It’s no secret that I’m not exactly quick when it comes to getting on board with trends. Whether it’s a must-have accessory or the latest Netflix craze, I usually get round to trying things about six months later than the masses (bakerboy hats and The Sinner, I’m looking at you both).
However, CHECK THIS OUT. Little Miss Lol-What-Gucci-Belt? has got her hands on the current most-hyped product, Makeup Revolution’s Fast Base Foundation Stick – and before it’s even landed properly in store yet. *Smug smile*
Having never tried a foundation stick before, I was super intrigued when I first saw these mentioned on the ‘gram. As they’re only £5 each, and I was in the unusual position of still having upwards of £15 in my account before payday (#baller), I placed a little order from the Superdrug website last week. I bought three of the Fast Base Foundation Sticks; two to use as foundation and one as a contour shade.
There are a total of 18 shades to choose from, which is great to see from an affordable, drugstore brand. They also cater for pink, yellow, peach, cool, warm and beige undertones. I opted for F6 and F8, both of which are the yellow-toned shades of the collection. F6 is closest to my natural skintone, whereas F8 is my perfect match now I’ve fake tanned. I also picked up F14, a dark shade for cool undertones, to try as a contouring product.
So, what do I think? Firstly, I was really impressed by the coverage of the Makeup Revolution foundation sticks. They’re medium-full coverage, super pigmented, and blended into the skin much easier that I expected. This makes it easy to mix your shades if you also buy a couple or want to experiment with contouring with them.
If, like me, you haven’t used a stick foundation before then one struggle can be knowing how much to apply. With a liquid foundation, you tend to know whether you’re a one-pump or a two-pump kinda gal (ooer). With these, I had no idea how many ‘swipes’ was the equivalent. I’d say I overdid it the first time by basically tiger-striping my entire face, but have now found that two swipes per cheek and one each on my nose, forehead and chin tends to be a good amount.
So far, so good. Now onto the thing that I think will divide people: the finish. I feel like we’re used to full coverage foundations being matte, but the Fast Base Foundation Sticks are undeniably dewy. On some skin types, I think this could border on greasy. I have quite normal skin with a slightly oily t-zone, and need to set the foundation with powder (a step I normally miss out because I’m a reckless motherbitch) and then a setting spray to keep it in place.
In terms of how it wears though, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. I expected a product this creamy to slide off my face or crease, but it holds up well. I do have to touch up with powder on my t-zone once or twice through the day – and people with oilier skin might have to do this even more – but otherwise it stays on the skin, doesn’t oxidise and never ends up looking cakey.
All in all, the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Sticks get a thumbs up from me (despite their STUPIDLY long name). I think people with dry skin will absolutely love them, oily skinned gals might not, and the combo skinned like me might be divided. But at only a fiver a pop, I think we can all give them a go without losing any sleep. If you want to try one out, you can buy them online at Superdrug here, and I believe they’re due in store at the end of March.
Have any of you tried the new foundation yet? Let me know what you think in the comments!