Benefit Play Stick Foundation in Tea Party - £26.50
As happy as I am with my beloved Double Wear foundation from Estee Lauder, I do very occasionally feel the need to dabble in other foundations to see if any of them compare. For me, foundation is all about coverage and longevity. I like my foundation to give my skin a flawless, matte look that lasts all day, and doesn't transfer onto my clothes. The only foundation I've ever found to be like that is the aforementioned Double Wear, but that doesn't mean to say that there aren't others out there too.
I've always been intrigued by Benefit's Play Sticks. I remember a few years ago looking over at the Benebabe at my local counter and seeing how totally flawless she looked, which then lead me to ask what foundation she had on. 'The Play Stick' she said. Bewildered as to what she was talking about, I went on to look online at the illusive Play Sticks and uncovered that they are simply that - pan-stick type foundations that supposedly work as concealer, foundation and powder all-in-one.
Why I didn't buy one way back then, I'll never know. It's only recently that I decided to bite the bullet and invest, after getting well-and-truly back into Benefit. For £26.50 this foundation is almost up there with the Estee Lauders and Armanis price range, only coming in slightly under. So, is it worth it? Well, I'm still undecided...
This foundation is great if you're looking for coverage. It's seriously easy to apply - simply scribble a few bits here and there on your face and then blend in with a brush. I also really, really love the finish this foundation gives. It describes itself as semi-matte, which I completely agree with. It leaves my skin looking matte but not flat - there is a hint of dewiness that translates luminously on the skin. My skin definitely looks more 'alive' with this on than it does with Double Wear.
Too good to be true? Well, yes. Whilst this foundation looks amazing on and gives phenomenal coverage, and actually does last pretty well, there is one big gripe that I have with it. It transfers terribly. Now, I'm not just talking a little bit on your collar in the changing room - no, I mean full-on, touch-your-face-get-it-on-your-hands syndrome. It just feels a bit tacky when on and that never dries up, even if you use powder. It's really disappointing as I adore how this foundation looks on, but I'm not sure I can handle just how much it transfers throughout the day.
If it wasn't for the fact it transfers such a lot I would be ridiculously impressed with this foundation, but, as it stands I'm not sure it's one I'll be choosing over my Double Wear any time soon. It is, however, a very good concealer, which I have found myself turning to more often than not. It just won't be winning foundation of the year any time soon!
Have you tried Benefit's Play Sticks? What did you think?