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Boom Makeup Reviews: Here’s What You Need to Know

This Boom Makeup review is probably one of the most harsh reviews that I’ve written on this blog. And that’s saying a lot, because I’ve written a few less-than-complimentary reviews for a few products on my site. 

The reason that I even thought to test out these products and write this review is that I had a bunch of folks commenting on my popular Ogee makeup review. People were asking me if I had ever tried the Boom makeup trio, and how they compared to the Ogee Crystal Contour Collection. Well, in my opinion, there is no comparison. The Ogee formula is far superior to the Boomstick Trio (and, unfortunately, more expensive, too).  

Boom Makeup Reviews

In this Boom makeup review, I go over everything you need to know about the Boom Makeup Boomstick Trio. Including the ingredients, the color payoff, the size, and more. 

Boom Makeup Reviews

Keep in mind that I am coming at this review kinda already comparing the Ogee sticks to the Boomsticks. My first impression of the Boomstick Trio was a bit of confusion. I originally thought that the three sticks would include a contour stick, a highlighter stick, and a blush stick (just like the Ogee Crystal Contour Collection). 

Instead, it actually comes with the Boomstick Glo, which is a “full body moisturizer;” it comes with the Boomstick Color, which can somehow be used simultaneously as a creamy blush, lipstick, bronze, and contour; and it comes with the Boomstick Glimmer, which is a highlighter that can be used on your cheekbones, on your eyelids, and on your body. 

What Is Boom Makeup

I’ve worked in the beauty industry as a journalist for almost ten years, and I had never heard of this brand before. BOOM! by Cindy Joseph is a pro-aging makeup and skincare line. It’s geared towards women with mature skin (similar to Laura Geller makeup). I love the Boom makeup philosophy, and I also love their marketing, too. It’s fun, fresh, and features real people. Honestly, it’s a breath of fresh air in an American beauty industry that is disgustingly obsessed with youth.  

Cindy Joseph is the founder of the brand. She was a professional makeup artist for 27 years, and then she became a model at 49. She wanted to start a makeup and skincare line that was all about pro-aging, so she created BOOM!

Boom Makeup Products

Boom Makeup Products

Boomstick Glo

I was really confused about this product at first. I thought it was going to be a highlighting product, but it’s actually an all-over moisturizer. According to their site, the Boomstick Glo is basically a stick version of their best-selling Boomsilk moisturizer. I’m actually currently seeing a ton of stick moisturizers pop up in my beauty journalism work these days, so perhaps this glow stick is right on trend. 

Personally, I don’t really care for stick moisturizers, as I think they are too thick for my acne-prone, sensitive skin. That being said, this is probably a great option for women who are older and have really dry, mature skin. 

Boomstick Glo review
Boomstick Glo blended out on my hand—as you can see, you can’t really see anything!

I think what folks will like most about this moisturizer, and this skincare and makeup line in general, is that it uses very few, very natural ingredients in its products. For example, the only ingredients in the Boomstick Glo are olive fruit oil, beeswax, and honey. The product feels really nice on the skin. However, my face would freak out if I applied this to my chin, nose, or forehead. I think the rest of my body would tolerate this well, since I don’t break out anywhere else, usually. 

All of this to say, I wouldn’t consider this a makeup product. It’s more of an all-in-one skincare product, that I guess you can use as an extremely subtle highlighter, if you want? I think I would personally pass on this product, as I don’t think I will have much use for it. 

Boomstick Color

Boomstick Color

Okay, so according to their website, you can use the Boomstick Color as a lipstick, blush, and bronzer. While I do think the formula is nice, the color is…terrible. At least for my skintone. It’s a burnt red color that just makes my face look ruddy, and almost dirty. I do like this color on my lips, but I probably wouldn’t want to wear this as a blush. And I definitely wouldn’t wear this as a contour shade, either. 

Boomstick Color swatch
Boomstick Color in Berry, swiped on my hand

I guess this shade could probably look nice on women who have darker skin tones. Because this shade is so dark, I think it would look a lot better on a woman with a dark to deep skin tone.

Maybe because the shade is just too dark for my skintone, but I feel like this doesn’t blend super well, either. The blush from my Ogee Crystal Contour Collection blends way more evenly than this blush. 

Boomstick Color swatch on hand
Boomstick Color in Berry, blended out on my hand

One thing I will say about this blush is that I wish I had purchased the Boomstick Trio Cheek and Lip set to test out instead. That trio comes with the Boomstick shades Peony Pink, Golden Peach, and Rose Nude, and I know those would flatter my skin tone a lot more than Boomstick Color. Even though I prefer my Ogee sticks, the Boomstick Trio Cheek and Lip might be worth checking out if you are really gung-ho about trying out Boom makeup. 

Boomstick Glimmer

Boomstick Glimmer

Finally, this Boom makeup review would not be complete without mentioning the Boomstick Glimmer. So I am on the fence about this stick. It gives off a nice sheen, but it might be too white-appearing on folks with darker skin tones. When it comes to highlighters for people of color (POC), you normally want to opt for a highlighter that has a bronze or gold base, and isn’t like a white shimmery shade. This is the same thing I’ve said about the Ogee highlighter stick in shade Opal—it probably won’t look great on people with dark skin, but it looks really nice and subtle on my fair to light skin tone. 

Boomstick Glimmer swatch
Boomstick Glimmer, swiped on my hand

I think the Boomstick Glimmer is okay, but I’m not in love with it. And I think there are better highlighters out there. You can use this on your cheeks, eyes, and anywhere else on your body where you want a bit of glow. I think this pick would look nice on the eyes (with eyeshadow primer underneath). And could work well on the body (although I don’t know how long-lasting it would be).  

Is Boom Makeup Worth It
Boomstick Glimmer, blended out on my hand

Is Boom Makeup Worth It

If you are someone who is, say, going through chemotherapy or is pregnant, and is really looking for super clean, non-toxic makeup and skincare products, you might want to check out this brand. However, if you’re not really concerned about that, I would probably skip BOOM! By Cindy Joseph. 

My skin with no makeup on
My skin with no makeup on

The products (that I tested) didn’t perform as well as I’d hoped, to be honest. I feel like there are other clean makeup lines that are creating products that last a while, have incredible blendability, and use minimal ingredients, too. 

My skin with just Alima Pure Matte Loose Foundation
My skin with just Alima Pure Matte Loose Foundation (Shade Neutral 2) on
My skin with foundation and Boomstick Glimmer
My skin with foundation and Boomstick Glimmer on cheeks and eyelids

I also think these were kinda pricey for the amount that you get, too. They are pretty small sticks (0.27 ounces per tube), and while really convenient for travel, I can’t see these lasting too long. Especially because you’ll probably have to reapply this product during the second half of the day, as I don’t think it stays on the skin all day. 

My skin with Boom Makeup
My skin with foundation, Boomstick Glimmer, and Boomstick Color on cheeks and lips

Again, if you really want to try out this brand, I would probably start with buying only one Boomstick, like the Boomstick Rose Nude. See how you like it, and then go from there. 

Full look with brow gel and mascara
Full look with brow gel and mascara, too!
Boom Makeup on face

Where Can You Buy Boom Makeup

There aren’t too many places you can purchase BOOM! By Cindy Joseph. You can find this brand at:

I hope you found this BOOM by Cindy Joseph review helpful! If you’ve tried these products before or have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below. Thanks!

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  1. As an older woman (63) who is concerned with the ingredients that I put onto my body, I like this product. I don’t believe that you are in thr demographic that Boom is made for therefore it wouldn’t be for you.
    Its a great product for those of us that older

    1. I agree with Kim. It works best for older women. I’ve been using since 2016 and I love it. I apply Boomstick Color and Boomstick Glimmer almost exactly as Cindy shows in her original videos. I’m currently 75 and I don’t leave home without it.

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