I use this as a concealer rather than a foundation to cover up acne scars/existing blemishes or redness. I apply it using a small brush that I buy at art supply stores. It comes in several shades - I use "Tea Party" - my skin has yellow undertones. It would not be good to use this to cover under eye circles though, because the formulation is a little too drying and thick. I don't think I'd like to use this on my entire face either for the same reason, but it makes an excellent spot concealer.
The MA applied this over the top of Dr. Feelgood, and I didn't buy either product. The result was a greasy, slippery mess- this is way too oil-based for me, and most other people. Having said that, my friend with super-Roaccutane-treated-dry skin loves it. Pity for me, 'cos the packaging is so cute and convenient.
I have *PALE* skin, and this is one of the only concealers I've found that doesn't look yellow on me (Jax). Most of the time I don't even wear foundation, I just swipe the Play Stick under my eyes and on any blemishes and blend. It's really fast and easy, esp. in summer. I'm a bit clumsy, though, so I always put the cap on wrong and end up swiping the concealer part of the stick and taking a chunk out. Also, there's not enough in the package! But I guess it is well worth the 20 bucks. Holy Grail concealer. :D
I like this foundation stick better than Bobby Brown, Clinique, Shisedo, etc. The colors are great, and this will perfect your skin! Apply it sparingly, or unless you're very dry--you'll look a little too "dewy." At $30--it's in the high range, but it's worth it. You will love it as a concealer or a foundation-either way, it's great!
I'm long overdue writing this review, as this has been my Holy Grail foundation for the past year! I have combo skin that doesn't need a *ton* of coverage, but I like the polished look I get with this. I love the shade (Tea Party), the light & refreshing chamomile/green tea scent, the wear (all day), the way it tones down redness, which I used to always notice on my face midday before using this -- now I never see it! The only con is the $30 pricetag -- but I'll be honest, it's worth it. A stick usually lasts me a few months anyway, so it's justifiable to me. I also use this with BeneFit Get Even powder in Medium, just on my nose/t-zone when needed. I've tried L'Oreal Quickstick (ok, but the consistency is patchy to me), and a few other sticks, but nothing has come close to this -- I won't be w/out it!
This stuff was extra creamy and smooth going on. It was also creamy and smooth coming off--right onto my cell phone. The print of the phone was left on my face. Eeek! Unless you are using this sparingly and don't have much to cover, you are definitely going to have to use enough powder to keep it in place. Does not bind well enough to the skin, or at least, to mine.
The first time I tried this I loved it. The color (Tea Party) looked great on my skin. But I soon discovered that if you have dry skin, this product will just make it even more dry. The same goes with oily skin, it makes your skin appear more oily. After having given the product a few chances, I tried it once more when my skin was regular, neither oily or dry, (this happens for me about one week of every month) and it looked wonderful. So I would recommend this product if you have regular skin.
I don't often wear foundation because I have dry skin and foundation highlights that. I tried the Play Stick in Spin the Bottle.
PLUSSES: Good consistancy. Spreads very easily and blends well with both fingers and sponges. Since it is stick form, it's easy to carry and it's not messy at all like a liquid foundation.
MINUSSES: Feels a bit cakey on my skin and made it a little oily. The Benefit MU artist put this on my face and topped it with Dr. Feelgood and it looked very natural, but when I brought it home, it wasn't quite the right color, and looks obvious in natural light. I tried the next lightest and darkest shades at Sephora, but neither looked right. The range of colors seems to be somewhat limited.
OVERALL: Easy to apply, harder to wear.
I am not big into foundations. I have never really needed them and can never find one that's right for me, but lately I've been trying it again. I decided to give BeneFit's Play Sticks a try, and boy was I glad I did. I don't know what it is, but this foundation stick is Simply Divine! I apply it to my forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, etc. and then smooth it in with my fingers. It's creamy, light, and slightly concealing. No heavy makeup feel. Tea Party is perfect for my fair complexion. And the stick eliminates that mess you get with liquid foundation.
Medium coverage, natural looking, great shade (Paper Dolls), non-comedogenic. Need I say more?