In case you haven’t noticed, I’m super into stick foundations lately. Today I’m telling you all about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation! First of all, let me start off by saying that this foundation was developed specifically for oily skin types. Claudia (for those of you who don’t know – she is Anastasia’s daughter) said from the beginning that there was a lack of options in stick foundations for oily skin types because most stick foundations (aka Make Up For Ever HD) are geared towards dry skin.
I have oily to combination skin, and I really like this foundation. I can see how someone with dry skin would hate it, which is why I think it has gotten such mixed reviews. It has a dryer texture upon first applying, so if you have dry skin it would most likely cling to every dry patch and emphasize that texture.
I found this foundation very easy to blend out with a good foundation brush. My new all time favorite foundation brush is the IT Brushes for Ulta Airbrush Blurring Foundation Brush #101. Y’all that brush is HEAVEN! Like it is a must have. I thought my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush was good, but this brush is amazing. I didn’t even try to blend this foundation out with a sponge because it was so dry that I knew it would be patchy and hard to blend with a Beauty Blender.
One thing that sort of surprised me about the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is the coverage. I found this foundation to be light to medium coverage at most. You can build the coverage to full, but upon first application it was definitely more sheer to medium on me. I bought the shade Warm Natural (medium skin with yellow undertones), which honestly was a little more orange than yellow. It still works on my skin tone, but I do wish it had more of a yellow undertone like the Hourglass Vanish Foundation in Warm Ivory.
You can see in the picture how some texture and dark spots are still showing through the foundation. This was with one layer and I also put a second layer under my eyes for concealer.
This foundation did emphasize my pores just slightly, but not enough to deter me from wearing it. I wore it with a primer and it lasted about 8-9 hours before it started to slightly break up on my skin.
I wore it one day without a primer, and I only set my t-zone with powder. I got several compliments on my makeup that day. I think because my natural oils started to peek through after a few hours giving me a glow-y look.
Bottom line? I’m definitely keeping this foundation. It’s not my favorite stick or regular foundation I’ve ever used, but it’s a good light/medium coverage – quick application foundation for work days or days when I just need a little coverage to run errands. Plus it’s only $25, so its pretty reasonably priced!