The latest foundation to join the chic make up collection is the Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer. Stila was recently added to Logical Harmony’s cruelty-free brand list after withdrawing from the Chinese market. Whoop Whoop! So to celebrate their new cruelty-free status, I purchased my first ever Stila product.
Before we get into it, I feel it is always important to know how the company markets their products, so we can give a fair review on if they have delivered on their promises. Here is what Stila has to say about their Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer:
Face the Day™ looking selfie-ready with Stila’s lightweight, high-definition, buildable coverage, oil-free, matte foundation. Conveniently hidden inside the cap is a creamy, full-coverage refillable concealer that blends seamlessly to instantly neutralize under-eye circles and hide skin imperfections. This ultra long-wearing, water-resistant formula is designed to Stay All Day®, and looks and feels natural on skin.
It retails in Australia for $58.00 at Mecca Maxima and Mecca Cosmetica and you get 30mL of foundation and then in the lid you get 3mL of concealer and a weird little brush…
Before I begin, I would like to clarify that I have purchased what now appears to be the old packaging, which is what was currently stocked in Mecca Australia. However, it appears as though this foundation has been repackaged (and looks much cuter) but is still the same formula.
The coverage is medium once it is blended into the skin, however, it can be built up without any issue to full coverage. When first applied it does look dewy however it does dry down to a matte finish. The wear time of this foundation is great, with only minimal touch-ups needed to my oily areas. I only use a light amount on my forehead as this is where I get most oily and I do not particularly like how it wears when I get oily as it can start to separate. It does cling to my dry patches as well so I avoid using it when I am particularly dry. Up close you can definitely tell that you have foundation on.
It is a full coverage concealer that is a shade lighter than the foundation shade. I do spot conceal blemishes with this concealer before applying the foundation as well because it has good coverage and on occasion, I will use it under my eyes. However, I don’t particularly enjoy the concealer under the eyes as it is heavy and I find it does crease in my fine lines and can make my under eye area look dry.
The Chic Opinion
I have a love/semi-dislike relationship with this foundation and I’ll tell you why. Some days I find this foundation to be wonderful and look great on my skin, but some days it’s a hot mess. When I’m having a good day, it lasts all day, quite flawlessly with minimal touch-ups. But it does cling to dry patches so I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin. On a bad day it has trouble blending flawlessly and can look patchy in areas – and I haven’t figured out why!
I have also found that if I wear this foundation too many consecutive days in a row that it causes me to break out! I have never experienced this with a foundation before. So I space out the days that I wear it.
So it still isn’t as good as the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (still my holy grail, read my review here), but it can be really fabulous. I recommend reading some more reviews on it because they are very mixed! Also, before purchasing, definitely get a sample first – try before you buy!
For more reviews, check out Mecca here.
Would I repurchase? No, not at this stage. But I will enjoy using it up! 🙂
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