Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer is a newly launched long wearing base from the brand for Fall 2012. This somehow replaces, I guess, their One Step Makeup Foundation which I loved and they proceeded to axe from the master line.
I don’t think I like Stay All Day Foundation as much as I did One Step but it does prove convenient for travel if you’re looking for your concealer and foundation to be housed under the same roof so to speak.
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Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer ($44) comes with the Stila 35 Brush for application. I kinda love the idea of getting an application tool, a foundation, and a concealer all in one. It’s a complete package and I like that a lot. It’s nice not being tempted by a brush for application or having to run out and try a new concealer. It’s all here, you get everything, no choices to be made outside of your shade selection.
This is an oil and paraben free-formula with a soft, creamy texture that’s lightweight, breathable, and offers sheer to full coverage benefits.
As I mentioned it comes with a matching concealer which is housed in the top of the foundation bottle. The concealer is on the smaller size at 0.02 oz but it packs a thick, creamy, pigmented formula so a little goes a very long way. It is fairly thick so it will settle into fine lines and creases if you aren’t careful and patience during application. The formula is quite emollient taking drier eyes into consideration for a smooth, hydrating finish. You’ll want to use a tiny dab of it, pat on completely, and build from there if needed. It offers full coverage so just be aware during application and prep well to avoid problems. I liked it well enough but the color I tried, Buff, was a little too yellow for me. It diffused circles and darkness well but the shade didn’t brighten my eyes up as nicely as I’d like. But this is not fault with the formula, simply the shade.
Now the foundation part of this duo is interesting…!
This is high performance foundation. I used it under some extreme conditions like humidity, swimming, etc…the formula is quite pigmented with a creamy, moisturizing feel and a semi-matte, lightweight finish. I wouldn’t call it a second skin type of foundation as it is the type of base you know you have on but it does provide a smooth, flawless finish. A little goes a very long way as the color pay off is excellent. It does provide sheer with full buildable coverage.
It’s pretty waterproof in some aspects as it doesn’t oxidize nor does it fade super quickly under hot weather conditions. I’d say you can get a solid six hours out of it in extreme weather conditions and still come out of it looking as fresh as a daisy. Stila embraces a quirky little Asian packaging detail in the spatula-like applicator that allows you to remove product from the bottle easily.
Foundation in Buff (Note: Buff is quite a yellow beige and not fitting for my skin tone so please don’t purchase it based on this)
Concealer in Buff
My skin is dry and took to this very well. It has a hydrating feel upon application but has a semi-matte dry down that doesn’t suck moisture from skin. It should perform well on most skin types but will particularly be a pleasant experience for those with drier skin.
The brush included is a mini thin, flat head brush for application. You can use it under eyes or on your face. I find it works a treat for sheerer coverage but if you’re looking for heavier you’ll want to use a different brush.
Overall, Stila Stay All Day is a treat of a foundation. It won’t replace BB Creams for me as those have my heart but I’m mighty impressed overall. This features many of the great benefits we want in a foundation like long wearing coverage, non-oxidizing, strong yet lightweight coverage. It also bundles together a brush and a matching concealer. What more could a girl want?
Oh yes, a cheaper price tag! But hey, remember you are getting the concealer, brush, and foundation so the near $50 price tag does even itself out a bit.
Do share your thoughts!