We all know by now that I love a good liquid foundation but lately, as part of my recent infatuation with Bobbi Brown, I’ve been getting on board with this stick formulation. The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick* is portable, practical and has quickly become one of my favourites for a quick application.
In a simple black and gold tube, perfect for travelling with because it’s super sturdy but still compact.
The formula is quite stiff in the stick form so I’ve been striping it on, a little on the cheeks, chin and forehead. A fluffy but dense brush is much more effective than a BeautyBlender at properly spreading the foundation, after striping it onto the skin. A BeautyBlender tends to diminish the coverage dramatically so I’ve been reaching for a brush each time. With a brush, it blends out surprisingly quickly and easily.
It looks fairly natural once it’s settled down into the skin – quite matte but still allowing my skin to look like skin. It blends beautifully into the skin – never sitting on the surface. I’m in love with the finish it gives while still remaining invisible on the skin.
It’s possible to build the coverage of this one up but on me, it gets to about a medium coverage before things start getting too cakey. Three-ish stripes on each cheek and the forehead provide natural coverage but don’t completely cover all of my imperfections. I also like to spot conceal with this one, building up the coverage a little more on small areas when I need.
This has been one of those foundations that always looks a little better after an hour or so of wear – it sits beautifully on the skin and continues to for the whole day. Without setting it down, it can start to gather around my nose and chin towards the end of the day but setting it down results in a beautiful finish for the whole time. Super impressed.
The shade Porcelain 0 was recommended to me at the counter and I’d agree that it’s a pretty good match – perhaps a little dark, which is normally the case with any foundation, and slightly more yellow-toned than my complexion but that works well to cancel out the redness in my cheeks. When blended out on my face it looks totally natural.
If you have dry skin, I’d recommend using this with a hydrating primer underneath but beyond that, I reckon it’d work quite well as far as stick foundations go. I haven’t experienced any problems with it
If you have oily skin, I can see this working wonderfully on oilier skin types. The finish would be totally flattering and as long as you set it down, it’d wear beautifully.
Overall, this has quickly been added into my favourites bases on rotation. I wasn’t expecting awesome things but I’ve been very pleasantly surprised. It’s definitely a pricier base but I haven’t found a foundation that’s looked quite so comfortable on the skin.
*some products in this post have been provided for editorial consideration, honesty as always!