Stick foundations are something I’ve always tried to stay away from although I’d like to test a new one once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against them, it just seems they don’t get along with my combination skin that well. They tend to be quite glowy (in fact, shiny) and most of the time, heavy for me and in the middle of the day, the product simply leaves my T-zone even if I set it with powder.
When I was sent the new Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick in the shade 06 Intense Ivory*, I was hoping that this would be the one. My skin really loves Clinique skincare and I find more and more make-up items from the brand that I enjoy, so it was only natural to have high hopes for this chubby friend.
The formula has a matrix of polymeric gels and waxes to provide good lasting power, moisturising ingredients and Vitamin E for a comfortable wear and a blend of Coconut-Fatty Acids for soft and smooth application.
The foundation is quite creamy and easy to apply with fingers, brush or beauty sponge. I was quite surprised, as I normally don’t like applying foundations with my fingers but this one goes on really smoothly and mess-free and I actually achieve best results by using my fingertips or a beauty sponge. The coverage is light to medium, it’s buildable and I love that it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. The Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick makes everything look airbrushed but still natural and radiant, while it covers redness and imperfections pretty well.
I’ve tried using the product with and without primer underneath, with and without powder on top and with and without finishing make-up fixing spray. The lasting power in all occasions is almost the same, I can say that this is a pretty long-wearing foundation which is amazing. The differences appear mostly when it comes to keeping my face shine-free. If I don’t use make-up fixing spray, I do need to powder a few times throughout the day because the glow turns into shine on me. However, I’m used to doing this with many of my other foundations, so it’s not such a big problem. That also means that if your skin is a bit more dry, the foundation will still sit beautifully and feel moisturising.
I tend to use the Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick with fixing spray on top after powdering my face. It just stays perfect all day, no shine, no moving, at the end of the day it looks like I’ve just applied it. That’s how I prefer to use it and how it works best on me. I also think it’s a really good product for travelling or for touch-ups. Even if I’m wearing another foundation, the Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick works really well on top of it, I use it as a concealer, as well.
Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick is available in Norway at the price of 255 kr and in 5 shades, I believe and the shade range is probably the only downside for me. I also think it’s great if my bases have SPF added but I know many people that like to use a proper sunscreen, especially in the summer and considering this is quite a handy item for the summer, it might actually be a plus for you.
All in all, I think this product is a winner because its fragrance-free and oil-free formula is creamy and moisturising and it would work well on many skin types and ages. It’s portable, it’s multi-purpose, long-wearing and natural-looking. I’m surprised that it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and this is actually the first stick foundation that I see myself using on a daily basis.