Looking For Fuss-Free Foundation? Here's 19 Best Sticks for Every Skin Tone and Texture

Chloe Burcham
·6-min read

With so many different formulas and finishes available, shopping for a foundation can be a lengthy task. While you might've already discovered your go-to liquid or powder foundation, or your number one foundation for dry skin, we're here to remind you of the benefits of a trusty foundation stick. Lightweight and ultra-blendable, these hero formulas are a great convenient option for people on-the-go.

Foundation sticks can be taken with you for touch-ups and no-mess applications. You don't need to worry about brushes or blenders (some even come with a sponge attached.) Short story? They're a great little product to keep in your bag at all times.

They're also inadvertently a multi-use product. Use as a concealer stick for touch-ups or if you get your shade a little off, they're perfect for doubling up as a contour stick.

Worried about thick, heavy formulas? Don't be. Gone are the days where foundation sticks were cakey and claggy. These days, there are lightweight, breathable and ultra-glowy options – together with your go-to mattifiers.

But with so many options, it can be tricky to know which are worth the money. That's where we come in. So, WH has rounded up the best foundation sticks, taking into consideration your budget, skin type, tone and texture, so you can find the perfect formula for you…

Best for: buildable coverage

1. Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation

The OG foundation stick, there's a reason why this formula has stood the test of time. Available in 43 true-to-skin shades, it expertly blends with your skin tone to give you a really natural-looking finish.

2. Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick

If Bobbi Brown's considered the OG, let us introduce you to the new kid on the block. This fab formula covers imperfections and calms redness - without looking cakey or drying. It's available in 36 shades and seems to blend like a dream for all.

3. Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish Foundation Stick

Lightweight and breathable, this trusty foundation stick is waterproof and promises 10-hour wear… but somehow doesn't feel at all drying on the skin. Magic is what it is. (The pointed tip is also extremely satisfying to apply.)

4. Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick

It's no real surprise that the Tom Ford foundation stick feels like a dream on the skin, is it? Rich in hydrating ingredients, the ultra creamy formula starts off sheer, giving buildable coverage, without ever caking.

5. Clinique Chubby In The Nude Stick Foundation

It's a bit of a shame there aren't more shades in this foundation formula because the coverage and finish is seriously natural-looking. It's oil-free and ultra creamy, leaving your skin looking hydrated and smooth.

Best for: full coverage

6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Contour

While Anastasia Beverly Hills have seemingly swapped their previous 30-shade range stick foundation offering for these contour sticks. which come in fewer shades, (boo) they're still worth a mention thanks to their seriously buttery formula and blendable coverage. Here's hoping they bring back the full catalogue of skin tones… and more, please.

7. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

Promising an 'unprecedented concentration of pigment with minimum product' this is a great lightweight but full coverage foundation stick. It also makes for a great concealer touch-up product on the go.

8. Chantecaille Real Skin Eye and Face Stick

While this is technically sold as a concealer stick, rather than a foundation, its 'second skin' finish is perfect for adding flawless foundation coverage to the areas you need it most.

9. Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation Stick

This full-coverage foundation stick is great for blurring the appearance of large pores and mattifying areas of shine. Available in 20 shades, it blends beautifully into the skin for a velvety-soft finish.

Best for: acne-prone skin

10. Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick

If you've got acne-prone skin, you might worry that a foundation stick will clog your pores. Not this one. Packed full of antioxidants and formulated to tackle skin redness and to calm irritation, it's a seriously hydrating and long-lasting formula that's perfect for concealing blemishes - not adding to them.

11. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick

Formulated with over 30% enhanced mineral water this foundation stick is perfect for those wanting more hydration (dry skin types) but it's also a great option for acne-prone skins that want to feel like they can let their skin breathe.

12. Burberry Fresh Glow Gel Stick Foundation and Concealer

This clever gel-based formula is enriched with aloe vera and releases encapsulated water throughout the day - meaning it never turns dry or flaky on your skin or clings to blemishes.

Best for: a velvety-matte finish

13. MAC Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick

If you're a lover of MAC foundations, you'll quickly become obsessed with this stick formula. It's completely shine-free and great for touch-ups on the go.


14. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra SPF15 Foundation Stick

Oil-free with a velvet-matte finish, this is a great foundation if you're worried about your face looking greasy half way through the day. It covers redness and pigmentation like a dream and has SPF 15 to boot.

15. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation Stick

Promising full coverage for up to 24 hours (seriously, you could pull an all-nighter in it) this weightless stick foundation nixes shine for long-lasting matte wear.

Best for: your bank balance

16. Maybelline SuperStay Foundation Stick

With lighter coverage than some of the more long-lasting counterparts, this foundation stick is a great option if you want something to keep in your gym bag - without necessarily splashing out on another hefty foundation.

17. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Shaping Stick Foundation

This cult foundation has a creamy, long-lasting formula that wears beautifully on the skin. It's lack of shades lets it down but if you're lucky enough to find a colour-match, it's worth the hype.

18. Max Factor All Day Flawless Matte Pan Stick Foundation

One of the first ever products invented by Mr Max Factor - this double-ended foundation stick now has 30% more pure pigments, meaning it provides higher coverage with a matte, long-wear finish.

19. Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick

This creamy formula melts into the skin, blending out to give a natural-looking, dewy finish. As it's so affordable, people often buy a shade lighter and darker to highlight and contour with, too.

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