Shaadi season is just around the corner and so is the pressure to look your best and slay those events. I have different foundations for normal use and weddings/events because particularly if you are a desi, you will have a lot of exertion, dancing and traveling involved – so you do want something that sticks, stays and looks good till the end of the day.
I am slightly oily in the T-zone, occasionally have some dry patches and am normal otherwise. Hence, when picking a foundation, I need to take care of multiple things. I cannot do something super mattifying, but I also want my makeup to stay in place. Hence, I do notice myself repeatedly going back to these two foundations for radiant yet long-lasting finishes.
And guess what? One of them is a stick foundation!
? Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation:
Let me clear one thing: if you are sensitive to scents, you might actually HATE this one. It has a paint-like strong smell, which can be a turn-off for some people. But it doesn’t linger on and fades away within a few seconds of application.
The consistency of the foundation is medium – nor too thick, neither weightless. It is super buildable and you can literally get complete full coverage in two layers. It blends effortlessly with both brush and sponge – however, my favorite way is to use it with a brush ( Luxie’s 532 Rose Gold Round Top Kabuki Brush particularly) for an airbrushed, flawless finish.
It has six available shades – which definitely do not give you a wide range of selection but is quite do-able for Pakistanis. It has a decent wear-time and stays put for 6 hours without any touchups!
PRICE: Rs. 1600 (BUY HERE)
- Nice packaging, has a unique wand applicator.
- Very easy to use, blends effortlessly.
- Quite affordable compared to high-end brands.
- Gives a medium to full, buildable coverage.
- It can hide spots, dark circles, and other imperfections.
- It has a thin texture, convenient to work with.
- It provides a flawless soft smooth finish.
- Your skin but better.
- Easily available in Pakistan.
- The scent might be a turn-off.
- The shade range is not too extensive.
? Color Studio Matte HD Stick Foundation:
I am not a huge fan of stick foundations. They dry me out and I think looks very cakey. However, this product changed my mind. I am all about giving local domestic brands a go and honestly, Color Studio always lived up to my expectations.
The coverage is medium to buildable coverage. However, one thing that absolutely BLOWS ME OUT about the product is that the finish is very skin-like and dewy….something quite rare for foundation skins available locally. It reminds me of a lot of the infamous Make Up Forever ULTRA HD Stick Foundation (Do you want to see a side-by-side comparison review? Let us know!).
The wear-time is decent. I personally suggest to use it with a dense kabuki brush rather than a sponge. It does dry quickly so you will need to work a little faster with it for an airbrushed finished. However if done right, I assure you, you will love the finish!
PRICE: Rs. 850 (BUY HERE)
- Sturdy packaging, travel-friendly.
- Blends effortlessly into the skin.
- Very affordable yet gives a high-end experience.
- Medium to full, buildable coverage.
- It can hide spots and dark circles.
- It does not dry out.
- Does not cling on to dry patches, accentuate pores.
- Easily available in Pakistan.
- Slightly transferable, needs to be set with a powder.
- Limited shade range.
- Applies best with a brush, sponge gives a patchy finish.
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