The launch of any new Anastasia Beverly Hills product is normally met with a huge amount of hype… the release of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation was no exception. Coming with an extensive range of thirty shades and the promise of flawlessness and a matte finish, I thought it was well worth a try. I’ve been wearing it pretty much non-stop since it arrived so it’s time I reported back.
As with most stick foundations, the application is as simple as striping a bit onto the forehead, cheeks and chin, and getting in there to blend it out. I prefer using a dense buffing brush over a BeautyBlender as I’ve found that it gets a little too sheered out with a damp sponge. I find the product itself is quite stiff when compared to the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick but they blend out very similarly once on the skin.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills website calls the finish a ‘natural matte’ which I find is pretty accurate. For me, the finish really looks like skin but it can look quite flat on the skin if you apply too many layers. After application, I’ve found myself feeling underwhelmed with how it looks on the skin but after finishing up with my makeup routine, it looks lovely. It’s one of those foundations that looks better after it’s had time to sit on the skin for a while.
I was surprised by how easily this formula sheered out on the skin, expecting it to be a little thicker and intense. One layer (aka a few stripes on the cheek, forehead and chin) gives me an even coverage but still allows freckles to subtly peek through. A second layer adds a little more but I still wouldn’t call it completely full coverage. I quite like the coverage, especially when paired with the matte finish, because it looks quite natural and still allows my skin to make an appearance.
It’s marketed as being ideal for oily to combination skin due to it’s very natural matte finish. But it can also gather around the base of my nose and on my chin towards the end of the day, where I tend to get more oily. I also find the coverage fades from around my chin where I rest my hands during the day. The matte finish gets a little more natural after a couple of hours as my skin produces oil. For the most part, it wears really well when set down lightly with a powder and keeps oil at bay on my forehead.
I was very excited about the shade range for this foundation, hoping that I’d finally find a foundation that did justice to my pale skin. The lightest shade in the range, Alabaster, is a truly great match for me. In fact I’ve never really experienced a foundation that’s matched me quite this well. With thirty shades in the range, Anastasia Beverly Hills have really done a great job.
Packaging, Price & Value for Money
When it comes to packaging, it’s simple, sleek and compact with a touch of rose gold – what’s not to love? There’s .32g of product inside, compared to .31g in the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick but they have vastly different price tags. ABH comes in at $25USD, around $32AUD depending on the exchange rate, whereas Bobbi Brown’s foundation stick retails for $69AUD at Mecca. It’s worth noting that I use more of the ABH stick in one application compared to the Bobbi Brown. The former requires a little more building up to achieve good coverage.
If you have dry skin, the matte finish might be a little too intense for you. It can cling to any dry patches but not drastically. If you’re after a matte finish, it could be worth checking out. But if you like to add a little more dewiness to your complexion, I’d recommend giving this one a miss.
If you have oily skin, and if you’re a fan of a matte finish you should get along with this one. It does a pretty good job of keeping my skin matte in the t-zone. But towards the end of the day, it does gather a little around the base of the nose and on the chin. Set down with powder, it does a much better job.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed adding this to my foundation rotation. It hasn’t become an instant favourite but when my skin gets a little more oily in the summer, I’ll be happy to have this in my arsenal. I still slightly prefer the Bobbi Brown to this one, formula-wise, but each option has their own strengths and weaknesses. As an introduction to Anastasia Beverly Hills base products, I’m quite impressed. I look forward to seeing what else they come up with…