Finding the right stick foundation

I am the proud(ish) owner of 3 stick foundations. This may not sound like a lot but it is probably 3 more than the average person.For reference I have normal to dry skin and am as fair as they come! I have the HD stick foundation by Make Up Forever, the Revolution stick foundation and the Hourglass Vanish Stick.Β By now, I’ve realised there are a few things to consider in the search for your perfect stick foundation.

Cost

Obviously this is going to play a large role in choosing your foundation. Not everyone is able to afford high end makeup, but the availability of stick foundations in drugstore brands is starting to increase. You’ll probably find they are more prevalent in the high end (Bobbi Brown, MUF, Hourglass, Nars ), but you can also find versions for a much more affordable price (Revolution, Revlon, L’Oreal, NYX). I have tried more high end than low end, and what I would say is that with these three formulas, you can certainly tell which are inexpensive. The quality of the Revolution one just didn’t really compare to the other two, and the look on the skin was quite disappointing. However, I’ve only tried one drugstore brand and that’s certainly not to say that all brands would be of a lower quality based on price.

Your skin type vs the texture of the foundation

All 3 of my stick foundations have completeeeely different textures – let me explain.

The Hourglass texture is on the drier side, and can be a little difficult to blend out even when skin has been primed and has a smooth base (or is even still a bit wet from the primer). I find it a little frustrating sometimes that this is so dry because it’s such a great colour match on me and gives me nice coverage while still showing my forehead freckles. I find that it often picks up on dry patches on my nose that don’t exist except with this foundation. I normally use more of my Make Up Forever Step 1 primer in Hydrating and the Marc Jacobs Dew Drops to give my foundation the best chance of blending out! As it is so dry, I don’t really need powder with this one.

The Revolution one is the complete opposite – it’s overly oily and feels incredibly greasy on the skin. It is very thick and takes a whole heap of powder to set it (and you can still feel the wetness under the powder). It feels very wet on the face and I hate this (sorry, but honest).

The Make Up Forever is probably the happy medium – it goes on easily and blends out easily. It required a fair amount of powder to dry down, but no where near as much powder as the Revolution one.

Coverage/pigment

Stick foundations do tend to be buildable, but generally speaking one swipe will give you a pretty decent amount of coverage. Some of these are more highly pigmented than others (though not necessarily in a bad way) but can be used for sheer coverage too. If you were to put on the same amount as you would a liquid foundation, you may find that it looks far too thick and cakey. Use a lighter hand with stick foundations to begin with until you know the kind of coverage you like. The Hourglass one tends to offer a more ‘your skin but better’ coverage, but can certainly be built up to a full coverage (but I think that it looks quite strange as full coverage). The MUF stick is very highly pigmented and a little bit will go a very long way (as it blends very easily). The Revolution one actually does offer very good coverage, but you are at risk of overdoing it with this and the MUF one because they are so thick.

Colour range

This one is partially linked with cost. The higher end brands tend to have a much wider shade range than the drugstore brands. However, the Revolution stick foundation does have a pretty decent shade range for one so inexpensive. If you are at either end of the shade spectrum, you may have to turn to the high end to find a shade that suits your skin tone and undertone (though this is getting better – I did find my shade in the Revolution stick foundation). I was able to find my shade in the Revolution foundation, which I was actually quite surprised about. They are constantly expanding their shade range, particularly towards the medium-deep-deep dark end of the spectrum – which is fab! I will often turn to the higher end to ensure that I am getting my exact shade (or close enough) rather than just settling for the lightest shade that a high street brand can offer, which may still be a few shades too dark for me. I’m pretty sure I have the lightest shade in the MUF one and it is still too orange for me, so it does require quite a bit of shade searching.

Overall opinions

Love: Make Up Forever
Like: Hourglass
Hate: Revolution

To have more than one stick foundation may not be necessary for most people, but if stick is your favourite type of foundation then keep collecting! It is worth noting here that I used these foundations at very different times in my life and with very different skin concerns. The Make Up Forever Stick Foundation was the first stick foundation I ever used and wanted a very full coverage product to cover my severe acne. I wanted a base product that completely covered up and neutralised any redness and I did NOT want my natural skin to show through. I was totally embarrassed by it and wanted to create the illusion of a smooth base. This did it for me and made me feel normal again.

I recently started using the Hourglass one a few months ago when I had my makeup done at an Hourglass counter for my boyfriend’s graduation. I bought it as an impulse buy because it was such an amazing shade match. Now my skin is perfect, I like to go for a sheerer coverage so my freckles can show through. This would be the perfect foundation if it were just aΒ touch creamier.

I bought the Revolution one when I first started my blog as an alternative to high end makeup. I had heard good things about it, but unfortunately it just wasn’t right for me. It felt very heavy on the skin and just oozing with oil. I have dry skin and it was too much for me, so I can’t imagine what it would be like for someone with oilier skin.

Hopefully this will help you in your search for your perfect stick foundation. Please remember what didn’t work for me, may well work for you. Happy hunting!

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Full (ish) face of Revolution make up

A few weeks ago I purchased a fair amount from Revolution, after it all being sold out in multiple Superdrug stores. Keep reading to see my final look and what I thought of each product!

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I bought the Obsession mixer drops (basically highlighter drops), the Revolution Fast BaseΒ  Stick foundation, the Conceal and Define concealer, the I Heart Revolution Surprise in Mermaid, the Freedom brow powder in Blonde and the Revolution Renaissance Illuminate in Radiant in Rose. All this came to Β£32 which is an ABSOLUTE STEAL! I was supposed to receive one of their mystery bags (which I hoped would provide the products to do an entire full face), but they did not include it in my order.

I’m going to run through each product – how much it cost, how it applied and my general thoughts on them.

Obsession mixer in Champagne Glow – Β£8

This looked really gorgeous on the skin when I was swatching it. It gave me serious glowy skin, but it was completely covered by the stick foundation. The next time I use this, I’d definitely use it with a liquid foundation instead so that it’s not as opaque and completely covers the glow. This will probably last a long time as the bottle is pretty big and you only need a small amount for your entire face. Β£8 seems like an okay price for this, but it a little pricier than quite a lot in the Revolution range.

Revolution Fast BaseΒ  Stick foundation – Β£5

To get a stick foundation for Β£5 (or any foundation for Β£5) is pretty amazing! I was unsure of which shade would match me the best, but ended up going for F1 (which I think is the palest) and it was definitely the right shade. It matches me much better than the Make Up Forever stick foundation. I’ve tried this foundation twice now, and the first time I tried it it was an absolute farce. I wore it to work and I’ve mentioned before that I walk to the station, I ride a very hot tube to the office and sit in an air conditioned office all day. This did not last well AT all. It broke up all over my face, particularly on the chin, nose and forehead. I hadn’t applied a massive amount as I hadn’t wanted to look cakey, or to completely lose the dimension in my skin. So I tried it again for this look, and it applied much better. I definitely applied more to my face this time and it looked pretty good. If you were to try and set this, it would take a HELL OF A LOT of powder. I started to set this with my RCMA No Colour Powder in some areas but gave up. As I started to apply more products to my face (blush, highlight), it started to break up a little which was annoying and disappointing. I also noticed it picked up on dry areas I didn’t know I had, mainly at the sides of my eyebrows.Β Lots of people have drawn comparisons between these this and the Make Up Forever stick foundation… However the only comparison is that they are both in a stick form. The Make Up Forever one is much thicker in consistency and doesn’t lose so much coverage when it’s blended out. It doesn’t break up, and you can apply any product you want over the top without worrying that you’ll disturb the foundation underneath. It doesn’t pick up on dry patches or emphasise pores (on me at least). BUT… the Revolution one is Β£5. The Make Up Forever stick is nearly Β£30. If you’re on a budget and looking for a dupe, this is your guy. However, I wouldn’t expect the same level of quality from the Revolution one as you can definitely tell the difference in price between the two. I’ve tested this about 5 times now, and I just really don’t like it. It’s so thick and wet on the skin and it just doesn’t ever set even when you apply a load of powder over it. As soon as I put it on, I want to take it off.

Conceal and Define concealer – Β£4

This is a really nice concealer. The shade (C1) is a great shade for me, as it is midway between a normal concealer shade (that matches the foundation colour) and a highlight shade. It has a slight scent to it that smells quite summery and really pleasant. It goes away once you blend it out. I tried to do a cut crease with this concealer and that didn’t go too well. It was a bit thin and as I was putting it on, I was also taking it off at the same time. So it took quite a few layers to get the opacity I wanted. What’s maybe more disappointing about this is that it ran out SO quickly. The tube is very thick, so you would assume that it would last a long time… NOPE. I barely used this and within a month this had completely run out.Β My go-to concealer (The Collection perfecting concealer) has a much thinner tube, around the same price and lasts me at least triple the time. Really disappointing.

Freedom Duo Brow Powder – Β£2

For Β£2, this is absolutely BRILL! I’ve been looking for a new brow powder as I’m running low on my current one which was from a random brand and the logo has rubbed off the packaging. So when I saw that this was on sale for Β£2, I thought I’d give it a go. It is the exact same colour as my current brow powder and matches my hair colour. It even has a little mirror in the lid! Definitely recommend this one.

I Heart Makeup Surprise Mermaid – Β£5

In each egg, you get 5 shadows and 2 highlighters. I really liked the look of the blue shadows in this, so decided to take the plunge (and it was only Β£5!) I was a bit unsure how pigmented these would be but they aren’t too bad. What I will say is that the shimmer shades tend to clump up when you swirl the brush or your finger in them. I thought initially that maybe I had just swatched it the wrong way, but no matter which way I did it, the same thing happened. When I would swatch other brand’s highlighters/shimmer shades, this would never happen. You can see in the picture below the extent of it.

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I actually did an entire look using this egg a few weeks ago and absolutely hated it, so had to redo it. I was kind of nervous how I was going to use the colours together and actually had no idea what I was going to do as I started.

I decided to start with the brighter blue and put it on the outer lid and blend up into the crease. I built it up quite a lot cause I wanted it to be quite bold. Then I added the darker blue on the outer most part of the lid to deepen the colour.

I then decided to be bold… and added the copper colour on the remainder of my lid (inner to middle). It certainly looked bold but was missing something. So mixing the two turquoise shades, I applied it between the blue and the copper to blend the colour out into a nice gradient.

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The eyeshadow before applying eyeliner and mascara.

I finished off the eyes with liner, mascara and then mirrored the eyeshadow on my lower lash line. I really liked the way the eyes turned out, especially as I’d been so nervous to create something. The mixture of the copper and turquoise shades made this gorgeous gold colour that made the perfect gradient across my lids.

Revolution Renaissance Illuminate in Radiant in Rose – Β£8

I thought that Β£8 for a blush was pretty expensive, but this looked like a good dupe for some higher end blushes that I had seen. I used the golden highlight instead of the two in the ‘Surprise’ and this looked really nice. It wasn’t as glowy as my Mary Lou-manizer but I’d definitely use it again. Then I swirled all the colours together and applied the blush. These are very pigmented and a little goes a long way! The colour was really flattering on my skin tone. They did take some of the foundation away, but I think that is more about the foundation than this product. I’m going to start incorporating this into my regular make up kit.

Overall I was really pleased how this look turned out. It’s more make up than I would usually wear on my eyes, but I thought it looked really pretty. The products are okay, but it can take a bit of work to get the best out of them. I will be using the brow powder, highlighting drops and the blush palette again. Revolution is a great brand if you are on a budget and trying to build up the make up you have, or if you’re quite new to make up. They have loads of pretty nice palettes that are really affordable, so have a look in Superdrug or on their website. Revolution probably won’t be a brand that I reach for every time to do my make up but I really enjoyed playing around with their products.

Have you tried products from Revolution before? What did you think?

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Revolution 1,000,000 palette

I was sent the Revolution 1,000,000 palette after my mystery bag was missing from my order, so thanks to the good people at Revolution! I had seen this palette on Instagram and was pretty interested to see what it was like. All the looks everyone was making were very bold… and that’s not my usual make up style. So I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone yet again for you guys!

Seeing as it’s pretty hard to avoid pink in this palette, I went for a pink/purple smoky eye with a cut crease and some serious winged liner. Keep scrolling to see the look and how I did it.


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Here are the swatches against the palette itself

All of the shades are really nicely pigmented. What I will say, is that the foiled shades had a very odd consistency. You can see in the palette after I swatched it that there are dents that aren’t there in the middle pink shade. I found when swirling my finger (as I normally would in any shadow pan), the product would ball up and feel very clumpy on my finger (see left). This happened for every foiled shade, and it actually made it quite difficult to apply to the eyes, or to get a solid pigment without it going patchy. I had particular trouble with the darkest foil shade, which you can see in the above swatches on my arm (second from right swatch).

How-to:

I already had a full face of makeup revolution products on (Fast Base Stick Foundation, Conceal and Define concealer and highlighter from the I Heart Makeup Surprise in Mermaid).

  1. I used a setting powder over my eyes just to set the concealer. Using the matte pink shade (the lightest pink in the palette), I put this in my outerΒ corner and into the crease. I blended this out so there were no harsh edges.
  2. Then taking the magenta shade, I took a more tapered brush and concentrated this more into the lower outer corner and into the deeper part of the crease to add dimension and definition. Using bright and dark colours like this is pretty new for me and a bit out of my comfort zone, but it started to come together really nicely.
  3. At this point, I had planned to put the foiled shadow next to the light pink into the blank space on the centre of my lid. However, the foiled shadows are quite clumpy and do not come away smoothly onto the brush or the finger. They leave little balls of eyeshadow in the pan and don’t have much colour pay off with one swipe. I put the burgundy shade into the centre, but wasn’t happy with it, so removed it and went over it with concealer to do a cut crease. I then applied Shimma Shimma by Makeup Geek as a base, and then put the lightest shade in the palette on top. This had the same consistency as the others, but as I had already applied a similar colour, it went on a little more opaque.
  4. Using the Eyeko Eye Do liquid liner, I went for a hell of a wing (any wing is a hell of a wing for me lol) to give this look some real drama.
  5. I don’t do fake eyelashes so applied a few coats of Benefit Roller Lash.
  6. For the lower lash line, I took the magenta pink and dark purple down onto the lower lash to give a smooth gradient effect. Then topped it off with Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.
  7. I added a more pinky lip using, NYX lip liner in Peekaboo Neutral, Maybelline Colour Stay lipstick in 725 and the Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in N13.

Overall, I was really happy with this look. I like how green the purples made my eyes look (a look I haven’t done in about 10 years lol). The palette was fun to use, though it did take a little more effort and work to get the most out of some of the shades. Regardless of this, Revolution is a great company that makes really fun, affordable make up. I will be using this palette again, most probably for a going out look rather than day time.

Let me know what you think on here or on insta!

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Spring time makeup look

I’ve been feeling really inspired by the blossom that’s in bloom everywhere at the moment, and so created this look. It features a pink/coral halo eye with yellow winged liner, rosy pink cheeks and a pinkish coral lip. Scroll down to see how I got this look:

Eyeshadow:
I set the concealer on my lid with a skin tone shadow. I started by applying Chickadee by Makeup Geek to my outer corner and crease before blending it in. I then took this into the inner eyelid, making sure to leave the middle of the lid blank. I then applied Tuscan Sun in the same areas to add a little extra depth and add warmth.

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Then taking the NYX Ultimate brights I took the coral-pink shade in the second row with a smaller tapered brush and applied the most pigment to the outer corner and started to blend out and into the crease.

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In the area that I left blank, I took some concealer on a flat brush and went over the area and carved out upper part of the lid. Then, I applied Shimma Shimma by Makeup Geek (which is a beige/gold colour) to add some shimmer! To blend the into the rest of the matte shades, I used the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Strawberry Milk.

Liner:
For the winged liner, I took the NYX vivid brights liquid eyeliner in yellow and applied a few coats to really build up the colour. To still give the lash line some definition, I applied a black liquid liner close to the lash line. Then I coated my lashes with the Maybelline Temptation mascara.

Lower lash line:
For the lower lash line, I put Chickadee on the inner lash line to the middle of the lash line. I then took Tuscan Sun for the outer crease and blended the two shades together in the middle of the lash line. Then I put the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara on my lower lashes.

Cheeks:
I skipped bronzer on my cheeks but applied it around my forehead and on the sides of my face. I went into a Revolution blush palette in Blush GoddessΒ and picked up two shades – a brownish/pink and a bright pink (middle two shadesΒ on the bottom row)Β – and applied the colour most heavily on the apples of the cheeks before sweeping it back.

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Lips:
I applied the NYX lip pencil in Peekaboo Neutral before applying a light layer of Creme Cup by MAC. With my finger, I applied some of the brownish/pink blush colour to warm up the colour of the lips a little more.

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I felt very out of my comfort zone doing this look, but I think it actually turned out really well!Β What do you think of this look? Let me know what you think on here or on my Instagram!

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