Today I will be reviewing a drugstore find : The Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free + Balance Foundation stick . As I mentioned in my previous post “How to start a Drugstore Makeup Collection ” I am a recent drugstore makeup convert. I have been so impressed with the improved formulas and expanded lines and I am excited to try out anything they churn out these days.
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free +Balance Foundation stick
Foundation sticks are becoming increasingly popular. Company after company are adding them to their repetoire from high end names like Anastasia Beverly Hills and Hourglass to out more affordable ones like NYX and of course Maybelline. The stick foundation is touted to be great for combination to oily skin and good for blending.
Maybelline Foundation Stick
This Maybelline Fit me foundation stick boasts to be shine free thanks to an antii-shine core in the centre of the stick. It comes in eight shades which go from ivory to coconut which is a nice deep shade and goes for under $10 US for a 0.32 Oz stick.
Foundation Stick with “shine free” core
The packaging is fairly basic, in what looks like a chubby black lipstick container with the signature “Fit Me” lettering .
The stick itself has an obvious lighter coloured core which is meant to be the shine fee aspect of the formula. I’m not sure why this couldn’t just have been incorporated into the overall stick but it’s neither here nor there to be honest.
The foundation is easy to apply, it’s creamy and can be put on in large swipes. It is easily blended with a brush. I saw some users were saying that blending sponges do not work well with stick formulas so I didn’t try.
It blends like a dream. It gives medium coverage and to be honest looks like a second more flawless skin. It also feels very lightweight.
Maybelline Fit Me Set +Smooth Pressed Powder
I wore it for 4 hours on a fairly warm relaxed evening and found that it stayed put. I didn’t get oily or cakey in any way. I cannot say what would happen if it was worn for longer or if you were very active. I suspect you might have some breakdown and movement however because the foundation just sits on the skin.
Easy to apply and blend
Easy to travel with
Keeps you shine free (combined with setting powder)
Cost: similar cost of drugstore liquid foundations but for what appears to be a good deal less product (difficult to compare volume and weight ) . Additionally the stick seems to wear down pretty quickly.
Not suitable for all skin types- stick foundations are recommended for oily to combination skin not so much for normal to dry, although I personallybelieve anyone can use them.
Limited shades- I think they could have not only added some darker shades but added some more in between the lighter ones.
I am overall pleased with this purchase. I still remain more of a liquid foundation girl myself but I think this is a cool version to try that’s great to travel with and easy to use.
I hope this review will help anyone considering dipping into the sea of stick foundations. Have an awesome day!