Matte AND full coverage!
If James Bond’s tech team also made beauty gadgets, one would look like this. To the untrained eye, this doohickey may appear like a run-o-the-mill stick foundation, but flick the top and voila! — a hidden concealer. 🙂
Stila Stay All Day Cover Powder Finish Foundation & Cream Concealer ($ 36 and available now at Stila and Ulta) is for girls and guy who are committed to a full-coverage glam face beat, and it’s like getting three products in one, because the creamy, matte stick foundation dries to a matte powder finish, so you’re kinda-sorta also getting a setting powder.
Both the foundation and its peachy partner-in-crime satin-finish under-eye concealer cover everything, including post-pimple pigmentation, freckles, sunspots and under-eye circles. It comes in 16 shades, too.
Now, being a 40-something-year-old gal who loves natural-looking coverage and is brutally picky about concealers and face powders (I don’t like cake-y face makeup), I was skeptical about this at first, but turns out I like it a lot.
It lasts a solid eight hours and makes my skin look super smooth. I won’t wear it every day, though, because it feels heavier than the face makeup I normally wear, but if you like full coverage and don’t want your foundation to move, Stila’s got’chu covered.
Sadly, a chunk got stuck to the cap when I opened it. 🙁 But see the secret concealer in the cap?Before and after Honey 8, which looked like it would be a tad too light for me, but these oxidize a step. It looks a little light, yeah? But shortly after I took this pic, the foundation had oxidized about half a step, so it ended up being darker than it is in this pic.
I’d suggest choosing a shade about half a step lighter than you normally would because these oxidize and darken a bit over the course of about 10 minutes.
I’m wearing Honey 8 on my face! Cheeks: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzing Powder in Radiant Light and Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powder in Lucent (upper cheekbones); Eyes: Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces Beauty Book palettes
Stila Stay All Day has much higher coverage than the other stick foundations I’ve tried from other brands over the last couple years, including Hourglass Vanish, which is my current ride or die, Bobbi Brown Foundation (I used to love this, but now it breaks me out) and the new NARS one.
If you want to hide everything, this’ll do the trick. FYI, though, you’ll be able to feel it sitting on your skin.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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