Liquid and cream formulas tend to be the go-to choice when it comes to foundation (especially for those of us looking for a little bit of extra coverage), but because they’re often bottled with glass (i.e. prone to shattering) and tend to be messier to apply, they’re not exactly the best fit for the low maintenance makeup types—not to mention traveling. Cream compacts are a great alternative that are a bit more on-the-go friendly, but they also tend to be heavier in consistency, oftentimes leaving you with a cakey finish—especially if you’re prone to getting shiny throughout the day.
Fortunately, affordable stick foundations are here to save day, offering the best of both worlds saving you serious time and offering the utmost convenience. There are plenty of different varieties of stick foundations, from matte and oil-controlling to Dewey and luminous, along with a wide range of coverage levels.
Whether you’re just not down for a fussy makeup routine or are a bona fide jetsetter that simply cannot be troubled by the mess and time required (…or if you’re like me and *safely* do your entire makeup routine in the car while stuck in traffic on the way to the office every day) by traditional foundations, there’s a stick foundation for just about anyone.
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1. L'Oreal Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick
This long-wearing stick foundation gives you buildable and blendable coverage in just minutes. You can work up to full coverage with just a couple of swipes, but the creamy formula feels light and weightless and never comes out cakey. This product also doubles as a shaping stick, allowing you to opt for darker hues to achieve a sleek cream contour that actually stays put.
2. Black Radiance Color Perfect Foundation Stick
This pigment-rich foundation stick glides and melts into the skin like dream, offering medium to full coverage that feels like you’re wearing nothing. The best part? This dual-ended foundation stick also comes with a built-in foundation brush for precise application without the fuss or mess.
3. Wet n' wild Photofocus Stick Foundation
Wet n’ wild’s original Photofocus foundation offers a gorgeous, satin-matte finish that gives you a Facetuned look and doesn’t trigger flashback with flash photography, and the brand’s stick foundation version is no different—only a bit more convenient.
4. Maybelline New York Fit Me Shine-Free + Balance Stick Foundation
Maybelline’s natural matte Fit Me Stick Foundation is designed to minimize shine and reduce the look of enlarged pores with just a few swipes. The core of the foundation contains an anti-shine powder to help increase the wear time (up to ten hours) and keep excess oil at bay all day long.
5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Foundation Stick
This non-comedogenic stick foundation gives the skin a luminous glow, without leaving behind excess oil or clogging your pores. It’s oil-free and infused with skin-plumping Hyaluronic Acid to leave the skin looking radiant and healthy—not greasy.