To me, foundation is the most frustrating item of makeup to search for. There are so many ways for it to go wrong: shade, form of application, texture, coverage, lasting power. It might oxidise. It might break you out. It might wipe off on every single item of clothing you own. So, usually, I just wear concealer! When Bourjois reached out and kindly offered to send me their new stick foundation I was excited, and also nervous. What if I’d forgotten how to blend? Do I even have a foundation brush? Do they realise I’m pale as a sheet of office paper? On top of this, the last time I tried a stick foundation was probably about 2005. I was in my early teens and tended to have a ‘more is more’ approach to these things and it was, um, an experience. Well, that was more than a decade ago, and makeup has come a long way. So let’s get into it.

Testing the Bourjois stick foundation
Wearing the Always Fabulous foundation in shade ‘Rose Ivory’

The details? Always Fabulous Stick Foundcealer. Yes, foundcealer! It’s made to function as both a full coverage foundation, but a colour correcting concealer. Semi matte finish, transfer and waterproof. In built cushion blender. Available in 10 shades, and exclusive to Priceline, recommended retail price is $33. At the time of posting this review (June 7th 2019) it’s on sale!

First impressions: Cute packaging! Rose gold and black, very sleek. I tested this with and without my beloved Tatcha primer, and I think it works best on well moisturised, primed skin. I was concerned that it would be too heavy for me, but you can actually get a good natural finish when buffing out with the built in cushion. It did a decent job with colour correction, but if you want to cover blemishes I’d use a traditional concealer. Its finish is satiny, neither fully matte nor dewy. It’s not thick and sticky as the stick foundations of the past were.

Overall opinion and recommendations: Velvety, medium to full coverage, and for me there was no issue of oxidisation or transfer! I think this would work best for people with normal to oily skin types. My winter skin has a tendency to get dry patches, which requires tinted moisturiser or nothing a lot of the time! When I’m well exfoliated it doesn’t cling. I think it would be great if the shade range was extended, and this relates to a wider issue in Australian chemists (drugstore/pharmacy) and stores where the more affordable foundations have limited options. It’s fun to use, and I was pleasantly surprised by the overall experience. However my personal foundation preference remains with dewier formulas. Coincidentally, my go-to favourite pharmacy foundation is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation – which I purchased myself for the first time three years ago and it’s a great option if you have dry skin or like a more glowy finish!

Thank you to Bourjois for giving me the opportunity to try this!

This post is an unpaid ad: A review of gifted product, with my honest impressions! Please feel free to ask me anything about my experience with the product. 

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