Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer

by Stila  
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$44 
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:
9/4/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This medium coverage, matte finish foundation leaves skin looking fresh and feeling soft, while the full coverage cream concealer—conveniently housed in the bottle's cap—hides specific problem areas.

This foundation includes some good anti-irritants and antioxidants, but other than that, Stila's claim about "oxygen technology" is not evident in the formula. There is nothing in here that has anything to do with oxygen, but even so, oxygen causes free-radical damage, inside and outside our bodies, and that isn't a good thing—as cumulative free-radical damage is a leading causative factor of aging. The whole concept of using antioxidants is all about reducing the oxidative damage caused by oxygen and other types of free radicals.

Oxygen technology claims aside, this long-wearing foundation has merit and is a good option for normal to oily skin. The cream concealer provides good coverage yet is fairly standard and does not offer the same antioxidant blend as the foundation. Also, the waxes and other creamy ingredients in this concealer aren't the best for use on breakouts.

With over a dozen shades to choose from, there are matches for fair to dark skin tones, though some shades do tend to pull more peachy-red. You'll want to try on this product in the store and check the results in natural light before purchase.

Pros:

  • Includes helpful skin-conditioning ingredients and antioxidants.
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and looking smooth.
  • Convenient packaging; concealer housed in foundation cap.
  • Plentiful shades include options for very light to dark skin.

Cons:

  • Some shades tend to pull more peachy-red as they set, so watch out for this.
  • Pricey.

Foundation: Water/Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, MagnesiumChloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Lysine, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera leaf Extract, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Phytantriol, Montmorillonite, Illite, Kaolin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Boron Nitride, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Dextrin Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, May Contain (+/_) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Concealer: Ingredients: Isostearyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Isostearyl Behenate, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax, Kaolin, Ozokerite, Dimethicone, Polyamide-5, Silica, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Tribehenin, Caprylyl GlycolGlyceryl Behenate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, May Contain (+/_)Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Makeup artist Jeanine Lobell has been at the helm of Stila since its inception in 1994, and her creations have an impressive history of blending innovation with eye-catching, fun packaging. Of course, this innovation is not without its price, and you will find some rather ordinary products where the packaging or dispensing method is the only thing that's exciting. Where Lobell struck gold is with her superlative collection of foundations. We’ve examined hundreds of makeup lines for this and previous editions of this book, and Stila has had and continues to maintain one of the best collections of truly neutral foundation colors. For anyone confused about what we mean by "neutral tones," you need look no further, though we are pleased that more mainstream lines (including L'Oreal, Revlon, Clinique, and even Cover Girl) are now creating wonderfully neutral foundation colors. Stila's foundations aren't inexpensive, but it's critical to get a foundation that's right for you, and that may mean splurging. Other stellar categories include concealers, blush, eyeshadows, brushes, and much better mascaras than in years past.

Once an independent brand with a first-to-market approach to clever cardboard packaging that was sleek, urban, and utilitarian at the same time, Stila's presence and product lineup and distribution expanded (with mostly favorable results) when it was acquired by Estee Lauder in 1999. It was a bit perplexing when Lauder announced in late 2005 that it would sell Stila to "optimize our portfolio of brands" and put more attention (read: financial resources) into their M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown brands (Source: The Rose Sheet, April 17, 2006, page 4). Ironically, of those three brands, Stila has the most compelling collection of products. M.A.C. and Bobbi Brown are no slouches, but Stila always had a slight edge, at least in the complexion-enhancing categories.

An affiliate of Sun Capital Partners (naming itself Stila Corporation) bought the brand from Lauder in spring 2006 and has been at the helm since. Lauder's no longer owning Stila led to the brand's hasty exit from department stores, a move that left many shoppers wondering what the heck happened (and, at least in the stores we visited, the sales associates were vague about the line's future). Luckily, Stila still has a home in Sephora stores worldwide, and is randomly distributed in select department stores. That's great news, because there is much to love about this line, and the most recent crop of products proves that Stila has every intention of remaining a competitive player in the compelling game that is the cosmetics industry.

For more information about Stila, call 866.784.5201 or visit www.stilacosmetics.com.

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  1. AnnetteD.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    Average
    • I loved this foundation and you get a few things with this foundation. But, I like to protect my foundations by keeping them in their original packing to keep the antioxidants away from light. So I don't like the way stila packages their foundations. It's frustrating to me. And to make matters worse this gets exposed to air every time you unscrew the lid. I prefer pumps because of that. When I buy a foundation I like to get my money's worth and not expose it to light and air as much as possible.

  2. s.c.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 30, 2014
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    good but too flakey
    • i loved the color but the finish made my skin look scaly, even though it was moisturized and not too dry. if you have flawless skin in terms of moisture and not splotchy, go for it!

  3. Micky
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 24, 2013
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    Few choices for fair skin and not great for wrinkles
    • This doesn't work well for older, dry, or fair skin with pinker tones like mine. The shade I chose is too yellowy, which is the problem I usually have with finding the right shade. It felt good when I applied it, but after it set it seemed to inhance fine lines and wrinkles. It certainly stays on good. It would be great for younger, less dry skin.

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