Published on July 6, 2017

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Photography by PHUONG NGUYEN

You expect certain beauty staples to be in a stick format—lipstick, eyeliner, mascara—but what about your toner, anti-aging serum, or eye cream? Yep, they exist, and the stick format is the game-changing answer to your everyday and travel skincare needs.

Stick with us while we highlight our favorite products in this unconventional format.

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Ilia Cucumber Water Stick, $42

Like a refreshing cucumber water spray, but in a stick. It provides hydration and a mid-day pickup in a friendly to-go format. And it’s effective too—cucumber pulp de-puffs, aloe extract hydrates, and chicory root is anti-inflammatory and stimulating for collagen production. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but this stick will never harm you—no parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

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Votre Vu Les Sorbet Frozen Serum, $140

“Chill out” with this frozen serum in a pop-up stick. Apply it straight from the freezer, it will fight free radicals and help tighten and tone skin. The serum is frozen to preserve and magnify the active ingredients in the formula, and it’s especially effective for de-puffing in the morning.

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Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil Stick, $26

This starts as an oil, but add a few drops of water, and it’ll foam up, taking every ounce of makeup away. Best of all though is it’s tote-able—take it on a plane, to the gym, to the jungle—it’ll do its job anywhere.

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BeautyCounter Protect Stick Sunscreen, $18

Sunscreen in a stick isn’t particularly new, but this is a must-have for both its convenience and quality mineral sunscreen.

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Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Cleansing Stick Treatment, $28

Apply the stick right to your face for a deep exfoliation with activated charcoal and glycolic acid to pull out oil, impurities, and gunk from your pores. Perfect on the go, or just to target specific areas that need some extra TLC.

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Milk Makeup Matcha Toner, $26

Milk has embraced beauty in a stick—a good majority of their plentiful and diverse products are in a tube. And their Matcha Toner is a thing of beauty. Toner is especially difficult to travel with, either getting confiscated by the TSA or spilling everywhere in your suitcase. Beyond the convenience in a stick, the toner itself detoxifies with witch hazel and calms with organic cactus elixir.  

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H2O+ Beauty Oasis Hydrating Eye Balm, $28

The perfectly slim and handy eye balm is convenience in a tube—hydrating, nourishing, and reducing puffiness. You will not be getting the short end of the stick here.

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Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer, $17

Perfect companion for your summer traveling. Apply this cooling primer stick after your sunscreen and before makeup for melt-proof looks. It also reduces redness and hydrates. Stick it to that bulky primer sitting in a drawer at home.

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Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Eye Stick, $39

Feeling like a stick in the mud? Let the Givenchy trademarked Sparkling Water Complex® with its dual “light moisturizing” and “light energizing” technology add a dazzling effect to sallow skin. Translation? Take those trademark fatigue signs—dark circles, puffiness, and dehydration—and say “sayonara” with the iridescent texture that blurs imperfections.

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CocoKind Turmeric Spot Treatment, $9

Blemishes and dullness? They don’t stand a chance with this stick spot treatment with five organic ingredients that brighten skin and balance skin tone. Swipe directly on the skin, let set for 20 minutes, and wash off. To paraphrase, speak softly and carry a turmeric stick.