ColourPop No Filter Foundation Stix – The Best Affordable Stick Foundation?
Hi, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve done a foundation review, so I’m very excited to be reviewing the ColourPop No Filter Foundation Stix today!
Yes, another ColourPop review. I’m totally the ColourPop queen at this point, right?
The last foundation review I did was actually the liquid version of ColourPop’s No Filter Foundation. And honestly, I wasn’t really impressed by it. You can read my full review here.
However, when ColourPop announced that they were releasing a stick version of their No Filter Foundation, I knew it was definitely something I needed to try. And I needed to try it ASAP.
I know this foundation has been out for a while now, but I really wanted to use it for an extended period of time before writing a review so I can give you the most thorough review possible!
Check out my other ColourPop Reviews:
Without further ado, let’s get started!
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Description from ColourPop:
Swipe, blend, and go with No Filter Stix. It conceals, corrects and perfects, for a flawless complexion in seconds. Its medium-buildable coverage instantly blurs pores, covers blemishes, and blends effortlessly, for a natural skin-like finish. Never cakey or drying, this stick glides on for the easiest application. Perfectly portable, take it on-the-go for mess-free touch ups anytime, anywhere.
How much does it cost?
How much product do I get?
The net weight is 9.5 g (0.34 oz)
How many shades are there?
The ColourPop No Filter Foundation Stix is available in 30 shades – 5 shades in each shade category (fair, light, medium, medium-dark, dark, dark-deep)
What ingredients are in it?
Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Caprylyl Methicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Paraffin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ceresin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Lauryl Laurate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Bis-Peg-15 Dimethicone / Ipdi Copolymer, Peg-2 Soyamine, Synthetic Beeswax, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, Potassium Sorbate, Water, Hexylene Glycol; MAY CONTAIN: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Is it vegan?
Is it cruelty-free?
ColourPop No Filter Stix Review
Finding my shade:
Just like the No Filter Liquid Foundation, ColourPop has a great guide on their website that tells you what the best shade for you will be based on your shade in other foundations.
The foundations available for comparison in their guide are:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation Stick
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
Tarte Clay Stick Foundation
As you can see, all of the foundations available for shade comparison are stick foundations. I used the Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation to match my shade since I know that shade off the top of my head.
If you don’t know your shade in any of those foundations, then I guess you’re out of luck LOL. That’s the hard part about brands that sell their products mostly online – it’s really hard to shade match based on a photo.
So, I guess you would have two options:
Guess what your shade is based on the photos of swatches ColourPop provides.
Go down to a Sephora or Ulta and swatch one of the foundations available for shade comparison. Find your shade in that foundation and compare it to ColourPop’s online shade matcher.
The shade that was recommended to me based on my Hourglass Vanish Stick shade was Light 50 W, which is the best shade for me in the liquid version of the No Filter Foundation as well.
So, if you have the liquid version, I’d say it’s a safe bet to get the same shade.
The ColourPop Foundation Stix comes in a pretty standard plastic component with a twist-up feature, as most stick foundations do. It twists up and down smoothly and the cover goes on with a ‘click’ so you know it’s properly closed.
I have absolutely no qualms with the packaging. It feels sturdy, works really well for a stick foundation, and I love the all-white component with silver accents. Super simple and sleek.
There is virtually no smell to this foundation. Even after using it almost every day for over a month, I can’t even remember what it smells like LOL. So, the smell obviously made no impact on me.
Those of you who are sensitive to heavily scented products don’t have to worry about that with this foundation!
CREAMY. The ColourPop No Filter Foundation Stix goes on so smoothly and evenly. The stick is not as soft as the Hourglass Vanish Stick or the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick, but more similar to the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick.
I tend to be a bit rough when applying my foundation, so the fact that the stick isn’t soft and doesn’t smash down when I’m applying it is a total plus for me! I totally smashed the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick when I first tried it out…
I normally apply quite a lot all over my face when using the ColourPop No Filter Foundation Stix. I apply so much that there really is only about 25% of my skin left showing and the rest is covered with the foundation. Ya girl is really a full-coverage kind of girl.
This foundation doesn’t dry in place very quickly, so I have no issues with blendability when applying it to my entire face then blending it out, rather than applying and blending in sections.
And speaking of blendability, the ColourPop No Filter Foundation Stix blends out effortlessly! That’s always a concern for me with stick foundations – whether or not it’ll be hard to blend out – since it’s more of a solid than a liquid. No such concerns with this foundation! It’s so creamy that it blends out like a dream.
As far as the tools I use to apply it, I use a flat-top kabuki brush (Morphe Y-6). I find that a dense brush like this works better than a sponge for stick foundations.
ColourPop describes their No Filter Foundation Stix as having a medium-buildable coverage, and I completely agree with that.
The reason I apply so much on a normal day is because I like the coverage to be full from the beginning. If I were to apply a ‘normal’ amount, which I would say might be a swipe across the forehead, three swipes across each cheek, a swipe down the nose, a swipe across the chin, and maybe a small swipe above the lip, it would totally be a medium-coverage foundation.
I only apply so much in the beginning because I’m lazy AF and don’t want to have to go back and add more LOL. However, the No Filter Foundation Stix does build up very nicely.
On days when I need more coverage in certain areas, it’s very easy to add a bit more foundation on top and blend it out.
As I said earlier, this foundation doesn’t dry down quickly at all, so you’ll never have the issue of the foundation you already laid down breaking up when you go to add more on top of it.
That’s one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to foundation, so I’m glad I don’t have to even think about that with this one.
According to ColourPop’s descrption, the finish of the No Filter Foundation Stix is natural and skin-like. And I would have to 100% agree on that.
It’s not dewy or matte, but right in between. And that makes it work on probably any skin type.
My skin leans more dry, so I will normally go for foundations with a radiant or dewy finish, especially because I set my entire face with loose powder. The combination of a radiant foundation and loose setting powder will give me the perfect natural finish.
However, even though the No Filter Foundation Stix is not a radiant or dewy foundation, it works really well with loose powder and I never feel that my skin looks too dry.
(I didn’t give the liquid version of the No Filter Foundation a very good review because it left my skin looking way too dry and lifeless.)
If you have dry skin, you may be able to get away with not setting this foundation, but I always set my foundation so I can’t really tell you how well it would work.
If you have oily skin, I think you’ll probably really enjoy this foundation if you don’t want a flat-matte finish but don’t want a dewy finish, either. I just recommend setting it!
I was actually very impressed with how well the No Filter Foundation Stix wore throughout the day! I normally expect my foundation to last at least 8 hours (with setting powder and setting spray), and this foundation totally met that expectation.
I normally put my makeup on around 6 am and I finish work at 4 pm. By the time I get home after work, I do notice a bit of separation around the crevices of my nose and mouth, but that’s completely normal for me. And even with that, it still looks pretty damn good!
I recently wore it on a day trip to Oahu, so I was outside in the sun a lot more than I normally am at work. At around the 10-hr mark, I would say the foundation was on its last legs. There was some intense separation around the crevices of my nose.
So, if you’re looking for a really long-wearing foundation, this probably isn’t the best one to choose. But, it’ll more than suffice for an everyday foundation, especially if you’re not exposed to much heat.
Not really related to the longevity of the foundation, but since we’re getting into winter, I’d like to point out that I think this would be a great winter foundation. Matte foundations tend to be too drying in the colder months, so I would definitely recommend a more natural foundation.
Is it worth the cost?
HELL YEAH it’s worth the cost! It’s only $10!
I know you don’t get nearly as much product as you do in the liquid version, but in my experience, stick foundations go a lot further than liquid foundations do. Probably because the foundation isn’t soaked up by the brush/sponge so you don’t need as much.
It’s such a solid foundation. It’s no doubt worth $10.
I would have to give the ColourPop No Filter Foundation Stix a 5/5. I don’t think there’s anything that I don’t like about it. Especially for what ColourPop describes it as, it definitely hit every point of the description to me.
It’s super creamy, easy to apply, and easy to blend out. It’s medium coverage, but easily built up to full coverage. And it has a beautiful natural skin-like finish.
If I were to build my own perfect foundation, it would be slightly more dewy and more full coverage, but that’s just a personal preference.
Based on what ColourPop claims this foundation does, it’s a great foundation.
Have you tried this foundation yet? If so, what do you think about it? How does it compare to the liquid version of the foundation? I haven’t really heard a lot of buzz on this foundation, but I think it deserves some! Be sure to let me know down in the comments. 🙂
Thank you for reading and until next time. <3
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