I revealed on my InstaStories that I’d got my hands on two shades of the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Sticks and I’ve never been asked so many times to feature a product as much as I did with these – everyone is going crazy for them. I am a massive Makeup Revolution fan but I have to hold my hands up, I didn’t expect very much from their base products as their concealer/foundation launches have always been below par compared to the quality of their other products. I have already featured the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer on my blog, and today I finally have my review of the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Sticks.
There are currently 18 different shades within the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Sticks collection which is a fantastic amount of shades and the shades match those within the concealer range too, so for example if you’re a C6 in the concealer you know the F6 foundation is going to work for you. I always hate it when brands make their shades so complicated so I really do appreciate that Makeup Revolution have taken the guess work out of their base products, but you obviously still need to figure out your shade to start with.
The packaging is pretty sleek and basic with a nude coloured, matte plastic casing which removes to reveal a rose gold metal barrel that you twist to push the concealer up. The foundation is £5 which does sound like a bargain but it’s definitely worth keeping in mind that it only contains 6.2 grams of product. To put it into context a little, the Makeup Forever Stick Foundation contains 12.5 grams, the ABH Stick Foundations contain 9.1 grams and the Maybelline Stick Foundation is 9 grams so yes £5 is a cheaper outlay but you’re getting less product.
“Foundation just got faster! Launching in 18 shades and a range of undertones, Fast Base Foundation quickly perfects, contours and highlights your complexion. The easy-to-apply stick formula melts into skin, blending seamlessly to leave a fresh and dewy finish. Twist up, swipe on and blend out with fingers, a beauty sponge or your favourite foundation brush.“
I couldn’t find a shade to match me within the concealer range either so I knew I wouldn’t be able to with the foundation but I bought F1 and F3 as I thought I might be able to lighten them with some lightening drops. I actually find the shades of F1 and F3 to be quite a bit deeper than C1 and C3 (I’ll do some swatches on InstaStories comparing them so you can see the difference) but as the swatch photo above shows, they’re pretty dark. I’m aware there are more shades coming so hopefully there will be a decent pale shade as I know many of you have struggled to find a shade to work for them.
F1 is described as “for fair skin tones with neutral undertone” and F3 is described as “for fair skin tones with pink undertone” but strangely enough F1 is much more cooler toned than F3. Infact F1 is so much on the cool side, it actually looks a little grey within the tube – hopefully you can see that in the photos above.
I find F3 to be more neutral but they’re both much too dark for me to use directly on my face. The formula is very ‘wet’ which might sound like a weird description but look at the wetness of the swatches. This is definitely not a foundation for those with oily skin as there’s just too much slip even after setting it with powder, and it looks shiny on me which never happens as my skin is as dry as a desert.
To apply the foundation, I draw a line on my cheeks and forehead and then use a Beauty Blender to blend it in, but I actually need to use a mattifying primer blended with an hydrating primer to make this foundation work for me. It’s too emollient and settles in lines and pores which I absolutely do not want so I’m not sure what the ideal skin type will be.
My skin is super dry and it’s too shiny and ‘wet’ for my liking and it breaks up within only a couple of hours. It doesn’t work as a concealer either as it’s too shiny, it just emphasises dryness and imperfections. This is such an on the fence review for me but I just don’t love it, nor do I hate it. It’s an OK foundation for £5 but it hasn’t wowed me and I’d rather opt for the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation if I want a dewy, more radiant finish.
Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Foundation Sticks?