This Foundation Product Is Pure Genius, And We Ranked The 10 Best
Whether you’re aware of it or not, convenience plays a factor in most of our purchase decisions. In fact, that’s what our Top 10 lists are all about: providing you with the information you need to make well-informed (yet fast) shopping decisions. But when it comes to makeup, convenience is often overlooked—probably because most makeup products aren’t designed with ease of use top of mind.
Foundation sticks, however, are different. Foundation sticks allow you to swipe on coverage in a pinch, making them the perfect product for those who live a busy lifestyle, prefer a rapid makeup routine, or are in need of a trusted touch-up tool. Plus, you can use a foundation stick as a substitute for concealer, or even to contour (just make sure you go a few shades darker than usual if you plan to do this).
With so much functionality packed into a pocket-sized product, you’re probably wondering where you can find a good foundation stick. Well, you’re right where you need to be, because we’ve rounded up a list of the 10 best foundation sticks on the market.
How We Found The Best Foundation Sticks
How do we do it? Data, that’s how. Factoring in a combination of industry knowledge, social buzz, best-seller lists, and more, our data-driven algorithm finds and ranks the products that beat out all the rest. That means that the 10 foundation sticks below are the best of their kind, and luckily, there’s a pick on our list for every makeup lover's budget. From Bobbi Brown and BareMinerals to Maybelline and Makeup Revolution, keep scrolling to find out which brands make the best foundation sticks around.
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Product Expert:Georgia Jones
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Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick
WHAT TO LOVE: Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation Stick delivers convenient access to their cream foundation anytime. Apply it all over your face for a flawless, soft matte base, or use it sparingly as a concealer for blemishes. The best part? It’s available in a wide range of (40) shades.
FORMULA HIGHLIGHTS: Because of its mineral oil-free formula, this is one of the best stick foundations for oily skin. It’s also free of parabens, peroxide, and gluten.
Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick
WHAT TO LOVE: Have you ever wanted a creamy foundation that melts into your skin upon application, but is also (miraculously) non-comedogenic? If your answer is yes, then the #FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick is for you.
HOW TO USE IT: This foundation stick has buildable coverage, so if you’re looking for a light amount of coverage, apply this product directly to your face, then use a brush or sponge to blend it in. For heavier coverage, swipe the foundation on a dense, flat brush, then use the brush to apply it to your face, adding more product to the brush as needed.
Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation
WHAT TO LOVE: One of the best things about this foundation stick is its drugstore-tier price tag. At just under $10, the Fast Base Stick Foundation is designed to give you a fresh and dewy finish. Plus, it comes in nine shades that are made to match your skin’s undertones (in addition to your regular skin tone).
WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: This foundation stick has nearly 500 five-star reviews, and the majority of them are summed up in this sentence: “This blends into my skin like magic and lasts all dang day!”
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
WHAT TO LOVE: Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Liquid Foundation has won awards for the natural, satin finish it provides, which is why we’re thrilled to see that they’ve made a foundation stick that offers the same benefits. Meant to glide on like a second skin, this creamy foundation offers long-lasting, full coverage that may mean you can finally make it through a workday without needing a touch-up.
FORMULA HIGHLIGHTS: While it will work for all skin types, those with normal to dry skin will see the best results from this foundation stick.
Maybelline New York Fit Me! Shine-Free + Balance Stick Foundation
WHAT TO LOVE: Here are the facts: this foundation stick is dermatologist-approved, allergy tested, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free. Essentially, it’s super safe for those with sensitive skin, and it’ll leave you with a flawless, natural-looking finish.
FORMULA HIGHLIGHTS: If you came here in search of a stick foundation that's good for oily skin, this is it. Aside from the fact it literally has “Shine-Free” in the name, this product combines a lightweight gel foundation with a powder core for an oil-absorbing, matte finish.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
WHAT TO LOVE: Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick is designed to be undetectable to anyone but the wearer. Its award-winning formula features a unique transparent base that evens out your complexion with a single swipe. The results? A natural finish we weren’t sure foundation sticks were capable of.
WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: Let’s hear from a professional: “I’m a model, and I wear the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick literally anytime I put on makeup. I don’t even have to use a concealer for areas of my face where I have blemishes from old breakouts. It goes on perfectly smooth and reminds me of a gentle matte. It feels really light as if I had no makeup on, which I love!”
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick
WHAT TO LOVE: One of the best stick foundations for dry skin, the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick is a water-based liquid foundation that hydrates your skin while concealing your flaws. Bonus: it has SPF 25, so it’s perfect for summer.
HOW TO USE IT: Apply this foundation stick directly to your face, starting from the center of your forehead and swiping down your nose and chin. Use your fingers or a makeup sponge to blend it in. Or, if you’d like to use this product to contour, select a shade that’s two to three times darker than your skin tone, then apply it directly on the hollows of your face.
Nudestix Tinted Blur Foundation Stick
WHAT TO LOVE: We’re all chasing after two things when it comes to foundation: 1) a natural finish and 2) easy application. The Nudestix Tinted Blur Stick achieves both of those things, giving you a lightweight yet long-lasting natural finish with just a few swipes.
FORMULA HIGHLIGHTS: The Tinted Blur Foundation Stick features a non-drying formula made from coconut and green tea emollients. It has a notably lightweight texture for a cream foundation, which is due to it having less wax (which is sensitive to heat and pressure) than traditional foundation sticks.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation Stick
WHAT TO LOVE: While Lancôme’s Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick isn’t the most affordable pick on our list, it does have one of the best formulas for oily skin. Claiming to offer 24 hours of coverage, this foundation stick has an oil-free formula that controls shine with silky coverage. It also comes with a built-in kabuki brush for convenient application.
WHAT THE REVIEWS SAY: A couple themes from the “pros” column of the reviews section for this product are that it feels lightweight (but still provides ample coverage), and that it is a good option for mature skin.
Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick
WHAT TO LOVE: Makeup that benefits your skin? Yep, you read that right. The Vital Skin Foundation Stick is one of the rare skincare products that’s formulated to hydrate and soothe your skin, all while providing a flawless finish.
FORMULA HIGHLIGHTS: This natural foundation skin features a formula of vegetable-derived squalane, berry flux vita, camellia seed oil, and coconut oil. A team of clean ingredients, the result is a combo that works together to combat redness, calm irritation, and boost moisture.