Ya girl, Young Mal, got her hands on this highly anticipated stick foundation the day it released. I ordered it on Thursday, August 18, 2016, it shipped on Friday, August 19, 2016 and it delivered to my doorstep on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. This was pretty good time given that I placed the order toward the end of the business week. I've been testing it out for about a month and I have a pretty good idea on how to use it, how it wears, and how long it lasts. Ready?
The picture on the left was taken after about two hours of wear and the picture on the right after 6.5 hours of wear. I kept this face on for another two hours to get a full 8 hours and it remained the same. *insert thumbs up emoji *
This was my first time choosing my color online, so I put a picture of myself in natural light side by side with the pics from ABH's Medium Tan group (see below) and matched from there. I picked Amber which matched perfectly because I was super tan from my recent vacation trip to Jamaica, however I'm definitely going to have to pick up a lighter color come winter lol. Caramel, maybe?
(The images below are from Anastasia Beverly Hill's Instagram page)
Now, I am a faithful beauty blender believer, so my first instinct is to blend it out with my favorite sponge, but it didn't go well AT ALL! This is the only stick foundation formula I have tried as a foundation and although I cannot compare it to others, do not use a sponge for this one. Now, I don't think it's heavy. Even though its not easy to blend, it feels super lightweight and basically perfect for a "no make-up makeup" kinda day. You feel me? The makeup artists on ABH's Instagram used flat foundation brushes to apply it using paint-like strokes and I kinda hate those, so for my second attempt I used a dense foundation buffing brush. It was soooooooooo much easier to blend. Ya girl was happy.
My final report: This foundation is long-lasting, lightweight, mattifying (doesn't dry out the skin), great for oily skin, and leaves a natural non-cakey finish, and has build-able coverage. The color range is women of color friendly which is always something I consider whether a brand has my color or not 'cause I'm for the culture *insert blackest fist emoji here*. It retails for $25 (no shipping, handling, or taxes. LIT) and the Net Weight is 9g / 0.32 oz. My only con is that it's not easily blend-able with a beauty blender and that might not be a con to some of you, but that's my right hand- my go to.