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Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation

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.

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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.

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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. IMG_6530.PNG

Overall Rating and Final Thoughts

3.5/10

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

  1. 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.

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