After the massively successful Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define concealer launch, here is the next makeup craze – the Fast Base foundation! Launching in 18 shades to match the concealer, this stick foundation is already hyped up on social media, with Imogenation’s review going viral after it covered her acne flawlessly.
However, I was skeptical. I’ve never got along with stick foundations from the drugstore as I find them too cakey and not good for my combination skin (separation galore!). But I kept an open mind and ordered a couple when they launched in Superdrug and TAMBeauty.com at the end of February!
Just a note – Makeup Revolution have seemingly rebranded as Revolution and I Heart Makeup as I Heart Revolution, but until I hear an official announcement (and probably forever tbh because it’s a habit) I’ll keep calling them MUR and I♥Makeup!
The foundation costs £5 for a little over 6g of product. The tubes themselves are the same size as other foundation sticks I’ve tried – from New Look and Primark – however the stick itself is a little smaller and compared to the 9.1g of the ABH foundation stick, there’s not a great deal in here. On TAMBeauty‘s site, the Fast Base foundation stick claims to be easy to blend and quick to use (hence the name). It is said to have a dewy finish, which isn’t usually the case for stick foundations; often they’re quite thick and have a matte finish.
TAMBeauty‘s site has a list of undertones for each shade so it’s easy to pick out the ones that work for you – I’ve got F1 and F3, which are both very pale but F1 is neutral and F3 is pink-toned. The Fast Base foundation shades match the Conceal & Define concealer (i.e. C1 = F1) so if you’ve found your perfect shade in the concealer, you don’t need to try and figure out your foundation shade! If you’d like to see the foundation swatches compared to the concealer swatches of C1 and C3, there’s a video at the bottom of this post!
As you can see from the swatches, the foundation is very thick at first, but super creamy and easy to apply. It glides across the skin with no effort and seems to have good coverage from one swipe. The top shade, F1, does pull quite yellow on me despite being neutral-toned, so I’m glad I went for F3 as well as that matches me more.
I blended the swatches out with my fingers to see how well it covered my tattoo. It was very easy to blend out (as it claimed) but the amazing coverage I’ve been seeing online didn’t quite transfer to my arm – the tattoo is very much still visible!
The major thing I noticed though is that the foundation sunk into the lines on my arm, making forearm look almost wrinkly and dry in texture. This worried me as I have actual wrinkles and dry patches on my face.
If you’d like to see me applying the foundation and what it looks like without powder on top, make sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post! I’ve also done a 8 hour wear-test so you can see what it looked like on Combination skin throughout a whole day’s wear.
Just like on my arm, the Fast Base foundation stick applied creamily and felt quite thick on the skin. Also like my arm, it sunk into my fine lines around my eyes. It didn’t make my skin look dry at all – it actually looked extremely dewy – but I was definitely noticing it picking up on some of my texture.
I used two layers of foundation to get medium coverage; the first layer didn’t cover all of my redness on my cheeks. It layered well, though, which I was pleased about as it didn’t look cakey or too thick. I’d actually go as far to say that it’s almost skin-like.
I applied the foundation using a damp EcoTools beauty sponge, which is very soft. I found the softness hindered the blending of the product, so I recommend using a foundation brush or dry sponge to apply the Fast Base foundation, followed by a damp sponge to sink it into the skin.
I give this foundation a solid 8/10. It was a decent match (and didn’t oxidise!) and looked nice on the skin except for sinking into a few lines around my eyes and a few pores on my nose. Luckily I don’t have too many to worry about, but I think on mature skin it would be more noticeable. I didn’t get oily until very late on in the day (and even then, it was just a little) which is an added bonus. To improve, I’d have liked to have seen more product and less sinking into pores and fine lines!