I hope you’re all well. I’m not going to beat around the bush with this review, and I’m just going to get straight into it! If you don’t follow me on Instagram @styledinsepia, be sure you do as I give quick mini updates and reviews on there too!
So, I managed to get my hands on the Makeup Revolution Fast Base foundation sticks, not too long ago, and managed to test them out for myself to see if the hype really was worth it! I actually managed to get these on a promotion offer from TopCashback, a really good UK cashback website, whereby I was entitled to upto £15 cashback on a purchase from the Makeup Revolution brand at Superdrug, so I thought why not, who doesn’t love free product eh? If you’re interested in signing up, you can use my referral link by clicking HERE and get £7.50 cashback for free. It’s definitely worth taking a look at if you’re an online shopper like me, you can save a bunch!
Now onto the review, brace yourselves. Despite hearing so much positivity around these foundation sticks, I don’t think I can say I had the same experience, I would like to say that I used this foundation only once, and I will explain why in a short while!
Here’s some background info on the product, some of this has been taken from the website directly:
- Cream formula
- Stick foundation
- Medium to full coverage
- Can be used as foundation, concealer and contour
- Total of 18 shades
- RRP £5 each
- ‘Melts into the skin’
- Seamless blending
- Dewy finish
- NOT paraben free
- Cruelty free
- No SPF
- Shades being reviewed: F6 and f10
Swatches & Shades
The shades I managed to get my hands on (that I thought would suit me) are F6 and F10, despite reading the shade range indicator on the Makeup Revolution website, I decided to look at swatches on Google, and on Instagram instead, after seeing how inaccurate the indicator was. It can be found below:
F1 – For fair skin tones with neutral undertone
F2 – For fair skin tones with yellow undertone
F3 – For fair skin tones with pink undertone
F4 – For light skin tones with neutral undertone
F5 – For light skin tones with pink undertone
*F6 – For light/medium skin tones with yellow undertone
F7 – For medium skin tones with peach undertone
F8 – For medium skin tones with yellow undertone
F9 – For medium skin tones with a peach undertone
*F10 – For medium skin tones with a golden undertone
F11 – For medium/dark skin tones with a beige undertone
F12 – For medium/dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
F13 – For dark skin tones with a warm undertone
F14 – for dark skin tones with a cool undertone
F15 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
F16 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone
F17 – for dark skin tones with a neutral undertone
F18 – for dark skin tones with a warm undertone
Initially, I wanted to get F6 for under eye highlighting, and F8 as an all over foundation. However, when I looked at the swatches for F8 online (especially on similar skin tones), I was surprised to see that it had a pretty heavy pink undertone, despite the description online, so I decided to opt for F10 for the same reasons (by looking at swatches).
Did it match me?
Unfortunately, F10 was pretty orange on me, which I understand, as the undertone is supposed to be golden; but this just really did not match at all, I tried to mix in F6 to make it a little lighter, but it just kind of turned to a lighter orange, and nobody wants that.
F6 was actually a decent colour for under eye highlighting, for me it wasn’t overly bright and had actually a good amount of yellow undertone.
Formula & Finish
To my surprise, the finish of this foundation was actually the best and probably the only part I liked. It left my skin looking hydrated and flawless, as it was pretty easy to blend out.
Due to the creamy texture, this foundation does not dry down. If you want the foundation to stay put, you will most likely need to use powder… and A LOT of it. The finish of this foundation still stayed a little shiny looking even after I had powdered down a fair amount. I usually bake under my eyes so it looks flat and smooth, but this literally soaked up the powder in seconds as if I hadn’t put anything there!
After setting the foundation (mainly under my eyes, I did my usual routine and I don’t set much all over my face), the foundation STILL felt sticky to the touch. I’m not really a big fan of foundation in general as much as I used to be, and have found that I just can’t stand foundations that have any element of feeling overly sticky, hence why I prefer liquid foundations over cream. This just really felt tacky when I touched it.
I would actually say that this foundation is medium to full coverage, as you can build it up to your desired level. The only downside with this is that you have to use more product, and as you can see in the picture (below), there’s not actually that much.
There isn’t any patchiness in the coverage, and actually applies really nicely and smoothly, and is definitely buildable in your problem areas. It seemed to cover up my redness pretty well, and any spots I had, so from that perspective it got a thumbs up from me.
It didn’t look cakey at first, until I started to blend and build, especially under my eyes. As an under eye highlight, even after setting with my Laura Mercier translucent powder, I found the creases appearing VERY fast, so if you want this as a highlight, give it a miss.
Skin type suitability
I have normal skin, that occasionally gets dry. I also have been currently suffering from facial eczema, specifically on my eyelids and upper lip (I apologise I mention this a lot but it’s important).
I really DO NOT recommend this foundation if you have oily or combination skin. The texture and formula of the foundation will just have your face feeling like a greasy pakora, aka an onion bhaji. If you live in a hot country, or are looking for a summer foundation, then maybe give this a pass; it definitely isn’t sweat proof.
If you have a similar skin type to me, you’ll still find yourself feeling a bit greasy. The main problem areas I will usually get oily (depending on the foundation I use) are my chin and t-zone area. However, with this foundation I did find myself just feeling greasy all over, despite not having oily skin.
If you suffer from acne, eczema, or have any type of skin conditions/sensitivity, then I really recommend you simply avoid this foundation. This isn’t a definite recommendation, so you’re always encouraged to make your own decisions prior to purchasing makeup, however, following my experience, I found my eyelids and upper lip starting to itch and just feel uncomfortable. These areas can sometimes get patchy and flaky, so when I blended over my eye, I could see it looking a little patchy but nothing major, I also didn’t notice it looking cakey on my upper lip which was nice!
After 2 hours of wearing this foundation, I found most of my face feeling itchy and just uncomfortable, so because of this I took the foundation off straight away and have not wore it since. I always recommend doing a patch test first (because of this type of reaction), and ALWAYS advise that if you ever feel a product is this uncomfortable on your face, wash it off immediately.
In order to make sure that my skin hadn’t been damaged from this product, I did decide to make myself my homemade turmeric mask as a precaution (click HERE for the recipe, I left out the sugar).
I did hear some other fellow bloggers and general people broke out from this foundation, and it wasn’t the a few spots kind, it was those large painful red lumps that dominate your face for a good few weeks, and leave scars that are hard to get rid of, so do be cautious.
I personally, barely got 2 hours wear out of this foundation before it started to feel pretty disgusting on my skin. The formula started to separate a little, which I understand as this tends to happen more with cream based foundations, but this was a little disappointing seeing as I had only been wearing it for 2 hours.
Wearing with a primer – I highly recommend that when you wear this foundation, try using a mattifying primer, or something that will just make the makeup stay put, if you want to wear it for quite a while. I did not get to try this with a primer, but it would be my best recommendation if you wanted to make it work, the only downside to continuously using a primer with this foundation is you will have to spend excess on the primer, and I personally don’t believe primers are all that good for your skin as they can clog pores and cause break-outs long term.
The actual foundation itself, I don’t think will last very long. As it is in the stick form, the general assumption is that you won’t need to use as much product, but stick foundations do finish a lot quicker than normal foundations.
If you need heavy coverage, I’d say at most this might last you a month. If you need medium coverage, you could probably get maybe 2 or 3 if you’re lucky. Most foundations for me tend to last 6 months, but are also 5 times the price of this foundation, so it kind of works out to be the same price for product.
If you’re looking for something that won’t slather everywhere your face touches, then avoid this at all costs. Seeing as it doesn’t dry down, it will go everywhere, and rubs off the skin pretty easy (so basically don’t touch your face, not even to scratch). This will pretty much transfer onto anything and everything.
I applied this directly onto my skin evenly, and blended out with a dense synthetic face brush. I find dense brushes really are the best for blending out foundation, as they don’t soak up to much of the product and you still can get a flawless finish. Just to be extra, I tend to blend a little bit more over with a damn beauty blender.
You can also blend this product with a damp beauty blender only, as its easy to move around and doesn’t tug as much as other cream foundations.
I can see why this was named the Fast Base Foundation, as it was SUPER quick to apply and blend, much faster than anything else I have tried before.
Where to purchase
If you’re still interested in buying this foundation, I’ve linked some places for you below! Not everyone will have the same experience as me, and that’s okay!
For any of you that are interested in the ingredients list, here it is:
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Synthetic Wax, Cera Microcristallina, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Nylon-12, Polyethylene, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylparaben, BHT (+/-) CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492
I personally, in the nicest way possible, HATED this foundation. Whilst there were some nice things about it, it really didn’t make up for the cons or how gross this felt on my skin. Makeup in general can feel gross sometimes after a few hours especially if your base isn’t right, but this just became unbearable for me.
I was quite disappointed despite hearing how great it was on Youtube and in the blogger world, but seeing as this isn’t one of the most quality brands out there, I didn’t expect much else either.
I know everyone expected me to essentially roast this product, seeing as I really didn’t like it, but this really is just my professional opinion on it!
Is it really worth it?
I really don’t think it is. If you spend £5 monthly on a foundation like this, you might as well invest in a decent foundation that won’t feel this level of gross after a few hours.
It’s also really important for me to mention that this isn’t paraben free, so if you’ve done your research, having ingredients like these used on your skin long-term can be quite dangerous, so put your health first (and demand paraben free!).
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