smears a stick of product on their face and neck.
At first, we totally thought that it was simply a stick of sunscreen, but apparently, it is a new product called the balm stick!
What are balm sticks
Similar to lip balms, these balm sticks are designed for the quick and efficient hydration of the face and body. All you need to do is glide the stick on wherever you’re feeling dry.
But immediate moisture isn’t the only benefit these balm sticks deliver, as they are also formulated to target other skin concerns like wrinkles and dark spots.
Koreans usually apply the balm stick on their smile line, forehead, and neck to reduce the effects of wrinkles, but you can also use it as a primer to create a barrier between your makeup and your skin.
It will be easy to travel with too since it is not a liquid product. Just imagine how useful it will be during long flights and trips where you need to minimise your luggage space.
Using it as a highlighter
Some people even use balm sticks as highlighters by rubbing it on areas such as their cheekbones, shoulders, and collarbone.
It will give a dewy, non-shimmery glow that will look so pretty under soft lighting. The best part is that it is so easy to apply.
Even if you are new to highlighting, this might be the perfect product to experiment with as it will give you a soft natural glow with none of the mess you might get with a highlighting powder.
Best balm sticks you can get
AUAU Dongan Dream Multi Balm
Formulated with many types of collagen, this balm stick helps to combat wrinkles and the effects of ageing.
It also contains vitamin peptide, for better hydration and brightening of the skin.
It retails for RM68.04.
Cetana Multi Balm
Vegan-certified, this balm stick is a moisture-booster that nourishes and promotes healthy skin.
It is primarily made of vegetable oils such as avocado oil, macadamia seed oil, and jojoba seed oil.
It retails for RM185.
Eunyul Moisture Glow Multi Balm
Enjoy combined hydration and nutrition thanks to the addition of candelilla wax, sunflower oil, and grape seed oil.
It also contains seven different berry extracts to promote clear skin as well as soothing centella asiatica and horseradish extract.
It retails for RM90.
Ifnery Collagen Multi Balm Stick
This wrinkle-care and whitening stick balm is great as a day, as well as a night, moisturiser.
The collagen is derived from vegetables, which makes this vegan and a plus for us.
It retails for RM108.
Kahi Wrinkle Bounce Multi Balm Most Popular
This balm stick is by far the most popular, and you could even call it the balm stick that started the whole trend.
It has potent anti-ageing benefits due to the presence of salmon complex, collagen, and PDRN in its formula.
It retails for RM150.
Kose Maihada Skin Essence Balm
You can apply this anywhere on the body that is experiencing dryness as 65% of this product consists of moisturising ingredients.
This balm stick is so good at hydrating your skin, you might not need to reapply all day long.
It retails for RM263.85.
Naturekind Calendula Multi Stick Balm
Formulated with eight plant oils including Jojoba oil, this balm stick smooths out dead skin and provides deep nourishment.
It is also formulated with 10,000ppm Calendula Flower Extract to soothe and hydrate damaged skin.
It retails for RM62.32.
Nature Republic Ginseng Royal Silk Wrinkle Ampoule Balm
This ampoule balm provides intensive luxury care to minimise wrinkles and nourish the skin.
It contains ginseng, royal jelly, gold, and many plant-based essential oils.
It retails for RM114.40.
Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule Balm Stick
Are you familiar with Missha’s Time Revolution Night Repair Ampoule? This is the same formula – but in a balm stick!
Infused with 10 types of probiotics, it effectively cares for all signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles.
It retails for RM99.90.
Pixi On-the-Glow Multi-Use Moisture Stick
Packed with vitamins and essential acids, this moisture stick was designed as the ideal travel companion.
This is perfect for not only on the face, lips, and body, but works on hair too.
It retails for RM95.
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