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10 Foundation Sticks That Are Better Than Your Usual Liquid Foundation

I discovered foundation sticks through PUR, and I’m never going back.

Liquid foundation has always annoyed me. I’m not good at applying makeup, and foundation is no exception. Plus, I can never find the right shade, and I either apply too much or too little. I’ve tried brushes, sponges, my fingers – and it all turns out poorly.

But still, I needed something. So I looked for a foundation that did everything I needed. PUR offered a 4-in-1, and I was curious… and even more curious by the stick. So I bought it, tried it out, and, yeah, that was it. Game-changer.

If you’re struggling with liquid foundation, too, I’m here with a promise: you’ll love at least one of the following foundation sticks. Read on for my top 10 choices!


4-in-1 Foundation Stick Cream-to-Velvet Matte Foundation


My life-saver. PUR has an entire 4-in-1 collection, but their foundation stick is a highlight. It’s medium-to-full coverage with a satin-matte finish (no glowing), and it works as a concealer, contour, and highlighter too. Despite its matte finish, it’s hydrating and plumping.

BUY NOW – $34

Flex Foundation Stick

Milk foundation stick

Someday I’ll stop mentioning how much I love Milk. Today is not that day. Milk keeps all of the bad stuff out, like talc and sulfates, while also being gluten-free, cruelty-free, clean, and vegan. Enjoy the buildable medium coverage that fights creasing.

BUY NOW – $36

Skin Foundation Stick

bobbi brown foundation stick

Forty-three shades? Nope, I’m not messing with you. Alabaster to Cool Espresso work for dainty pale to gorgeous dark skin, and it starts off sheer, so you can control coverage. Water and sweat do nothing, so wear it on the dance floor without a single crack.

BUY NOW – $50

Skin by Mented

mented foundation stick

Complex skin color? Choose a foundation that was designed with your skin specifically in mind. Mented is all about giving everyone the most accurate foundation, and their foundation sticks are no exception. It’s even hypoallergenic for those who are a lil sensitive to the usual.

BUY NOW – $22.50

Complexion Rescue® Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25

BAREMINERALS foundation stick

Goodbye, cake-face! bareMinerals’ Complexion Rescue is water-based, melting into your skin and hydrating in a lightweight manner rather than building up on top. It has SPF in it, too, so you get some protection with each swipe.

BUY NOW – $33

BLK/OPL TRUE COLOR® Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation SPF 15


I’m gonna get tech-y on you, but I promise it’s cool! Black Opal uses their Shade ID technology in their foundation sticks, which uses multi-colored chromatic pigments to blend in perfectly with your skin color, while smoothing it out and providing you with the full-coverage finish you want. This way, you’re not adding to every section of your body to match, just the spots you want.

BUY NOW – $10.95

Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Foundation

L'oreal foundation stick

Want something affordable that’s on-the-go, but works damn well? Try L’Oreal’s Longwear Shaping Stick Foundation. The medium-to-full buildable coverage lasts 24 hours, and it creates a smooth, even base for the rest of your makeup.

BUY NOW – $4.95

Vital Skin Foundation Stick

vital skin foundation stick

It’s called a “Vital Skin” foundation because its ingredients are vital for skin to thrive. Vegetable-derived squalane helps with suppleness, while ingredients like Phytosphingosine are antibacterial and Camellia Seed Oil sooth and protect.

BUY NOW – $68

trestique Foundation Stick

trestique foundation stick

I love this zero-waste stick because it comes with a makeup sponge on the opposite end – no need to carry around multiple items – it’s refillable, and the case lasts forever. Its ingredients are also great, like carrot complex to protect from blue light and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.

BUY NOW – $30

Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

hourglass foundation stick

This stick has the “coverage of a concealer, the fluidity of a liquid and the weightlessness of a powder,” which is everything you could look for in a foundation. It also mimics your body temperature, so it won’t pill when you’re cold or melt when you’re sweating.

BUY NOW – $46

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What is your favorite foundation stick to use? What kind of foundation do you prefer? Share with us in the comments!

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