If there is one brand I am always confident in buying from it’s Anastasia Beverly Hills. So when I decided I wanted to try a stick foundation it made sense in my mind to reach for ABH above all else.
Off I went to Sephora to find my shade (Ivory it would seem), albeit a bit too light I could still make it work.
SRP: $33 CAD
Description on Sephora.ca: This highly pigmented, buildable cream stick foundation creates a flawless, natural looking demi-matte finish. The Stick Foundation is ideal for combination and oily skin, and the lightweight, easy-to-layer foundation delivers light-to-full-coverage, depending on the method of application. It’s designed to quickly and precisely apply all-over coverage, daily touch ups, or highlight and contour with ease.
Needless to say this might be the first time I have ever felt such disappointment in ABH.
Application 3/10: I tried this foundation with the UD Optical Illusion Complexion Primer, Milk Makeup Blur Stick, and NYX Pore Filler primer. (All primers I have used with other foundations without issue. Let me tell you that now matter HOW much I tried to make more pores disappear with this foundation I looked like a pock marked crazy pants.
I attempted to blend using a Beauty Blender – it did not budge. To the point where I had flashbacks to the Smashbox contour sticks. Round two – Sigma F80- Mild success however, still smeary and stiff.
Not that I want to have an extreme close up of my pores on the internet, but I couldn’t do a review without showing the outcome of this foundation.
Please note how the product piles into my pores and seems streaky on my skin.
Coverage 4/10: This did end up covering some of my redness which is important to me. However the wear time wasn’t good enough for me. I felt like it was sliding off very quickly throughout the day. I also made note of how it wore terribly through the day but anywhere I had concealer it would cling in desperation, leaving me even more patchy.
Overall Rating and Final Thoughts
I am surprised at how much I didn’t like this product. The only thing I would agree with is the price point. When pitted against other stick foundations I think its the most reasonably priced.
As you can see by the photos, this in no way gave me a flawless or dewy finish, and I returned it a few days later. I feel like I did give it a fair shake, and it just wouldn’t work for me 😦
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope everyone had a fantastic Canada Day/July 4th long weekend.
11 thoughts on “Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation”
Wow. Surprised you didn’t like it. I do like it. For me it works best when using my Embryolisse or the Hourglass Veil primer underneath… and my usual L’Oreal pore filler on my nose. And I found having your Beauty Blender slightly wetter than normal (a few spritzes of Fix+ or any face spray does the trick) helps it blend out a lot easier. I tried blending with a brush and HATED IT that way. I have to mix 2 shades (Beige & Natural) to get a good color match. But on me it wears nice and I get decent coverage out of it.
My face just likes to suck it in completely! The beauty blender honestly wouldn’t even budge it at all 😦
Wow. That’s too bad.
Oh wow! I was actually looking at this because of the price. I feel like my skin would look the same way, no matter what I did.
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Man it was so frustrating to keep being turned into a speckled reptile!
Haha I can only imagine!
You should try Iconic London’s foundation stick.
Where does that come from? I’ve never heard of it
Check Cultbeauty. They stock iconic london. Also look up youtube videos of reviews on the product. Type in iconic london pigment foundation stick.
Oh that’s surprising! I’ve only ever heard great things about this. It’s a shame that it didn’t work out for you xo
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Yeah I was pretty disappointed 😦