Choosing a foundation is hard work; there are so many different types to choose from (liquid, cream, power, stick or compact) and then you have to decide on the finish you want, not to mention finding the right shade. Liquid and creams can be a little messy at times for me, and so my preference is a powder compact or a stick foundation. I’ve used a couple of stick foundations, mainly Shiseido and Revlon because I was able to get a pretty good shade match, and compromised on finish and texture. Shiseido leaves a satin finish, and Revlon is matte, so I work around things to get what finish I like which is a semi-matte base. Priced at £5 for a 6.2 g stick, I decided to try the Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation, and see how it compared.
Rating and verdict
At first glance, the packaging is plastic and is basic, one could say minimalistic. Revolution is known for being budget priced makeup, and that means value for money, that doesn’t compromise on quality. I use their blushers, and for £1 they are excellent, and ideal for traveling. The foundation comes in 18 shades, which is great for those who struggle to find a match.
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
I personally use F4 and the shade remains true and once on. I also prefer to use my fingers to blend, and if you want to use a sponge, use it just for those hard to reach places like around the nose. The coverage is medium, but you can layer it you want more coverage, and you can use it alone, but I prefer to use it with a loose dusting of powder. The texture is quite creamy, but then dries matte on the face, so you do have to work the product in fairly quickly
After a day of shopping, the foundation had not budged or smeared, so it’s impressive and the color didn’t change either. I tried this without a primer (I don’t use them as I don’t really need them) and a good test of a foundation is how long it stays without using a primer.
Most people like to apply using several stripes across the face, but as the product dries quickly, I recommend doing it in stages rather than apply the stripes in one swoop; do the cheeks first, then the forehead, and finally the nose and chin area, which usually require a little more blending.
The foundation stick offers excellent coverage and staying power for the price, and is so portable it’s great for traveling and is also vegan. A great buy and worth trying if you’ve not thought about using a foundation stick before. Rated for performance and value, and at £5 it’s worth it if you find a shade that suits you.
You can buy the foundation stick from the Revolution website.