I remember the launch of the Arabian Glow range and like a lot of other people quickly bought some of the range to try. The first thing I ordered was one each of the multistylo pens. They seemed like a really good idea and a product that would fit in well with my busy outdoor lifestyle.
~ My skin:
Although I am dark haired I do have naturally fair skin and these days I ensure I apply plenty of sun protection and wear hats when out doors for long in the summer months. Having dark brown eyes I tend to wear eye shadows in shades of brown, green and mauve.
~ Initial Use:
The multistylo range is supplied in three colours – Sunny a light tan slightly shimmery colour; Shimmering Bronze a mid brown shade and Deep Bronze a dark red brown.
My initial reaction as why have I bought all three? I soon tried them out individually and found that none suited me for eyes, cheeks and lips at the same time, which was what the range had been designed for. However, I did find that I could use the darkest colour on my lips and with careful blending on my cheeks as well. Whilst the middle colour would work OK on my eyes and lips but somehow was just not right for my cheeks. However, if I had to choose one for all areas it would have to be the middle colour. Sunny the lightest shade worked well for a wide eyed look on my eye lids and could be used on cheeks and lips but was not quite right for either.
The multistylo pens are simply shrink wrapped in a little cellophane and are a plastic pencil shaped item containing the multi-purpose product inside. The product is accessed by pulling off the lid to reveal the creamy textured coloured product and more can be accessed by winding the handle to utilise the twist up and down mechanism. The product is about a centimetre wide and is easy to apply straight onto the lips, cheeks or eyelid.
~ Ongoing Use/Thoughts:
I soon gave up on the darkest shade, however found that both the other two could be used for a quick top up whilst out and about and that the lighter brown when applied over a grey shadow gave a really nice colour for my eyes. Teeming that with the Avon tinted lip salve created a nice instant look and utilising the two colours together with a lipstick or the slave when I had time created the best look.
I still use a multistylo today and like to use it blended well on my eyes and with a green eyeliner. I find as an eye product it lasts really well, blends extremely nicely with powder products and is really nice to use. I have used it on my lips more recently and it is better than nothing if I feel I need a layer there.
However, there are a lot of other things I would put on my lips first to condition and/or achieve the look I want.
To use as an eye shadow: I simply smooth a little across my eyelid and smooth with a brush, if I am out camping or suchlike I can smooth it with a clean finger to achieve a fair result.
To use as a blusher: I apply two stripes across my cheekbones and then blend it in again, this can be done quickly and easily using the tips of my fingers or alternatively a cotton wool pad works well.
To use as a lip product: I simply apply as lipstick, blot, check the corners and ready to go.
These multistylo sticks remove easily with eye make up remover, a foam wash, cleansing wipe or cream cleanser.
I remember finding these especially useful when I was out and about doing active things like hiking and camping and staying away at horse shows and music festivals. One or two of these in the rucksack or in a pocket does not take up much room and can quickly and easily make vast improvements to how I looked.
A quick on-line check shows that these are priced at £7.50 per stick (August 2014). Avon do often have offers on their products, which is just as well as I don’t think this represents very good value for money. Available from Avon on-line and via a Representative.
I did find a use for the multistylo’s and probably out of habit or loyalty still have one or two in my make up collection now, however, unless you need something that is light and easy to carry for outdoor pursuits I don’t really think these represent very good value. The creamy texture is pleasing to use and will work equally well on eyes and lips, however it requires some rubbing to get a twenty first century look on the cheeks and you don’t get much product for your money. Therefore I feel it slightly fails as a 3 in 1 product as I know from talking to other people, I am not alone in needing more than one colour to utilise them sufficiently.
Due to the reasons above I award these Multistylo’s 4 stars.
Tube of solid colour with a shrink sealed brown wrapper.
Ingredients are listed inside the wrapper.
Made in Poland.
1 inch of solid stick colour in a twist up tube.
Tube is bronze in colour with a gold colour end and central ring.
Now only comes in two colours - Deep Bronze or Shimmering Bronze.
Relaunched and now called Avon Glow Multistylo, 3 in 1 for lips, cheeks and eyelids.
A bronzer for lips, eyes and cheeks.
Full price is £7.50 but currently on sale for £3.25.
These multistylos have been sold by Avon for many years now with slight changes. The two which are just being relaunched in Campaign 8 currently on sale are now called Avon Glow instead of Arabian Glow and only come in two shades - Deep Bronze and Shimmering Bronze.
The idea is quite a good one in that one little stick will be able to be used for an eye shadow, cheek tint and also a lipstick.
I had had some of the Arabian Glow sticks a few years ago so when I saw that these were again on sale I decided to order the Shimmering Bronze as it was not such a dark shade.
I must say I do not really like it. The shade is very sandy and yellow. When worn on my lips if just gives them a sort of yellowy tinge, so rather than just looking healthy and natural they look a bit jaundiced.
The stick you get is quite small for the full price of £7.50 as it is only an inch long. If you were to be using this as your everyday blusher you would soon use it all up.
LIPS - not too keen on the colour as it looks quite insipid. Does not give a nice colour and is not especially moisturising or long lasting.
CHEEKS - you would have to use quite a lot to get good coverage and then by the time you had blended it in most would rubbed off - so why bother. I much prefer to use a powder and brush.
EYES - not much colour when used as an eye shadow and an would need some rubbing to get it to blend in.
HYGIENE - personally although the idea is a good one I would not want to be using the same make up for my lips and eyes and then vice versa in case it was spreading germs between my eyes and mouth.
===Would I Recommend?===
I bought Avon's Arabian Glow Multistylo as part of a deal from their Arabian Glow line, along with a nail varnish (will be reviewing that too later). At the time it sold for an overall price, at the moment it is on special for £3.50, but it usually sells for £6.00.
The multistylo comes in a brown-bronze coloured plastic tube, with a gold plastic circle on top of the lid (with the Avon logo 'A' on it) and a gold plastic ring around the middle. The lid pops off the top very easily and clicks down back into place with no fuss, and it isn't loose so it won't fall off. You simply twist the base of the multistylo to reveal the lipstick-like product inside.
Avon sell this product as "3-in-1 sun-kissed colour for lips, eyes and cheeks" (taken from the online Avon Shop), but I haven't really found it that effect except for on the lips. However, I will review all three areas having tried using it for all these purposes.
The product looks like a mid-brown colour, and only measures at just under 3cm when relatively unused, which is quite a small amount for the price. It gives off not smell except for the normal make-up odour.
This product will glide on easily over lips because its design really suits being a lipstick more than anything else. Its smooth and melts easily when it comes in contact with them, and gives okay coverage. It does press off easily against things (such as when you kiss, or drink from a glass) but the colour will stay at a golden-brown state even when kissed away. It won't last you all night though, and it can be quite tacky/sticky-feeling.
As mentioned above, it glides on easily, but is very sticky. If you try to buff it in like a cream blusher, most of the colour rubs away (this is actually a good thing if you're not tanned as the colour is very dark). It does not gives much coverage at all, and you'll have to smear on quite a lot to be able to get anywhere. It remains sticky to the touch even when buffed in, which is off-putting, and it really shows up the pores unfortunately, so its not great as a blush.
Its stickiness is uncomfortable (for me at least) to wear on my eyes as is its weight on my eyelids, and the colour doesn't really suit me either. For darker eyes (unlike my blue ones) this might work better, but you'll still have to wipe away all that excess if you don't want your eyes sticking together. The ease of use is high though, as it will melt when in contact with warm skin and smooth on nicely, so it would be good if you were in a rush maybe.
Overall I would say that Avon really missed the mark with this product. It doesn't work as a 3-in-1 and they would have done better to market it as a lipstick (as it makes a great base to make your own colour, or to create a 'nude' look). Its weight on skin, its stickiness, and the un-usable-ness of it (especially at £6.00!) cause me to rate it down at two stars.
Arabian Glow is a make-up range designed by Avon that caters to giving you the perfect sun-kissed summer look. The Multistylo is a 3-in-1 product and comes in 3 different colour options. I purchased the shade Sunny, which is a metallic yellow-gold shade, and can be seen in the centre of the photo above. It costs RRP £5.50, but prices may vary according to current special offers.
Avon describe this as "3-in-1 sun-kissed colour for lips, eyes and cheeks."
This multi-purpose product makes it easier to achieve a co-ordinated look and saves space in your make-up bag. It's practical for taking away with you on holiday, or carrying in your handbag for touch-ups. It comes in a simple plastic tube with a removable lid and a twist base. The packaging is simple, sleek and classy.
As for the product itself I have had variable experiences with it depending on what purpose I am using it for. It has a creamy texture and is quite solid, you need to give a bit of pressure when you're putting it onto the skin, and it seems to spread easier once it's warmed up against the heat of your skin. It has a remarkable staying power and lasts all day without shifting.
*LIPS* I applied this in the same way as you would for any normal lipstick, directly from the tube onto my lips. It gives a dazzlingly eye-catching colour, and was far too bright and fake looking for my liking. It was very metallic and the bright yellowy-gold shade looked hideous with my pale complexion. It looked like the lipstick had been painted on and was just plain ridiculous. Aside from the colour looking bad, it also drew attention to every single fine line on my lips and made them appear very noticeably wrinkled, not nice! It was also very drying and made my lips feel dehydrated almost instantly. Needless to say I just wiped it straight off and have never since used this on my lips. I think it might possibly work if you have a darker complexion or if you very sparingly apply a tiny bit using your fingertip or a lip brush, and blend with clear gloss or lip balm to give a hint of colour rather than full-on in your face Midas touch.
*CHEEKS* I occasionally use this on my cheeks to add a bit of a golden glow when I am wearing a full base of make-up, I find it needs to be worn with foundation and bronzer so you can build up a layered look that is balanced. If I apply directly onto bare skin I end up with blotches of gold which obviously stands out and looks like I've just slapped it on without thinking. Even with blending it is hard to get a natural look unless you are layering. I usually just dab a bit on and blend it in fully then re-asses whether I need to add more, as it can be easy to over-apply. It does give a nice sophisticated look if you take the trouble to work on it, and creates nicely defined and highlighted cheekbones.
*EYES* I love to use this on my eyes as this is the way it best suits my appearance. It can be applied as you would use eye shadow and sweep over the entire upper eyelid. This can crease a little due to the creamy texture and it does slip a bit once it's been on for a few hours. You could also apply a little touch of this under your brow bone to highlight and create shape, if you only use a small amount this looks very glam and sexy. My favourite way to use this though, is to apply as I would use a liquid eyeliner, in a thick straight line along the top of the eyelids close to the lash line. This is a very simple but striking effect and brings out the colour of your eyes. For my summer look I like to add a line of blue eye pencil to my lower lashes and finish with a couple of coats of mascara, this gives a gorgeous tropical look, very Cleopatra!
I don't think I would bother buying another one but it is lasting me absolutely ages so I'm getting a good run for my money. It's a shame it doesn't work well with my skin tone and it is not as versatile as I was hoping, but it works really well for eye make-up and it's worth a try if you want something more interesting than a regular bronzer to highlight your face.
AVON ARABIAN GLOW MULTISTYLO
I bought this literally ages ago, probably over a year ago. I have it in the shade 'sunny' which is the lightest shade. There is another shade called 'Shimmering bronze' which I haven't tried but it looks appealing in the brochure.
This is priced at normally £5.50 and as it can be used for eyes, lips and cheeks I think this is a good deal as effectively it is a 3 in 1. So its a bargain really.
I do have pale skin but in the summer when I have a tan I love using this as it isn't too heavy and it's something you can easily carry round with you in your pocket, or your bag or wherever. So its very handy.
This looks great with bronzer on as an eyeshadow which is how I most often use it. I also really like it on my cheeks, just rubbed in a little as it gives a lovely warm looking, shimmering glow that isn't too apparent.
It lasts a long time and feels good on your face, not too heavy.
About Avon: Avon first came to the fore when Avon Ladies dropped catalogues door to door and delivered products to your door. This is still common practice, and you can order from your local Avon representative, but fortunately Avon's products are now available online too at www.avonshop.co.uk
Avon Make Up: Having tried several Avon make up products over the years, I would recommend trying their eye make up but do not find their foundations to be particularly good. Avon bring out a new brochure monthly with different offers, so you will often get free gifts or reductions on make up.
This multistylo is part of the Arabian Glow collection.
Packaging: This multistylo comes in a pretty bronze coloured tube with gold trim, will look great in any make up bag. The lid clips on tightly, and the multistylo screws up in the same way a lipstick would.
Shade: The shade I currently have is not printed anywhere on the tube, which is a bit of a disadvantage. However, I do remember it is the darkest shade available. This product is promoted as being for lips, cheeks and eyes. I use it more as a cream bronzer, rubbing it in after foundation to create definition under my cheekbones.
Result: For me, this product creates a more subtle, realistic 'healthy glow' than I am able to achieve with powder bronzers.
Would I recommend: Yes, especially for those who find powder bronzer difficult to use.
Where to buy and price: As mentioned above, this product is available from an Avon Representative or online. The multistylo costs around £8.
This is just called a Multistylo now and Avon have scrapped the Arabian Glow bit of the title because it was starting to sound a bit old fashioned. It was given to me with a load of Avon stuff my cousin sent my way when she gave up being an Avon lady and even though it seemed strange to me to use just one product for my lips, eyes and cheeks I decided to give it a try because I was going on holiday and my dad had threatened to throw all my make up in the bin if I tried to sneak too much of it into my case.
I got the one for light skin tones that is called Sunny but there is a much darker one called Shimmering Bronze. My mate is v. dark skinned because she comes from Somalia and the bronze one looks beautiful on her and brings out the sharp angles of her face, it would be loads too dark for me but it brings out her natural beauty and is perfect because her dad is proper old fashioned and hates his daughter wearing heavy make up.
The Multistylo is brill on my lips and leaves them looking shiny with a colour that doesn't stand out too much but brings out the natural colour of my lips. It goes on like a lipstick and the angled shape of the make up makes it easy to apply after I have put my nude lip liner on.
It's too hard to blend good enough to use on my cheeks but I am pale so anything creamy on my cheeks makes me look like a kid pretending to wear their mums make up! I reckon if I had a bit more of a tan it would look ok but using a sun kissed blusher is hard to get right anyway and this one isnt the right texture for the top I don't think.
I've used it as a highlighter on my eyes and it looks nice with a mid brown eye shadow but because it's creamy it lies proper heavy on my eye lids and I can feel it for ages after I've put it on. It lasts quite good as an eyeshadow but in the finish fades completely so that there isn't any colour on my eyes.
It seemed funny using one thing to do 3 parts of my face but it's a v. good idea and even though when I put it on my cheeks it looked weird thats just because the colour didn't suit my skin tone so I can't blame Avon for that. Its a shame there are only 2 shades cos I think I could do with one in between them 2.
It costs £5.00 and that is brill value if you like this Multistylo because if the colour suits you you are getting 3 products for the price of one.
Currently these are being sold in the avon brocher at £5 each, 2 for £8 or 3 for £10
They are available in 3 shades, deep bronze for very dark skin tones, shimmering bronze for lighter tones and in a sunny for very light skin, my skin being porcelean beige i opted to try the sunny one out first of all
These are applied as a cream, they come in a tube similar to lip stick but thinner and longer, they are a 3 in 1 meaning that they can be used as an eye shadow but i found mine to be too greasy for the look i like from an eye shadow but if you like liquid eye shadows then this would be fine, they can be used as a bronzer for your cheeks which do blend in very well but only look right if used with liquid foundation of a lighter shade, the third use is as a lip stick which was my favourite as they are a great size for this especially if you have thin lips.
As a lip stick it looks great, it shimmers in the light nicely, goes on well and looks very nice, it lasts a few hours without needing to be touched up and is a suitable size for your hand bag.
If you are not into browns as a lipstick or eye shadow then i wouldnt recomend this but if like me you are then this is great although i wouldnt use it for both at the same time as you would look rather odd with the same shade eye shadow as lipstick.
3-in-1 sun-kissed colour for lips, eyes and cheeks /