Stick foundation. Easy to use, compact and portable…. but they can go either one of 2 ways for me. I either end up with the product slipping off my skin (back when my skin was oilier, this was a peril I faced constantly), or I’d end up with it caking on my skin and showing up fine lines I never thought existed (on dry skin, this is a constant peril).
So, what made me buy this Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick?
Friends, your guess is as good as mine LOL! 😀 I picked this up a while ago, more out of curiousity than anything else. I’d tried powder and liquid and cream, why not a stick foundation?!
And for some reason, I felt the need to own a stick foundation. I’d tried one by Face of Australia before this that I liked. Many many years ago, when I was just learning about makeup, I paid for a lesson with Estee Lauder and I remember them using a stick foundation too. Anyway, long story short, I now own the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick and guess what? I like it! 😀
What I like most about this, is how damned easy it is to use. It is literally as easy as drawing lines on your face, and come on, they don’t even have to straight lines! 😉
See what I mean?
On left is me with bare skin (skincare + sunscreen), and in the middle, is how I usually apply this Stick Foundation. I draw these random lines on my face, then use my finger (or usually a brush) and buff it all in. The result is even toned skin, with most redness neutralised as you can see on right.
The coverage is light to medium-full, depending on how much product you apply. I like only a light, or at most, medium coverage, so I only draw the few lines you see in the middle picture. If you prefer more coverage, go over the areas that you want to cover, and blend it in. You may notice that while it covers up redness and evens out my skintone, I did not do much to cover the pigmentation on my cheekbones. I leave that for concealer, or usually I don’t really bother. I just powder up or go over with a dust of Guerlain Meteorites powders.
It is actually quite small!
The texture of the product is a dry-cream, where it is easy to swipe on the skin, but does not come off very creamy and oily. So, it does surprise me that on my normal-dry skin, I do not experience tightness, dryness nor does it settle into and show up my fine lines. I’m just left with skin that looks like me, but better, and it lasts me all day long too!
I’ve been a liquid foundation girl for a while, but I have to say that I’m all for the portability of this foundation stick. For starters, it doesn’t count as a liquid so it’s fine to carry on board planes. It is solid, so it won’t spill and it’s easy to use, so you can apply it with minimum fuss.
My shade is 0.5 Warm Porcelain, and you know, it actually surprised me that I managed to find a colour match in Bobbi Brown foundations, which tend towards a very warm, yellow undertone that doesn’t suit me very well. Warm Porcelain however, is a fairly neutral shade without leaning too pink or too yellow, so it suits me fine.
Swatches Left-Right: NARS Sheer Glow liquid foundation Mont Blanc, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick 0.5 Warm Porcelain, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Liquid 1.0 Warm Ivory
You may notice that the shade lies somewhere in between a yellow based foundation and a pink based one. The texture, while that of a dry-cream, isn’t very dry nor drying on the skin, but it also isn’t as liquid. To be honest, I don’t know how this will perform on oilier skin types, but I can vouch for its effectiveness on those with drier skins. I wear it all day and feel very comfortable with it. There is no oily shine, nor does it settle into lines. The longevity is also pretty good, and it makes a nice base for applying blush, because for some reason, my blush looks better and stays on better when I use this foundation as its base 🙂
IN A NUTSHELL
The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is an updated version of the previous stick foundation. I haven’t tried the old one so I can’t compare, but this version is lightweight on skin yet stays on all through the day without giving off shine nor settling into fine lines. It is also incredibly portable and easy to use, as easy as swiping on and blending with fingers or a brush. For lighter coverage, use a brush to pick up product directly from the stick. For heavier coverage, layer it on and blend out. I was surprised that I like this, but I do!
PROS: Lightweight texture, Not cakey on skin, Does not settle into fine lines nor get oily as the day passes, Offers light to medium-full coverage depending on how much is used, Lasts all day, Easy to use and blend on skin, Portable and travel friendly
CONS: A little pricey as it’s quite small, but a little goes a long way
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who travels a lot and wants a portable foundation, Anyone who wants an easy to use foundation that lasts all day
Here is the ingredient list. You may have to squint a little.
I find myself reaching for this one quite often, especially when I’m in a hurry in the mornings. Its quick to just swipe on, and blend, without having to clean stuff off my hands, the way I have to when I use liquid foundation. I do use a brush to blend (my preference is with a flat top brush like this one) but I’ve also used fingers and while it takes a little more work, it blends quite easily too.
Do you use stick foundations? Have you tried this one from Bobbi Brown?
I didn’t before, but this has changed my mind. It’s comfortable, quick, easy and portable and sometimes, that’s all you ever need! 😀
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick comes in 24 shades Price: RM155 | US$44 for 9g Availability: Bobbi Brown counters