This stuff isn't the cheapest, but I really love it. I'm young and I have oily skin, so I like the dewy look but for me it's a fine line between dewy and greaseball. This offers buildable coverage that camoflauges my pores and offers me a great, not-too-matte finish. Even better, with a concealer brush this baby wreaks major havoc on undereye circles and blemishes. Plus, it's got tea tree oil in it so I haven't had any problems with it breaking me out. If anything, my skin looks better! Because it's a cream foundation, application can be a little tricky. A great foundation brush is key (I use an essentials of beauty one from CVS) and on days I want more coverage, I wet the brush a bit before putting this on.
The color range seems pretty good- I'm super pale (way too pale for most DS brands, and somewhere between Fair Neutral and Fair in EM foundation) and the lightest shade, Jax, is perfect. Porcelain doll skin, or as close as I've ever seen my skin looking like it!
My skin has never been my best feature. Foundations always caked on and were impossible to apply evenly. I had tried every kind in the book. Hesitantly I tried Play Sticks and re-evaluated my attitude towards face makeup. If you're in a rush you can draw it on and blend or if time permits you can brush it on. I've gone through four sticks in the last three years - even with daily use they last quite a while.
I have bought this before and in "Jax" this is the exact colour of my neck, My face is darker at the moment and a lot redder due to Rosacea.
I have just got a new one of these as everything else out there seemed way too dark/orange on my very pale skin.
Its excellent for covering my red cheeks so I use this on moisturised (after it has sunk in) skin just where its needed, forehead and chin redness. Then I am finishing with Philosophy's blank canvas as a setting powder.
My plan is to trial out both and some days I will just have the Canvas one and others the playstick as the amount of redness changes daily I can change my routine!
What I would like though is Clinique to bring out a Superbalanced foundation in a light a colour as Jax that would be my HG.
Very portable in the metal tube, I think not bad value. It is showing my pores a little - I will practice with my brush tomorrow (used fingertips today).
Update: Not helping my spots on my forehead, in fact shows them up! I am reverting to last years Chantecaille real skin for a better coverage but its still not perfect.
Excellent Product and I absolutely love it. I have discolorations underneath my chin which thankfully been able to lighten however, with my pale skintone they are still distinguishable while they are fading in color. I use a tiny amount of foundation on my chin with my beautyblender and afterwards if there are any spots which still look noticeable I just dot on some of my Benefit Play Stick in Jax, blend, and it covers beautifully (I do wish that there was a shade lighter than Jax, however, although a little dark for me, I can play around with it and still make it work ---- what is important is that it works at concealing.) For those with lighter discolorations, you can use the Play Stick without using foundation, as I note that on my face every now and then I notice a spot and the Play Stick is enough coverage to conceal. I like the consistancy of the Play Stick as it is easily blendable and then takes on the consistancy of a powder as well as that it does not look cakey or fake. I know that many have complained of the higher price tag, but in my opinion well worth it especially for those like myself who have never been able to find something that works and believe me I have used everything from $65 concealer sticks down to drugstore brands only to find hideous fake colors or horrible coverage. 1/9/07 Just yesterday purchased KA's SSE in SX-01 and I am in love as the SSE is a better color match for my skintone and is very easy to use and blend - I still love the Playstick and will use it up, but the SSE is a way better match for my coloring which makes me prefer that item over the Playstick, although both do a great job at coverage for me.
3/3/08 stopped using this product as I noted that it started to quickly disappear from my skin ------ the product would go on nicely but then quickly fade to nothing.
I have this in 'Jax'. I dont think I can fault it. I use my eyeko moisturiser and then apply this in the 'dot' method as already described and then it blends lovely and lasts well.
I dont use it all the time as I can usually get away with just some powder but I like this if I fancy more coverage. Ive only blended it with my fingertips so far but have always been happy with the result.
I am so glad I tried this. I have oily skin, and I am very picky about foundations. I wear BareEscentuals when I need/want full coverage, and when I have "good skin days" and want something lighter or a matte finish, I use Playsticks. Instead of waiting for my moisturizer to sink in completely like I need to do with BE, I moisturizer and put on PlaySticks right afterwards. All I do is make a few "dots" with the stick and blend it around with a foundation brush and the blending is easy because I just moisturized. This way, it doesn't look thick at all, it's almost sheer. It stays all day.
This makes me look flaky which other foundations don't. Also, I can't put it on without breaking out the next day if not that night. I recently ran out of my regular foundation and this was my only substitute, but at the end of that day I had already broken out! It's too thick, doesn't go smoothly onto your face, and feels gross. I usually love Benefit products, but this is the first time I've tried a foundation from them, and the last!
I am almost finished with my 5th or 6th Play Stick. I love the color options - tea party is for me; the very easy to use and travel with container and the coverage. This is the perfect product to use to cover up spots or blend all over the face. The consistency is smooth and creamy but not thick yet it still provides excellent coverage.
If you are looking for a really simple morning routine but don't have perfect skin - try this!
This stick foundation makes your skin looks flawless in person and in pictures. It's the perfect foundation for taking pictures or going out on the weekend. It's a medium to full coverage. It gives you a healthy glow without looking greasy. Make sure you use a good moisturizer before using this foundation so you have the smooth and velvet look. Best applied using your fingers. It also has many good natural ingredients: Green Tea, Chamomile, Ginkgo biloba.
This is the best foundation that I have tried: MAC, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Clinique, Bobby Brown, Laura Mericer, Chanel, Clarins, Prescriptive, Shisdeo, Lorac, Makeup Forever, Vincent Longo, Sue Devitt, Bare Esscentials, Laura Geller, Cargo, Giorgio Armani, and Christian Dior.
Remember the secret with this foundation is using a good moisturizer and apply the foundation right after you applied the moisturizer so the foundation will blend in smoothly.
This is the first foundation that does not make me break out. It took 19 years to find it. Love it! Since it covers so well, I only used this foundation on the weekend or special events.
Hmmm im thinking that some of you gals may not be reading the packaging of the products that you are buying you crazy kids!!! Playsticks are your foundation concealer and powder all in one handy sized stick. It is therefore meant to be quite thick!!! it also contains some form of tea tree and other ingredients (cant remember exactly) that help any blemishes that you may have. as mentioned it is in stick form but as soon as the product touches the skin or is rubbed with a brush or fingertip, it starts to melt into a lovely creamy texture. It comes in a great range of colours, which is great as even though i have pale skin, it annoys me that some brands do not cater for darker skin tones, so i cannot imagine how you ladies feel!!!! although be sure to ask the assistants for a colour match if you are unsure, as they are arranged into colours by school game names, instead of, for exmple: ivory or beige.
they are really handy to carry around in your bag and do last for quite a while, depending on how much you use of course. but remember this stick does have the foundation concealer and foundation all in one stick so dont complain about the coverage if youve bought it- it is benefits maximum strength foundation!
It is £25, but for all it does and how long it lasts. its not that bad for a high quality item!