November 13, 2009

Stila One Step Makeup Foundation Review and Swatches

Stila has a total masterpiece of a foundation on their hands with the new Stila One Step Makeup Foundation. I love this stuff! It’s been a while since I’ve used a US brand foundation and I did expect to be disappointed, US brands just don’t cut it for me anymore, but I got ever so delighted with this stuff. Incredible.

Stila One Step Makeup Foundation 1

Jump for it!

Before we start in on the rave here’s a small rant for you. It’s only available if you purchase the Stila Makeup Player. Sigh. The good news is the player is $70 bucks and you get a ton of goodies with it but the bad news is if you only want the foundation it’s kinda a pain to buy everything…..mmm…see my dilemma? I’m hoping that come Spring, Stila will release the foundation on it’s own because it’s seriously a great product.

So what is it?

It’s basically a whipped foundation, indeed the texture is whipped, which offers sheer to medium coverage while acting as a primer and also a tinted moisturizer as it hydrates skin. I don’t have large pores so it’s bloody difficult for me to say whether or not it’s actually working in regards to acting as a primer to conceal larger pores. I will say that it feels incredible on my skin and offers a beautiful finish. It blends very easily and feels much like moisturizer would. Any dullness I have is erased as it evens out skin tone and creates a good working canvas for makeup.

Stila One Step Makeup Foundation 3

Stila One Step Makeup Foundation 2

It’s available in four shade selections ranging from fair to dark so basically it’s a universal fit for skin tones.  In this I feel like it’s more of a tinted moisturizer than a full on foundation however it’s much more pigmented.

I found the product oxidizes a little slower than the average US brand foundation and wears quite long this is the case with many Stila foundations I’ve tried in the past which is a plus.

Overall, the flawless canvas it creates makes it a winner for me however I do wish the bottle was a bit larger as I feel like I’ll go through it pretty fast. I also would like to have the option to buy it without the player as what happens when I run out? Buy a new player? I think not.

Sportin’ Stila One Step Makeup Foundation, be gentle I’m not wearing any concealer!
Stila Makeup

I’d suggest it for folks who have certain dullness, uneven skin tone, or redness however anyone who feels they need heavier coverage for acne, acne scarring, etc….might not find it useful.

I can easily see it becoming an HG (holy grail) product for me.

Loves it!

Disclosure: The following item was provided to Musings of a Muse by a PR firm for review purposes. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Mollie

    Oh puh-lease Musey. Those dark circles are not that bad at all! You look lovely as usual. 🙂 And I’m super interested in this foundation, but I think I’ll wait and see if it gets released on its own.

    • the Muse

      aw shucks thanks mollie! 😀 but the fine lines are def SHOWING lol! *hugs*

      I agree I’d wait too. I am a little ranty it’s sold with the player only.

  • Holly

    Damn you! I was holding back from purchasing this because this is not known as The Season in Which Holly Spends All of Her Present Cash & the Winter’s Heating Money to Purchase Herself Cosmetics. I was waiting. I forwarded the email from stila regarding this to the Hubs. He vetoed on the grounds that I didn’t need another makeup case. I kept telling myself, nah, the foundation can’t really be that good, it’s can’t be all that it claims. And now you have to make me want it more than I want carbs. UGH. I will probably splurge and buy myself this today, or soon now.

    • the Muse

      hey holly LOL! 😀 awwww I’m sorries! I don’t mean to make you crave it more than carbs 😀 I REALLY like it but I am ranty as hell it’s only available with the player. What happens when I run out? buy another player!??!?!?!??!?! If I were you I’d wait a little while…January isn’t far off so Stila probably will give us some word on Spring 2010…maybe this will be released sold seperately so you can save some $$$!

      I sure hope so b/c I’m in a deep trouble if it isn’t…I can just picture myself buyin makeup case after makeup case b/c I love the foundation so much!

      Check out my Korres post too, I’m wearing the foundation in that post.

  • Jen

    Seriously, I agree that it’s kind of a stinky thing that it’s only available with the player – I have no urge to get the player. So… here’s another vote for waiting until after the holidays to see if they put this out on its own. 🙂

  • Mandy

    It sounds really good, but yeah..the “buy it with the player” part isn’t very appealing. It probably poses a big problem for a lot of people too. If it’s really as good as you say (which it probably is ^__^), I’m probably going wait and see if they’ll release it separately. By the way, do you think it’ll be okay for combination/oily skin?

    • the Muse

      ya mandy 😛 but it seems you can buy the player once and just get refills so that’s coolness for me 😀 Mmmm should be. I’m a combo at the moment oily forehead and dry cheeks and so far so good 🙂

  • Comrade_Garlic

    I’m not sure if I like this foundation or not. If I’m having a good face day, it’s great. But if I’m having a bad face day it looks terrible. Today it was cakey looking on my chin. But yesterday it looked great.

  • Melissa

    In the past few months I have had a born-again love for Stila. Years and years ago I loved it more than Mac then…….. I don’t remember why I strayed. I got the foundation sampler some time ago and that led to the hydrating primer being a staple and border line hg (if it weren’t for the elmers glue scent). I like the clicky lippy stains that don’t really stain too. So now I REALLY want to try this foundation. I am gonna be good tho – at least until next pay day 🙂

    • the Muse

      hey melissa same happened for me 😀 I strayed because the stila girls bowed out and they were revamping the packaging 😛 I miss the girls! Ooo those lip stains are good!? I was worried they’d be overkill on my lips good to hear they are nice 😀

  • JenniferZ

    That looks really great on you – which shade of the four are you wearing? I think that one might work for me, too (when I can buy it without the player!) TIA!

    • the Muse

      hi jennifer. I’m using it in light, thanks!!!!!!

      I’m not sure if it’ll be released without the player, I sure hope it will be, we’ll see!

  • Valerie

    I’ve been looking for a review of this product….I had a feeling you’d let us know. I can always count on the Muse! I agree with Mollie and Holly. It looks great! Your skin is flawless! My husband has me on an impossible budget as well. I may have to wait for an individual release. But, I WILL buy this 🙂 Thanks!

    • the Muse

      my pleasure Valerie and thank you 🙂

      I hope it comes sold separately as I adore it and will sob if I have to buy a player to get it haha!

  • Christina

    Currently when you place an order for the player, when you put the player in your cart, you have the option of signing up for a continuing order plan- for $30 (plus tax and shipping) every 60 days , Stila sends you a new bottle of primer, an eye shadow trio, and lip gloss once each time (which seems to be a pretty good deal) which can be cancelled at anytime. At this time this seems to be the only way of re-purchasing the foundation, without buying the player. Thanks for posting the review!

    • the Muse

      omg! awesome Christina! Thanks for the heads up babe! That’s great news and very very inexpensive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheers mate!

  • Victoria

    I just received my player and goodies today…love, love, love!!! I actually put the player on my wishlist thinking it would be perfect to listen to my ipod while getting dolled up. I signed up for the replenish program because there is no place in town to buy Stila and it’s a great deal at $30. The player is great, huge mirror, nice construction, good sound quality, and of course, 4 great products and a makeup brush.

    • the Muse

      fantastic Victoria! I was so happy to hear about the $30 replenishment deal! Def need to get myself the player 🙂

  • Sonny

    One Step Makeup foundation is finally sold on its own and it’s in stock!


  • Shir

    Oh you look great! Flawless skin 😀 What shade are you using? This product was released recently on its own, at 30ml bottles, I’m having a hard time choosing the right shade for me..I’m choosing between fair and light. I have NC20 – NC25 skin tone, what shade would you suggest? Thanks a bunch!! 😀

    • the Muse

      hi shir. at the time of the release there was only three shades (during the Stila player launch) so it was the lightest. I don’t really suggest shades as I haven’t a clue about what would look best on skin tones and types other than my own 🙂 I’m not a makeup artist so I really don’t have experience selecting shades for someone I can’t even see in person 🙂 I find it best to head in store and swatch a little to try them out and see what works best.

      I hope this helps!

  • sarah M

    i got a sample of this with my sephora order and loved it, so with my next order, i added the sample to my basket again (i know im bad lol). now, i’m loving the coverage of this, i’m going to give in and splurge on the full sized bottle. amazing stuff