I used to be a foundation girl. I wore it every day without fail. Then life got busy or I got lazy. There just wasn't time in the morning to be faffing with foundation. Plus, I always felt like I was wearing a mask on my face. I switched to just dabbing on a bit of concealer and foundation powder. Then, when cc and bb creams and tinted moisturizers made their appearance, I started using them with a sigh of relief. It was just so much easier. I ran out of my trusty cc cream and concealer recently so decided to check out the latest cosmetic offerings instead of simply repurchasing the same products as I have the sneaking suspicion that, with the advance of age, my skin needed a bit more (cough, cough) help. I wanted something quick and foolproof. By chance I came across the Clinique Chubby Sticks.
The Chubbies come in lip balms, eyeshadows, contour and highlighters and foundation sticks. I picked up the foundation stick in 08 Grandest Golden Neutral. I think it might be a shade too dark for me as, now we are heading into November, my summer tan is fading. But with a tan, it is a very close match. My biggest complaint in the past with Clinique was their limited range of skin tone shades. However, I think they have really improved and made an effort to offer a range that covers a wider spectrum of skin tones. The Chubby Stick goes from cream to powder and is easily blendable. The portable size means that you can tuck it in to your purse for quick touchups during the day especially if your liquid foundation tends to get patchy. You can use a brush or sponge to buff it in to your skin but honestly, because it was designed to be portable, patting it in with your fingertips works extremely well too. It is buildable so that you can go from sheer to full coverage. If you have dry skin, I would recommend moisturizing and/or priming first otherwise you might find it gets patchy or clings a bit too much to the dry areas.
I really like the fact that it is oil free as my nose does tend to get a bit shiny as the day wears on.
I am pleased with the natural finish as well. I don't feel like I'm wearing a heavy mask. As mentioned above, the Chubby Stick is available as a Contouring Stick as well but if you went a couple of shades darker, you could use one of the foundation sticks for contouring instead because it so easy to blend. Foundations tend to come in a wider range of shades than contouring makeup so if you are aiming for a natural contoured look then a foundation stick is one way to achieve that. All in all, I like it a lot as it is a good way to ease myself back into using foundation without sacrificing a lot of time and effort in the morning.
Have you tried a foundation stick? What are your thoughts? Are you like me, always looking for shortcuts when it comes to makeup?
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