The best stick foundations

One of the easiest and most portable makeup products you can use is a stick foundation. A stick foundation offers pigmented, buildable coverage and can be used by most skin types. They’re especially great for combination and oily skins as many stick foundations have oil-controlling minerals in the formula. A stick foundation can also do double-duty as a concealer, is travel-friendly and great for makeup touchups on the fly.

Bobbi Brown FoundationStick_Sand

The first stick foundation I ever bought was the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Sand, so that’s what I compare every other foundation stick against. What I love about the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is that it’s creamy, very blendable, stays true to color and doesn’t oxidize. Plus, I could easily bridge from my liquid shade to the stick seamlessly, because the shades are the same.

Other stick foundations I’ve recently tried include:

Clinique Chubby In The Nude Sticks

Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick – Good coverage and blendability, but this tends to be dry. I found using a primer gave the best results with this foundation stick. The shape allows you to get into nooks and crannies (side of nose) more easily than some of the others. Available in ten shades.

COVER FX Cover Click

COVER FX Cover Click Concealer + Foundation can be used with the Click Stick, allowing you to customize the products you use most often. The Cover Click Concealer + Foundation (two products in one) is very creamy and blendable, with light-medium coverage. It feels like a second skin. Good shade selection (24).

Lancome Teint Idole Makeup Stick 260 Bisque

Lancome Teint Idole Ultrawear Makeup Stick is the only foundation stick I tried that has SPF 21 in the formula. So if you’re going to be outside, this is a great choice. It has a cream-powder texture, is nicely pigmented, blends well and has a soft matte finish giving beautiful, full coverage. I used the Perfecting Foundation & Spot Corrector Brush for flawless application. The Teint Idole Ultrawear Makeup Stick can be used by all skin types and is available in 20 shades. Love this one!


MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation builds on the “4D” technology used in the Ultra HD Foundation, adding the portability and convenience of a stick foundation. This stick foundation had true all-day coverage. It’s very pigmented and dries to a matte finish. You can also buy complementary shades to highlight and contour  (I use Y245 as my base, Y225 to highlight and Y325 to contour; very natural looking!). Applies flawlessly with the 122 Blending Brush. Good for normal to dry skins, it’s available in 15 shades.

Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation Stick-220

Maybelline New York Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation totally surprised me! This super-blendable, creamy stick foundation wears and feels like a much more expensive makeup. It offers a light-to-medium coverage, blends easily and has a gel formula with an oil-absorbing core for a shine free, matte finish. If you’re looking for a dupe for the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, this is the closest I’ve found. Available in 12 shades.

Hourglass Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick is my current obsession. It can be worn as a foundation and concealer, because it has double the amount of pigment in the formula (we’re talking serious full coverage if you need it!). It blends like a liquid, is silky like a powder; it’s really amazing. The triangular shape of the bullet offers precise application. I would highly recommend purchasing the Vanish Foundation Brush, as it will give you the most seamless, airbrushed finish. I tried the Nude shade, which is a light to medium with neutral undertone and it’s perfect. Available in 26 shades. In short–this is my top pick of all the stick foundations I’ve tried. I’ll be re-buying and recommending this one!

Do you wear a stick foundation? Which is your favorite?

Disclosure:  Press samples were provided by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and review. Affiliate links have been used in the post.
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