Review: ABH Foundation Stick

Foundation  in a stick. Hmm… It sounds fantastic, but is it really? There are currently several options available, drugstore and high-end, including Make Up For Ever, Hourglass, E.L.F., Maybelline, and Revlon. The list has grown over the past year and it’s really peaked my interest. Personally, I prefer liquid foundations over powder and cream but I hear that foundation sticks yield great coverage, has quick application and gives the skin a very natural appearance.

Recently, Anastasia Beverly Hills released a foundation stick as well and I decided to try it out. FYI, this is the second foundation stick I’ve tried, but this really counts as the first because the previous one was the Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix and I used it for contouring, not as foundation. Hence, this will be my first experience using a foundation stick as foundation. So let’s get started!

 

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ABH website description: “A highly pigmented, buildable cream formula that leaves a natural matte finish. Apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation as an all-over foundation, sheered out as a tinted moisturizer, or for highlighting and contouring.”

 

Cost: $25 for 0.32 oz. Comparing that to typical liquid foundations (drugstore & high-end) which contain 1 oz, this product would $78 per oz. Okay, that’s EXPENSIVE!!! But to be more fair, stick foundations typically don’t have as much product. So comparing it to the other high-end foundation sticks such as the MUFE Ultra HD ($43/0.44 oz = $97/oz) and Hourglass Vanish Seamless ($46/0.25 oz = $184/oz), this isn’t actually that expensive at all.

 

Packaging: It comes in a standard cylindrical tube. It somewhat resembles the Bobbi Brown Skin foundation stick. The size of this is basically identical to that of the Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix, except it is the slightest bit skinnier. For sure, it is skinnier that the MUFE Ultra HD. Overall, I like that it has a “sleek” feeling to it but there’s nothing else that’s special about it.

 

Shade selection: On the ABH website, there are 28 shades available which include 4 contouring shades. Sephora has 22 shades available and Ulta has 20. I think the shade selection for this product is GREAT! I feel like everyone actually has a chance of finding their own shade, as opposed to the MUFE Ultra HD that only has 16 shades available, which is actually really surprising seeing how their liquid formula has 40 shades (Come on MUFE, we need more shades!).

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Application: I’ve applied this foundation with a buffing brush, Beauty Blender, and the Real Techniques complexion sponge. I like it the best with a brush. I feel like because stick formulas are more solid/rigid and less watery, it doesn’t blend out properly with the BB or RT sponge. This could be different for other stick foundations, but for this foundation, definitely use a brush. I also like how I can directly apply this to my face without having to put it onto my finger or the back of my hand.

 

Formula (consistency, blend-ability, coverage):

Cons: This foundation has medium coverage and it’s not buildable. When I try to add another layer on my entire face or specific areas, it moves the initial layer that I already tried to buff in. This causes the skin to look sort of patchy. Personally, I like medium to full coverage foundations. Even though I may not always need a full cake face, I still want it – LOL. Of course, I do have medium coverage foundations that I use when just running errands or going to school/work. Sometimes, I like to use a little more foundation instead of concealer, but this will not work for this product. So I suggest using only one layer of foundation and then using a concealer to highlight or spot conceal.

Pros: Concealer does blend out nicely. I’ve tried the Maybelline Fit Me and Urban Decay Naked concealers and both look great. In the end, I do get a matte and natural finish with just one layer. This foundation also doesn’t break up on my T-zone as badly as alot of other foundations. At the 5-6 hr checkpoint, it still looked great – almost as if I had just put it on. However, at the 10-11 hr checkpoint, I could see that it broke down on my nose and started to cling onto a few of my small dry patches that are on my cheeks. It wasn’t extremely visible, but if I looked more closely in the mirror, I could see it. I’ve heard that this foundation is for all skin types but I think if you’re slightly on the dry side, you might not like this.

 

So overall, I would give this foundation a 3/5 stars. I will keep using this but definitely just on “no makeup” or minimal makeup days. The few things that I do like about this product aren’t enough to make me buy this again but doesn’t deter me away from trying other stick foundations. Just a few days ago, Tati (GlamLifeGuru) raved about the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in her review and Kathleen Lights also mentioned it in her August Favorites video, so I kinda want to try it out next…but ITS SO EXPENSIVE. 😦

Let me know if you have tried a good drugstore stick foundation so that I can try it! If you have any questions or comments, please leave it below! TTYL~

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