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8 of the best foundation sticks for 2021

8 of the best foundation sticks for 2021
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Foundation sticks are gaining popularity thanks to their no-nonsense fuss-free approach to beauty. As they have a liquid-free formula, they're great for travelling with and using on-the-go without the risk of spillage.

For those with dehydrated or dry skin and worried about whether foundation sticks will be too drying, don't panic. They have super creamy formulations which melt into the skin upon application. We have put together an edit of the best foundation sticks, so no matter what your skin type or need, there is a stick to suit you.

8 of the best foundation sticks

  1. Burberry Fresh Glow Gel Stick Foundation and Concealer
  2. Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick
  3. Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation Stick
  4. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
  5. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick
  6. NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick
  7. By Terry Nude-Expert Foundation Stick
  8. Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick

Which are the best foundation sticks?

  • 1.Burberry Fresh Glow Gel Stick Foundation and Concealer

    Burberry Fresh Glow Gel Stick Foundation and Concealer
    4.33 Stars 3 Reviews
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    £28.80
    Burberry's Fresh Glow Gel Stick Foundation is perfect for those who want super light coverage. Enriched with aloe vera and encapsulated water, the base is super hydrating and helps to give a gorgeously fresh and dewy glow to the skin, whilst still looking incredibly natural and like you're wearing no coverage at all.
    • Best for: Light coverage
    • Skin type: Normal to dry
    • Benefit: Can also be used to conceal so perfect for your handbag
  • 2.Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick

    Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick
    4.75 Stars 4 Reviews
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    £22.10
    Clinique's Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick is a super moisturising formula that gives buildable coverage, so great if you're suffering from any redness or imperfections as you can apply more without it ever looking cakey. Oil-free, it gives a natural, matte finish without ever looking flat.
    • Best for: Medium coverage
    • Skin type: Normal to combination
    • Benefit: Long-wearing and won't transfer
  • 3.Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation Stick

    Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation Stick
    4.5 Stars 6 Reviews
    £32.50
    Yves Saint Laurent's All Hours Foundation Stick is perfect for travelling as it helps to achieve full coverage in one swipe. Blending seamlessly into the skin, the formula never cakes throughout the day, and it also waterproof so perfect for transitioning into the warmer, summer months.
    • Best for: Full coverage
    • Skin type: Oily
    • Benefit: Lasts for an incredible 24 hours
  • 4.Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

    Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
    4.63 Stars 16 Reviews
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    £27.50
    One of the bestselling foundation sticks of all time, Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation Stick is the perfect first-foray if you haven't tried a stick base before. Easy to use and giving flawless coverage, the foundation uses unique smart technology to adapt to your skin's individual needs. So, no matter whether you're a little dehydrated or shiny, the foundation will give you what your skin wants.
    • Best for: Buildable coverage
    • Skin type: All skin types
    • Benefit: Doesn't oxidise thanks to its corrective skin-tone pigments
  • 5.Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick

    Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick
    4.6 Stars 5 Reviews
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    £28.50
    The Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Foundation Stick has been specially formulated for all skin types, but works wonders on super sensitive complexions thanks to its dermatologically-tested formulation. Free from oil and fragrance, the foundation doesn't block pores and thanks to its velvet-matte finish, stays in place all day long. The powder-cream texture means it blends seamlessly into the skin to create a flawless finish.
    • Best for: Buildable coverage
    • Skin type: All skin types, including sensitive
    • Benefit: Can be used to spot conceal
  • 6.NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick

    NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick
    4 Stars 1 Reviews
    £30.00
    The NARS Velvet Matte Foundation Stick is perfect for use when travelling as it is a dual-ended stick, which includes both the foundation and a touch-up blender sponge for complete complexion perfection. The foundation itself is super creamy and blends seamlessly into the complexion.
    • Best for: Super smooth and matte finish
    • Skin type: Oily skin
    • Benefit: Best for on-the-go as it comes with a sponge
  • 7.By Terry Nude-Expert Foundation Stick

    By Terry Nude-Expert Foundation Stick
    4 Stars 3 Reviews
    £40.00
    The By Terry Nude-Expert Foundation Stick is one of the best foundation sticks to use if you want a gorgeous glow. One half of the stick if the foundation formula, while the other is a highlighter that adds a touch of luminosity. Like the NARS one, this foundation stick also comes complete with a sponge for on-the-go precise application.
    • Best for: Super glowy skin
    • Skin type: Normal to dehydrated
    • Benefit: Best for on-the-go as it comes with a sponge
  • 8.Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick

    Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick
    4.5 Stars 2 Reviews
    from
    £28.00
    For those who think Estée Lauder's Double Wear Foundation is slightly too heavy, you will love their Nude Cushion Stick. With a sheer to buildable formula, the foundation helps to achieve a super dewy and glowy base, whilst also staying in place all day long. The products itself is dispensed out of a sponge so is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups.
    • Best for: Beautifully dewy skin
    • Skin type: Normal to dehydrated
    • Benefit: Has an amazing 8 hour wear
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