I feel like stick foundations are a bit of a craze right now, and it seems like every brand is coming out with their own version. After reading various reviews, I decided to try and hunt down the ELF Moisturizing Stick Foundation.
Having dry skin, I worry about stick foundations, and generally stay away from them. Everything about a cream/stick foundation just seems like it wouldn’t work for me. A thick consistency, cakey, and seems like it would definitely cling to my skin and not blend.
Alas, I was on the hunt for this one, and found it at my local Wal-Mart. It was $6, and there were only 3 shades to choose from, Ivory, Natural, and Nude. I picked up Ivory, because it seemed like a good match for me, and it turned out to be the perfect color. I am pretty skilled at picking the right color by now! Haha.
The packaging is so nice on this. It’s a sleek, thick tube that contains 0.49 oz of product. It contains a ton of moisturizing ingredients- shea, cocoa, vitamin e, and aloe to name a few. The packaging says that this foundation is supposed to glide on effortlessly for natural looking coverage. Perfect, cause that’s just what I’m looking for!
For the application, I started off with freshly washed and moisturized skin, and spritzed my face with my Smashbox Primer Water (of course). I applied a few stripes all over my face, and I tried both a brush and a damp sponge. I preferred the damp sponge- it blended out easier and gave a beautiful finish to the skin. This is definitely a dewy, hydrating foundation. It is buildable- up to full coverage I’d say. But, I’m happy with one layer. It gave a solid medium coverage- evened out my skintone and looked very natural. I found that this didn’t sink into my pores, and it didn’t look cakey at all.
The consistency was a slight bit tacky, so I went ahead and set it with some Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. Even with the powder, it still looked really dewy throughout the day.
Here’s how it looks with all of my makeup done. Car lighting is the true test! #nofilter.
I have to say that I love this foundation and I’ve been using it every day since I bought it. It is so quick and easy, and since it is so pigmented, you only need a little bit. This stick will last you a long time. I also think this is perfect for travel or to just toss into your bag. You won’t have to worry about spills and you can touch up on the go.
Do you like stick foundations?
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