Review | Anastasia Beverley Hills Stick Foundation & Concealer

Monday, January 23, 2017

review ABH stick foundation - warm tan and abh concealer - 2.0


It wasn't until the end of December that Anastasia Beverly Hills launched a site here in the UK with a warehouse in Europe making it easier to get our hands on the goodies we've been lusting over for so long. Ironically the two products I'm reviewing here were actually purchased from Sephora and the US based ABH site before they became readily available to us here. Either way, I am so glad that their whole line is within our grasp now without the prospect of dreaded Customs charges!


Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation - Warm Tan | £24

There's been a bit of a resurgence in the popularity of stick foundations lately and while I always avoided purchasing the iconic Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick for fear of it being too drying on my skin, I gave in to the hype of this one.

Described as "Highly pigmented, buildable cream formula that leaves a natural matte finish" this foundation comes housed in a beautiful, weighty twist-up tube with gold accents and contains 9g of product. Compared to the Bobbi Brown version, you are getting the same amount of product for £8.78 cheaper. That seems like a bargain to me and was one of the main reasons why I wanted to try this out.

The colour match is pretty decent, a touch lighter than I had hoped but not ashy on my skin at all. Obviously choosing the right shade was the usual game of guesswork by comparing and contrasting different swatches and different sources. However this is not because there's a lack of shades. In fact the brand has gone and done what we dream of and released this foundation in a wonderful spectrum of skin shades taking into consideration a number of undertones and ranges.


review anastasia beverly hills stick foundation warm tan nc40 swatches


In terms of performance, I have to admit I'm still a little on the fence about it. I don't find it as highly pigmented as ABH likes to claim. Its a medium coverage foundation, that is buildable but because I find it quite a dry texture overall, I am reluctant to add further layers on to build it up. I have oily skin and I've tried this without a primer which just made this slide around to no avail. I've used it with mattifying primers and it was far too drying and clung to dry patches worse than I've had any liquid foundation ever do.

I used 3 different styles of brushes and every time it made the foundation cling to my pores, not blend over my skin seamlessly and just looked unflattering. For me, the best method is to apply a hydrating primer such as This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up or Illamasqua Hydra Veil and then push the foundation onto my skin with a damp Beauty Blender. This way makes sure I get the most coverage with one layer of product and leaves me with a natural finish that isn't completely matte but rather more skin-like.

It doesn't last quite so long on the skin as you might hope. I can get about 4 hours of wear out of this before it starts breaking down, disappearing completely on my chin and t-zone, and just looking terrible. Its such a shame because while it is fresh, the finish is great and I just wish it had the longevity you seek for a foundation at least for the duration of a working day. It's a little confusing to me that it can't hold up to my oily areas but at the same time is drying out my skin where I'm severely dehydrated.

To round up, I'm not really sure where I stand with this. I enjoy using it, I really like the packaging, I love applying weird patterns on my face when I apply it, I love the finish of it...yet at the same time it doesn't really do much for me and I'm quite disappointed with it. Having said that, I can see myself taking with me when I go away anywhere because the packaging is convenient and sturdy for travel.


abh stick foundation warm tan swatch nc40 medium indian asian skin, abh concealer 2.0 swatch


Anastasia Beverly Hills Concealer - 2.0 - £19


Probably the least talked about ABH product, this concealer comes in a beautiful frosted glass jar and claims to be, "A hydrating full-coverage cream formula that glides over skin without caking...effortlessly camouflague dark under-eye circles, hyperpigmentation and blemishes".

I have to begin with a giant SCOFF because that description couldn't be further from how I find the product to perform. It is indeed a very full-coverage concealer, which is fine and is something I generally prefer, but this concealer makes it way too obvious. I look like I'm wearing full coverage cover-up from probably 10 miles away. To some extent, obvious concealer could be made okay if it wasn't for the ridiculous amount of creasing I experience every time I use this.

The colour match isn't quite as bad as I feared. I've swatched it against some of my other popular highlighting concealers and it's pretty similar. The only difference is that this is so pigmented that the highlighting concealer effect is exaggerated a little too much for my liking. But looking at the shades, 3.5 which is meant to be for tan skin with yellow undertones looks too dark.


anastasia beverly hills concealer 2.0 NC40 swatches, nars radiant creamy concealer ginger swatch nc40, maybelline the eraser eye nude nc40 swatch, urban decay naked concealer medium neutral nc40 swatches



The consistency is very thick and almost gel-like without being hydrating. I use a little synthetic brush to pick the product up from the jar and when I apply it to my under-eye area it doesn't glide, it drags. Thankfully it does blend out really easily and nicely. I use a damp sponge and the super pigmented cream brightens the entire area and once its set in place (be quick about it!) it looks fabulous for an entire hour. That's it! Literally, sometimes by the time I've finished the rest of my face, the concealer starts looking cracked and creased, settling into fine lines I didn't even know I had. AARGH! It's far too drying and doesn't have the lasting power to hold itself up nicely.

I think the perfect usage for a product like this is by a makeup artist working on a photo shoot for a very short time. If you are having pictures done and you want your under-eyes to look bullet-proof then you will love this. It's not something for everyday use and definitely not something I will reach for on a special occasion.

I'm contemplating selling my one because I feel like I'm going to force myself to use it so it's not a waste and I don't want to force myself to use something that looks horrid on me after an hour!!!


abh stick foundation & concealer review nc40 swatches


If you ask me, I don't think ABH have quite got the hang of base products just yet. They have stolen the hearts of many with their brow products, eyeshadows, contour kits (which I'm currently obsessed with) and lipsticks. I mean, its because of them that I finally purchased a new highlighter after an entire year of claiming that Mary-Lou & Opal were sufficient for me. But they're not quite about the base just yet.



What is your favourite ABH product? Have you tried either of these ABH products? What are your thoughts? Let me know...




Sal xxx

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32 comments

  1. Oh, both products sound very disappointing! I was tempted to get the foundation when I discovered the UK site but, fortunately, lighter shades were out of stock.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these products, you saved me some money :) x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. I know...I'm so upset as I really wanted something new that I would love. I think it might be worth looking into the Bobbi Brown one after all ;) xxx

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  2. My one problem with buying brands online is finding the right shade as well! glad that it managed to be on the right scale though for you, I've actually never tried a foundation stick before, but you don't really hear much about Anastasia BH products other than the brow and eyes so it's nice to see a review on her other products! xx

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it hun. Yes, I was quite lucky to have picked the right shades...shame about the products themselves xxx

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  3. Such a pity it's not all that, I thought it would be similar to the Bobbi Brown stick but they do sound quite different now. Great review Hun xx

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    1. I'm finally curious to want to try the BB one now after all these years lol! Thanks love xxx

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  4. I was actually looking at buying myself a new concealer and this brand was one of my choices! By the sounds of it, it doesn't seem like a good choice for me! I like looking like I have as little makeup on a possible. Thanks for sharing! I might have ended up buying myself a disappointing product!

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    1. Nope, this is definitely not a concealer for those that love the no makeup makeup look unfortunately xxx

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  5. Oh man I don't like the sound of either of these, how disappointing! Completely agree about them not getting the hang of base products after this! I always found their contour kit a disappointment but do love the brow products and eyeshadows :)

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Eeeek! I'm enjoying the contour kit so much...mainly because I'm not a master of the art and thankfully those powders aren't too pigmented so I can get away with my lack of skills hahaha! xxx

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  6. Amazing post, it must have taken you ages! I haven't bought any of the ABH base products again xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Thanks hun...strangely enough it was easier to put down my thoughts and my disappointment than it would have been had I loved them ;) xxx

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  7. 'an entire hour' did make me giggle! Such a shame though, I wanted this to be a glowing review! I've heard that the stick foundation, isn't great. so I'll think I'll pass that one. The concealer still intrigues me though. I would happily take it hands but it would be too dark for me :( xx

    LPage Beauty

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    1. Lol! Not even a joke...I had such high hopes as well. Ah! It needs a new home so if you're interested and think you can pull the shade off just say the word hun xxx

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  8. I do get nervous buying foundations. up until recently i never would by a foundation / concealer. Lately I've bent that rule a little more but i'd be way to chicken to buy a highend foundation online.

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    1. I know what you mean. It's always a bit of a gamble for me xxx

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  9. Where can I order these online?

    www.mariarttr.blogspot.com

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    1. I've linked both products in the post hun xxx

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  10. Such a great post. Thanks for the review.
    http://tipsoye.com/

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading xxx

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  11. I've yet to foray into the stick foundation world would you believe it?! Loved the post as per usual! I haven't heard good things about this foundation on the whole so I think I'll steer clear haha xx

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    1. Argh! I wish I had seen more honest reviews before I tried it to be honest xxx

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  12. I find the whole stick foundation concept a bit odd but always up for trying!

    Parie x

    Class and Glitter

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  13. I bought that foundation ages ago and have used it a few times, but not regularly because I just have so many others that I prefer. I find that I need to re-touch it and refresh with my Tatcha spray whereas other foundations don't need that work. I have to say that I will be avoiding the concealer after reading this! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Exactly...to get decent coverage and longevity it takes a lot of extra work. Such a shame because it has the makings of a great product. The concealer was just bad! lol xxx

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  14. I haven't tried this one, so I'm happy to hear your thoughts on it.

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  15. Thank you for your honesty, I was considering the stick foundation but reading about it's performance, I don't think it'll work for my skin type. Such a shame!

    Jasmine xx

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    1. It really could've been a great product but they're not quite there yet sadly xxx

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  16. Awww such a lovely insightful post as always. I did want to try the ABH foundation and I still want to. I just don't know what shade will suit me and believe me, I have been on the website for so long trying to figure it out. Very good tip to use a hydrating primer before stick foundations. Thanks for sharing lovely...xx

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    1. Oh I hope you can get a colour match soon, because I'd love to hear what you think. I like that they didn't overprice them so I don't feel so gutted xxx

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