Finding good base makeup products is so satisfying. I usually go for liquid foundations, and have tried mineral powders too. Despite being so many people’s favourite foundation style, I hadn’t tried a stick foundation until this week.
I’ve had my eye on the Makeup Forever Foundation Stick for about 3 years, but £30 is a lot to spend, especially when Stick foundations are famous for not lasting very long.
Queue the L’Oreal Infallible Shaping Sticks! At £8.99 each, the brand new foundation stick is promised to be 24 hour lasting, ultra-creamy and melt into the skin for buildable coverage. The idea is that you might use 3 shades at a time – as foundation and then to conceal and highlight.
There are 12 shades, which is pretty average for a high street brand. L’Oreal do tend to cater well for a variety of skin tones which is great. These are currently 3 for 2 at Boots, ideal if you’d like to pick up a full face sculpting kit.
I chose to buy only 2 – one to use as a foundation and one to use as a cream bronzer. As someone who struggles with under eye creasing at the best of times, I’m happier sticking to a concealer I trust.
For the foundation shade, I chose ‘140 Natural Rose‘. Now, it’s very unusual for me to pick a pink-toned foundation – I love yellow tones as usually I’m matching my tan. But this one didn’t look too pink and seemed a good match for when I’m in between my natural skin tone and having fake tan on. I definitely will continue using this one, but I want to pick up 160 Sand too for when I’m tanned as it looks like it has a nice yellow tone.
For the cream bronzing shade, I chose ‘220 Toffee Caramel‘. This is actually a perfect colour for warming up my complexion without being too ‘orange’ looking. I think using too much whilst I’m without any fake tan would look dark but generally, it’s spot on! I’m really pleased with this shade.
On to the most important part – how it performs as a foundation. As you glide them over your skin, they are so creamy. They don’t tug or pull, the products applies evenly over your face. A good start! You can just use a few swipes for light coverage, apply more for medium. Layer up for more coverage but no worries about it looking thick – it’s surprisingly lightweight, both in appearance and the way it feels. It is a good finish for my skin type, looking more on the glowing side which my dry skin thanks me for.
Once applied straight from the stick to my face, I’ve been blending it out using either a flat top face brush (the Morphe E6) or a beauty sponge. Both work equally well – choose the latter if you prefer a lighter look to your foundation and a brush if you like more coverage.
I am so pleased with the lasting power of this foundation. It holds out incredibly well throughout the day, looking almost the same as when I first applied it. I put my makeup on at around 8am, returning home at about 6.30pm – so if my makeup is still looking fresh and hasn’t separated throughout the day, I am impressed!
Using two shades together works brilliantly, helping you achieve a bronzed, healthy look to the skin, as the shades melt seamlessly together.
Marks out of 10? Probably and 8 or a 9, this is a great high-street foundation stick! For £8.99, you can’t really go wrong in trying it out. If you are only buying one though, I’d actually recommend buying this as a cream bronzer in a darker shade. It has blended perfectly with every foundation I’ve tried it with so far, and the ‘Toffee Caramel‘ shade has become part of my daily makeup routine now!
Would you consider trying a foundation stick out?